Bob Kerrey Declines To Run In Nebraska To Replace Retiring Ben Nelson; Democrats' Tough Senate Map Gets Still Tougher

Bob Kerrey is... out? Bob Kerry is out? Bob Kerry is... out?

The slate of Senate elections will heavily favor Republicans in 2012. Democrats will defend 23 seats, while Republicans will defend 10. Six Democratic incumbents have declined to run: Sens. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, Nelson, and Jim Webb of Virginia. Republicans, by contrast, have only one vulnerable seat left open, vacated by retiring Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl.

Democrats will face between eight and 11 competitive races to defend seats they currently hold. The most competitive Democratic-held seats represent Hawaii, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Republicans, meanwhile, will face only two to four competitive races to hold onto seats. Competitive GOP-held seats will be contested in Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Nevada.

Posted by: Ace at 02:09 PM



Comments

1 Woo hoo!!!

Posted by: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain at February 07, 2012 02:11 PM (bj+Nc)

2 Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Catholic from Erie,
Pennsylvania, cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare in 2010. She
lost her seat that November in part because of her controversial support
of Obamacare. But Dahlkemper said recently that she would have never
voted for the health care bill had she known that the Department of
Health and Human Services would require all private insurers, including
Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of
contraception, sterilization procedures, and the "week-after" pill
"ella" that can induce early abortions.

Posted by: Obama 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:12 PM (e8kgV)

3
We MUST win FL, MO, MT, ND, and VA.

If we win those 5, and just lose MA, we'll be at 50-50 in the Senate.
I don't see us doing much better. Maybe 51 if we can OH.

Posted by: Soothsayer at February 07, 2012 02:14 PM (sqkOB)

4 Sweet Meteor of Death

Posted by: USA at February 07, 2012 02:14 PM (6Cjut)

5 If anyone needs me, I'll be here in the corner being hopeful yet staunchly pessimistic.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 07, 2012 02:14 PM (SY2Kh)

6 Deb Winger hardest hit.

Posted by: LC LaWedgie at February 07, 2012 02:15 PM (1ZF7c)

7 Dahlkemper said recently that she would have never voted for the health care bill had she known that the Department of Health and Human Services would require all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the "week-after" pill "ella" that can induce early abortions.

Well, it's not like anyone could read it to determine what was in it before voting or anything.

If a Hawaii Senate seat flips to R, I will deeply enjoy that in the .3984 seconds before SMOD impacts.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:15 PM (VtjlW)

8

The tide is in our favor, and yet we are going to nominate Barry White.

The Republican Party is dead to me.

Posted by: toby928© at February 07, 2012 02:16 PM (GTbGH)

9 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a miserable tyrant.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:16 PM (8y9MW)

10 Of course, in CO we're hosed. We elected 2 dem senators in 08.

Posted by: Julie at February 07, 2012 02:17 PM (O/fK8)

11 I just want Claire McCaskill out. Please God.. grant me this one wish. I hate that woman with every fiber of my being.

Posted by: jewells45 at February 07, 2012 02:18 PM (l/N7H)

12 Irrelevant.

Posted by: SMOD at February 07, 2012 02:19 PM (lVGED)

13 With regards to maps and the balance of power there is recent news on the Texas redistricting front. Those four new congress critters Texas gets will be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans under a proposed compromise. The liberal judges in San Antonio wanted all four to be gerrymandered for the Democrats.

Posted by: Bob Saget at February 07, 2012 02:20 PM (SDkq3)

14 Surely we can pick up a Senate majority in this electoral environment. Surely.

Posted by: joncelli, too stressed by half at February 07, 2012 02:20 PM (RD7QR)

15 Kyl's seat is vulnerable.

In other news, Madonna is still actually a virgin.

The narrative by September is going to be something to behold if we are already to a shrinking labor force is fantastic and Super Pacs are now just fine.

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at February 07, 2012 02:20 PM (EDjKF)

16 McCaskill is done in MO IIRC. Her vote for Obamacare pretty much sealed it when she was thinking that it would guarantee her seat.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:21 PM (Ip544)

17 If a Hawaii Senate seat flips to R, I will deeply enjoy that in the .3984 seconds before SMOD impacts.

Hawaii flipping red would mean either the Mayan apocalypse or Obama failing SO badly going into election days that it's clear he's toast before polls open in his home state.

Posted by: Brandon In Baton Rouge at February 07, 2012 02:21 PM (e0xKF)

18 Jeff Flake for U.S. Senate (AZ)
http://tinyurl.com/6x2sbd5

Posted by: Miss80s at February 07, 2012 02:21 PM (d6QMz)

19 The question is moot.

Posted by: mayan calendar at February 07, 2012 02:21 PM (GTbGH)

20 Kyl's seat is vulnerable.

In other news, Madonna is still actually a virgin.

The
narrative by September is going to be something to behold if we are
already to a shrinking labor force is fantastic and Super Pacs are now
just fine.


Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at February 07, 2012 02:20 PM (EDjKF)
Apparently these Dem Senators are getting the feeling that this election cycle will not turn in their favor, media spin or not.

Posted by: Oldcat at February 07, 2012 02:22 PM (z1N6a)

21 Obama's new PAC, "Catholics For Abortion, Birth Control, and Gay Marriage PAC" is accepting donations

Posted by: cherry at February 07, 2012 02:22 PM (OhYCU)

22
TUCSON,
AZ Today Jesse Kelly formally announced that he is running for the
Republican nomination in the Arizona Congressional District 8 special
election. The primary will take place on April 17th and the General
Election is scheduled for June 12th.
Kelly
stated, "It is time to get this country moving forward in the right
direction with lower taxes, a stronger economy, and more jobs." Kelly
was the 2010 Republican nominee and came within 1.5% of winning.
The
campaign will hold a Campaign Kickoff open-house event this Saturday,
February 4th at their new office from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. The
address is 698 E. Wetmore Road, Suite 310, Tucson, AZ 85705. There will
also be another public event at 3:00 pm at the Cochise County GOP HQ.
Jesse
Kelly works in the private sector as a project manager for a
construction firm. He and his wife live in Pima County, where they are
raising their two sons. Please visitwww.VoteJesseKelly.comfor more information or send an e-mail tojohn.e@jessekellyforcongress.com.

Posted by: Soothsayer at February 07, 2012 02:23 PM (sqkOB)

23 I'm glad to have the Mayan Calendars on my side.


Wait, what?

Posted by: Noot at February 07, 2012 02:24 PM (XdlcF)

24
above is from 2/3/11

Jesse Kelly ran against Giffords in 2010 and lost by 4K votes.

Posted by: Soothsayer at February 07, 2012 02:24 PM (sqkOB)

25 Tanned and fit, reporting for duty.

Posted by: Anthony Weiner at February 07, 2012 02:24 PM (w41GQ)

26 Posted by: Anthony Weiner at February 07, 2012 02:24 PM (w41GQ)

Ready to rise to the occasion?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:25 PM (8y9MW)

27 The only way the IN seat is vulnerable is if Lugar wins his primary.

I hope he doesn't.

Posted by: Entropy at February 07, 2012 02:25 PM (hXX37)

28 I really got to ask.

What is with the democrat's fucking obsession of contraceptives? "YOU MUST PROVIDE IT FOR FREE OR ELSE. DON'T FUCK WITH US."

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:25 PM (Ip544)

29
Because it undermines the Church (and parents).

Posted by: Soothsayer at February 07, 2012 02:26 PM (sqkOB)

30 Semi On-Topic:

Has anyone heard any further news about Texas Re-Districting?

I know they thought they had a deal yesterday, but LULAC is still opposing (every other "minority rights" {spit} group is on board though). I thought I heard, this morning, that Greg Abbot was going to take what he's got to the court, and point to the minority support he has gathered to go ahead with the current plan.

Anyone heard anything about that?

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:27 PM (8y9MW)

31 What is with the democrat's fucking obsession of contraceptives? "YOU MUST PROVIDE IT FOR FREE OR ELSE. DON'T FUCK WITH US."

Cultural marxism, combined with the fact it's the ONLY ISSUE they're even arguably 'liberal' on.

Posted by: Entropy at February 07, 2012 02:27 PM (hXX37)

32 Yeah, but we're going to get base-turnout killer Barack O'Romney as our nomny, so don't get all excited just yet.

Posted by: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus at February 07, 2012 02:27 PM (+inic)

33 Not only that Soothsayer but the fact they've been treating it as if it's a holy right to have contraceptives no matter what since RvW. It's just blind obsession honestly.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:27 PM (Ip544)

34 What is with the democrat's fucking obsession of contraceptives?

Have you read my blog, at all?

It's because someone relieved of Responsibility is relieved of Liberty as well. The two are inextricable.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:28 PM (8y9MW)

35 Who's running against the Florida Nelson?

Posted by: toby928© at February 07, 2012 02:28 PM (GTbGH)

36 It's just blind obsession honestly.

Obsession? Yes.
Blind? No.

They know exactly what they're doing.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:28 PM (8y9MW)

37 Wishful thinking on the part of the Demonrats and Kerrey to think that he had a snowballs chance of getting elected in Nebraska this go around.

Posted by: Jon at February 07, 2012 02:29 PM (hn68z)

38
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today [2/6] issued the
following statement on the proposed interim redistricting maps for
Texas’ 2012 elections:
“The proposed maps minimize changes to the
redistricting plan passed by the Legislature and, as the U. S. Supreme
Court required, makes changes only where necessary. The Texas Attorney
General’s Office has worked with a wide range of interest groups to
incorporate reasonable requests from all parties to the extent possible
without compromising the will of the Texas Legislature. Even though
these proposed interim maps aren’t fully supported by all interest
groups, modifications have been incorporated based on requests made by
all parties. Today’s maps should allow the court to finalize the interim
redistricting maps in time to have elections in April,” Attorney
General Abbott said.

Posted by: Miss80s at February 07, 2012 02:29 PM (d6QMz)

39 How is Hawaii more competitive than California? I know California isn’t likely competitive, I just thought Hawaii was worse. Is there something special about the Hawaii senate race?

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at February 07, 2012 02:30 PM (QF8uk)

40 35
Who's running against the Florida Nelson?

> Rep. Connie Mack IV

Posted by: Miss80s at February 07, 2012 02:30 PM (d6QMz)

41 "Have you read my blog, at all?"

Nope.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:30 PM (Ip544)

42 What is with the democrat's fucking obsession of contraceptives?

In the words of an everyday average Brit:

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing sprit- crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?

Posted by: Schrödinger's cat at February 07, 2012 02:32 PM (phlKA)

43 What is with the democrat's fucking obsession of contraceptives? "YOU MUST PROVIDE IT FOR FREE OR ELSE. DON'T FUCK WITH US."

And yet the Left will scream in holy terror if anyone points out that not fucking with you is the single best possible form of birth control.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:32 PM (VtjlW)

44 Nope.

Harsh.

This (well, not this specifically, but this kind of thing) is a theme over there. Liberty requires responsibility. The Left will gladly free you from your responsibility while simultaneously relieving you of your liberty.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:32 PM (8y9MW)

45 California is just a shithole who gets off to autoerotic asphyxiation. My wife is a California girl and a Reagan Republican but she knows this state is too far gone to the left since all the sane people have left the state for better grounds. It won't be too long til the idiots leaves the state for those "better grounds" to contaminate and destroy all over again.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:32 PM (Ip544)

46 14 Surely we can pick up a Senate majority in this electoral environment. Surely.
--------------------------------

There are sure things, like "Jesus is Lord."

And then there are sure things, like "Hey, the horse "Republican Senate Majority" is a sure thing in the 2012 Derby!"

Never underestimate the Republican's ability to turn a sure thing into a crapshoot.

Posted by: Helpful Pundit at February 07, 2012 02:32 PM (nMROO)

47 No gov't control over our bodies and our sexuality!

Gov't must help us withour bodies and our sexuality! We couldn't possibly manage them ourselves, you know.

Posted by: Liberal Chicks at February 07, 2012 02:33 PM (XdlcF)

48 Never underestimate the Republican's ability to turn a sure thing into a[n] crapshoot abject failure.

FIFY

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:34 PM (8y9MW)

49 I hope we don't get another Sharon Angle or Christine O'Donnell running in states we can easily win.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:34 PM (Ip544)

50
What are the Republicans going to run on?

Debt and deficits?

They're complicit. Their fingerprints are on all of Obama's spending spree.

Posted by: Soothsayer at February 07, 2012 02:35 PM (sqkOB)

51 We couldn't possibly manage them ourselves, you know.

Duct tape your legs together. The rest of us would appreciate it.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:35 PM (8y9MW)

52 @49
You just had to go there, didn't you?

Posted by: MrShad at February 07, 2012 02:35 PM (Xqfwb)

53 WI, NE, ND are oursfrom there, it's anybody's ballgame right now

Posted by: AuthorLMendez at February 07, 2012 02:35 PM (yAor6)

54 Texas 2012 maps are at:

http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

Posted by: Bob Saget at February 07, 2012 02:35 PM (SDkq3)

55 I hope we don't get another Sharon Angle or Christine O'Donnell running in states we can easily win.
Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:34 PM (Ip544)


You mean deeply flawed candidates? Ya mean not liek the stellar crowd who ran/is running for President? Oh G-D we're all gonna die

Posted by: nevergiveup at February 07, 2012 02:35 PM (i6RpT)

56 What is with the democrat's fucking obsession of contraceptives?

The only things liberals are actually definitionallyliberal about are questions having to do with your junk and where you put your junk. Period.

Yeah, I guess periods are a part of that.

Posted by: Jaws (SMOD '12) at February 07, 2012 02:36 PM (4I3Uo)

57 @52,

Yes I did. They were just bad candidates, sorry.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:36 PM (Ip544)

58
Really, are the Republicans gonna run on Obama raising the debt ceiling?

They approved it! They can't run against the $17T debt when it was they who gave it to Obama.

Posted by: Soothsayer at February 07, 2012 02:36 PM (sqkOB)

59 I suspect a Hawaii senate seat going red would have similar impact to Scott Brown's election in MA: a niceslice of schadenfreudin the short term, but long term not much to be excited about.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at February 07, 2012 02:36 PM (4df7R)

60 @55

I knew before 2008 that Obama was a SCOAMF. The democratic party is full of them.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:37 PM (Ip544)

61 @ 58 the Dems helped Bush spend crazy and still ran against it to sucess in 2008

Posted by: AuthorLMendez at February 07, 2012 02:37 PM (yAor6)

62 Hawaii is competitive? Are you nuts?

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 07, 2012 02:38 PM (f9c2L)

63 Lib/progs can't leave anything to the individual because it is too risky and the individual might not make the correct "choice".

The conservative thought question is "Are contraceptives going to be available in the US for years to come?". The obvious answer is yes, thus there is individual choice in this area.

The liberal thought question is "Are we going to force everyone to pay for free contraceptives for all, rather than expect individual responsibility?" The obvious (liberal) answer is yes, because it is necessary for all to accept everything approved by the state.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 07, 2012 02:38 PM (i3+c5)

64 Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 07, 2012 02:38 PM (f9c2L)
thanks to Lingle it is, but itll probably be a close Dem win if polls hold up

Posted by: AuthorLMendez at February 07, 2012 02:38 PM (yAor6)

65 Hawaii is just as competitive as Oregon!

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:38 PM (Ip544)

66 You really don't need to sweat these Senate races.

Posted by: SMOD at February 07, 2012 02:38 PM (8sCoq)

67 45 California is just a shithole who gets off to autoerotic asphyxiation. My wife is a California girl and a Reagan Republican but she knows this state is too far gone to the left since all the sane people have left the state for better grounds. It won't be too long til the idiots leaves the state for those "better grounds" to contaminate and destroy all over again.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:32 PM (Ip544)


Preaching to the choir.

Posted by: New Hampshire, infested by Massholes and crunchy Vermonters at February 07, 2012 02:39 PM (4df7R)

68 Hawaii is competitive? Are you nuts?

I will say this: even if it isn't, if we can make the Democrats believe that it is, those will be resources they'll have to expend that they can't expend elsewhere.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:39 PM (8y9MW)

69 Administration names official advocate for illegal



The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new "public advocate" charged with listening to immigrants' concerns about its law enforcement policies — but Republicans said the position amounts to an official mouthpiece for illegal immigrants being deported.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the advocate will "serve as a point of contact for individuals, including those in immigration proceedings, NGOs and other community and advocacy groups, who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise."

The agency — part of the Homeland Security Department — said Andrew Lorenz-Strait will be the first advocate.

What could possibly go wrong

Posted by: nevergiveup at February 07, 2012 02:39 PM (i6RpT)

70 And.. I wouldn't say Wisconsin is competitive until we see the results of the Walker recall election.


Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 07, 2012 02:40 PM (f9c2L)

71 @57

They really were, weren't they?
Sadly similar to our current lot.

Posted by: MrShad at February 07, 2012 02:40 PM (Xqfwb)

72 Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at February 07, 2012 02:40 PM (f9c2L)
Walker has 50%+ approval and leads all the Dems...in PPP polls

Posted by: AuthorLMendez at February 07, 2012 02:41 PM (yAor6)

73 What could possibly go wrong

Please tell me that was rhetorical.

I don't want to think of the epic-length posts that would accompany actual answers to that question.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:41 PM (8y9MW)

74 Administration names official advocate for illegal

Because we have so much spare money just lying around, why not create a whole new advocacy office? And dedicating the actions of that office to the concerns of lawbreaking non-citizens is just a no-brainer!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at February 07, 2012 02:41 PM (4df7R)

75 I want to ask my Republican rep how he plans to get me freedom of choice in healthcare when he can't even get me freedom of choice in light bulbs or flush toilets.

Posted by: toby928© at February 07, 2012 02:42 PM (GTbGH)

76 What margin does the recall need? Simple majority? 60%? I know in Washington, tax bullshit needs 60% or so to pass.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:42 PM (Ip544)

77 Bob Kerry is one of my favorite Dems. A real war hero unlike fake Kerry, businessman, against AA, and occasionally stood up to Clinton.

Posted by: Avi at February 07, 2012 02:42 PM (Gx3Fe)

78 I think if it's my responsibility to pay for others' Viagra and condoms, then someone else should damned well pay for my Roofie stash.

Posted by: esch at February 07, 2012 02:42 PM (zfZpU)

79 I think if it's my responsibility to pay for others' Viagra and condoms

Then I should get to dictate with whom they have sex and how often.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:43 PM (8y9MW)

80 Posted by: toby928© at February 07, 2012 02:42 PM (GTbGH)

Notice how frequently your Repub Congress members have town halls and public meetings so that you can give them your valued feedback on the nation's affairs?

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 07, 2012 02:43 PM (i3+c5)

81 If I have to pay for other people's contraception, then I want someone else to pay for my mail-orderScottish husband (kilt included).

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Hobbit and ABO supporter at February 07, 2012 02:43 PM (4df7R)

82 What could possibly go wrong

Please tell me that was rhetorical.

I don't want to think of the epic-length posts that would accompany actual answers to that question.
Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:41 PM (8y9MW)

Yes of course it was rhetorical

Posted by: nevergiveup at February 07, 2012 02:44 PM (i6RpT)

83
I'm sensing bloodbath for democrats across the nation starting with Obama's landslide election defeat.

Posted by: Dave at February 07, 2012 02:44 PM (Xm1aB)

84 Wisconsin is NOT in play. You people should plan accordingly.

Posted by: Elvis, The Cookie Monster, Yeti, Tupac, Don Cornelius, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, a at February 07, 2012 02:44 PM (jucos)

85
A prediction a day keeps the doom at bay:

I hereby claim "GOP gains 9 senate seats" in the AoS prediction challenge. Unless SMOD gets elected, then all bets are a push.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 07, 2012 02:44 PM (o8Ahx)

86 Oh, I had a hard time every now and then getting it up with my wife so I went to see the doctor about Cialis. My doctor had the attitude of that I was nuts and I was a healthy man. He told me that I just needed more foreplay. Meh, I'm too lazy to do that. But my doctor is awesome though and knows his shit.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:44 PM (Ip544)

87
I think Kerry senses bloodbath for democrats as well, that's why he's not running.

Posted by: Dave at February 07, 2012 02:44 PM (Xm1aB)

88 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the advocate will "serve as a point of contact for individuals, including those in immigration proceedings, NGOs and other community and advocacy groups, who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise."

Is that who I ask when we're getting the alligators for the moat?

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:45 PM (VtjlW)

89 @88 we have plenty of alligators. Just move them over from Louisiana!

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:46 PM (Ip544)

90 Posted by: nevergiveup at February 07, 2012 02:39 PM (i6RpT)

Anyone with a hyphenated name is an asshole until he proves otherwise.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo (NJconservative) at February 07, 2012 02:46 PM (nEUpB)

91 27 The only way the IN seat is vulnerable is if Lugar wins his primary.

I hope he doesn't.
Posted by: Entropy at February 07, 2012 02:25 PM (hXX37)

He is in the fight of his life. He never even had to campaign.. now he has commercials touting what a conservative he is.
While his primary challenger keeps calling him Obama's favorite republican.
I hope Lugar is toast.. he doesnt even live here.. and hasnt for 30 years.
But he is a household name.. so ..who knows.

Posted by: Jumbo Jogging Shrimp at February 07, 2012 02:46 PM (qjUnn)

92 If I have to pay for other people's contraception, then I want someone
else to pay for my mail-orderScottish husband (kilt included).

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Can I get that website from ya?

Posted by: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain at February 07, 2012 02:46 PM (bj+Nc)

93 83


I'm sensing bloodbath for democrats across the nation starting with Obama's landslide election defeat.

Posted by: Dave at February 07, 2012 02:44 PM (Xm1aB)

Eh. Let's not screw that chicken until it's hatched. Or something.

Posted by: joncelli, too stressed by half at February 07, 2012 02:48 PM (RD7QR)

94 >>The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new "public advocate" charged with listening to immigrants' concerns about its law enforcement policies — but Republicans said the position amounts to an official mouthpiece for illegal immigrants being deported.

Must. Not. Make. "Shovel-ready" joke.

Posted by: Mama AJ at February 07, 2012 02:48 PM (XdlcF)

95 Why is that a surprise? It's not like anybody in Nebraska has given a crap about Bob Kerrey in like 20 years.
If I remember right he's been living in New York and Nebraska isn't exactly a liberal bastion. Despite the way that fricken idiot Nelson voted.
Unfortunately we seem to be getting a lot of liberal locusts in from nearby states with crashing economies.

Posted by: AdamM at February 07, 2012 02:49 PM (bNIF9)

96 California is a poster child for the popular vote reform. As it should be...

Posted by: flintstone at February 07, 2012 02:49 PM (d6oco)

97
This compromise pisses me off. The whole thing about the donks running to the court for help pisses me off. We work to vote conservatives to the Texas house and Senate, re-elect our governor, add jobs and citizens and grow and get 4 more house seats... and the donks want their piece.
How come the donks get to redraw the maps when they control state government, but when they lose control at the ballot box, ( after running out of the state shutting down the government a few years back ), now they get relief from the court when the GOP marginalizes their donk districts. Hmmm.
I really can't stand democrat shithead hypocritical bastard libtards.

Posted by: Yip in Texas at February 07, 2012 02:49 PM (Mrdk1)

98 >>And yet the Left will scream in holy terror if anyone points out that
not fucking with you is the single best possible form of birth control.<<

It's free and doesn't generate patronage jobs for Studies majors or the lunch ladies' union...

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 07, 2012 02:49 PM (ZKzrr)

99 35 Who's running against the Florida Nelson?
Posted by: toby928© at February 07, 2012 02:28 PM (GTbGH)

I think its Connie Mack.

Posted by: Jumbo Jogging Shrimp at February 07, 2012 02:49 PM (qjUnn)

100 NE ND likely R. WI,MT,MO lean R. MA lean D. That's +4 and the Senate. Not to mention VA FL HI NM

Posted by: CAC at February 07, 2012 02:50 PM (6gk77)

101 Roll Call- At The Races
http://tinyurl.com/7y37zdr


"Rep. Ben Quayle (R) made official what many Arizonans speculated for
months: that he will run against fellow Republican Rep. David Schweikert
in the race for Arizona’s 6th district."

Posted by: Miss80s at February 07, 2012 02:50 PM (d6QMz)

102 @97... referring to the Texas district map kernuffle... sorry forgot to mention that for you morons not infused with Texas politics..

Posted by: Yip in Texas at February 07, 2012 02:50 PM (Mrdk1)

103 >>Let's not screw that chicken until it's hatched.

Not until you pay for mycontraceptives, dude.

Posted by: Liberal Chicken at February 07, 2012 02:51 PM (XdlcF)

104 How come the donks get to redraw the maps when they control state
government, but when they lose control at the ballot box, ( after
running out of the state shutting down the government a few years back
), now they get relief from the court when the GOP marginalizes their
donk districts.


The Voting Rights Act (I think). Basically it was designed to do exactly what it's doing: help Liberals get elected in otherwise conservative states.

If we didn't have to deal with that absurdity, we'd pretty well never have a Democrat elected from Texas ever again.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) SMOD 2012 at February 07, 2012 02:52 PM (8y9MW)

105 The Voting Rights Act is pretty much legalized gerrymandering.

Posted by: Kaitian at February 07, 2012 02:53 PM (Ip544)

106 >>I want to ask my Republican rep how he plans to get me freedom of choice
in healthcare when he can't even get me freedom of choice in light
bulbs<<

Were you expecting him to kidnap Harry Reid and replace him with a robotic clone that put House bills on the Senate floor?

*srednop* You Beltway morons should get on this.

Posted by: HeatherRadish at February 07, 2012 02:53 PM (ZKzrr)

107 @fixaaron: "Rep. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.) announces she won't seek reelection. http://t.co/6e8sY1qy"

Posted by: Miss80s at February 07, 2012 02:55 PM (d6QMz)

108 How is Hawaii more competitive than California? I know California isn’t likely competitive, I just thought Hawaii was worse. Is there something special about the Hawaii senate race?

Mexicans can't swim that far so they don't get to vote in Hawaii.

Posted by: Larsen E. Whipsnade at February 07, 2012 02:57 PM (6BgmB)

109 Heh.. just read an article where Bart Stupak still gets bitched out at airports.

Posted by: Jumbo Jogging Shrimp at February 07, 2012 02:57 PM (qjUnn)

110 Who's running against the Florida Nelson?
Posted by: toby928© at February 07, 2012 02:28 PM (GTbGH)

I think its Connie Mack.
Posted by: Jumbo Jogging Shrimp at February 07, 2012 02:49 PM (qjUnn)


He was a better Manager than Catcher

Posted by: nevergiveup at February 07, 2012 02:57 PM (i6RpT)

111 The Voting Rights Act (I think). Basically it was designed to do exactly
what it's doing: help Liberals get elected in otherwise conservative
states.


We could have been done with the thing in 2006 but no, effin Republican ass-kissers renewed it.

I blame Bush.

Posted by: toby928© at February 07, 2012 03:01 PM (GTbGH)

112 Arizona will not elect a Democrat to replace Kyl. Jeff Flake is running and we have other guys on the bench: Matt Salmon, Dean Martin, Ben Quayle or David Schweikert come to mind.

Posted by: ExExZonie at February 07, 2012 03:06 PM (r+C1J)

113 if Obambi does well in Va, Dem Tim Kaine could beat Republican George Allen for US Senate. sorry, that is just the fact of the matter.

Posted by: kelley in virginia at February 07, 2012 03:13 PM (CD+wu)

114 Connie Mack is going to beat Ben Nelson like a drum

like a drum, baby......

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at February 07, 2012 03:15 PM (UqKQV)

115 With regards to maps and the balance of power there is recent news on the Texas redistricting front. Those four new congress critters Texas gets will be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans under a proposed compromise. The liberal judges in San Antonio wanted all four to be gerrymandered for the Democrats.
Posted by: Bob Saget at February 07, 2012 02:20 PM (SDkq3)
.
I don't see how they can mathematically do that, unless they slice the districts to put more people into GOP leaning districts than Dem ones. There just aren't that many liberal people in Texas.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at February 07, 2012 03:16 PM (DRgeg)

116 Bill Nelson. twerp

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at February 07, 2012 03:16 PM (UqKQV)

117
@ 93
Keep F*cking That Chicken! as they say on the local news in NY City.

Posted by: ole scratch at February 07, 2012 03:21 PM (+56Bh)

118 re: liberal support for contraception.

Consequence free sex for women is a major cornerstone of feminism because without it feminists think there will never be the possibility for true women's equality.

Therefore abortion and contraception (not to mention universal maternity leave and free/affordable childcare) will always be primary and non-negotiable planks in liberalism as long as liberalism is in bed with feminism.

Posted by: elizabethe only loves Rick Perry more at February 07, 2012 03:24 PM (hCc/i)

119
@ 113
You must live in NoVA. No Dem has a chance anywhere outside of the Peoples Republics of Arlington, Fairfax, or Alexandria. All those Gubmint workers.

Posted by: ole scratch at February 07, 2012 03:24 PM (+56Bh)

120 I will turn the entire map RED
Not just 50 states, the entire Planet...magma red

Posted by: SMOD at February 07, 2012 03:26 PM (SO2Q8)

121
Realistically, the situation with the Senate seems like a COMPLETE embarrasment to me. Somebody straighten me out if I'm missing something, but here's how I see it.

House seats go by population, and large population centers lean Dem. So it's no surprise that, via gerrymandering in the most populous states, the Dems can take the House more often than not.

The Senate, in contrast, involves NON gerrymandering, and is NOT apportioned by population. Look at a map!! The so-called "fly-over" states are predominantly rural, and that's where most of the states are! To me, the question is, "What kind of MAJOR f-ups must Republicans be, to EVER lack a solid majority in the Senate?"

Seriously. WTH!?!

Posted by: Optimizer at February 07, 2012 03:28 PM (As94z)

122 Posted by: Optimizer at February 07, 2012 03:28 PM (As94z)

Power corrupts, and ...

Posted by: Lord Acton at February 07, 2012 03:31 PM (i3+c5)

123
I haven't done the math, but why the heck aren't we looking at 60 seats this time 'round? Hell, if a Republican (sort of) can take Ted Kennedy's old seat in f-ing MA, why is this a problems?

The incompetence is striking. Why, for example, couldn't they get Giuliani or Pataki to run for Hillary's old seat. Couldn't they have sailed past upstart Gillibrand? What's up with that?

Posted by: Optimizer at February 07, 2012 03:35 PM (As94z)

124
"Power corrupts, and ..."

I get that, but the Dems are just as corrupt - far more so these days. Hell, we got a guy from the Chicago political machine, who had never led so much as a cub scout troop, in the White House, for cryin' out loud!!

Posted by: Optimizer at February 07, 2012 03:37 PM (As94z)

125 Linda Lingle(R), elected Governor of Hawaii twice and then termed out, is running for the HI Senate seat being vacated by Akaka. Currently polling slightly behind the Dems.

Posted by: davidt at February 07, 2012 03:43 PM (axc/z)

126
While I'm ranting, why not take a swipe at Santorum? He might be a nice guy, he might even have some good ideas (although personally, I'm finding all of his unique position to be highly objectionable).

But to win a presidential election, you kind of need to win PA. That guy couldn't even win in PA as an INCUMBANT. Why does anybody even take this guy seriously?

You know, Newt is an impressive debater, but he isn't exactly a political success story either.

Maybe the problem really is that if you're a capitalist, and want to change the world, you start a company. If you're a commie, and want to change the world, you form a mob, and try to seize control of the monopoly on force (i.e., the gov't). Just look at Giuliani. That guy has the sound of a man who has discovered that he can make boatloads of money without people making his life a living hell - by staying in the private sector.

Posted by: Optimizer at February 07, 2012 03:53 PM (As94z)

127 #126 So Romney is maybe actually caring about the country? Because he already has plenty of money, and he knows his life will be made a living hell by the dems and others.

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 07, 2012 04:06 PM (GoIUi)

128 113, unless Obama starts building some ships in the navy yards, VA is toast for the Dims. Without enthusiasm in the Tidewater, NOVA can't carry it alone.

Posted by: Jean at February 07, 2012 04:17 PM (46qC3)

129 You know who can screw up this scenario........

Posted by: Mitt Romney For President at February 07, 2012 04:42 PM (lpsUc)

130 WI should be lean R. Former Gov Tommy Thompson has declared and the only declared Dem candidate is open Lesbian leftwing moonbat from Madison Tammy Baldwin. Granted Thompson is kind of a squish, but Baldwin will get slaughtered outside of Mad-town and Milwaukee. The strongest potential Dem challengers like Feingold aren't running.

Posted by: MM at February 07, 2012 04:55 PM (ZMhO7)

131 I guess he figures that in spite of his past popularity, he'll get his ass handed to him this time around. If he did choose to run I'd be in line to do the ass handing.

Posted by: GP Hanner at February 07, 2012 07:46 PM (YeVjL)

132
Santorum is a nice fellow, but let him win a couple of primaries and the Democratic machine will turn on him. The media is 100% Obama.They have the professionals and they have vast amounts of money. They killed off Herman Cain simply by turning off his money supply. Obama talks about SUPER PACS, but his super pac makes everyone else's look small,realsmall - Big Labor. Pennsylvania is ruled by theDemocratic machines in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Early on the Democrats saw Santorum as a good looking young fellow to destroyed at all cost.Clinton and his boys went to work on Santorum.He couldn't compete with their money. Compared to the Democrats,theRepublican Party is a bunch of amateurs. You end up with losers like Bob Dole, a man who NEVER stood up to the Democratsin his entire life. Then there was Gerald Ford, the Democrat allowed him to be President because they knew he would never go against their wishes, and he would be veryeasy to defeat.

Posted by: burt at February 07, 2012 11:46 PM (OzqQM)

133 Cleaners in London

Posted by: Sienna Brown at February 10, 2012 09:22 AM (iQvkK)

134 fdsgsfsd

Posted by: Sienna Brown at February 10, 2012 09:23 AM (iQvkK)






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