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Democrats Will Easily Pick Up Senate Seats

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:44 am by HL

Democrats Will Easily Pick Up Senate Seats
“Even the top Republican in charge of the party’s Senate campaigns concedes that the GOP will lose seats this year — the only question is how many,” Associated Press reports.

“Democrats have solid chances of winning five seats, according to strategists in both parties and public polls, and realistic shots at picking off another three to five Republican senators. Republicans have only one good opportunity for replacing a Democrat, in Louisiana.”

Meanwhile, “the scent of defeat threatens to become a self-fulfilling prophecy: Republican donors are sitting on their hands, giving Democrats a nearly 2-to-1 advantage in fundraising that limits the GOP’s ability to defend key seats.”

CQ: Senate Seats to Watch.

PPP Poll: Deadlocked in Ohio
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Ohio shows Sen. John McCain catching Sen. Barack Obama. After two months with Obama in the lead, the race is now tied at 45% each.

Key findings: “Party unity is an issue for Obama in the Buckeye State. While McCain has an 89-7 lead with voters who identify as Republicans, Obama has a narrower 75-17 edge with Democrats. Delving deeper into the numbers, it appears that residual unhappiness from Hillary Clinton supporters could be the cause. The 25% of Democrats who currently either support McCain or are undecided are disproportionately middle aged, white, and female or in other words prototypical Clinton voters. Ohio is one state where some joint appearances of the former Democratic foes might do the nominee some good.”

Nonetheless, Obama “is able to keep the race tied overall due to a 45-28 lead with independents voters.”


Suggestion Box

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:43 am by HL

Suggestion Box
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More Thread

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:42 am by HL

More Thread
enjoy

Changing Spaces
The suburbs are different. I may not be thrilled when someone knocks on my door to ask me to vote for them, or whatever, but I don’t feel like they’ve violated my space or anything. My door is right on the sidewalk, which conceptually makes a difference as unlike in the burbs you don’t have to actually walk onto someone’s property before you can get to the door. Well, other than the stoop.

Anyway, too late on a Sunday for especially deep thoughts, but we do interact very differently to our geographic spaces and to each other depending on how things things are organized spatially. It matters, perhaps a lot.


The Plot Against Liberal America

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:41 am by HL

The Plot Against Liberal America
Conservatives don’t want to debate, they want to destroy their opposition.


Joe Biden To Visit Georgia This Weekend

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:40 am by HL

Joe Biden To Visit Georgia This Weekend
Senator Joe Biden, a top Obama surrogate who’s being discussed as a potential Veep for Obama, just announced that he’ll be visiting Georgia, too, in addition to key McCain surrogates Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham. “I am going to Georgia…


TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

TWO CAN PLAY AT THAT GAME
You already knew that two of McCain’s closest campaign allies, senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, are set to visit Georgia, apparently on McCain’s behalf. Now key Obama ally Joe Biden is also set to visit Georgia this weekend….


Qwest contract talks stalled

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Qwest contract talks stalled
Qwest and the Communications Workers of America District 7 said this morning that contract talks have stalled. Bargaining teams negotiated until early this morning after the existing contract expired at 12:01 a.m., but they failed to reach an agreement….

Ridge: GOP would take pro-choice VP
Tom Ridge, a possible running mate for McCain, supports abortion rights.


Will: Lieberman?s Office Says He Was ?Wrong? To Vote Against Alito In ?06

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

Will: Lieberman?s Office Says He Was ?Wrong? To Vote Against Alito In ?06
Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he wouldn’t rule someone out as a potential vice presidential running mate just because they are pro-choice. On ABC’s This Week today, former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson called Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) “the best of the pro-choice candidates,” but added that it would be “a major problem” […]

Earlier this week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he wouldn’t rule someone out as a potential vice presidential running mate just because they are pro-choice. On ABC’s This Week today, former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson called Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) “the best of the pro-choice candidates,” but added that it would be “a major problem” that Lieberman had voted against Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination.

Conservative columnist George Will then broke in, saying that Lieberman’s office told him this week Lieberman now believes “he was wrong” to have voted against Alito and that “now he likes Alito”:

WILL: Well, I called Lieberman’s office this week and said, “why did your man vote against Alito?” And they said, “he was wrong, now he likes Alito.”

STEPHANOPOLOUS: Did they really say he was wrong? That the vote was wrong?

WILL: He said that now that having seen Alito in action.

Watch it:

In January 2006, when Lieberman voted against confirming Alito, he issued a statement saying that he was “left with just too many doubts” about Alito’s “judicial philosophy.” As an example of why he was voting against him, Lieberman pointed to Alito’s record on “equal opportunity and fair treatment“:

For example, in civil rights cases, Judge Alito has repeatedly established a very high bar, an unusually high bar, for entrance to our Courts for people who believed they’ve been denied equal opportunity and fair treatment based on race or gender.

In light of his stated reasons for opposing Alito, it is confusing as to why Lieberman now believes he “was wrong,” considering how Alito has voted since joining the court. For instance, Alito wrote the majority opinion in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire Co., which “made it harder for many workers to sue their employers for discrimination in pay.”


The Trail

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

The Trail


American Arrogance Provoked Putin

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 18th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

American Arrogance Provoked Putin
WASHINGTON — Russia’s brutal and calculated invasion of Georgia raises the curtain on a dangerously volatile period in world politics. Further miscalculation and posturing by Russian, American and European leaders could damage the prospects of global peace for decades to come. Unilateral U.S. sanctions and more rhetoric are unlikely to succeed in reversing the immediate consequences of Vladimir Putin’s lunge for revenge and advantage in the Caucasus. The overriding policy goal for Washington should be the forging of a new U.S.-European understanding on Russia that will be as durable and agile as containment was in the Cold War.