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Congressional Countdown: Beyond the Top 35 House Races

Congressional Countdown

A Key Race Scorecard -- Oct. 30, 2006

House (35 contested races)

Leans GOP
5
Toss-Up
17
Leans Dem
13

Senate (9 contested races)

Leans GOP
0
Toss-Up
4
Leans Dem
5

» Full Analysis

For the past week, our Congressional Countdown has focused on 35 of the most competitive House races in the nation, along with nine Senate races. The Senate list represents a fairly comprehensive accounting for the overall playing field, but the House list does not.

When we set up the Countdown, we decided to focus on what appeared to be the 35 most competitive races, rather than every district that might change hands on Nov. 7. With that in mind, we look today at a few races that are not on the Countdown top 35 but that nonetheless are increasingly competitive.

Read the full analysis...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  October 30, 2006; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  Democratic Party , House , Republican Party , Senate  
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Comments

It will be very interesting to see what pans out in the bellweather state of Florida. It seems like Crist will keep the Governor's seat in Republican hands (despite some Foley-like issues of his own), and Florida is also home to the most expensive House race of the year: Ron Klein (D) vs incumbent Clay Shaw... www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com

Posted by: MinorRipper | November 3, 2006 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What about Alaska? Everyone always forgets about this big state with only one representative -- the very arrogant non-resident who lives here 85 days/year and talks down to Alaskan constituents and caters to Arkansas land developers and lobbyists like Abramoff. Well, after 34 years in office, he has a challenger, a female Native American, who is within 9 points in last week's poll. Let's get a little attention on that race, OK?

Posted by: M. H. | October 31, 2006 2:54 AM | Report abuse


Article on Pelosi and Lobbyist. I will say this now, IF DEMS win House, ALL Dems had better get on board with this. AND, I would not let ONE GOP House member get away with a secret vote. Make them all parade before the cameras as they cast their vote. Americans need to see proof positive the culture of corruption is going to be addressed.

The second thing I would do if I were Pelosi is restore the bi-partisan House Ethics Commission. NO DEM or GOP who had any connections to Abramoff or a tint of corruption (Monahan and Jefferson for the DEMS) would be allowed to serve. In fact, I would appoint an independant outside person to over see it.....say retiring GOP House member Hefley of Colorado.

I would put these two things in place on the first day of business. Then proceed to increase min. wage and other items.

Posted by: Stick A Fork In It. | October 30, 2006 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Stacy,

Never you fear. Recent polls have Harry Mitchell inside the margin against Hayworth. In addition, the Arizona Republic(an) just endorsed Harry, which nearly caused me to pass out.

Eight days left until the celebration, then the healing begins January 3rd.

Posted by: James | October 30, 2006 10:17 PM | Report abuse

What happened this weekend. I thought the wave had bottomed out. More thorough review tomorrow.

House
ID-1
Mason Dixon 10/25
Grant (D) 37%
Sali (R) 39%

NE-3
Penn Schoen Berland (D) 10/29
Kleeb (D) 46%
Smith (R) 40%

NV-2
Research 2000 10/25
Derby (D) 40%
Heller (R) 48%

WY at large
Trauner (D) 40%
Cubin (R) 44%

Governors
Rasmussen 10/28
AK
Knowles (D) 44%
Palin (R) 45%

St Pete Times 10/25
FL
Davis (D) 42%
Crist (R) 48%

Mason Dixon 10/25
ID
Brady (D) 43%
Otter (R) 44%

Research 2000 10/25
NV
Titus (D) 41%
Gibbons (R) 47%

Posted by: RMill | October 30, 2006 6:37 PM | Report abuse

More information for the the purposefully ignorant to pretend they are totally unaware of.

Lobbyists Won't Like What Pelosi Has in Mind
By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/29/AR2006102900628.html?nav=hcmoduletmv

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | October 30, 2006 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Chris,
PLEASE tell me that JD Hayworth's seat is competitive!

Posted by: Stacy VanDeveer | October 30, 2006 5:34 PM | Report abuse

KOZ-

Just an honest question for you. Aside from bashing anyone who disagrees with you or expresses support for Dems.

What, in your mind, are the Republicans doing right?
1. The R-leaders at the state level here in OH are absolutely corrupt and incompetent.
2. On the national level, they've lead us disastrously into Iraq, and the economy is NOT benefitting 90+% of Americans (with net wage loss, increased mortgage foreclosures, net personal savings loss, and a dropping percentage of HH's with access to health insurance).

In the private corporate sector, we don't wait to fire a poorly performing worker until we've identified a backfill (or a candidate with a particular plan). We stop the bleeding first.

I'm asking the question, not as a liberal, or a Dem, but as a moderate. Virtually every conversation I've had with friends, neighbors, and co-workers (here in OH-15) has come to the conclusion that we've waited long enough for common sense to prevail and that it's time to start cutting some losses.

Posted by: DCA2CMH | October 30, 2006 4:26 PM | Report abuse

And that folks is the extent of the Dem agenda. Insults and silliness. you can expect more if they get into power. thanks for making that so crystal clear.

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 30, 2006 1:48 PM | Report abuse

that should be pointless and unoriginal... i nver say anything unless rush tells me to.

Posted by: kind ofzouk | October 30, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

In this sentence, "Foley" should be "Reynolds":

"Foley had been told of some inappropriate emails (though not the most salacious, he said) and said he passed the information along to Speaker J. Dennis Hastert's office."

Posted by: Peter | October 30, 2006 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Everything I say is pointless and original. All I'm interested in is attacking Democrats. I am a paid republican shill.

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 30, 2006 1:31 PM | Report abuse

That is so original. Must have spent all your braincells for the day. too much work to even sign your name. Are you so ashamed of your pointless views and opinions that you can't be bothered to be identified with them, even under an alias? very telling.

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 30, 2006 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Attacking everyone for saying something sensible only shows the shallowness of your agenda.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Moonbat city in here today. Attacking Bobby for saying something sensible only shows the shallowness of your agenda. you think you are angry now, wait untill we steal another election from you. coming next week. Maybe then you will realize the voters aren't buying into moonbattiness.

Posted by: kingofzouk | October 30, 2006 1:04 PM | Report abuse

--More Jim Gibbons coverup:

'Surveillance tapes have surfaced, two weeks after police were told no such recordings existed from the security cameras in the parking garage where the Nevada GOP's gubernatorial hopeful allegedly assaulted a cocktail waitress.

Curiously, the candidate, Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) -- whose camp has worked furiously to bury the story -- is loudly and publicly pushing for the tapes to be released.

Why? Gibbon's spokesman said that the tapes show that neither Gibbons nor his accuser, Chrissy Mazzeo, was even in the parking garage. "We've been told. . . [that the tapes] prove that Jim Gibbons was never in that garage, and interestingly, neither was she," Robert Uithoven said.

That's curious, since Gibbons has already admitted to being in the parking garage with Mazzeo, according to the Las Vegas Sun. No one appears to have pushed the campaign on the apparent contradiction.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 1:02 PM | Report abuse

'And Limbaugh now says that TV stations altered a Web video where he appears to mock Fox's illness during a radio broadcast.'

Posted by: Tinfoil Hat Brigade | October 30, 2006 12:38 PM | Report abuse


October US Death Toll in Iraq Hits 100

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 12:16 PM | Report abuse

'Later Saturday, during his South Carolina stop, Bush spoke to troops on a tarmac at Charleston Air Force Base, repeating his defense of his Iraq policy in a speech that was stripped of its earlier partisan jabs. But the appearance created potent images, as Bush, surrounded by troops in camouflage, strode into his audience's view from between C-17 cargo planes as soaring music blared.

"It's a hard fight," the president said of Iraq. "And we've got a lot of brave citizens of ours in the midst of the fight. But we have a plan for victory."

He has a plan for' victory'.. I wonder when he'll tell us what it is...

I had to laugh at the 'potent image' -- reporters are such clueless suckups these days. The 'potent image' of an impotent man wearing a codpeice...

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The Great Healer at work...

'At his first campaign rally this election season, President Bush on Saturday galvanized supporters in a packed high-school gym by pledging to oppose gay marriage, a theme Republican candidates have revived after a New Jersey court ruling in favor of gay couples.'

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

texasdem,

Don't worry about this one. The way the poll was conducted not very clear. S-G has not polled above the low 30s, and the undecideds are not going to spend the time doing a write-in, when the attention is mainly on the top of the ballot.

Jake,
I was in Nebraska last week, and there is considerable chatter for Kleeb, who is said to be leading in one private poll:
http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2006/10/30/local/doc454550513afa1838146351.txt
Yet another one not to miss. There are just too many races to keep an eye on this year.

Posted by: Zathras | October 30, 2006 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I am willing to bet the farm that Republican Senators like Snow or Collins will consider changing parties or at least become independents thereby giving the Dems more control over the Senate. It depends on what the Dems offer.

There are good Republicans who fear Carl Rove - the second they think they can survive without the White House they will moderate - it is how you paint the issues

if the Dems go on TV with real numbers showing how the budget can be balanced by rolling back tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans it becomes a balanced budget issue - enough Republicans will get on board to withstand a veto -

Pelosi needs to nurture those republicans who are moderates - mostly in the Northeast and west coast -

she can do this - the question is does she have the skill to bring enough moderate republicans on board?

BObby Wightman-Cervantes
www.balancingtheissues.com

Posted by: Bobby Wightman-Cervantes | October 30, 2006 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes says "I deal in reality - it is time to heal- to move forward - all I can do is hope Pelosi shows leadership and moves forward on the people's business - this is the best way to keep the Reputricans out of the White House in 2008."

Well said. I agree that some investigations would be worthwhile, but from the perspective of turning this country onto the right course, more attention needs to be paid to undoing years of bad policy. Congress, if they bother to actually spend some time doing their jobs, should have more than enough time & resources to both enact good legislation and perform their oversight duties. Spending all their time on oversight and/or revenge will continue sending this country down the wrong path.

Posted by: bsimon | October 30, 2006 11:37 AM | Report abuse

for those of you still supporting the weasel leiberman -- guess who is giving him lots of money? why, it's the biggest enemy of Democrats ever -- R. Mellon Scaife:

' Richard Scaife is a right-wing billionaire who has subsidized many of the Right's formative institutions and organizations for the past thirty years. Scaife has given away at least $340 million dollars to promote right-wing causes.
- Richard Scaife is #378 on the list of wealthiest people in the World, worth approximately $1.2 billion dollars. Scaife's fortune comes from his position as heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortune. Scaife has channeled his money into philanthropic interests and publishing.
- Scaife's recent period of notable influence in the 1990's corresponded with his active, visible support of anti-Clinton conspiracy theories and being viewed as part of the "vast right-wing conspiracy." Scaife supported
Judicial Watch and the
Landmark Legal Foundation in 1997 for their work to file lawsuits against the Clinton administration on a multitude of topics, ranging from campaign finance to the FBI files-gathering controversy.
- In a rare interview in 1999 with John F. Kennedy, Jr in George Magazine, Scaife spoke openly about his belief that there is truth behind the accusations that the Clintons were involved in the deaths of 60 friends and employees. His newspaper, Pittsbrugh Tribune-Review, also printed allegations suggesting that certain officials in the Clinton administration were murdered.
- During the period of critical growth for many right-wing institutions, Scaife gave approximately $200 million to conservative causes from 1974 through the end of the Bush administration in 1992. Scaife's early contributions to Heritage Foundation in 1976 were "absolutely critical" according to Heritage's president, Ed Feulner.
- Scaife's early support of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) helped the influential grassroots policy organization get started.
- Scaife's support of candidate Nixon in 1972 is legendary; Scaife gave 330 checks for $3,000 each to 330 "dummy" organizations that fronted for Nixon's campaign.'

Anyone R who ever throws the word 'soros' at you -- you might mention the above.

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 11:34 AM | Report abuse

'if you are a neo-con, you aren't a patriot and you aren't American.'

agree

Posted by: j | October 30, 2006 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you about that, bobby, but do you really think that if the republicans lose, they will want to work with Dems? If you do, you don't know them. They will immediately set to work to try to undermine anything the Dems want to do, just like they spent 8 years ignoring national security and every other issue facing us, so that they could use their full energies to overthrow Clinton.

The truth is they don't care about the future of this country at all. The last 6 years should have proven that to you. They're quite willing to destroy America if they can't control it. Yo have to understand that the neocons are not a politcal party... they are an ideology, like communism or fascism. They think bipartisanship is 'date rape'. They do not want to work with Dems -- they want to destroy us. They despise us all.

So how are we to heal and move forward in light of that?

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Another example of the sort of criminal activity engaged in by your government:

AKRON, Ohio - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said on Monday that it plans to close a plant in Tyler, Texas, three weeks after workers at the plant and 15 others went on strike in part because of the tire maker's plan to shut down the factory. The move will eliminate about 1,100 jobs...

And, now for the rest of the story... Goodyear is OUTSOURCING that work. Becasue they get tax incentives from the Bush controlled government, they are taking jobs from 1,100 people at one plant and about a 1,000 at another and shipping that work overseas. Oh yes, that "strike" was over Goodyear requiring concessions of wages and benefits for those American workers to keep their jobs to begin with.

Oh, sorry, so much for "moderation". Andrew Sullivan and Christine Todd Whitman are nothing more than shills for Bush. Anyone paying attention ought to know by now that Bush and his crowd are using every minute the have control of government to dismantle this country. Everything Bush has done is flat out criminal and anyone supporting him, after all of the evidence, is likewise a criminal. This criminals are selling this country and it's jobs and technology and are running up debts that will cripple us for years to come. So, to echo the Goldwater taunts - You are either an Amercian patriot and stand up for this country, put it first!, or you are a "globalization" fuzzy minded one worlder. America, love it or leave it. If you are a Republican, and especially if you are a neo-con, you aren't a patriot and you aren't American. Leave!

Posted by: MikeB | October 30, 2006 11:21 AM | Report abuse

J,

you are confusing anger with policy - there is no one on this planet more angry with the IDIOT in the White House - I went to jail over my refusal to take down an anti-Bush web page which outlined his history of incompetence in Texas - I know just how corrupt and dangerous AL Gonzales and Dan Bartlett are - but you know what- you do not form policy based on anger

I want the Dems to take the White House, Senate and House - I want them to hold on to each - you do this by moving on - leaving the past behind.

You do this by rolling back the tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans and then spending your money on 30 second TV spots explaining to the American people how the roll backs will help balance the budget and protect their children and grand children from out of control reputrican spending -

I would love if the Senate would investigate Dan Bartlett for withholding documents from the Senate Judiciary Committe regarding Bush nominees (Leahy himself complained about this but then went silent - why?)

I deal in reality - it is time to heal- to move forward - all I can do is hope Pelosi shows leadership and moves forward on the people's business - this is the best way to keep the Reputricans out of the White House in 2008

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes
www.balancingtheissues.com

Posted by: Bobby Wightman-Cervantes | October 30, 2006 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Well, another day of people throwing stones in a glass house. I hate to say this but over the weekend the Comptroler of the United States of America stated we are headed for bankrupsey and being an accountant I agree with him. The sad part is he is smarter than me. All this worry over Iraq well it is a joke isn't it. When we can pay our bills then what does the US do destroy the world. The Republicans say the Dem's will tax and spend but the Republicans jsut spend and spend. At least the Dem's will keep us standing still. The Republicans will destroy us so there is a real game plan bad or really worst. The only answer is to have the tax cuts repealed and no more excessive spending period. If more taxes are needed than so be it. Everyone should be real scared about this issue. Leaving Iraq is nothing compared to leaving these idots in cogress spending money they don't have.

Posted by: Antonio | October 30, 2006 11:19 AM | Report abuse

'Grand liberal ambitions?" What, you mean nobody is screaming "woo hoo, bigger government" and "let's surrender to Al-Quaeda, they're scary?" Because you know, those are at the top of the unpublished Official Liberal Agenda.

It is due to the fact that word "liberal" has been so demonized, so thoroughly mischaracterized and redefined by right-wing extremists that articles like this get written. The premise seems to be that it will be the triumph of conservative values that could take the House for the Democrats, but power will be turned over to flaming liberal committee chairs.

If many of the "blue dogs" get elected it is not by virtue of the popularity of their "values," it's because they live (and appeal to voters) in states where the pendulum is more likely to swing from one party to another at a moment when the GOP is remarkably unpopular, and it doesn't take tremendous powers of observation to figure that out.

The author refers to Henry Waxman as "an unapologetic liberal of an older generation," as if he's a broken down 8-track or something. Look at Henry Waxman's web page. If there's anyone who has been keeping his eye on the ball during the past six years and staying current with where the country ought to be despite the distractions of the emotional kindergartners who actually run the country, it's Henry Waxman:

Democratic Medicare Drug Reforms Could Save Seniors Billions of Dollars - you know, by allowing the government to negotiate drug prices. In strict violation of the "raise taxes at all time" line item of the Official Liberal Agenda.
Democratic Truth Squad Introduces 'Clean Contracting Act' -- as ranking member of the Committee on Government Reform, Waxman wants to know where all the money went: "Contracts collectively worth over $762 billion have been plagued by significant waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement under the Bush Administration." Probably wants to get it all back just to blow it on weed.
Homeland Security Contracts Waste Hundreds of Millions of Taxpayer Dollars -- Henry released a comprehensive report saying that Joe Lieberman's baby, the Department of Homeland Security, has engaged in "pervasive mismanagement and waste. According to the report, noncompetitive contracts have soared over 700% in just three years, and the total value of the Department's wasteful contracts exceeds $34 billion." Yet another reason to be happy that Joe Lieberman boasts that a victory for him would return him to the chairmanship of the Homeland Security panel.
Iraq Reconstruction Efforts -- Acording to a new report by the GAO there are "a record $3.5 billion in questioned and unsupported contractor charges in Iraq." Henry had to get special dispensation fro the Vast Liberal Conspiracy to engage in this fiscal responsibility, likewise his call to urge Dennis Hastert to hold hearings on the increased global terrorist threat. Needless to say, we almost tore his card up over that one.
The article is so ill-informed, so thoroughly misguided as to be absurd. The goals that Henry Waxman is pursuing are all laudable objectives that should be the goal of any adult tasked with Congressional oversight regardless of party. And if the more conservative members of the party are more likely to be susceptible to taking money from lobbyists and shirk this responsibility it doesn't make them "centrists," it makes them crooks.'

http://www.firedoglake.com/

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 11:19 AM | Report abuse


'Republicans are ringing alarms about what the House would be like if the GOP lost control: a throwback to unreconstructed liberalism, big-government activism, tax increases and weak-kneed defense. They point with Halloween horror to the likely line-up of Democratic committee chairmen, including Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and other liberal old-timers.

But, like Shuler, many of the Democratic candidates most likely to be elected are cut from a different cloth. Sixteen of them have been endorsed by the Blue Dogs, a coalition of conservative Democrats. Several of them used to be Republicans. Shuler was recruited to run as a Republican a few years ago but opted not to.

With so many conservative-leaning candidates at the forefront of the Democratic effort, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has, at least for now, stuck to a minimalist agenda that steers clear of grand, liberal ambitions.

Instead, Democratic leaders are focusing - and almost all serious Democratic candidates are campaigning on - a limited agenda that includes raising the minimum wage, repealing tax breaks for oil companies, restoring college-tuition tax breaks, cutting Medicare drug costs and other plans they believe could draw bipartisan support.'

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/1029conservative-dems1029.html

Posted by: j | October 30, 2006 11:18 AM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Lynne Cheney is deflecting talk of the sexual content in her novel "Sisters," a 25-year-old book that resurfaced in a campaign Friday and is stirring up controversy.

The novel, featuring a lesbian love affair, was brought up Friday amid a contentious Senate race in Virginia. Soon a Democratic committee and Cheney herself -- in an interview on CNN -- were weighing in.

"Sisters," which has triggered controversies in the past, returned to the news after Sen. George Allen, a Republican from Virginia, pulled up sexual passages that his Democratic challenger, Jim Webb, had included in his novels.

In a statement and list sent to the Drudge Report Web site, Allen's campaign accused Webb, a former Navy secretary of "demeaning women" and "dehumanizing women, men and even children" through his fiction writings.

Webb responded that it was a "smear" tactic and "desperate," and that in his books he had described things he witnessed in horrible wartime situations.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Bobby: Actually, I think what's written on that site IS "The people's business." Bush will certainly veto good ideas as fast as he can. He has no interest in the "middle road" and no one expects him to suddenly develop an overwhelming interest in either bipartisanship or the people's business. The question is whether enough R's will sign onto them to override the vetos.

The other question is: what price will the R's have to pay for those vetos in 2008? The current Congress won't even consider good ideas and thus Bush/the GOP pays no political price for vetoing them since they never even get to his desk.

Every journey begins with a single step; control of the House would at least begin to "change the tone in Washington," a phrase I seem to recall hearing from somebody a few years back.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | October 30, 2006 11:15 AM | Report abuse

From the Salt Lake Tribune... somebody ought to ask Romney why he is a republican, if he's a good Mormon....

'Why Mormons should vote Democratic
By Fred Voros

"Principles compatible with the gospel may be found in the platforms of all major political parties," declared the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is certainly true of the Democratic Party.
Mormon descriptions of a just social order read like a Democratic manifesto. The Book of Mormon decries a society in which every man prospers according to his genius, and every man conquers according to his strength (Alma 30:17). It condemns those who ignore the plight of the hungry, needy, naked and sick (Mormon 8:39).
This brother's-keeper principle animates government programs pioneered by Democrats. In 1937, Franklin Delano Roosevelt saw "one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished" and acted.
LDS scripture warns incessantly against economic stratification: " . . . it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin" (D&C 49:20). Yet Republican tax cuts on one end of the economic spectrum and aid cuts on the other have widened the gap between rich and poor. Thanks to our Republican Congress, the world lies a little more in sin.
LDS scripture also calls us to "renounce war and proclaim peace" (D&C 98:16), and condemns offensive wars (Alma 43:45-47; Mormon 3:8-16). Yet the Republican administration misled America into invading Iraq, a nation that had not even threatened the U.S.

Astoundingly, the Republican Congress is borrowing money - from China, Saudi Arabia and federal trust funds - to cover the war, lavish tax cuts and their own profligate spending. '

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/ci_4567867

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 11:10 AM | Report abuse

christ i am tired of people telling me not to be angry. i have a right to be angry. stop beleiving the republican lies that the dems are going to spend all their time with investigations. but they most certainly should do some... because that is their job. oversight. please try to understand what the purpose of government is.

Posted by: j | October 30, 2006 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Judge the article you reference clearly outlines Pelosi's position on key issues-

Long ago I stopped listening to empty promises of sugarcane and lollipops - since Reagn every president and every politician has promised to do something about our disaterous educational system - our children have only gotten dumber in the last 26 years.

How does she intend to accomplish these goals - is she unaware that the IDIOT in the White House has veto power?

Stop promising me things you cannot deliver - a game plan is something you can accomplish - it is not your list of wishes to Santa Claus.

If you intend to hold hearings to embarass the Reputricans how do you intend to have enough votes to override a presidential veto? Game Plan - a Game plan is heal the Congress - find middle road - and move forward on the people's business

At the end of the day the Democrats have no game plan - they continue on the same old path - "let them have food stamps"

The people want the endless mindless war of words to end - it is that simple

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes
www.balancingtheissues.com

Posted by: Bobby WIghtman-Cervantes | October 30, 2006 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I can't beleive anybody says Dems don't have a game plan. You're reading too much mainstream media, which refuses to cover Dems in a positive light.

Try reading more blogs like atrios.com or talkingpointsmemo.com or firedoglake, if you really want to know what';s going on...

Posted by: j | October 30, 2006 10:54 AM | Report abuse

What i would love to see is a nice even split between dems and repugs..Make these idiots work together..Pretty obvious that the "divide and conquer" strategy of Tom DeLay doesn't work at all...Why not have true EQUAL representation split right down the aisle...

Posted by: TheIrishCurse | October 30, 2006 10:53 AM | Report abuse

To Mike B

I began with

"Andrew Sullivan and Christine Todd Whitman on Friday last while appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher suggested that as conservatives it is better to stay home or vote Democrat - this is very telling of how frustrated true conservatives are with Bush and the Republicans"

Somehow this comment makes me a Republican backer - Mike is an example of the old guard which will be left behind after this election - people are so so tired of these endless diatribes.

Telling me you want to end the war is not the same as telling me how you are going to pull us out of Iraq without making a mess of it - remember in 2008 the Dems do not want to be know as the ones who made Iraq into the terrorist capital of the world

Once again I predict the HRC, McCain and very very angry Mike B's will be old news -

If the Democrats choose to shut down congress for two years investigating Bush they deserve to loose in 2008 -

Mike do you really believe the American people want another two years of a do nothing Congress divided over investigating an idiot? - let his record stand and in 2008 the Dems will take the White House and solid control of the Senate

If the Dems are dumb enough to shut down congress for two years investigating the biggest idiot to ever occupy the White House the Dems will lose in 2008 - and deservingly so

The Dems need to work on repealing the tax cuts for people who earn over a million dollars a year- run it on a balance the budget issue - simple and something true conservatives can back

Bobby WIghtman-Cervantes
www.balancingtheissues.com

Posted by: Anonymous | October 30, 2006 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Chris, please acknowledge that long-shot Dem John Hall in NY's 19th has now pulled even with Sue Kelly, five term Republican incumbent. So much so that Big Dog Clinton is coming to speak at a rally for him this afternoon...

Posted by: drindl | October 30, 2006 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Bobby: you don't have to look far: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/06/AR2006100600056.html

The irony is how sweeping these simple, common sense ideas appear. A measure of how amazingly bad the current Congress is can be found at http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/worst_congress_ever

I promise that'll be the last time I post that link; it's just such an eye-opener to see the current Congress evaluated using a mostly historical perpective.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | October 30, 2006 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Kristen Mack of the Houston Chronicle wrote an article about the race for Tom DeLay's 22nd Congressional District stating that, based on a Houston Chronicle-KHOU-TV poll, 35% of over 500 likely voters would vote for a write-in candidate. Of those voters, 79% said they would write in Republican-backed Sekula-Gibbs. Democrat Nick Lampson came in with 36%, undecideds were 25%, and the Libertarian candidate got 4%. If Sekula-Gibbs' name was listed on the ballot, the poll had her at 52%. Is it possible that this race is actually a toss-up? How can this be?

Posted by: texasdem | October 30, 2006 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"...The problem the Democrats face is, they still have no proposals...."

I guess you haven't been paying attention. National Healthcare, get us out of Iraq, balance the budget, roll back tax cuts for the wealthy, tax the snot out of companies that outsource American jobs, control and limit guest worker visa's. On top of that, the Democrats I like will investigate and impeach this loathsome and criminal president and president in charge of vice the jerk Supremes stuck us with. When the criminal wrong doings of the monsters becomes apparent I would expect that even you and the ignorant FOX-right wing crowd will howl for these bast*rds heads.

Posted by: MikeB | October 30, 2006 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Andrew Sullivan and Christine Todd Whitman on Friday last while appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher suggested that as conservatives it is better to stay home or vote Democrat - this is very telling of how frustrated true conservatives are with Bush and the Republicans

The problem the Democrats face is, they still have no proposals - for all of their complaints about the negative advertising by the Republicans the Democrats do not have any game plan.

When the Monday morning quarterbacking begins on why the Dems did not do as well as hoped - this will be the main reason cited by the pundits

The good news is, on both sides of the isle good men and women are coming forward to show that it does not have to be this endless whining and policyless approach to politics.

I will predict that in short order after the campaign (6 months) HRC and McCain will be old news and a new and better guard will emerge from both sides of the isle.

Bobby WIghtman-Cervantes

Posted by: Bobby Wightman-Cervantes | October 30, 2006 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Reynold's ads are too little too late. You know the DCCC is going to hammer him in the next week. In an area where the economy is lagging and the Foley scandal might be enough to take him down. That being said the guy running against him is a little out there.

Posted by: Andy R | October 30, 2006 9:52 AM | Report abuse

What about Nebraska's 3rd District? Most of the national media hasn't noticed this race, but there is a very real chance that the Democratic candidate will win this open seat. The Republicans went through a nasty primary and the least electable candidate won, and the Democrats have a telegenic, conservative candidate who has run a very shrewd campaign so far. The 3rd District probably gave Bush one of his biggest margins of victory in 2004, but ask just about any Republican in the state and they'll tell you they're worried (or hopeful) that the Republican candidate will lose.

Posted by: Jake Wobig | October 30, 2006 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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