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Congratulations to Congressman-elect Don Cazayoux, new Representative of Louisiana's 6th District, and to all who had a hand in his election. The Sixth District, which voted for Bush 55-43 in 2000 and 59-40 in 2004, will be represented by a Democrat for the first time since the Dixiecrat era.

This was a terrific win for the party, for a number of reasons. First, it is always exciting and inspiring to win an election in such strongly Republican territory. Only 15 Democratic Representatives out of 235 hail from more GOP-friendly districts than Louisiana's 6th, and taking another seat on such red turf is yet another indicator that Democrats are in the catbird seat heading into November. This is the second special-election victory in a former Republican stronghold within the span of three months, and it was nearly accompanied by another victory in the crimson First District of Mississippi (and may yet be, come the May 13 runoff).

We had no real business winning this district, but we managed to do so anyway, by running a candidate who was a good fit for the district, by wisely allocating national party resources to help that candidate compete, and by simply being lucky enough to face a genuine nutcase on the Republican side.

Needless to say, this is a major feather in the cap of the DCCC, and a terrific blow to our Republican counterparts. NRCC chairman Tom Cole must be losing his breakfast, especially on the heels of the loss in IL-14, and facing another possible loss in an even redder district (MS-01). On our side, the DCCC did a fine job; they fended off the combined forces of the NRCC, Freedom's Watch, and the Club for Growth, and came out on top.

The Club for Growth has been backing losing candidates for some time-they're far more interested, it seems, in having doctrinaire nutters on the Republican ticket than in actually winning a majority-but this is a particularly bad black eye for Freedom's Watch, a group which has already taken a lot of hits. Having targeted LA-06 as their first big experiment-apparently, backing Woody Jenkins was the first thing their leadership could agree on as a priority for this cycle-Freedom's Watch looks positively impotent. They were supposed to be the scary new kid on the block, the shadowy Republican hit squad doing all the GOP's dirty work this election cycle. But if they can't swing a special election in an R+6.5 district, they're going to have the devil's own time swinging the presidential election.

As reported, the GOP's strategy in this election was to tie Cazayoux to national Democrats like Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. I should think that the results speak for themselves, and that they indicate that this strategy has failed. From the Wall Street Journal:

Don Cazayoux's victory against Woody Jenkins to represent Louisiana's Sixth District, a seat held by Republicans for decades, has further boosted Democrats' optimism heading in to the fall elections.

Not only were Democrats able to increase their majority in the House, but Mr. Cazayoux emerged the winner despite a multimillion-dollar national and local effort to nationalize the race by defining him as a liberal Democrat in lockstep with Mr. Obama.

At the very least, their efforts to demonize Cazayoux by linking him to Obama proved a double-edged sword. Although Woody Jenkins did outperform expectations in several areas of the district, and it's possible that that was due to the NRCC's attempts to link Cazayoux to Obama, it was certainly negated by increased black turnout in East Baton Rouge, which appears to have ultimately provided Cazayoux with his margin of victory. In other words, the GOP lost at least as much by alienating black voters as they may or may not have gained with these attacks.

DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen had a nice comment on these tired old Republican tactics:

"For the second time this cycle, Republicans were reminded that ‘all politics is local,’" said Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen , the DCCC chairman. Saying that "House Republicans tried to nationalize this election," Van Hollen stated that the GOP "used false and deceptive special interest smears and funneled nearly a million dollars into a district that Republicans held for more than three decades."

Van Hollen claimed that Cazayoux "won by focusing on the concerns of LA-06 voters — good paying jobs, affordable health care, and better education."

Demonizing the national Democrats is in no way going to be enough to win them this election. They went hard after Obama and Pelosi, as they have gone after Bill Clinton and Al Gore and Howard Dean and John Kerry and Hillary Clinton in the past. And they have nothing to show for it, except a humiliating loss in a former Republican stronghold.

If running against national Dems in a district where Kerry got 40% of the vote in 2004 isn't enough to save their crappy candidates, it won't be enough to save them anywhere. The GOP had better come up with something new if they want to start turning things around.

Unfortunately, according to Minority Leader John Boehner, they are counting on us to do their jobs for them. Essentially, the GOP is relying on the Democratic presidential battle to drive voters away from the party; they know very well they're cooked in downballot races if it does not. Their last hope for this cycle is that they can use national Democrats to sink the local candidates on the ballot, and the LA-06 results are a strong indicator that that won't work very well.

One final irony from this election is that the GOP loss can, in a sense, be thrown at the feet of one of the party's rising stars, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. For it was Jindal who backed Republican Jim Tucker to serve as Speaker of the Louisiana House, a decision which essentially gave Tucker the speakership despite a 53-50 advantage for Democrats in the House.

The Democratic candidate whom Jindal passed over was Don Cazayoux. It is likely that if Jindal had selected Cazayoux to serve as speaker, he would not have elected to run for the U.S. House, and Republicans might well still hold this seat.

Be careful what you wish for, Governor Jindal.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:07 PM PDT.

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  •  Funny how using the national (10+ / 0-)

    party figures doesn't work for the Republicans, but works in spades for the Democrats.  Ain't life grand.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:09:48 PM PDT

  •  Don't be so sure (4+ / 0-)
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    dem4evr, greenearth, MJJLWolf, Jezreel

    Essentially, the GOP is relying on the Democratic presidential battle to drive voters away from the party; they know very well they're cooked in downballot races if it does not

    Don Cazayoux won despite the behavior of Rep. Michael Jackson, who after losing to Cazayoux in the primary, refused to endorse him and openly said in ads that he would run as an independent in the fall and implied that blacks should sit out the special election.

    If Clinton steals the nomination, how many blacks will do exactly what Jackson has advocated?  I suspect this will be a nationwide phenomenon.  Just something that the Dems should think about.

    The Clintons are corrupt selfish race baiting zero character scumbags. I would rather undergo torture at Gitmo than willfully vote for any Clinton ever again.

    by IhateBush on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:11:44 PM PDT

    •  Cleo Fields did a lot of outreach to minorities (5+ / 0-)

      To get the EBR/WBR parishes to come in strong for Don.  Michael is a sore loser, and I hope he has enough sense to do what's best for his district and not try to kneecap Don.

      "Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education." - Rutherford B. Hayes

      by rdxtion on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:49:24 PM PDT

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      •  The Dems escaped through (4+ / 0-)
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        this time, but I will guarantee that they won't be so lucky if the superdelegates overturn Obama's victory and nominate Clinton instead.

        The Clintons are corrupt selfish race baiting zero character scumbags. I'd rather be run over by a tractor-trailer than willfully vote for any Clinton again.

        by IhateBush on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:53:24 PM PDT

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        •  I have a feeling Don will go with his district (6+ / 0-)

          And support Obama.  There was massive pro-Obama support at the victory party yesterday.  This one guy kept shouting "Yes we can" and "Si, se puede!".

          "Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education." - Rutherford B. Hayes

          by rdxtion on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:55:38 PM PDT

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          •  I don't think he has a choice (2+ / 0-)
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            of course he will make it as quiet as possible, saying that Obama won my district and that he doesn't want to overturn the will of the voters, etc.  Basically voting for Obama without really supporting or endorsing him.

            But an endorsement of Clinton vindicates Michael Jackson.

            The Clintons are corrupt selfish race baiting zero character scumbags. I'd rather be run over by a tractor-trailer than willfully vote for any Clinton again.

            by IhateBush on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:57:39 PM PDT

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            •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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              Don is going to have major problems with the AA vote if he doesn't support Obama.  It would provoke tremendous backlash and he would certainly lose. Especially now that we don't use our general elections as a primary.

              Also, SEIU is a huge Don supporter, and they are pro-Obama, which I think will help.

              "Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education." - Rutherford B. Hayes

              by rdxtion on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:59:53 PM PDT

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            •  At which point... (2+ / 0-)
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              ...Michael Jackson will do the moonwalk and then go OW!!!

              Sorry.  I just couldn't help myself.  

              And those Who hold High places must be the ones who start, to mold a new reality Closer to the Heart

              by CO Democrat on Sun May 04, 2008 at 06:09:34 PM PDT

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        •  But we don't have to worry :) (2+ / 0-)
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          Because Obama has almost closed the SD gap! Give it two more weeks and we have one person thats ahead in contests won, popular vote, pledged delegates, and superdelegates!

        •  Won't Happen... (1+ / 0-)
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          He says with crossed fingers.  Surely they know that to let Hillary steal the nomination would destroy the party.  One can only hope that the rest of the supers don't have a mass simultaneous psychosis.  

          The surface stuff aside.  Look at this.  Obama has a money factory and he's been more than willing to share.  He also had a massive grassroots organization.  In WA we are already in the hunt registering voters and helping the local and state campaigns get going.  Since we've already voted we will turn a lot of our attention to local politics and show that we are team players until the campaign ramps up in the fall.

          For instance, OFA signed on to the 50 State Voter Registration campaign and HRC didn't.  So we're we'll be the ones out there on May 10 knocking on doors with our Obama gear on bringing new voters into the party.  The Supers are watching.  They know who the can count on.  

          If you are a supporter.  Find a voter reg event on the 10th and join up.  If not start one. Contact your local party for help.  They need you and so does Obama.  

  •  Frankly I was amazed we won this race - happily (9+ / 0-)

    amazed. Everyone did a great job of coming together. I'm proud of the way the party worked to capture this seat.

    the shane life The story of a boy alone in New York City. God help the city.

    by Shane Hensinger on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:11:48 PM PDT

  •  please keep running against pelosi (13+ / 0-)

    i mean, if it can't save your ass in lousiana, in a district bush took by 18% in '04, you are well and truly fucked.

    "after the Rapture, we get all their shit"

    It's time: the albany project.

    by lipris on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:12:16 PM PDT

  •  In God We Trust (5+ / 0-)

    Don Cazayoux votes against In God We Trust while voting in favor of handouts to illegal immigrants

    A Freedom's Watch ad against Don Cazayoux. If this is the best Ari Fleischer et al can do then November 2008 looms ominously for the republicans....

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:15:19 PM PDT

  •  I think we can thank our pal....W (9+ / 0-)

    for all of this democratic success.

    An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind.

    by rini6 on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:15:43 PM PDT

  •  Heard one of Woody's ads on NPR. (3+ / 0-)
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    "Cazayoux.  It rhymes with 'Tax you.'  Cazayoux, Tax you," complete with "wah wah wah" comedy music score.

    I have a suspicion that the Beavis and Butthead style of "Heh.  You said liberal." of attack ads is going to fall horribly flat for the GOP this year.

    Saying, "The surge is working" . . . is working my last nerve.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:15:52 PM PDT

    •  But NPR's La. "expert" (6+ / 0-)

      Downplayed the Cazayoux victory, claimed he should have won by a larger margin and that he will have a hard time holding his seat in November.  He finished by saying that if the Republicans have to worry about carrying Louisiana in November, they would have already ceded Pennsylvania, Ohio and Missouri to the Democrats.  He described Louisiana as "safely Red".

      Any local Louisianas care to comment?

      "Great men do not commit murder. Great nations do not start wars." William Jennings Bryan

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:20:01 PM PDT

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      •  McGinnis' comments on the likelihood of a (5+ / 0-)

        Blue November were dead on.  The 'Pubs biggest mistake in this race was running Woody, who is pretty well discredited as a David Duke wannabe.

        McGinnis, btw, is the very well connected Baton Rogue correspondent for the Times-Picayune and also runs the La. Politics blog.

        Saying, "The surge is working" . . . is working my last nerve.

        by Crashing Vor on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:24:16 PM PDT

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      •  Not from LA (2+ / 0-)
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        but Cazayoux probably would have won by more if not for  Rep. Michael Jackson, who after losing to Cazayoux in the primary, refused to endorse him and openly said in ads that he would run as an independent in the fall and implied that blacks should sit out the special election.

                   Then, Jackson took his whisper campaign public.

                   The television commercials actively imply that his voters should wait to cast their ballots.  Jackson has said privately for weeks that he would run this time as an Independent in November, putting himself on the ballot when Barack Obama is generating huge African-American turnout.  He would prefer to face Jenkins, but did not care if a Democrat held the seat.

        http://www.bayoubuzz.com/...

        The Clintons are corrupt selfish race baiting zero character scumbags. I would rather undergo torture at Gitmo than willfully vote for any Clinton ever again.

        by IhateBush on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:24:16 PM PDT

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        •  Jackson failed (4+ / 0-)
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          He told the black voters to stay away in droves, and they came out and voted for Cazayoux anyway.

          Does this guy have any real base or influence?  Cazayoux would do well to spend time thanking black voters for their support and reaching out to them, sure, but it's silly to assume that just because there's a black politician raising trouble, the whole black community is going to march in lockstep behind him.

          "...And I woulda got away with it, if it hadn't been for that meddling Kos!" ---attributed to Tom DeLay

          by AdmiralNaismith on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:39:49 PM PDT

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          •  Add to it (1+ / 0-)
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            greenearth

            the Democratic Party superdelegates taking away a nomination that a black candidate has won by playing by the rules and giving it to a white woman who has race baited the whole campaign, Jackson will be a hero.

            And I'm not sure Jackson failed completely.  The turnout in Livingston Parish was much more than in any of the black areas.  It is quite possible that without Jackson's crap, Cazayoux would have won by 6-9%.

            The Clintons are corrupt selfish race baiting zero character scumbags. I'd rather be run over by a tractor-trailer than willfully vote for any Clinton again.

            by IhateBush on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:46:41 PM PDT

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            •  Livingston Parish (4+ / 0-)

              Is where the crazy homeschoolers live.  That is Woody's strongest base.  They are very very very scary, and very pro-Woody.

              I'm not saying AA turnout wasn't where it could have been, I just think that Livingston Parish isn't a fair comparison.

              "Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education." - Rutherford B. Hayes

              by rdxtion on Sun May 04, 2008 at 04:06:08 PM PDT

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      •  I'm not in the District (7+ / 0-)

        but I'm in Louisiana.  I think that the Don was very very lucky that Jenkins was the opposition.  Lots of Repubs can't stand Jenkins and will voter for a conservative Dem over Jenkins -- when Jenkins ran against Mary Landrieu, lots of Repubs voted Landrieu because she is business (oil and gas business especially) friendly, and Jenkins is David Duke lite.  The business wing of the Repub party will not vote for Jenkins.   It is also important to remember that this Dem is a social conservative -- pro-life and pro-gun.  Finally, Jindal (who has somewhere over a 70% approval rating in LA) played no real role in this race -- he had no love for Jenkins, either.  (He tepidly endorsed the Repub but did nothing more for him -- no appearances, etc.)  Change these three factors -- a Dem who is not a social conservative, a Repub who is not a David Duke type and who will be supported by the business community, and active campaigning by Jindal, and does the race turn out different?  

        •  There were Republicans there (3+ / 0-)
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          Who would have voted for anyone else than Jenkins.  However, Jenkins also has a lot of rabid supporters in certain areas of the district.

          Jindal didn't want to touch Woody with a ten-foot pole - no state Republicans raised any money for Woody period.  Woody is not someone you want representing your state.

          "Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education." - Rutherford B. Hayes

          by rdxtion on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:53:28 PM PDT

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          •  My point exactly (2+ / 0-)
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            Woody is not someone you want representing your state.

             This is how a lot of Repubs feel, not just Dems.  I think that if the Dem candidate had been more mainstream Dem, and the Repub candidate more mainstream Repub, the race might have been different, and LA-06 might have voted more in line with its recent history.  In that respect, I agree with McGinnis, the NPR commentator.  

  •  And may I just add (6+ / 0-)

      that, with a Hillary Clinton presidency...with a Hillary Clinton controlled DNC.....we don't win seats like this...especially in the South.

      Clinton has been contemptous of the 50 state strategy and would no doubt replace Dean with another McAuliffe...who will starve the red state parties, just as he did.

       A Clinton Presidency...we see these kinds of wins simply fade a....w....a....y.

    •  tell me this (2+ / 0-)
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      greenearth, Jezreel

      why didn't the republicans use Hilary the same way they used Nancy Pelosi or Barack? Is it secret code or something?

      Republicans are not a national party anymore.

      by jalapeno on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:18:35 PM PDT

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    •  I don't buy this... (0+ / 0-)

      at one time I was of the same mind...that she would be poison for downticket races, but frankly, she has been absolutely brilliant in reinventing her image in the last few months--hate her all you want, and chastise her for her attacks on Obama, but what cannot be disputed is that he is the one suffering from the effete elite liberal put down, not her. And that's because of her pretty savvy transformation in the last few months.

      I really do not believe she will be harmful for downballot races anymore on just her previous infamy alone.

      "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 Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:22:42 PM PDT

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      •  It's a question of turnout. (1+ / 0-)
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        Jezreel

        She kills us in downballot races because 1) Blacks will stay home and 2) the Wingnuts (at least here in Colorado) will get fired up by Clinton in a way they just can't get fired up by John McSame.

        Worst. President. Ever.

        by Makesmeralph on Sun May 04, 2008 at 05:06:35 PM PDT

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    •  This is false. (1+ / 0-)
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      This election didn't have very much to do with Clinton or Obama, never did.

      I understand your zeal to make Hillary Clinton the manifestation of everything evil about the Democratic Party, but it has zero application here.

      It's very possible, by the way, that Cazayoux will wind up being a superdelegate for Clinton.

      "Intelligence and stupidity have no limits. Unfortunately it looks like stupidity has won" -Arsene Wenger

      by Arjun Jaikumar on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:33:08 PM PDT

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      •  With the threat of Michael Jackson (2+ / 0-)
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        running as an independent, as well as the fact that Obama won LA-6 handily in the primary, that would be very very dumb.

        The Clintons are corrupt selfish race baiting zero character scumbags. I'd rather be run over by a tractor-trailer than willfully vote for any Clinton again.

        by IhateBush on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:55:48 PM PDT

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      •  This election didn't have anything to do (0+ / 0-)

        with Obama/Clinton?  In that sense you're right.

        But it sure as hell as a LOT to do with Obama when you see them trying to link Don to Obama in every other commercial.  

    •  So, Cazayoux is the anit-DNC candidate? (1+ / 0-)
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      Jezreel

      From the Don Cazayoux campaign web site:

      I believe in a balanced budget and I will support the pay-go polices that the Congress enacted last year. I hope to join a coalition knows as the Blue Dog Democrats, a coalition of fiscal conservative Democrats committed to paying down the debt and passing sound economic policies.

      I support tax cuts that make sense for working families and small businesses – not tax breaks for huge corporations and millionaires that we end up paying for. I voted for millions in tax relief in the Louisiana legislature and will continue to support tax cuts for middle class families who are struggling to make ends meet and save for their futures.

      IMMIGRATION

      I am strongly against amnesty for illegal immigrants. America is a nation of immigrants, but we also are a nation of laws. In Congress, I will fight to secure our borders and work to crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal workers.
      ABORTION

      I am pro-life. This is a position that my wife and I share and its rooted in my faith. In the legislature, I supported one of the strongest pro-life laws in the country and in Congress, I will continue my work to protect the unborn.

      2nd Amendment Rights
      I strongly support the Second Amendment - it is a fundamental part of our Constitution. I own guns and hunt and believe we need to protect the gun ownership rights of law-abiding citizens. I am very proud to have an A rating from the NRA.

      This guy may have a future in Congress and as a front pager for DailyKos during the upcoming "Blue Dog Days" every other Tuesday.

      Don Cazayoux Campaign

      "I do think it is kind of sad when everybody who owns a laptop thinks they are Thomas Paine" Redlief take on Helen Thomas, 2008

      by redlief on Sun May 04, 2008 at 05:17:00 PM PDT

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  •  I'm predicting (4+ / 0-)

    a 250+ strong Democratic majority come November...if we can be competitive in seats like this one, Fat Hastert's and the upcoming race in Mississippi...and actually win, not just come close, then I don't see why the Democrats can't get more than 250 seats.

    "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 Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:18:21 PM PDT

  •  getting goosebumps (3+ / 0-)
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    At the thought of the upcoming national election. This could be a Republican blodbath (electorally of course), and nothing would make me happier, except maybe winning the lottery.

  •  this really is amazing (3+ / 0-)

    the rats can't leave the sinking ship fast enough.  If Rethugs have to spend 2008 trying to take back Louisiana, they have already lost.  

    Let's hope more and more incumbent Rs go to K street, and that enough more and better Dems win that K street can be outvoted.  W00t!

  •  Brownsox, please be careful.... (5+ / 0-)

    After the 2004 debacle, Daily Kos was roundly dismissed as "backing docrinaire liberal Democrats that don't win."

    Our record here made 1969 Met legend Ron Swoboda look like the late Mickey Mantle!  We were way off the mark.

    Why?  Because the public wasn't yet ready or fed up enough with Bush and his gang.

    Now that we are getting better at organizing, and GOTV efforts and general election work like phone banking, really making governor Dean's 50 state plan work, and using the not inconsiderable reach of this website to back candidates, we are better.

    BUT!  These things run in cycles.  Now is our time.  But, I am with Kos on this one point, to keep momentum we have to keep pushing beyond '06, beyond '08, and for God's sake beyind "16 when many think the Neo-Con's and Jebthro will be ready to scare and baffle the public again.

    Let's not get too laid back...ending the Republican "Fascist-Lite" kleptocracy wiil take persistant effort and time.

    Today, 5/4/08, 4071 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. Bush lied, how soon before your family pays the price for that?

    by boilerman10 on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:24:25 PM PDT

    •  It'll be a while until I'm content to rest. (2+ / 0-)
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      I want the Republicans to be turned into the regional decaying party they deserve to be.  Left to wither away and disappear like the Whigs.

      There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? -Robert F. Kennedy

      by JSCram3254 on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:47:01 PM PDT

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  •  I believe another positive aspect of this win (3+ / 0-)

    is that the NRC spent in the neighborhood of $1 million on this race.  If that's true, it's a million they won't be able to use somewhere else.

    Go democrats!

    It's OK, really; I'm just O-struck.

    by confitesprit on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:31:13 PM PDT

  •  Republicans Headed For Meltdown In November (2+ / 0-)
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    The writing is on the wall!
    Get this protracted nomination process sorted out in Obama's favour, then we can move on to really crush the shit out of the GOP.

  •  Sweet, indeed, brownsox. Something we who are ... (3+ / 0-)
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    mcfly, brownsox, greenearth

    ...working red districts should keep in mind this whole   election season is that ALL the GOP candidates are "crappy candidates". I'm working with Russ Warner to beat David Dreier, the 14-term GOP Congressman from California's 26th District. It's an uphill fight, but it's doable.

    Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe; militarism crushes peoples and sucks their blood like a vampire. K. Liebknecht

    by Meteor Blades on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:50:57 PM PDT

  •  More robo-calls to Black voters: (1+ / 0-)
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    greenearth

    "On election day, a number of homes in Baton Rouge’s predominantly black neighborhoods were phoned with a tape-recorded message asking black voters to teach white Democrats a lesson by staying home and not casting ballots.

    The ad signed off as "Friends of Michael Jackson."

    Jackson, a Democratic state representative defeated by Cazayoux in the primary runoff, said he was not involved or connected in any way with the calls. Jackson said he will run for the seat in November."

       http://www.2theadvocate.com/...

    "This whole world's Wild at Heart and weird on top.".....Lula

    by anninla on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:51:41 PM PDT

  •  Now for the important question: (1+ / 0-)
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    greenearth

    Cazayoux is our newest SuperDelegate (raising the total needed to nominate back to 2025).  Who does he support?  Or is this one more undecided SD?

    Diplomacy, n. The patriotic act of lying for one's country -- Ambrose Bierce - So how come the Bushies are so bad at diplomacy?

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Sun May 04, 2008 at 03:52:04 PM PDT

  •  Forget Tom Cole, I wanna see John Boehner! (1+ / 0-)
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    greenearth

    NRCC chairman Tom Cole must be losing his breakfast, especially on the heels of the loss in IL-14, and facing another possible loss in an even redder district (MS-01).

    And what about Boehner? That face, what appears to be a heavily botoxed if you ask me, might actually show some expression for once!

  •  Ha Ha Ha (1+ / 0-)
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    greenearth

    Looks like Rush is back on the hillbilly heroin.

  •  GOP tying Cazayoux to Obama was great for Obama. (1+ / 0-)
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    greenearth

    The GOP inadvertently gave Obama a huge boost vs. Clinton and McCain. GOP spent $1M running commercials featuring Obama and Cazayoux and he ends up scoring an upset win, taking a seat Republicans have held for 33 years.

    The GOP helped make the argument that Obama can change the electoral landscape in ways Hillary Clinton cannot. Congressional super-delegates are probably thinking that they will want Obama by their side and at the head of the ticket in 2008.

    It also sends the GOP back to the drawing board in trying to attack Obama in borderline states in November

  •  Remember: Best Fit for the District (0+ / 0-)

    THAT'S what we have to focus on, not this ridiculous "better Democrats" nonsense.  Let's not let ourselves devolve into a left-wing Club for Growth.  Remember Don Cazayoux the next time you think about that phrase.

    Pragmatic progressivism is the future.

    by Pragmaticus on Sun May 04, 2008 at 04:51:13 PM PDT

  •  Congratulations to Rep.-elect Cazayoux... (1+ / 0-)
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    OleMiss

    ...and our Democratic neighbors to the east.

    Please send some of your mojo to Texas...we could use a few blue seats!

    "A time comes when silence is betrayal." ~ MLK, Jr.

    by liberaldemdave on Sun May 04, 2008 at 04:56:28 PM PDT

  •  Congrats to LA (2+ / 0-)
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    poe, OleMiss

    They got it friggin'right.

    May God Bless our troops wherever they are. Best regards, El Tomaso

    by El Tomaso on Sun May 04, 2008 at 05:00:29 PM PDT

  •  So with the victories in IL and LA (0+ / 0-)

    how many seats do we have now? 235?

  •  Where is esteem? (0+ / 0-)

    I wish people would treat each other with esteem. Life would be so much easier!

  •  This is very good news... (1+ / 0-)
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    ca democrat

    If only I could rec this diary!

  •  50 state strategy works... (2+ / 0-)
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    ca democrat, YellerDog

    Despite the howls from the Clintonistas from Day 1 on the 50 state strategy, this is further vindication of that strategy.  Puts Dean in a stronger position to shut his critics up, which in turn helps Obama, since Dean obviously has no love for the Clintons.

  •  Landscape (2+ / 0-)
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    USA Toda:

    For the second time in three months, a Democrat's victory in a House district previously held by Republicans is pointing to a difficult landscape for the GOP this fall.

    You mean a landscape likethis?

  •  Let's not forget that Jindal also endorsed Woody (1+ / 0-)
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    Therefore:  1)  Jindal's endorsement didn't help the GOP candidate  2) Attack ads linking Cazayoux to Barack Obama didn't work  3) Robocalls urging blacks to stay home didn't work  4) falsely labeling Cazayoux as a tax-and-spend liberal didn't work.  NOTHING THE GOP DID WORKED!  

    An interesting question here is the effect of the Obama-Cazayoux link tactics.  Assuming that the robocalls originated from GOP operatives, it would appear African-American voters were given mixed messages by the attack dogs, Cazayoux is Obama vs Cazayoux is a cracker so don't support him.  Is it just me or does this not compute?

    Self-love is the greatest of flatterers. Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucald (1613-1680)

    by Sundiata on Sun May 04, 2008 at 08:29:45 PM PDT

    •  I didn't see Jindal's involvement (0+ / 0-)

      in this race.  He basically issued a tepid statement saying he endorsed the Repub, and Jenkins dragged out an old picture of him and Jindal together to use on a commercial, without any contemporary statement from Jindal. In fact, word got out that Jindal was upset that Jenkins used that picture in the commercial. Jindal really didn't back Jenkins -- no appearances, no commercials, no campaigning, etc.  Like most "mainstream" Repubs in Louisiana, Jindal doesn't like Jenkins.  I think that was pretty clear to the voting public by the fact that the extremely popular (over 70%) Repub governor didn't lift a finger to campaign for the Repub candidate.

  •  How is it in LA.... (0+ / 0-)

    the speakership does not go to the majority party?  What other states use this system?  

  •  "Please put down the plastic baby Mr. Jenkins" (0+ / 0-)

    Such a hilarious quote from Ted Koppel.

    Sorry I have to run to the Senate floor to abolish torture.

    by bten on Mon May 05, 2008 at 06:10:04 AM PDT

  •  We need an open-seat tally. (0+ / 0-)

    How many does this make?
    Almost all the open seats are formerly republican, but not all. (At least one Dem. Congressperson died in the recent past.)
    How many have tehy kept?
    How many have Demos won?

    "The three main issues in this campaign are Iraq, Iraq, and Iraq." -- Bill Foster

    by Frank Palmer on Mon May 05, 2008 at 08:24:37 AM PDT

  •  Cokie Roberts mentioned Cazayoux on NPR (0+ / 0-)

    Monday morning while reporting on the Obama campaign (BTW, he happens to be her third cousin). After mentioning that the Pubs ran attacks linking Cazayoux to Pelosi and Obama, Roberts' comment was:

    "This election gives Obama supporters, and in particular those all important superdelegates, a sigh of relief that Obama will not be dragging down the national ticket in the fall."

    Nothing about Obama's unswerving suppor for a 50-state strategy, No observation that this was the latest Dem victory... thanks Cokie.

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