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June 13, 2008

So Good To Be A Republican These Days! (An Update)

Remember this?

There's an update of sorts in the news today (oh boy). Via TalkingPointsMemo, we find this:

Sen. John Ensign of Nevada has one of the least enviable jobs this year. As chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, he’s in charge of defending the 23 Senate Republican seats up for re-election (versus 12 for Democrats) in a chilly political environment for his party.

Democrats are poised to increase their majority in both chambers of Congress, but while House Republican leaders still make optimistic—but unlikely—claims to have a shot at winning back a majority, Ensign is more pragmatic. “The chances of [Republicans] getting back in to the majority, obviously, it would be fairly miraculous,” he told reporters Thursday during a lunch meeting hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Of the 10 most competitive Senate races this year, nine are for seats now held by Republicans. Only one Democrat, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, faces a serious challenge in November. Ensign said his best-case scenario would be a three-seat loss on Election Day. “That would be a terrific night for us, absolutely,” he said. “I don’t want to slip below the four-seat loss. That’s kind of where we’ve set our absolute worst goal is to be down to 45 seats.”

So a few days ago, they set their worst case scenario at 41 seats. Now it looks like they're shifting the expectations up to 45 seats. Later in the piece we find:
Ensign identified the 10 most competitive races in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Virginia. Two — Virginia and New Mexico — are heavily favored at this point to flip to Democratic control. Asked if the NRSC was mulling walking away from these two races to focus resources elsewhere, Ensign was non-committal, but added, “You don’t waste money on races that don’t need it or you can’t win.”
So they're writing off two Senate seats and Ensign thinks it would be "terrific" if they only lost one more seat. Worst case for them would be to loose just one more after that.

In any event, if they lose only two (or even three) seats, the Democrats would FINALLY be able to cut whatever ties they have left to the odious Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

13 comments:

Bram Reichbaum said...

Yo Dayvoe, can we start trashing Tim Murphy? Or should we? There is word on the street that Murphy (R-Our South) has stood by George W. Bush through almost all of the mendacity and depredations. Is that an accurate assessment?

dayvoe said...

Bram;

Feel free.

I know chad posts here now and then and last I heard he (along with some folks from the Desantis campaign) were among Murphy's staff.

My guess is that once we start blogging on Murphy, we'll be hearing from the Teacher Wordsmith Madman a lot more.

Impeach-Bush said...

Seen at: http://35impeachment-articles.blogspot.com/

Americans should have the right to have a judge rule on the 35 impeachment articles as one of Americans safeguards of liberty.
The America news media and political leaders fear the truth if impeachment proceedings are started against President Bush. The truth of that statement is obvious if one even does a quick reading of only one of U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich 35 count resolution to impeach President Bush.

Political Trust is a luxury that Americans can’t afford?
The fact that the news media has not written Editorials about Dennis Kucinich 35 count impeach resolution tells me accepting hypocrites is just part of being an American. Barack Obama appears to be no exception.
Politicians expect to table the resolution by referring it to the Judiciary Committee, where they expect it to die.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested yesterday that engaging in a lengthy debate over impeaching Bush in the waning days of his administration is not a productive use of the House's time. !! In my opinion the Justice Dept. has an obligation to explain to citizens of the U.S. and the world to why or why not charges will or won’t be brought against the President.
Many of Dennis Kucinich’s 35 count resolution to impeach President Bush cost the U.S. its own safety due to war, cost tens of thousands of voters their votes in a crucial state in the last presidential election.

THE PRIVILAGE of HABEAS CORPUS:
I think Americans should at least have the same rights as Guantanamo prisoners.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-scotus13-2008jun13,0,2676802.story
peter.spiegel@latimes.com, josh.meyer@latimes.com, david.savage@latimes.com
I think students and the politicians should debate the truthfulness of U.S. Representative Kucinich’s 35 articles of impeachment. It appears to me that the politicians don’t think its worth their time to hold the President accountable for mistakes and or lies/cover-ups that have killed and hurt ten’s of thousands of people worldwide.
REPEAT:
Americans should have the right to have a judge rule on the 35 impeachment articles as one of Americans safeguards of liberty.
I write those above statements thinking the people of American will do nothing based on the book “The Age of American Unreason” by Susan Jacoby, copyright 2008.
http://www.susanjacoby.com/about.html

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Careful there, Impeach-Bush. You have a nasty wrinkle in the tin-foil where it crosses your forehead. It might scratch.

Joshua said...

Well, you're right in that Obama is opposing impeachment, because all that would do would be to sew division, especially among the Obamacans. Any investigation will probably have to wait until Obama is elected. Also, this would be a good test for post-term impeachment, as it asks the question of how to hold people accountable for high crimes and misdemeanors after their terms of office have ended. Unfortunately, that also sets the precedent for neverending investigations into the past, so the Supreme Court could easily rule that the statute of limitations ends once the next officeholder takes the oath of office. Oy, I'm confused.

Anonymous said...

John K. says: You know what is really cool about being a Republican. You don't have to go thru life hoping that your guy gets elected just so he can stick it to the free markets and make laws that puts more money in your pocket. It must be terrible to have your entire life determined by an election. And then if you lose go thru 7 years hoping some of the people you elected will find something to impeach the Republican President on. LMAO what a miserable existence. Its great to be a Republican and that no matter who gets elected, you will still prosper on your own efforts. I am still on the floor laughing at shitrock not understanding why anyone would challenge "the greed of the free markets" comment. LMAO

Schmuck Shitrock said...

You know what is really cool about being a Republican. You don't have to go thru life hoping that your guy gets elected just so he can stick it to the free markets
Agreed. Instead you Republicans hope your guy gets elected just so he can stick it to the middle class.

I am still on the floor laughing at shitrock not understanding why anyone would challenge "the greed of the free markets" comment.
Yo, John! John! Stop being delusional for just a minute and learn how to make a link...John! Snap out of it and listen! When you learn how to do that...John! Focus, John! When you learn how to make a link, show me where I...John! John? Yo, John! John? John? Jah-ahhhhnn?

Shit. Once he gets that thousand-yard stare goin', it's no use.

Anonymous said...

Retired Millhunk-
The democrats could pick up 20 Senate seats they still won't oust Lieberman from any Committee position.

Anonymous said...

John K. says: Yah we really stuck it to the middle class. Have you enjoyed spending that middle class tax cut the Republicans passed? LMAO..Yah buddy, I want Pelosi and Waters regulating the oil market.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Focus, John. You can get through this.

Anonymous said...

The cool thing about being a Republican is that you don’t have to think beyond what can fit on a bumper sticker? I write that based on the book “The Age of American Unreason” by Susan Jacoby, copyright 2008.
http://www.susanjacoby.com/about.html

Reading more then a short blog message might be over taxing?

Carl said...

Try this:
http://www.pubrecord.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=130&Itemid=16

Sincerely,
Carl

Carl said...

Causing confusion is the idea. Reading and thinking on your own is the hard part but the fun part too?