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Republican Party registration is fourth in Nevada this year.

Republicans have added just 1,549 voters since February, when the secretary of state’s office cleaned up voter registration rolls.

Democrats, meanwhile, added 4,860 and nonpartisan registration grew by 3,783. Even the hard-right Independent American Party registered more Nevada voters in that span than Republicans.

"Coming in fourth? Ouch," said Erik Herzik, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a registered Republican.

Ouch indeed. As much as Republicans chortle about their gains this year, the reality is much different. They've had zero traction with the broader public.

That may be less relevant in a base election, which will pit the most partisans against each other (and currently, the Right is certainly more revved up than our side). But overall, Republicans have made zero gains with the broader public.

And at least in Nevada, these voter registration numbers still point to a more energized Democratic Party. It wasn't long ago that Republicans enjoyed a voter registration advantage in the state. Today, Democrats enjoy a nearly 100,000-voter advantage in party registration, and it's obviously still growing.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Is that a good thing? (7+ / 0-)

    If Reid goes down, sure the Dems lose a seat in the Senate, but they just might pick up a capable Majority Leader.

    An agnostic not because I don't know if there's a God, but because I don't care.

    by filmgeek83 on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:01:42 AM PDT

    •  the real question is will a 'robust' primary (2+ / 0-)
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      CTPatriot, grinning dog

      opponent to Reid appear?

      It's not a question of losing a democratic senatorial seat in NV, per the stats Kos posted in the diary.

      It's a question of whether or not the voters of NV will reaffirm their support for Sen. Reid - or give a 'yea' vote to a new face.

      That's the real the question.

      Have the citizens of NV caught the 'if they won't give us what we want then throw them out fever'?

      Just how progressive is the NV electorate?

      These are the questions that I'd like to see some polling answer.

      •  Nevada supported Obama (1+ / 0-)
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        Angie in WA State

        and the conservative candidate from Nevada is likely to be more conservative than John McCain.

        A senate candidate with a platform similar to Obama's should do OK. Ideally, there should be a Latino candidate, as that vote made the real difference in Nevada in 2008.

        Someone needs to write this book: The Great Conservative Temper Tantrum of 2009

        by grinning dog on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:32:16 AM PDT

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        •  Nevada supported Obama because of Washoe (2+ / 0-)
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          Angie in WA State, ibinreno


          NV is three zones, Clark county where Las Vegas is, that is dependably democratic. [That's where most of your Latino voters are.] Clark county is the "swing", Reno/Sparks, and a some outliers. "Everything else" in NV is really, really Rethug. Kerry lost Washoe, Obama won Washoe. Pretty much whoever takes Washoe in the general, wins.

          Washoe's "democratic" challenger for the House in '08 was Jill Derby. Not only was she not in any way, shape or form progressive, she lost to the actual Republican. When you're looking at a Senate primary, where Harry pretty much runs the state party, winning Clark is a possible, winning Washoe is a long shot, and there aren't enough democratic votes "everywhere else" to matter.

          (Caveat: This is grossly oversimplified, I haven't run the numbers from previous comparable primaries. It occurs to me that anyone seriously thinking of running will have already run the primary numbers, and probably started fund raising by now.)

          All evil needs to succeed is for good people to say "the votes aren't there in the Senate."

          by Jacques on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 11:45:04 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  The bench in Nevada... (1+ / 0-)
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        Willamette Democrat

        seems quite thin.  And from what I've heard from friends from Nevada, Titus isn't exactly exciting anyone in the base, and all too often uses right-wing framing, pissing off liberals.

      •  One Problem (4+ / 0-)

        The Democratic establishment will go all out to defend Reid, just like they stepped up for Lieberman. It would take an incredibly strong and charismatic challenger to get past that. (I'm using strong and charismatic to describe a Democrat?)

        Best we can hope for is Reid getting challenged for majority leadership. He's the wrong man for the senate we have now.

        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:50:48 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Could not be worse, anyway. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Will this effect his chances? (2+ / 0-)
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    TomP, Willamette Democrat

    Salt Lake Tribune:

    Reid rips LDS Church's Prop. 8 support

    In a meeting with gay-rights activists last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the LDS Church for backing a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in California, saying the leaders of his faith should have stayed out of the contentious political fight.


    But three organizers of the past weekend's National Equality March said Reid brought up the topic during a conversation in his office.

    "He said that he thought it was a waste of church resources and good will," said Derek Washington, a Nevadan who worked as the outreach director for the march. "He said he didn't think it was appropriate."

    "As President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same-sex couples with full equality." Um, Mr. President, you know about Maine, right?

    by Scott Wooledge on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:03:23 AM PDT

  •  Kent Conrad has ruled out a robust public option (1+ / 0-)
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    because he doesn't want a public option based on medicare rates.

    However, would he accept a Opt-out or Opt-in public option.

    Obama 7/09: "Don't bet against us" (unless the Dems screw it up).

    by Drdemocrat on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:03:53 AM PDT

  •  Great news Kos (10+ / 0-)

    and horrible news Kos.  

    It's time for a Progressive Party.

    by mdgarcia on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:04:33 AM PDT

    •  Kos, you are assuming that all those (0+ / 0-)

      Democratic voters will vote for Reid. I'm not certain that's a safe bet, especially if the Senate fails to pass meaningful health care reform.

      If there is no accountability for those who authorized torture, we can no longer say that we are a nation of laws, not men.

      by MikePhoenix on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:58:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, they sure won't vote Republican. (0+ / 0-)

        Kinda hard to see how you could send a message condemning one party for failure to pass good legislation, by voting for the party that actively did everything they could to kill it.

        Confucius says, "Do not reach across aisle with remaining hand."

        by AdmiralNaismith on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 11:26:50 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Driving Republicans to vote is like... (5+ / 0-)

    ...mushing dogs.

    Driving Democrats to vote is like herding cats.

    (-9,-9) pragmatic incrementalist :-P

    by Enterik on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:05:20 AM PDT

  •  I get that he's likely to survive... (3+ / 0-)

    but really, easily?  Based on new registrations in the past eight months?  Even in the face of lots of polls showing him in big trouble?

    Guide to my comments: When in doubt, assume sarcasm.

    by Gray on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:06:28 AM PDT

    •  Problem with the polls (0+ / 0-)

      A majority doesn't like him. But not all for the same reasons.

      Democrats don't like him because he's weaker than Boston chili, refusing to stand up to the blue dogs and the big business lobbyists that assert ownership of the Government.

      Republicans don't like him because he's a Communist dedicated to destroying all businesses. Rush said so!

      He's going to be the lesser evil to at least one of those groups, to the extent that they'll hold their noses and vote for him over the other candidate.  Maybe some of them, Democrats especially, are expressing displeasure when taking the polls, specifically to send him a message, even if they really intend to vote for him no matter what.

      Confucius says, "Do not reach across aisle with remaining hand."

      by AdmiralNaismith on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 11:31:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  He's a ConservaDem (0+ / 0-)

        If he was in the House, he would be known as a blue dog.  If you look at his actions through that prism then his actions become much clearer and understandable.

        I think that the lower GOP registration number is more of a function of the Gov. Jim Gibbons effect.... he's just flat out embarrassing. The dead Albatross around the neck of the state

        ... the watchword of true patriotism: "Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right." - Carl Schurz; Oct. 17, 1899

        by NevDem on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 01:52:11 PM PDT

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  •  Snowe votes yes (4+ / 0-)

    a good thing I think?

    After Obama's eighth straight victory, Penn told reporters: "Winning Democratic primaries is not a qualification or a sign of who can win the general election.

    by nevadadem on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:06:51 AM PDT

  •  sorry wrong thread (2+ / 0-)


    After Obama's eighth straight victory, Penn told reporters: "Winning Democratic primaries is not a qualification or a sign of who can win the general election.

    by nevadadem on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:07:09 AM PDT

  •  The story is not Harry Reid (12+ / 0-)

    but how poorly the GOP is faring in a state that voted for Dubya.

    They think tearing Obama down is helping their chances in 2010; they are wrong.

    The best way to save the planet is to keep laughing!

    by LaughingPlanet on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:07:17 AM PDT

  •  Survivor Nevada. (4+ / 0-)

    The tribe has not yet spoken.

    Oh, there you are, Perry. -Phineas -SLB-

    by boran2 on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:07:33 AM PDT

  •  Sadly enough (1+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State

       I honestly don't know whether this assessment is good news or bad news for us.
  •  Passing solid healtch care reform will go (4+ / 0-)

    a country mile in terms of revving up the liberal base.  Yet one more reason the Democrats need to act decisively on the issue.

    "If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people." -Tony Benn (-6.38,-6.36)

    by The Rational Hatter on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:08:21 AM PDT

  •  They "scrubbed" the rolls and (2+ / 0-)
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    vlajos, BruinKid

    we gained voters?

    Afghanistan:Graveyard to empires-It's not just a bumpersticker

    by JML9999 on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:09:27 AM PDT

  •  This is good news for John McCain. (2+ / 0-)
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    AdmiralNaismith, Jampacked

    Sorry, but it is.

    Think of all sentient beings as Buddha, but keep your hand on your wallet.

    by CathodeRay on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:09:43 AM PDT

  •  watch out for those independents.. (2+ / 0-)
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    vlajos, Floande

    Independents are who put Obama into office and their support of Dems in all the polls are sliding.

    If they do vote (and this is debatable) and only have a Dem and a Repub to vote for, which lever will they pull?  That is the $64,000 question.

    "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - G. Marx

    by Skeptical Bastard on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:10:32 AM PDT

    •  See below (1+ / 0-)
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      The Repubs though are faring even worse then Dems with the southern swing voters I know.

      And with Independents that will always depend on the specifics of the ticket, not the party.  I'd vote for a low corporate donation Republican over a Blue Dog.  I don't think I will have that choice though in my House district.  Ironically, if Sen. Hagan doesn't move further to the left, she may be vulnerable.  Dems here are not happy with her at all, and Independents are not optimistic.  She looks too much like a corporate sympathizer, and she needs to differentiate herself from Burr more.

  •  Independents either ... (0+ / 0-)

    I still think that except for the independents who are too far right to register Republican (a minority) that Republicans are losing traction with Independents as well.

    Most non-far right independents are very jaded on politics.  All the news of campaign contributions and votes really turns off this group.  And that goes for the Dems that have been reported with voes for heavy contributions as well.  But, at least some Dems appear to be doing their jobs.  Almost no Repubs look good.

  •  But a single "moderate" republican has more power (2+ / 0-)
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    tmo, Jampacked

    than the majority leader anyway, so why not?

    Only some conservatives are racist. The rest are merely enabling racists, allying with racists, and hoping they win the next election with racism.

    by Inland on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:12:30 AM PDT

  •  To bad all of our citizens do not (0+ / 0-)

    have the right to vote.  If all American citizens had the right to vote repukes would never win an election, and we could elect "real democrats" rather than these "repukedemfuks" that our destroying our democracy almost as fast as the repukes. you know like harry reid...

    The world will never forget: the crimes and atrocities committed by the Bush administration!

    by Freedom Loving American on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:12:58 AM PDT

    •  Who doesn't? (1+ / 0-)
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      Freedom Loving American

      Felons and children?  That would make a significant difference?

      I'mma let you finish, Barack, but the teabaggers have done about the most for international peace of all time.--The collective GOP 10/9/09

      by Superribbie on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:22:58 AM PDT

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      •  Yes the 20 million felons! but who gives (0+ / 0-)

        a shit about them?

        The world will never forget: the crimes and atrocities committed by the Bush administration!

        by Freedom Loving American on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 11:52:34 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  There are that many? (0+ / 0-)

          I was under the impression that a minority of states actually disenfranchised felons.

          There were only about 129 million total voters in 2008.  20 million felons seems high, but you could be right.

          I'mma let you finish, Barack, but the teabaggers have done about the most for international peace of all time.--The collective GOP 10/9/09

          by Superribbie on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 12:47:45 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I could be wrong, but there are about 3 million (0+ / 0-)

            prisoners at any one time, in the US.  You are correct many may be able to vote but are unaware of their rights. It would be much simplier not to revoke the right to vote, they do not in Canada and a few states.

            Also minorities are much more likely to be imprisoned and many are convicted of felonies without serving prison time, and are very young...I believe it would go a long way to making the US a better democracy, which scares many repukes.

            The world will never forget: the crimes and atrocities committed by the Bush administration!

            by Freedom Loving American on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 06:07:25 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

      •  there are around 50,000 ex-felons (0+ / 0-)

        in Nevada, which still has a lifetime disenfranchisement law for all but offenders convicted of a single non-violent felony count.  So...having a joint, can vote.  Having two and sharing one...can't.

        As a demographic ex-felons have a 10% voting participation rate in states where they are not disenfranchised.  That's 5,000 votes in Nevada, or 1-2% of total turnout.

  •  PRIMARY! PRIMARY! (3+ / 0-)
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    Levity, CTPatriot, Jampacked

    People should not be concerned about their chances "in the general election". People are unhappy with Reid. But Democrats are heavily favored with the general election.

    So, someone needs to step up, and say that Nevada has had enough of Reid's ineffective leadership. We're not gonna allow an unpopular incumbent to win reelection simply because they are a Democrat. Nevada wants a Democrat in the U.S. Senate. But they don't want Reid.

    Someone needs to write this book: The Great Conservative Temper Tantrum of 2009

    by grinning dog on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:14:07 AM PDT

  •  Damn! (1+ / 0-)
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    You ruined my day.

  •  Is that an argument that any Dem (1+ / 0-)
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    will beat the Republican, and if so, why then should we continue to burden ourselves with Harry "Bending" Reid? Isn't a primary challenge in order?

    Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

    by Jim P on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:15:36 AM PDT

  •  wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire (2+ / 0-)
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    Jampacked, qwertyuiop

    Dennis Kucinich was right.

    by lisastar on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:15:47 AM PDT

  •  Thanks to John Ensign's roving penis (1+ / 0-)
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    Republicans in Nevada are going nowhere fast.

    Sanctimony thy name is Joe Lieberman.

    by roguetrader2000 on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:16:31 AM PDT

  •  Right but (0+ / 0-)

    I thought the problem was the dramatic drop of of DEMOCRATIC support, if his own party is voting against him then GOP registration will only serve to tip this sinking ship completely over.

  •  I guess Harry Reid is better than a Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    Bush Bites, Willamette Democrat

    or marginally so.

  •  We need to find a superstar to primary him. (1+ / 0-)
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    Paging one ass-kicking Dem cowboy who can impress the Nevadans..

    If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people. --Tony Benn

    by rhetoricus on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:22:19 AM PDT

  •  Huck Farry Reid. (0+ / 0-)


    "Hate libruls? Galt's Gulch: Population: you."

    by whataretheysmoking on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:23:23 AM PDT

  •  Yeah, Obama and Hillary did a good (2+ / 0-)
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    oysterface, Willamette Democrat

    job registering voters in NV, last year, I believe. And I heard Obama's ground game there was pretty good.  Maybe some of those advantages transfer over to Reid.

  •  Registration advantage != votes (2+ / 0-)
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    Ponder Stibbons, BennyToothpick

    It's a mid-term election, which usually turns out bad for the incumbent party.  Who's to say democratic voters won't stay home?

    I tend to think Reid will still win if he doesn't get a really credible challenger, but even with the new edge in party ID, his poll numbers against "any republican" are still terrible.

    Yes, I'd rather have Reid than another Ensign, but I'm not sure how many people are willing to man the barricades for him.

  •  It's pointless to primary him (2+ / 0-)
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    oysterface, CathodeRay

    But not giving money to him will send a minor message, and will save the money for people who deserve it. And the Senate Dem caucus ought to take a look at its internal rules, because some people clearly don't deserve the power they have.  This wouldn't necessarily impact Reid, who is Majority Leader by virtue of a vote rather than by seniority, but it would change the people around him at the top and since he's kind of wishy-washy that would be significant.

    Al que no le guste el caldo, le dan dos tazas.

    by Rich in PA on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:25:56 AM PDT

  •  That's a shame. I'd like Harry gone. (0+ / 0-)
    He's a disaster as Majority Leader.

    His complete inability to get things done will hurt us in the upcoming elections.

    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr

    by patriot spear on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:28:07 AM PDT

    •  Don't insult those of us in this state fighting (1+ / 0-)
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      to get Reid re-elected with comments like yours.  And don't bring up the silly notion of primarying our Majority Leader and our very senior senator that has done so much for our state.

      "...the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." -- Edward M. Kennedy 1980

      by LV Pol Girl on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 11:19:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  You'll have to get over that... (0+ / 0-)

        I view Harry Reid as absolutely the worst thing Majority Leade the Democratic Party has ever fielded.

        If we can't effect real chanrge with the huge majorities we currently have in the House and Senate, I place the 'majority' of the blame on Ried's disasterous leadership.

        Harry Ried needs more than a primary- he needs a bucket of tar, a bag of feathers and a knotty train rail.

        Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. Reinhold Niebuhr

        by patriot spear on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 11:29:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  You're kidding. Right? (0+ / 0-)

        If not, Jeez, wake up. He is a walking disaster, and has been for years. I would actually rather have a junior R senator from NV, if it meant getting rid of this dead weight.

  •  NOOO (0+ / 0-)

    get that motherfucker out of the senate!

    Kill the corporations - Save the Republic

    by The Dead Man on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:28:29 AM PDT

  •  Reid wins handily. (0+ / 0-)

    You're exactly right Kos.  Beyond the cannibalization of the GOP's candidates in the primaries, there is no sane reason on earth for Nevada to replace the flawed Reid with bottom of the bucket Republicans.

    I don't know where the Mason-Dixon sample group hails from, but have doubted the veracity of the poll since the RJ has thumbed their nose at the libertarian base they used to proclaim and wedded themselves firmly to the imperial government of Bush - Cheney.

    I suspect there will lots of searching whatever passes for the Republican soul in Nevada politics when the 2010 elections have wrapped.

  •  Reid is a master at survival (1+ / 0-)
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    He has won and lost more close elections than almost anyone else.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:33:16 AM PDT

  •  Uh, guys, registered Dems won't necessarily vote (1+ / 0-)
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    for a Democrat. Look at Arkansas.

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:38:10 AM PDT

  •  More reason (1+ / 0-)
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    why we should be focusing on primarying Reid instead of getting into a useless fight in PA.

  •  I back Harry (1+ / 0-)
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    Harry Reid is going to get a good health bill passed through the Senate and reconciled with a final House bill.  Then he is going to get re-elected.  Please spend your time, and money, on expanding and saving Democratic seats.

  •  OK kos, (0+ / 0-)

    in line with your trashing of Klein et al. will you eat crow and refrain from such predictions if Reid loses next year?

    I mean, you wouldn't want accountability standards to apply to beltway journalists but not bloggers, right?

    Seek first and final principles at The Mean Free Path.

    by Cream Puff on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:48:18 AM PDT

  •  Now wait just a doggone minute! (2+ / 0-)

    I listened to Sean Hannity's radio show yesterday afternoon and, right before he went to a 15-minute commercial break (NOT kidding), he was positively giddy that Harry Reid was going to lose in a landslide.

    He said!  He said!

    AND he was giddy!


  •  Harry Reid is not done yet (6+ / 0-)

    I have commented on other threads on Harry Reid's significant legislative accomplishments, and will again to counter what I believe is some ignorant analysis of his worth, NV politics, and the national atmosphere.
    First, Kos is right.  "Easily" will be 54-46ish, not 60-40.
    Second, grinningdog's analysis  (and others calling for a primary) ignores the guy's substantial and historic contributions to the state.  He's protected more wilderness and conservation areas than most, he's singlehandedly stopped Yucc Mountain and the criminal science behind it, and you all loved him when he called Bush a liar as minority leader.  

    If you look at Senate Majority Leaders of the post war era, you will see that the job is one of compromise and carefully holding cards close to the vest.  It is simple ignorance to rant about how he should come out for this or that when you consider that ultimately his job is to sheperd legislation through for his party and President.  This is happening, notwithstanding angst over a public option and the obvious misunderstanding of Senate dynamics on many posts here.  Yes you can be frustrated with Harry, but he is a work horse, not a show horse.  He doesn't just sign on to legislation, he passes it.  He is a lawmaker who has one of the top records of accomplishment in the Senate for passing legislation.

    Finally, don't forget the role he played with Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter, and perhaps soon, Olympia Snowe.  Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin are great, but they are not the kind of moderate boring personalities who will convince Repubs to switch parties.  You may not like his boring style, but it works.  What other Majority Leader has done this?

    Finally finally, a call for a primary is a naive reaction and indicative of a poor reading of NV politics. Harry does in fact have the party wired, and there are no Ned Lamonts out there (of course, Ned lost).  So get over that.

    •  it's hard to argue against prejudice (1+ / 0-)
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      If some people would read Reid's autobiography "The Good Fight"  they'd have a much better idea of who he is and why Democrats voted for him unanimously to be Senate leader.  All I can suggest is read his book and/or phone the staff of Senators and see what their opinion of Reid is.  It's very frustrating that people trash Reid--he is so hardworking, knowledgeable and adept at dealing with senators.  When Obama came to Las Vegas in the spring he said "As long as I am President, I want Harry Reid to be my senate majority leader."

      Critics of Reid--your argument is with senators, who are the ones who actually know Reid, and with Obama. If you don't want him to be majority leader contact your senator, don't try to defeat him in the senatorial election and put some Republican nonentity knuckledragger in his place.

      •  Recc'd for "nonenity knuckledragger," (0+ / 0-)

        which sums up the Republican primary hopefuls in this race. Choose between a Club for Growth wingnut, an ex-beauty queen union buster, an obscenely wealthy corporate insider from New York looking to buy the seat (he has property near Ely), and the son of a popular basketball coach who has never won anything. This last nonenity, Danny Tarkanian just completed a successful campaign swing with Palin's parents and brother.
          Reid has fought Yucca Mountain to a standstill and joined us in opposing new coal-fired plants. He is the single most powerful politician ever to come from Nevada.
          I've met some of his top aides--all competent, dedicated and really, really smart. His intern program has introduced dozens of young Nevada Democrats to the nuts and bolts of politics and governing.
          Many of us progressive activists in Nevada support Sen. Reid's re-election. Who wants to make Ensign, R-C Street, the senior senator from anywhere?

        ....the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. FDR 1933

        by Tailspinterry on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 10:12:45 PM PDT

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  •  misleading numbers? (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, it's embarrassing for the Nev. GOP, and thus fun news.  But these #s are only new registration numbers--the #s of registered voters show Rs behind, and not by that far.

    Among "active" voters, per the Nev SoS:  

    D = 525K
    R = 425K
    Total = 1.2M

  •  who is going to primary against Reid (0+ / 0-)

    Who cares about the gop, need to get rid of reid finally.

  •  Who do I pay to Primary his ass out of there? (1+ / 0-)
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    Won't anyone run against this doorstop?

    •  I Agree With You (0+ / 0-)

      But it seems the Nevada Democratic Party is currently the House of Reid until, of course, Dirty Harry decides to take a powder. Reid's totally useless, but we still need his vote. And it's way better than letting some douche Republican have it.

  •  Will someone please answer this question? (0+ / 0-)

    Then why are Democrats proposing bad legislation  to get Republicans to support health care and everything else?  The last I heard the President wants a consumer protection agency of some kind, but he's willing to compromise and exempt the main culprits that consumers need to be protected from.  For example, cable tv companies will be exempted.  Consumer protection agencies don't work unless the people working there are honest.  That's a huge "unless,"  especially in D.C.  What we need are ironclad laws, not agencies.

  •  Harry is the repugs best weapon. Why would they (0+ / 0-)

    want to get rid of him!?

    I think Harry's time is done.  He needs a good primary.  Of course, maybe he'll redeem himself since he is a key player in the type of health care bill we will have, but, I kinda doubt it.  Hope I'm wrong.

    We the People in order to establish Justice, Defense, Welfare, Liberty do establish the US of A. That is what America is about!

    by FightTheFuture on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 12:34:41 PM PDT

  •  Democrats should not gloat. (0+ / 0-)

    Their numbers are better by default.

    If you were to remove republicans from the equation and add a true progressive party, Democrats would take the slot the republicans now have.

    There are many reasons why today's democrats act like republicans but the main one probably is that republicans know how to win elections.  So, winning, not governing, becomes the goal.  And that's where you lose sight of what is truly important.  Keeping your democracy strong and vibrant.  That's how special corporate interests get to rule the day because they provide the money to accomplish the winning.

    That is why it's been almost 100 years since health care reform was proposed and still nothing has been done about it.  That's why we fall behind other developed countries not only in health status but in educational status.  That is why your personal vote counts less than a corporation's personhood vote.

    To whom much is given, much is expected.

    by tellmenolies on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 12:55:30 PM PDT

  •  Are NV voters doing a "cancel-out" strategy? (0+ / 0-)

    I mean, Reid AND Ensign? Like Harkin AND Grassley in Iowa?

    "Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies." Thomas Jefferson

    by Uosdwis on Tue Oct 13, 2009 at 08:32:07 PM PDT

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