On Saturday he was elected as chairman of Missouri's Republican Party.
It's considered a victory for the more extreme elements of the state GOP, because establishment Republicans -- including all six Republican house members and Senator Roy Blunt -- backed Martin's opponent, David Cole.
It also elicited the exact same joke from many in the twattering class.
From Tony Messenger of the Post-Dispatch's editorial board:
Ed Martin finally wins an election. And editorial writers rejoice. Just wow.-- Tony Messenger (@tonymess) January 5, 2013
From conservative pundit (and native St. Louisan) Dana Loesch:
Well look at that, Ed Martin finally won a race.-- Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 5, 2013
From Caitlin Legacki, spokeswoman for Senator Claire McCaskill's most recent campaign
If any Missouri Republican knows how to win elections, it's Ed Martin. Just fantastic news.-- caitlin legacki (@caitleg) January 5, 2013
From Adam Allington of KWMU 90.7 FM
Ed Martin finally wins an election. Martin beats incumbent David Cole by a vote of 34-32 to become the new Chair of the #MO State GOP.-- Adam Allington (@aallington) January 7, 2013
You can disagree vehemently with Martin's politics, or question his ethics as far as they were revealed in the Memogate contrversy, but you must give the guy credit in one area: He gets knocked down, but -- Chumbawambalike -- gets back up again. And again. And again. And again. And again. Even though Missouri voters haven't ever fully embraced him.
Perhaps it's telling that his sole election victory occurred when only conservatives were voting (though even then, it was a squeaker, with a final tally of 34 to 32).
Maybe he's finally found a home.