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  •  this is terrible news... (4+ / 0-)

    ...even though a lof of folks don't think Rockefeller's "progressive enough" he is probably about as progressive of a person who this state will ever elect (Byrd had his moments, in terms of fighting for selecting progressive legislation, but, overall, one would have to put him clearly in the center/center-right category).

    Maybe Tomblin can be convinced to give this a go? Democratic governors of this state have had pretty good success switching over to the Senate in the past.

    Shelly Capito starts with a pretty good base, having won with 69 percent in one of this state's three Congressional districts.

    Of course, if the Tea Party brigade decides that Capito's not enough of a rabid lunatic, there's always the possibility that they could throw this seat back into the Democrats' hands.

    •  Yeah, we can always hope for another (3+ / 0-)
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      wdrath, Aquarius40, Gary Norton

      O'Donnell / Angle / Akin / Murdoch.

      Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

      by blue aardvark on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:23:15 AM PST

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    •  this makes Democratis prospects for 2014 (1+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark

      look pretty bad...even worse than 2012, in my opinion, because, while there were a lot of Democratic seats to defend in 2012, at least Democrats had President Obama heading up the national ticket to try to help drive progressive turnout among key constituent groups.

      The Democrats now have at least five Senate seats that are very vulnerable in 2014 (Landrieu-LA, Begich-AL, Hagen-NC, Johnson-SD and Rockefeller's seat), while there appears to be only one Republican Senate seat where Democrats have a chance (Collins-ME, depending on what she does and how things play out, although she's always been able to slither her way back to win election, unfortunately).

      Hopefully, Democrats can strengthen their hand a little, if Landrieu, Begich, Hagan and/or Johnson can withstand inevitable strong candidates in their relatively conservative states. If we can also make some inroads in one or two Republican seats that currently appear safe for them (i.e. Cornyn in TX and one of the two Senate seats in SC (where both Graham and DeMint's successor will be up) and/or Chambliss in GA or McConnell in KY)...then, perhaps Democrats can hold onto the Senate until 2016.

      It sure would be great if Democrats could also figure out a way to help stimulate more interest among key constituency groups during off-year elections like 2014...otherwise...we could face another debacle like 2010.
      And, one thing is certain, Republicans will be sure to be able to, once again, count on unlimited amounts of secret corporate cash to purchase themselves a lot of seats like they did in 2010.

      •  democrats will hold senate (2+ / 0-)
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        TLS66, wdrath

        Republicans need to pick up six seats, I don't see it happening.

        •  hopefully, you're right... (0+ / 0-)

          it seems likely that we'll lose a few, though (although that looked like the case early on regarding the 2012 election cycle...am not sure we can count on the same luck next time around, though)...

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