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Ear to the Ground

Webb Wins and Dems Take Control of Congress, Two News Agencies Report

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Posted on Nov 8, 2006
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The presumed next senator from Virginia, Jim Webb, gestures during the early morning hours of an election night event in Vienna, Va.

Having conducted its own informal recount of all 134 voting localities in Virginia, the AP has concluded that Jim Webb won the race there over Sen. George Allen, thus giving control of the Senate to the Democrats.

  • A source in the Allen camp said the senator was “disinclined” to ask for a formal recount, but would probably not concede any earlier than Thursday.

  • AP:

    Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994.

    Jim Webb’s squeaker win over incumbent Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) gave Democrats their 51st seat in the Senate, an astonishing turnabout at the hands of voters unhappy with Republican scandal and unabated violence in Iraq. Allen was the sixth Republican incumbent senator defeated in Tuesday’s elections.

    ...The Associated Press contacted election officials in all 134 localities where voting occurred, obtaining updated numbers Wednesday. About half the localities said they had completed their postelection canvassing and nearly all had counted outstanding absentees. Most were expected to be finished by Friday.

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    MSNBC:

    Democrats wrested control of the Senate from Republicans Wednesday with an upset victory in Virginia, giving the party complete domination of Capitol Hill for the first time since 1994, as NBC News reported that Democrat Jim Webb was the apparent winner.

    Webb’s apparent squeaker win over incumbent Sen. George Allen effectively gave Democrats their 51st seat in the Senate, an astonishing turnabout at the hands of voters unhappy with Republican scandal and unabated violence in Iraq. Allen was the sixth Republican incumbent senator defeated in Tuesday’s elections.

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    By john hartford, November 9, 2006 at 11:56 am Link to this comment
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    ah, Jim Webb. wrote all those great hits for glen campbell, garfunkel, etc.
    wouldn’t you like to ride in his beautiful baloon ?

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    By Ronald M. Decio, November 9, 2006 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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    It’s been a long time since 911 took place. Hopefully, Americans can stop looking over their shoulders to see who the next “Terrorist” will be. Maybe we should start looking in our government first before looking abroad. Once we bring our national guard and Coast Guard home, maybe then a crisis like Katrina would be resolved more quickly. Just for the record, I have a son in the marines who served two tours and is looking at a possible third.

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    By Paul Amigo, November 9, 2006 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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    Remember how Rep John Conyers was send to the ‘House’ BASEMENT by the republican BULLIES,  to hold ‘hearings’ on the “Downing Street Memo” [DME] scandal ? He got NOWHERE with it!
    How ironic, that he is going to be the committee chairman in charge of these kind of investigations and I am sure he is not going to “forget”  his humiliating experience in the name of ‘bipartinship’ !
    And by the way, whatever happened to the “ABLE DANGER” investigation ?
    I am sure, just exposing all the sordid details of these and other numerous scandals indulged in by these crooks and liars ( they will even put Nixon to shame !) will be enough to get the Dems re-elected in ‘08 !!

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    By Doug Tarnopol, November 9, 2006 at 8:43 am Link to this comment
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    Doesn’t anyone think that Allen, if he wants, should have the recount? Rule of law, and all that. Why should he do what Kerry did and fold? I understand VA is 100% DRE (touchscreen)—let’s see what happened.

    In any event, the Dems (Schumer) trying to bully him into concession is wrong.

    Ah, how soon principle melts away. I want a Dem Senate, but I want the rule of law followed more, even if it overturns the initial result. The fact that it most likely won’t isn’t what matters here.

    A lot of over-enthusiastic celebration here: the structure of the Bushevik revolution is still in place, sans Rummy (one person, and not a legal structure).

    Nowhere on the radar is a repeal of MCA, Patriot Act, impeachment’s off the table, pressure to rein in “gridlock”—the new name for “oversight and investigation into potentially unconstitutional activities”...

    I’ll get happy when I see actual policy and laws materially changed. Until then, the people have spoken (if we can trust the voting machines—and amazingly, that trust is directly correlated to whether one’s “team” wins). Will the oligarchy respond in any meaningful way?

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    By Congrads Senator Webb!, November 9, 2006 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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    Welcome aboard Senator Webb, the flight you will be traveling on will not be easy.  Now please remember to keep your office clean as bleach from the K street lobby boys, and your chin in an upright position.

    And most important the NEEDED benefits for our “honorable” soldiers:  “quality” health care, “paying” jobs, education opportunities!!

    And further, remember who placed you in thy office,  the people of your state!

    Congrads, <clap, clap, clap>
    Concerned Mother

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    By EminemsRevenge, November 9, 2006 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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    The main question on the Dems minds should be—How storng is the economy???

    With control of both houses they are sure to get twice the blame IF the economy falters, and people will be voting with their pocketbooks if the voodoo fizzles.

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    By Thmas Piechick, November 9, 2006 at 6:47 am Link to this comment
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    To all those Dems who were whining about how this election and the rest of our system is corrupt quit it?  Sheesh, for heaven’s sake, if you had read the comments on this website too much you might have been inclined to believe we were living in a quasi-totalitarian state.  Thank god the Dems won, and quit your whining!

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    By U.S Citizen, November 9, 2006 at 5:51 am Link to this comment
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    U.S Must leave IRAQ ASAP, and focus on domestic issues.

    Additionally, U.S must starting all the Muslims equally…the root cause of the shabang!!

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    By Bill Rogers, November 9, 2006 at 5:49 am Link to this comment
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    Thank you! Thank you! To all the good people who had had enough. The Republicans have been classic bullies; pushing people around and acting tough without a thought for anyone but them selves. Now that the tables have turned lets hope the Democrats can find the right balance between truth, justice, and civility.

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    By Jan, November 9, 2006 at 4:15 am Link to this comment
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    This has been an amazing turn of events. The statement that there is strength in numbers is so true! The Democrats stood together and finally took back the house and senate. I can’t help but think of the words to that old song “For united
    we stand, divided we fall and if our backs should ever be against the wall, we’ll be together”.

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    By Jackie T. Gabel, November 9, 2006 at 1:23 am Link to this comment
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    Now we’ll see if there’s any mettle in their loins. Don’t for a second lend an ear to the bi-partisan pity plea coming out of the White House. Press for hearings, impeachment, treason; press for the full measure of the law. Press for 911Truth!

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    By Kath Cantarella, November 8, 2006 at 9:19 pm Link to this comment
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    God Bless the good people of the US of A!

    Can y’all put some folks behind bars now? For instance, what the heck happened in Ohio? Twice?

    Sending lots of love and support your way…congrats!

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    By Bukko in Australia, November 8, 2006 at 7:38 pm Link to this comment
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    Let’s hope there’s not a nightmare scenario of Lieberman defecting to the GOOPers in revenge, giving Ol’ Dick the command of the Senate AND the Presidency. But I have to say naaaaah, that will never happen. My political paranoia has been lifted due to the demonstration that America is still a democracy.

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