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  •  eric, don't forget that there are 33 Senate races (7+ / 0-)

    next year as well.

    As the President said -  we surely need to keep, and hopefully enlarge, a Democratic Senate.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 06:58:02 PM PDT

    •  Absolutely! (6+ / 0-)

      I bolted POTUS' line, "And I sure need to keep a Democratic Senate!" Thanks, Ono. :)

      I ♥ President Barack Obama.

      by ericlewis0 on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 07:13:18 PM PDT

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    •  Which Senators? (0+ / 0-)

      It's a huge uphill battle to try to get a decent Democrat into a Senate seat given the monumental amounts of money required.  How many of those 33 seats have coin-operated Democrats running?

      •  Aren't you just fascinating to watch. (1+ / 0-)
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        I really enjoyed the firs comment of yours but since then I've noticed a pattern.

        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

        by Onomastic on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 10:49:39 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not happy. (0+ / 0-)

          Neither are a lot of people.

          I'm a long-time Democrat who is extremely politically aware.  And things have gone very sour.  D House candidates are generally a lot better than the Senate candidates, but I have trouble convincing low-information voters of that.

      •  Sorry, I hit post in error. (2+ / 0-)
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        deep info, sidnora

        Yes, we've all noticed that it takes a good amount of money to get anyone elected.

        We all took a great deal of pride in helping elect Senator Warren.

        A listing of the states with senate races next year is here.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

        by Onomastic on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 10:55:05 PM PDT

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        •  This is a really bad map for us. (0+ / 0-)

          We have to defend a bunch of the really good Senators:

          Mark Udall
          Tom Udall
          Jeff Merkley
          Al Franken
          Tom Harkin

          So they're great, but they're at risk...

          We have a few dreadful D-in-name-only running as incumbents, but without any plans for primaries:
          Max Baucus
          Mary Landrieu

          There's also several I don't know much about but their voting record sucks.

          Of the Republicans, most of them are in absurdly red states:
          Sessions (Alabama)
          Chambliss (Georgia)
          Cochrane (Mississippi)
          Inhofe (Oklahoma)
          Graham (South Carolina)
          Enzi (Wyoming)
          Risch (Idaho)
          It's going to take a while for the demographic trends and party realignment to hit those states.

          I also think it's too early to get Cornyn out of Texas, even though it's going to turn 'blue' pretty fast.

          So what's left?

          Maybe we can take Mitch McConnell out of Kentucky?
          Or get Lamar Alexander out of Tennessee?
          Or perhaps Johanns out of Nebraska?

          Best opportunity should be New Jersey, and after that Maine.  
          Ugh.  I guess we should try to run the board Howard Dean style, but nobody has the money for it, and we're going to be fighting against the DNC and DSCC if we do.

          And with the Senate pretending that it needs 60 votes to do anything, I end up being suspicious of all of them, except Tom Harkin who actually tried to change that.

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