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  •  2014 will be a tough Senate map for us (0+ / 0-)

    Aren't we defending about the same number of seats as we did this year? Several of them look to be easy pick-up opoprtunities. There was a good diary on this a couple of weeks ago.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 10:55:50 AM PST

    •  But Repubs have to gain six seats (1+ / 0-)
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      ...which, for them, is tougher than they had it in 2012.

      "(We need) a government of the many, not a government of the money." - Nancy Pelosi

      by ScottyUrb on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:05:29 AM PST

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    •  No. It'll be 20 seats to their 13, so more balance (1+ / 0-)
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      All the Dems need to do is hold their ground and then prepare to reap the reward of 2016, which should be a bonanza for them in the Senate races and could be as rich a harvest as 2006 or 2008 was.

      •  But the raw numbers (2+ / 0-)
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        Don't tell the full story. We have almost no opportunities on offense in 2014. The GOP has many.

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        by David Nir on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:20:24 AM PST

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        •  Any thoughts on SC, GA, and ME? (0+ / 0-)

          If the incumbents are removed by primary challenges?

          Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

          by MrAnon on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:24:09 AM PST

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        •  Wait until the Tea Party does its primary damage.. (2+ / 0-)
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          ...then talk about the Democrats' opportunities on offense. We may get more than one versions of Indiana this year in 2014, especially since the teabaggers not only haven't seemed to learn their lesson, but are doubling down (Capito barely had announced in WV before they screamed "NOT ACCEPTABLE! RINO!").

      •  And we'll still hold control if we lose five seats (1+ / 0-)
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        ...and even that doesn't happen every election.

        Republicans need six seats. Even in the monsoon that was 2010, they still only got six seats.

        2015 will have to be a good year for Republicans if they are to gain control. And if they don't in 2014, they may be out of power in the Senate for several years to come since, as you said, there will be plenty of Republican seats from 2010 up in 2016 (such as AZ, FL, IL, NH, OH, PA, WI)

        "(We need) a government of the many, not a government of the money." - Nancy Pelosi

        by ScottyUrb on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:25:30 AM PST

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    •  Let them come (0+ / 0-)

      I think we stand a better chance of being prepared to meet the challenge this cycle than in 2010. They will not be as formidable in 2014 for a variety of reasons, and I think we stand a better chance of preaching "Never Again" to our base.

      I'm not predicting that we hold every seat, but I think we end the cycle with Reid still in position to be Majority Leader.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:18:05 AM PST

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      •  I hope you're right. Dems should be in stronger (1+ / 0-)
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        position in 2014 because of the reasons you mentioned - and also because the economy will (likely) be stronger. Plus, Obamacare will be more popular.

        "(We need) a government of the many, not a government of the money." - Nancy Pelosi

        by ScottyUrb on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 11:28:07 AM PST

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