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Democrats Within Striking Distance of Senate Control

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Posted on Oct 22, 2006
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When Harry Reid said it would take a miracle for Democrats to regain control of the Senate, party operatives focused their hopes on the House. But recent events have Democratic challengers surging in polls.


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Democrats in the past two weeks have significantly improved their chances of taking control of the Senate, according to polls and independent analysts, with the battle now focused intensely on three states in the Midwest and upper South: Missouri, Tennessee and Virginia.

Democratic challengers are in strong positions against GOP incumbents in four states—Pennsylvania, Montana, Ohio and Rhode Island—a trend that leaves the party looking for just two more seats to reclaim the majority. The main targets are states where Republicans in recent years have dominated but this year find themselves in hotly competitive races.

Except for a brief period in 2001 and 2002, Republicans have held power in the Senate continuously since the 1994 elections and now hold 55 of 100 seats. Only last year, Senate Democratic Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) said it would take “a miracle” for his party to win control. But the same issues that are leading many pollsters and strategists to predict a Democratic takeover of the House—including the unpopularity of President Bush and the Iraq war—have made a turnover in the Senate more plausible.

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By Dave Tishendorf, October 23, 2006 at 9:08 am Link to this comment
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It’s not my intent to bash John Kane. Others have done that quite well already, thank you. Besides, I really don’t think he is worth all the time and energy. He is ranting into a black, slimy, empty hole.

Rather, I like to look forward to the grand opportunity that now is staring the Democrats in the face. They have a chance to save this country, and I mean that quite literally. Bush has been an absolute tragedy for this nation, and it will take a herculean effort by all of us to rectify some of the horrendous things he has done. But won’t it be wonderful when (not if) the Democrats take control, when government once again becomes the government of all the people and not just the corporate elite, when we can proudly salute the flag and sing the national anthem rather than hide in shame, when “liberal” is no longer a dirty word, when hate is no longer a family value, and on and on and on ... you can make your own list.

I hope all of us can band together to see to it that these things happen. I even invite the poor Mr. Kane to come along with us. It’s going to be a marvelous ride.

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By StuartH, October 22, 2006 at 9:00 pm Link to this comment
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I hope people who read sites like Truthdig and engage in commenting will remember the bumper sticker slogan, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Republican.” 

The Republican majority in Congress have become arrogant and have allowed themselves the ethics of pirates.  Those who support evangelical Christian values ought to really step back and contemplate how twisted for the sake of power and money the message of Christ has become. 

Really appropriate, common sense, practical and sober minded public policy for the 21st Century is completely off the table with Congress and the White House at this time.

This Republican cohort is so off-track that even regimented Believers who live in areas where there is no choice except biased media spouting right wing talking points can see through the BS.

Hopefully, those who truly care about this county will vote (and their votes will be counted honestly.)

If that happens, then we may turn the tide and the beginning of getting down to business in a sane way may result.

Hopefully, we will all remember how screwed up things could get when hubris overcomes sense and the same mistakes won’t be repeated.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Voter Republican

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By Bill Lenner, October 22, 2006 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment
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This is too funny to be believed.

You people who are against civil rights and for some kind of open ended support of a government in Iraq that is using death squads or at least letting them use their uniforms and protecting them with Iraqi troops really think you are superior?

At least in my younger days people like you had to hide your hate and bloodlust.

And you will again. America is tired of you.  Your Bush administration has shown what failures it is as we should have known right after 9/11.

Bye, bye!

Pretty soon there won’t even be a Bush administration to funnel taxpayers’ dollars to whichever special interest has hired you to post your ravings.

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By Sean Duckworth, October 22, 2006 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment
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The Republicans have no hope of winning the midterm elections. Unless the Democrats happen to rape women and start riots or something major, the Republican control of Congress is hasta la bye-bye. While I support the Democrats, there are also many Republicans I admire. But the GOP has gotten comfortable with their control, acting as a rubber stamp for any of the current Administration’s policies and whatnot. It’s time for change.

“Stop, hey, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down…”

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By Brad Olsen, October 22, 2006 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment
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To John Kane, Your comment sounds like the typical chicken hawk republican. After a trillion dollars spent, 2800 brave Americans dead, 23000 wounded, between 60,000 and 100,000 thousand Iraqis dead, we are morally and fiscally bankrupt. Remember when your boy campaigned about not using American soldiers to nation build? If the sons and daughters of the clowns who are incharge in Washington had to fight, the war would be over.

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By Anonymous, October 22, 2006 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment
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First and foremost, learn how to spell.  Secondly, look at the facts.  Countless American soldiers and innocent Iraqis died and no one can pinpoint why we went to war in the first place.  Thirdly, there is genocide in several parts of the world and the U.S. does little to get involved.  Is our economic interest in Iraq so much more important than the innocent people dying at the hands of corrupt leaders in other parts of the world?  Let’s talk about the real issues and ask difficult questions.  For example, why is it that American voters must choose from the “best of the worst?”  Why was it that we chose to spend billions of dollars on fixing Iraq when we have terrible messes in every U.S. inner-city area?  The thing that worries me most is that Americans are resting on their laurels.  This is a country that was founded on hard work and standing up for what one believes.  The problem is that everyone is sitting down.  Things need to change.  Someone needs to step up and be a real leader.  The political infighting is a waste of time and taxpayer dollars.  We need to step back from the madness for a few seconds, seriously look at the problems, evaluate all the options, regroup and all work toward a better America and world.  I wish others felt as strongly about it as I do.  Hopefully, others will stand up.

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By Emmanual Kreisman, October 22, 2006 at 2:50 pm Link to this comment
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I too am worried about a stronger national defense Mr. Kane, which is precisely why I will vote Democrat on Nov. 7th.

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By Mary, October 22, 2006 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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Well I just hope that the Democrats gain control of the senate, because in my opinion I don’t think that the Republicans are doing a good job, they are doing everything that they say that they fight against. So please learn about the candidates before you vote…

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By Ponder, October 22, 2006 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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No worries we will vote for people that have a sane National Defense and National Security approach.  Note that by the polls that would be the Dem’s for most people.  Or we could choose the economy and moral values, hmm again Dem’s.  Let me ask you this do the repub’s do anything well other than shill for corporations and then lie to get us into wars that kill our children and what ever brown people that we are attacking this week?  If you would actually investigate the Repub’s strategy for the two “points to vote by” that you mentioned you would quickly realize that the current Admin seems to have no clue what is really going on and neither does the House or Senate.  Is that because our politicians are stupid or because the Repub’s have no clue of what to do?  I am not sure but I know that voting for a Repub is obviously not an option if you have been awake over the last 5 years.

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By Candy Kane, October 22, 2006 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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I would like to agree with my Daddy. 

We need to vote for Republican candidates who are strong on national defense and security.  That means people who are willing to commit our troops to situations where they will have to defend themselves and our nation, even if there is no threat there.  We can manufacture our own threat just fine, thank you very much.  The more countries that hate us, the more we will need to defend ourselves.  I can’t believe that self haiting liberals don’t see that.

Plus, the more Republicans we put into office, the less liberty we will have to defend here at home.  That will make national defense cheaper, if nothing else.  We’re getting rid of habeus corpus (who need Latin stuff, anyway - look what good it did the Romans), getting rid of useless search warrants that are only designed to give liberal activist judges something to do to justify their big salaries, and the right to confront our accusers - hey, if you’re accused of something you can’t be THAT innocent, can you?  I mean, get real, liberal zomboids.

So I say poop on the fourth amendment.  And let’s get rid of that stoopid first amendment, too.  Freedom of religion?  Hey - just be a Christian and you can be as free as you need to be.  Freedom of speech?  If you don’t have anything good to say about the government you should just shut up anyway.  Freedom of the press?  I say press this!

It’s all these rights and freedoms that are the problem, like my daddy says.  The fewer we have, the less there is to deend, meaning it’s cheaper, and that means we won’t have to run up these big deficits that me and my friends are going to have to pay back to the Chinese.  Wake up, bleeding hearts!

And don’t get me started on the Useless Nations.  If those dumb ass weapons inspectors had just done their job in Iraq and TOLD us that Saddamo didn’t have any WMD’s, we wouldn’t be in Iraq anyway.

Vote Republican.  If we get enough of them in office we won’t have to vote anyway.  We can let Diebold do it for us, and we can spend election day watching Bill O’Reilly.

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By einsteinstoe, October 22, 2006 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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“Koolaid restock on aisle four please.”

Fueling the recruitment of the next generation of terrorists is certainly no defense.Inept national offense mandated by Republicans is certainly a fine reason to Vote for the Democratic ticket.

“Save America….FIRE THE REPUBLICANS.”

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By Frank M, October 22, 2006 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Kane is exactly right.  We should vot for candidates who are strong on national defense and security.  And that would be any democrat.  Republicans have fallen dangerously short in this area.  See Iraq.

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By Timothy P Jones, October 22, 2006 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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Or, on the other hand, we might hope and pray for a balance—-with people who don’t view Democrats as self-hating liberals and who refuse to view Republicans as ignorant fundamentalists, with people who see that there is wisdom beyond themselves. Isn’t there any place left any more for “centrist”?

Personally, after reading the above post from John M. Kane, I also would hope and pray that Republicans could learn to spell. “Self haiting liberals”? “Repuclicans”? When you can’t spell your own party’s name, maybe you lack the necessary intelligence to have been invited to the party in the first place.

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By Felicia Cathey, October 22, 2006 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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Dear John M. Kane #31911

Try spelling “Republican” and “self-hating” correctly!

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By Atheista, October 22, 2006 at 8:05 am Link to this comment
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cool.
http://www.atheistactivist.org

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By John M Kane, October 22, 2006 at 5:40 am Link to this comment
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We can only hope and pray that the Repuclicans maintain control.  We cannot afford to have the country run by self haiting liberals who want to turn control of all we have gained over to the Useless Nations.

This would be disastrous for our future and the security of our nation.  We need to maintain control of our own security as well as the security of weaker nations who cannot by themselves resist the attacks of islamic fascists and terrorists whose goal is to destroy all those who in any way disagree with their hateful philosophy.

All should vote and vote for candidates who are strong on national defense and security.

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