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  •  Let me harsh further... (2+ / 0-)
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    drewfromct, Broadview
    1. The Republicans did very well in state legislatures and governorships.  Redistricting is coming up and they are going to have a lot of control.  Last time was after the 2000 elections when Bush had almost no coat tails so they're going to increase their advantage.
    1. California passed Proposition 20 which puts House redistricting in the hands of a supposedly non-partisan board.  Assuming that it really is non-partisan California won't be gerrymandered in favor of Democrats any more but Texas (the biggest red state) will remain gerrymandered in favor of Republicans.

    This means that the next 10 years are going to be heavily weighted against Democrats in the House and in state legislatures.  That also means that there will be fewer opportunities to develop local politicians for state or national level offices - fewer good experienced Democrats running for Senate, Governor, or even President.

    In short, for the Republicans, this election is going to be a gift that keeps on giving for the next 10 years and perhaps even longer.

    •  More Republican governors=more Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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      kj in missouri, neroden

      responsible for state and local deficits, tax increases, loss of services....given the economic situation, which likely won't be much better in two years (which means there will be a LOT of middle class folks slipping into the underclass), it is quite possible for there to be another big wave going the other thing is certain, and that is that nothing is certain (except the continual flow of more and more anonymous corporate money into campaigns--you can take that to the bank).

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 08:17:51 AM PDT

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      •  Makes sense. That must explain (0+ / 0-)

        why the Democrats intentionally lost all those governorships.

        What?  What's that you say?  It wasn't intentional?

        Let's face it - it's never good to lose an election.

        Let's also remember - fewer Democratic governors means fewer good candidates to run for Pres / VP in 2012 (if Obama doesn't run or Biden drops out) and in 2016 and 2020.  Good people who might have won won't have the chance to develop themselves and their followings.  (Remember - from Lyndon Johnson to Bush jr., every single president was either a Governor or a VP first.)  

    •  That board is gonna be WEIRD. (0+ / 0-)

      Have you looked into the method of its selection?  We have never seen anything like the California Redistricting Commission before....

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 04:21:39 PM PDT

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