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Dems Win the House, Senate Up for Grabs

Posted on Nov 7, 2006
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

House Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) celebrates with fellow Democrats at an election-night rally at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday. She is joined by, from left, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the House Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (Nev.); and Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Democrats won control of the House last night, but the fate of the Senate hangs on the outcome of two races:

  • Virginia, where the Democrat Webb leads the GOP incumbent Allen 1,170,564 to 1,162,717 (50% to 49%), with 99% of precincts reporting.

  • Montana, where the Democrat Tester leads the GOP incumbent Burns 174,045 to 172,302 (49% to 48%), with 91% of precincts reporting.
  • (All numbers current as of 7:20 a.m. EST Nov. 8.)


    Resurgent Democrats won control of the House and challenged the Republicans’ grip on the Senate in midterm elections early Wednesday, riding a powerful wave of public anger over the war in Iraq and scandal at home.

    “Mr. President, we need a new direction in Iraq,” said California Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record), celebrating her party’s return to power—and her own ascension as first female speaker in history.

    Aided by public dissatisfaction with President Bush, Democrats won gubernatorial races in New York, Ohio and Massachusetts for the first time in more than a decade, then put Colorado, Maryland and Arkansas in their column as well.


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    By Dennis A., November 10, 2006 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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    Why is it we had a President impeached for a party break in (Nixon), yet we tolerate outright lies to the American people that led to thousands of Americans being killed in Iraq. Are we not going to hold this President accountable for the outright deception he orchestrated?

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    By jonas south, November 8, 2006 at 10:19 am Link to this comment
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    Paul Kibble put it more colorfully and eloquently than most:’...... We won!’ Note that Lamont in Connecticut lost to LIEberman because he quit criticizing LIEberman for his support of Bush, and tried to ‘move to the middle’ to ‘broaden his base’. Those who support Clinton for 2008 should take note that this is a lady who mastered the avoidance of progressive core values to ‘move to the middle’. This is not a time to practice ‘bi-partisanship’; it is a time to roll back the Constitution-busting, avarice-driven Bush Republican laws.

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    By Manny, November 8, 2006 at 8:51 am Link to this comment
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    Mr. Bush watching television and seeing the Democratic control in the house. He said to his wife ” Gee honey are voters that upset with me? ” She replyed, no, just keep the course and you’ll do just fine.” Mr. Bush then said, ” but
    honey I tried to scare as many people as I could.” The first lady said ” Yes, I know but you should have gone after Micheal J. Fox and as I did and then they would know you have the right stuff.” ” Now, go to Carl and ask him what to do next.” The President said ” O ta.”

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    By John, November 8, 2006 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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    Congratulations America. You have survived the crisis. Here is a prescription.

    1. A small series of operations is necessary to remove pre-cancerous lesions - Campaign Fundosis, Press Captivitis etc.
    2. Diet.
    Avoid intellectual junk food i.e. anything processed by “Think Tanks”. Diet should be pure and wholesome, high fibre truth even if some of it is difficult to swallow, like “Iran does not have Nuclear weapons and hasn’t attacked anyone in living memory”. Repeat the mantra: “They will love us if we don’t bomb them”.
    3. Exercise.
    -Diplomacy particularly. Send that old dog Hilary couldn’t keep on the porch to Iran, Egypt and Syria. See if they will help out in Iraq.
    4. Rest.
    -Ambitions of Empire.
    5. Monitor the Planet’s blood pressure and temperature. Take all possible steps to lower both.
    6. Avoid re-infection.
    (Israel might be a carrier.)

    Best wishes for a a speedy recovery.
    From your friends in New Zealand.

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    By barry, November 8, 2006 at 7:31 am Link to this comment
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    Only drug addled hippies think that anyone in power will seriously consider impeaching the president.  Hardly a landslide folks.  Having said that it’s good for the pendulum to swing back a bit definitely.  How about Lieberman huh?  Go Joe!

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    By Peter Meldrum, November 8, 2006 at 5:52 am Link to this comment
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    Expect NO significant change !!

    The Corporations are still in control.

    If you really want change you have to restructure the system.

    Forget it, Big Money won’t allow it.

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    By Ken Mitchell, November 8, 2006 at 5:29 am Link to this comment
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    The Democrats won because they weren’t Republicans. Don’t blow it. After the 1994 elections the Republicans blew it by shutting down the government. It backfired. The Democrats have serious work to do, so please, DO IT.

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    By Montana will go D, November 8, 2006 at 5:11 am Link to this comment
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    They have predicted that Montana will go R on all TV stations, like all cycles I predict it will go D.

    Concerned mother

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    By Joao, November 8, 2006 at 4:58 am Link to this comment
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    Congrats to the Democrats… and let’s all hope for the best! Worse is a dificult task.

    I’m in Europe and looking at the pools realize that Gallatin seems to be the key at the moment.
    Anyone know why it’s taking soo long?

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    By Robert, November 8, 2006 at 1:10 am Link to this comment
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    The biggest mistake the Dems could (will)  make is assuming that America is moving back to the left. Most of the democrats elected are republicans in disguise. Tom Ford and other ran on an anti abortion and anti gun control platform.

    Second one would be repealing the Bush tax cuts, the country needs the money to fund bottomless demands of the war. (note since the tax cuts we’ve seen a surge in much needed tax revenues)

    America was and still is moving to the right. Having said that I think having a Conservative President (even an impostor like Bush) against a liberal congress is just what the country needs.

    Unfortuanately I don’t think the dems will get the message.

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    By paul kibble, November 7, 2006 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment
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    I realize that the temptation to gloat will prove irresistible to many posters here. Scadenfreude is a pefectly human, if not particularly attractive, emotion.  The Democratic victory in the House of Reps may thus seem like an occasion for mocking, humiliating, and otherwise taking a major dump on the Republicans who have had a stranglehold on both chambers of Congress for six years now.

    But I want to appeal to the angels of posters’ better natures, in Honest Abe’s immortal phrase. We are, of course, mature, civilized adults, unlike many in the opposition. And surely now as never before, we need to rise above partisan rancor and petty self-interest. We are, after all, all Americans. Accordingly, as a symbolic gesture on behalf of bringing us all together on election eve, I urge everyone to “reach across the aisle” and send a concialtory message to the RNC and the White House: SCREW YOU, YOU LYING, TWO-FACED, KNUCKLE-DRAGGING ASSHOLES, WE WON.

    Peace out, sort of.

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    By ruben, November 7, 2006 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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    Now let’s raise the minimum wage, fund stem cell research, bring the troops home and ofcourse…

    Let’s impeach the president!

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