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  •  The perfect Democratic storm (11+ / 0-)

    if there is one, will have consisted of 3 elements:

    1. Incredibly motivated Democratic activists and a huge Democratic turnout.
    1. Depressed and demoralized "values voters" base who will punish their party by staying home.
    1. The brilliant 50 state strategy that gave Democrats 425 Congressional candidates - a record for either party - so that when there is a vacuum created in even the most unthinkable of Republican strongholds, there is somebody to step in and fill their shoes.
    •  From your keyboard to the voting booths (2+ / 0-)
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      on the wing of a prayer and a lot of hard work over the next month.

    •  Watch out for a new media meme (2+ / 0-)
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      after the landslide puts us back in power.

      It will look something like this:

      "Americans rejected the Republicans because of the Foley scandal, not because they agreed with or wanted a Democratic agenda--the American people don't support liberals and the result we take from this is that the GOP fucked up big time over Foleygate but that Democrats are the party of no ideas and as such the voters have not given them a mandate because this election was all about Foley. If it hadn't been for Foley, Republicans would have held the Congress easily"

      Watch for the historical revisionism of "Repubs would have won easily otherwise" and no mention of Iraq, or Katrina, or anything else going on... and the ridiculous idea that people didn't want change, they were just "upset" about Foley.

      I will bet anything that is what we will start seeing on day one of a new Democratic majority in order to undercut the victory and undermine the mandate.

      "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." --J.R.

      by michael1104 on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 09:39:42 PM PDT

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      •  Eh. . . I disagree (5+ / 0-)

        The media is pretty darned clued into the massive dissatisfaction w/ Iraq. This Foley thing is just taking a huge amount of wind out of the Repubs sails just when they were attempting a come back.

        And let's not kid ourselves -- Iraq isn't going anywhere. Foley's in rehab. Hastert may soon be gone, too, and many many Rs will turn to Ds after November 7, but there will still be 130,000 US troops in Iraq.

        •  look at history... (1+ / 0-)
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          Remember the narrative of 1994? IT was all about the Contract with America. Americans were sick of liberal entitlement programs, of welfare queens, and black criminals so they all voted for this grand plan by "Republican Rebels" who conquered the American people's hearts and minds with their Conservative Manifesto.

          Was that actually what happenned? No. The Contract had little if anything to do with the GOP landslide in '94--they unveiled it just a few weeks before the election. But the media has repeated this historical revisionism now since that election night in order to bolster them. We still call it the "Republican Revolution of 1994", we don't call the Democratic victory of 1986 or 1974 "Democratic Revolutions". the answer is obvious.

          My bet is that the narrative I wrote above will be their excuse to piss on our victory.

          "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." --J.R.

          by michael1104 on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 10:01:56 PM PDT

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          •  and so what if they did? (1+ / 0-)
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            whatever the narrative, I don't see how it would diminish Democratic effectiveness, unless of course the new crop of Democrats is as spineless and afraid to act as many believe the current crop to be.  The Republican agenda is very unpopular; standing against it will reap huge political rewards.  

            The pleasure of hating...eats into the heart of religion...[and] makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands. - W. Haz

            by rfahey22 on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 10:18:15 PM PDT

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            •  Yeah--Doesn't Matter!!! (0+ / 0-)

              Dems will still be in charge, still have majorities and Chairmanships--there'll be a NEW Bully Pulpit in town!!!  Hell, W claimed a mandate (did I say that???) when he LOST the popular vote.

              Winning is winning--don't fret!!!

            •  I hope Lieberman doesn't end up (0+ / 0-)

              as the swing vote. Isn't that an ugly thought?

              Travel is useful, it exercises the imagination. All the rest is disappointment and fatigue. -L.F. Celine

              by Nimbus on Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 09:35:32 AM PDT

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      •  "after the landslide puts us back in power" (0+ / 0-)

        Don't see how they can get away with that.  We'll have the ongoing investigations still going on with Abramoff and his cronies and some of them are bound to go to prison.  This will reflect nicely on the R's for 08.

        Then we (Dems) will have the investigation into the war crimes and all the other muck and some heads should roll there.

        Remember how the R's were so ashamed of Nixon - well Bush is worse and I cannot see the R's passing the $$ over to all these criminals to help them defend themselves.  There's no way that they can paint all this as the fault of Dems.

        Is there a number limit as far as how many people Bush can pardon as he leaves office?  On the other hand, I can see him being so pissed with these people for getting caught that he won't pardon anyone, but will blame them all for his own misfortunes and act the poor misguided lttle boy.

        The revolution is coming!

      •  funny you should bring that up (1+ / 0-)
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        ca democrat

        the line I forgot to put in my post is, "now, which of these do you think the media will be highlighting?"  Of course, the establishment media never gets it.  Besides, how can they now recognize that the 50 state strategy and mobilizing the progressive Democratic base actually works after claiming for a decade that the only way to win is to "move to the center" (read move to the right)?  How can they admit now that Howard Dean - that dreaded guy - could actually turn out to be right.

        Oh, no!

      •  Or, watch for what that carrier does (0+ / 0-)

        now heading toward the eastern Mediterranean with its nuclear capacity.

        Per a Yahoo story (regret no link) someone at DK posted last night.

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