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  •  Unfortunately it is not going to happen (1+ / 0-)
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    bepanda

    Expect to lose seats in the Senate and possibly even the Senate (which is why I think handing Brown a Senate seat from MA again is ridiculous).

    Also expect to lose seats in the House again.

    I wish I could be more optimistic but considering how badly the House and Senate Republicans behaved these last 2 years and how they still held onto the House, I hold out no hope.

    That doesn't mean we shouldn't try our hardest to keep as many Dems in Congress as possible, it just means not deluding yourself into a big letdown.

    •  Republicans have to gain six seats in the Senate (3+ / 0-)
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      stevenaxelrod, NMLib, Matt Z

      To give you an idea how unlikely that is, that's all they were able to pull off in 2010.

      Also, don't assume that Brown will win the special election; as an incumbent, he lost by several points to a first-time candidate in 2012.

      If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

      by ScottyUrb on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:47:05 PM PST

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      •  I keep hearing this talk (1+ / 0-)
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        of how hard it is going to be for Brown to win his seat back and I laugh since it is the same overconfidence that got him elected in the first place.

        I have a feeling Brown will be back in the Senate again very soon and then he'll be there for good.   His next re-election after that would be not be a Presidential election year and after that he'll have been in the seat for a long time and would be very hard to oust.

        •  We do have to work like heck in MA (1+ / 0-)
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          My point is that he is no shoe-in for the seat, as some people fear. (Just like a Democrat would not be a shoe-in.)

          Furthermore, people aren't as complacent as they were in 2010.

          If life was fair, we wouldn't need unions.

          by ScottyUrb on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:54:15 PM PST

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      •  I agree with you--if the Senate doesn't (0+ / 0-)

        cut Social Security or Medicare.

        if they do, all bets are off.

        A thousand Sharkeys are invading a thousand Shires every day across our country.--James Wells

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:31:11 PM PST

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    •  The only way we "hand" Brown a Senate seat (2+ / 0-)
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      KingofSpades, Matt Z

      is if the Democratic candidate is constantly making gaffes when not sleepwalking, and the party takes everything for granted.  I wouldn't bet on either this time.

      In fact, it's at the very least certain that there will be a Democrat in there for five months or so given the fact that Gov. Patrick can appoint.  (If MA had a GOP guv then maybe we would be handing him the seat, at least temporarily.)

      37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

      by Mike in MD on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:13:22 PM PST

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      •  It isn't like Warren beat Brown (0+ / 0-)

        by 20 points which is the way some people are acting here.

        It was a pretty close race the entire election cycle and I'm not so 100% sure the results wouldn't be different in an off-year election.

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