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  •  Ehh... I'm mixed (3+ / 0-)

    I think Obama gets re-elected somewhat easily but republicans hold the House (with maybe 10-20 seats losses) and the Senate control being a tossup.  The 2010 races severely crippled Dem chances in state legislature and congressional races in a large number of states thanks to redistricting.  

    When republicans and some dems are openly calling for Social Security and Medicare to be cut or outright dismantled and most people are too lazy to care you know you have a hopeless electorate.  The only issue progressives are winning on is gay marriage, sad to say.

    •  They will do what they did in 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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      and even double down on it.  

      Yes, they want the presidency.  But without it, they think they can build a winning hand.  

      1 Get the Senate!!!

      2 Get the Gov Races!!!

      3 Keep the House!!!

      Those are the priorities.  State houses mean a lot to them too.  

      then down the list is

      5 Win the presidency!!!

      Honest, I don't think the presidency is their aim.  In fact, the state races may be of greater interest to them.  They figure they have the DC thing in hand.  Its the states they want now.  And if some part of the Fed Gov is not in their hands, forget it for four years.  With more statehouses and governorships, they will have a very strong hand for 16, and a huge influence in cutting state spending and taxes, and making the rich ever so much richer and more powerful.

      Youth lives by personality, age lives by calculation. -- Aristotle

      by not2plato on Sat Jul 02, 2011 at 11:02:45 PM PDT

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      •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

        Republicans can lose the Presidency in 2012 and still pass their agenda.  Look at what they've done with controlling only the House in D.C.  Even with a Senate minority they filibuster anything and everything.  The President already has trouble getting any judicial appointments approved.  Just wait till they actually control the Senate.  If any left-leaning Supreme Court justices are considering retirement I'd suggest doing so before 2012.  Even with an Obama re-election I fear he'll be marginalized into nothing more than a veto pen.

    •  I'm in about the same place (2+ / 0-)
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      ChadmanFL, MichaelNY

      I think Democrats may also be able to score on taxes, but that would be a considerably more limited (and belated) victory than it ever should have been.

      Independent, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 12:14:55 AM PDT

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