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  •  Why is it that the House is not in play? (2+ / 0-)
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    Samer, needtovent

    Given the craptacular way Boehner is doing his job - badly enough that even the mainstream media are picking up on it - I'd actually give an energized Democratic Party a decent chance of retaking the House in November.

    •  Do you know how many seats we need (2+ / 0-)
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      Bailey2001, needtovent

      to hold, let alone the additional seats we need to win back to take the House? Do the math and get back to me.

      I can just about forgive the Brits for starting our revolutionary war and burning DC to the ground during the war of 1812 for giving us Led Zeppelin.

      by Pager on Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 12:49:03 PM PST

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      •  Quite a few, I'm well aware. (2+ / 0-)
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        Samer, needtovent

        Are you, in turn, aware of how many Republican Congressmen have royally ticked off their constituents over their ongoing "Dr. No" attitude?

        Recall the townhalls of earlier this year, in which GOPers were forced to front their people, defending voted to subsidise Big Oil, prevent payroll tax cut extension and the like.

        I'm not so sure that people won't forget this - especially given the very, very public battle going on between the establishment Republicans and the tea party crazies in the nomination contests.

        PS: If the Dems can pick up 26 seats out of a chamber of 435, they once again have a majority. And Pelosi - whether you love or hate her politics - was the most effective Speaker in recent history. It wasn't the House that held up progressive legislation in the 111th, it was the Senate. And if there were an election tomorrow, I'd put $100 on the Dems picking up at least 30 seats. There's a whole lot of buyer's remorse out there, especially in States that also elected teabagging Governors last year.

        •  I love Pelosi. (0+ / 0-)

          Would love nothing more than to see her reinstated as Speaker. And would love nothing more than to be wrong and for you to be right. And am sadly confident my initial assessment is correct...unless the economy significantly improves, then all bets are off.

          I can just about forgive the Brits for starting our revolutionary war and burning DC to the ground during the war of 1812 for giving us Led Zeppelin.

          by Pager on Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 01:49:01 PM PST

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