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Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:24 PM

Democrats can not afford to lose the Senate

I expect President Obama to win a well deserved 2nd term, but if we don't work double overtime to see to it that we maintain the Senate, his second term will see even more (if that's possible) obstruction, only this time w/ more lethal effects.

I can't imagine the problems Obama would have getting judges appointed...especially, to the almost certain to be vacant Supreme Court seat.(s) We are never going to make any progress as long as the judicial systems remains in the throes of corporate and right wing America.

Elections matter. We must really focus on the Bigger picture. We quite possibly will win back the House, but we really need to put special focus on the slim margin we now enjoy in the Senate.

Get out and get involved. Fight! for what you believe in !

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Reply Democrats can not afford to lose the Senate (Original post)
jaysunb Dec 2011 OP
RandySF Dec 2011 #1
mckara Dec 2011 #2
RandySF Dec 2011 #3
Motown_Johnny Dec 2011 #4
RandySF Dec 2011 #5
Motown_Johnny Dec 2011 #6
RandySF Dec 2011 #10
PeaceNikki Dec 2011 #9
LiberalAndProud Dec 2011 #14
Owlet Dec 2011 #16
Dawson Leery Dec 2011 #7
Zorra Dec 2011 #8
RandySF Dec 2011 #11
ellisonz Dec 2011 #17
edhopper Dec 2011 #12
spanone Dec 2011 #13
Proud Liberal Dem Dec 2011 #15
ellisonz Dec 2011 #18
treestar Dec 2011 #19

Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:29 PM

1. My prediction as of tonight.

Republicans pick up North Dakota, Missouri, Montana and Nebraska. Democrats pick up Massachusetts and Nevada. Net +2 for Republicans.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:33 PM

2. I Don't Believe Montana, Missouri or Nebraska Will Switch to the Dark Side

 

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Response to mckara (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:34 PM

3. Who will save Nebraska?

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:37 PM

4. a net 2 sounds about right

 


although I might argue the details



They need a net +4 to take control so we are not in terrible shape as of yet.


If this does end up a 50/50 Senate, or even a 51/49 Senate, we really do need to change the filibuster rules. If only to make it impossible to filibuster judicial appointments.

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:38 PM

5. Which combination do you see happening?

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Response to RandySF (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:44 PM

6. kinda far out to be as specific as you have been

 


I think MA is a sure win for us and I am thinking maybe we only lose 3 of the 4 you had listed.

If they take all 4 it would pretty much be running the board and the (R)s have put forward such terrible candidates lately I just don't see that happening.

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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:52 PM

10. Running the table

would probably include Wisconsin, Virginia and Hawaii. I don't see that happening.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:51 PM

9. Wisconsin will be a tough run, too. Go Baldwin!!

Rough days here still in this state politically.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 12:55 AM

14. +2 for Republicans still keeps us in the slim majority.

There is no arguing North Dakota or Nebraska, as we don't seem to have Dems on the ballot in either of those states. I think Montana will be close but we might be able hold that seat, and/or the same goes for Missouri, IMO.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:30 AM

16. That's pretty much what analysts were saying on Tweety last night

Made sense when I heard it then. As usual, I can't remember the arguments that led to the conclusion. As far as Nebraska goes, Nelson wasn't much of a Dem to begin with, but the (D) after his name did matter in the overall count for majority. I dunno: I just have a really bad feeling about the Senate and House races in general. Two (or four) more years of gridlock and it's pretty much 'game over' for this country.

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:45 PM

7. Jon Tester certainly can win, even if Obama loses.

http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cspg/smartpolitics/2011/03/why_jon_tester_can_survive_an.php

North Dakota and Nebraska seem to be the only two losses right now.

The teakooks have played a signifigant role in shifting the advantage back to the Democrats in swing states.
The Democrats have improved their positions in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri.
In addition to pick ups in MA/NV, Arizona is going to have a competetive race. Lugar is in trouble in Indiana and the Democrats have fielded a former Governor to run.

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:48 PM

8. Why would they lose the Senate? nt

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2011, 11:56 PM

11. We have an important primary in Hawaii

Progressive Mazie Hirono and DINO Ed Case are facing off in a rematch (they face each other in a House primary). Ed Case is the worst kind of "Democrat" who acts like a Republican in a liberal state. If I remember correctly, he supported Bush's war in Iraq. We don't need him to win this race in November while Hawaii and America are better off without him.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #11)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:34 AM

17. I'm backing Mazie...

I know of at least 2 other Hawaii DUers who are for Mazie. Ed Case is my step-mothers second cousin too; we think he has the Romney syndrome - keeps running in races he can't win.

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 12:30 AM

12. I don't see us winning back the House.

Too many Repuke State Gov.s have jeremandered it away.
The Senate is a possible loss. As is the Presidency.

"No one ever went broke...."

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 12:46 AM

13. k&r...

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 12:56 AM

15. Agreed

We need to not only win (keep) the Senate but also (somehow) make it politically toxic for the Republicans (or anybody else) to keep up with this radical obstructionism that makes it impossible for President Obama to appoint nominees to fill cabinet positions and federal courts (particularly when the only reason the Republicans are objecting to most of the nominees is simply because it's OBAMA who is doing the appointing), grinds normal Senate business to a halt, and prevents the Senate from being able to have an up-or-down majority vote on, well, anything.

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:35 AM

18. You either stand for something or you stand for nothing...

Stand for the Democratic Party!

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Response to jaysunb (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2011, 06:45 AM

19. Rec'd

Congress matters just as much. It's an equal branch.

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