Saturday, October 30, 2010

Last Saturday before the election

Democrats outspending Republicans in Midterm

To hear top Democrats tell it, the party is being wildly outgunned this year in the fight for campaign cash as Republicans rely on outside groups to funnel money to GOP contenders.

But the numbers tell a different story.

So far, the latest figures show that the Democratic Party machinery has OUTRAISED ITS REPUBLICAN COUNTERPART IN THIS CAMPAIGN CYCLE BY ALMOST $270 MILLION.

The money race totals come to $856 million for the Democratic committees and their aligned outside groups, compared to $677 for their Republican adversaries, based on figures compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Is this the Nastiest Campaign season ever in the USA?

Not by a long shot. If you study history you would know it. Here is a fun video illustrating the point.

Apparently Politics is a Contact Sport
Former President Bill Clinton tried to persuade Florida Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of his U.S. Senate race and support Gov. Charlie Crist's independent candidacy in HOPES OF THWARTING A VICTORY BY REPUBLICAN MARCO RUBIO.

People familiar with the matter said the former president and other top national Democrats WORRY A WIN BY THE CHARISMATIC MR. RUBIO, A 39-YEAR-OLD CUBAN-AMERICAN, WOULD MAKE HIM A POLITICAL PHENOMENON CAPABLE OF BOOSTING THE GOP'S CHANCES WITH HISPANIC VOTERS. These people said the conversation occurred during Mr. Clinton's Florida visit on Oct. 19. Mr. Meek wavered for several days—suggesting to some that he could leave the race—but decided against it.

That’s the problem with a virgin sacrifice. The virgin (Meek) doesn’t come out well in it. But I’ve found that nothing the Democrats do surprises me. They will lie, cheat, and steal to win elections.

I thought I had heard everything, but I hadn’t
A firm handshake is usually seen as a good thing in business and even in politics.

Not so much in South Florida. A candidate for the Broward County School Board WANTS THE COPS TO LOCK UP HER OPPONENT after what she claims was akin to battery after a recent debate.

Jaemi Levine filed a complaint with the Broward Sheriff’s Office claiming David Thomas squeezed her hand so hard during a post-debate handshake Tuesday that it now hurts.

Once again we learn that politics is a contact sport.

Obama’s Presidency—What happened?

Here's a pretty good review of the specifics of what happened to get us to where we are today. 
WASHINGTON -- It wasn't so long ago that the Republican Party was in shambles, and Barack Obama's throngs filled the November air with chants of "Yes we can!"

"Change has come to America," he proclaimed on a night of triumph in Chicago in 2008, then set out with large Democratic majorities in Congress to make it so.

Cut forward two years and 4.8 million lost jobs. Now it's the Republicans on the brink of victory. Obama maneuvers in cramped political confines, undertaking one political salvage mission after another in the final hours of a campaign utterly unlike the last.

It has been a tumultuous journey from Obama's "Yes we can" to House Republican Leader John Boehner's "Hell no" rant against the giant health care bill.

Independents are going to the GOP

There is no change in sight for the trajectory that will take democrats down to a stunning defeat on Tuesday.  Here's the latest.
Independents, a crucial swing bloc, seem to be breaking sharply for Republicans in the final days of the campaign.

One nonpartisan prognosticator, Stuart Rothenberg, said Friday he thought the REPUBLICANS COULD PICK UP AS MANY AS 70 HOUSE SEATS—something no party has achieved since 1948. The Republicans need 39 seats to take the majority. Fading Democratic support among independents is also keeping alive the GOP's longer-shot hopes of taking the Senate.

Things that won’t work for the Democrats this election

Blame Bush

Blame Rove

Blame the Supreme Court

Blame Cheney

Blame Boehner

Blame Slurpees (I just put this one in for fun)

People against this are a) racists, b) sexists, c) homophobes, d) bigots

The Republicans are the party of no

The Republicans drove us into the ditch

It took them 8 years to mess things up this bad, you’ve got to give us more (time or money—things seldom work as the democrats promise they will and they always blame it on not enough time or not enough money).

The Republicans/Tea Party candidates are too extreme

“I'd like to see her do this ad in the south Bronx. Come here, b%&*h! Come to New York and do it.”

What does seem to be working for the Democrats

I “voted against Nancy Pelosi’s energy tax on Hoosier families.”

I’m “the most independent member of Congress”

"I sued the EPA and I'll take dead aim at the cap and trade."

I voted against the health care bill and am willing to go "against my own party."

What does the Senate look like in 2012
I think the Republicans will take the Senate this year, but even if they don’t, 2012 should provide what they need to do it.  The Democrats will be defending twice the number of seats as the Republicans will as well as the 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats.  And if the Republicans win 9 seats this year (tie with the Democrats 50-50, Ben Nelson of Nebraska may want to change parties before his reelection bid in 2012).

If Senate Democrats think 2010 is a tough cycle, just wait two more years.

They’ll probably hold the Senate majority Tuesday — with a couple of seats to spare, most analysts believe. But 2012 is a different story

By then, Republicans will be poised to take control of the Senate — with pickup possibilities scattered across the map and a much narrower base of their own to defend. 

It’s not simply the lopsided mathematics — with at least 21 DEMOCRATIC SEATS ON THE TABLE in 2012, including two independents who sit with the Democrats, COMPARED WITH 10 REPUBLICANS. It’s where the seats are located.

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