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  •  Tenuous is Correct (27+ / 0-)
    The Dems will have a 55-45 majority in the next Congress. That's a healthy majority, not a "tenuous hold."
    It is tenuous because the 2014 map is going to be BRUTAL for us with, baring an unlikely Susan Collins retirement, Kentucky being out best pickup opportunity.  KENTUCKY!

    We need to hold ever single seat we can for the extra cushion we need going into a very difficult 2014 cycle.

    “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

    by RoIn on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:21:44 AM PST

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    •  I really can't understand why Democrats - (17+ / 0-)

      especially Democrats on this site - are so lackadaisical about the importance necessity of keeping a huge majority in the Senate.

      54-46 would be horrible, and there are still a few Blew- or sort-of-Blew-Dawgs there now.

      We can't afford even the remote possibility of losing one single seat, especially if such a loss is avoidable by means of a different SoS pick.

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:30:13 AM PST

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      •  Exactly (10+ / 0-)

        Anyone blase about just how tough 2014 is going to be needs to take a look at the map.  We will be defending seats in:

        Alaska
        Montana
        South Dakota
        Arkansas
        Louisiana
        West Virginia

        And the list above does not include Senate seats in more purplish states like Iowa, Colorado, and North Carolina.

        That is a total of NINE seats.  With a 55-45 majority even if we hold the three purplish states we lose the Senate if we lost all on the first list.  With a 54-46 majority we could hold the three purplish states and hold one of the others and still lose control.

        Meanwhile the most vulnerable Republican seat is Maine and that is pretty much off the table if Susan Collins runs again and, at this point, there is no reason to expect her to retire.  Other R states:

        Kentucky, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho....get the picture?

        Let's get this across -- 2014 is going to be a extraordinarily tough year for us.  There is no room for error.  None.

        “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

        by RoIn on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:44:18 AM PST

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      •  It's the Democrat in the White House.... (1+ / 0-)
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        ....who blithely ignores the political implications of his picks, and of his surrenders (Rice, Van Jones...I could go one).

        If you hate government, don't run for office in that government.

        by Bensdad on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 06:22:11 PM PST

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        •  I know, I know...I'm trying to be positive (0+ / 0-)

          about this President's second term because I was so negative about his capitulations in the first and was so often accused of "wanting my pony", but he's already demonstrating a bit of "same old same old".

          The kicker will be if he compromises one iota on the Bush Tax Cuts.

          NO Medicare cuts on the table.
          NO SS cuts on the table.
          NO reduction of the top bracket rate below the Clinton level.
          NO special, cushy treatment of capital gains.

          He either needs to get a clean bill extending the cuts to incomes below $250,000 and only that - no other "concessions" - or he needs to hold out and let all the cuts expire on December 31, 2012 if the Rethugs play their usual games. Then, on January 2, President Obama and Speaker Pelosi can introduce a bill lowering the tax rates on taxpayers below $250,000 back to Bush levels - and only that. NOTHING else in the bill.

          If he doesn't do either of these things, I may become just as pessimistic as I was in 2009. :-(

          "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

          by blue in NC on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 06:38:08 AM PST

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