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Given that my main job round these parts is a nightly synopsis of the day's polling data, what I am about to say may seem more than a tad strange.

But based on this quite extraordinary finding from PPP's always excellent Tom Jensen, you might be well served to take those November trial heat numbers with a larger grain of salt than usual:

We've polled on 34 non-incumbents running for Senate or Governor since mid-April. 22 of them are unknown to more than 40% of the voters in their states. Only 6 have greater than 70% name recognition and out of those 3 have already served as Governor of their states (Bob Ehrlich, Terry Branstad, Jerry Brown), one is Mayor of the biggest city in the state (John Hickenlooper), one currently represents half the state in Congress (Paul Hodes), and the other, well, he's found ways to increase his name recognition for better or worse (Rand Paul.)

The current standing of a lot of these races is being driven by national trends, for now.

(emphasis was made by Jensen)

Jensen provides the full list of candidates polled, with the percentage of voters who didn't know them yet. There is great news going in both directions.

How much fondness, for example, will Wisconsin voters have for near-certain GOP nominee Ron Johnson? Johnson is unknown to 62% of the electorate. How will those voters react when they learn that Johnson is a man with a financial stake in BP who has advocated drilling, even in the Great Lakes!

Conversely, how will Arizona voters react when they get introduced to Democrat Rodney Glassman? Glassman, despite being unknown to four-in-five voters, has had some halfway decent polling results when paired with both John McCain and J.D. Hayworth thus far. Glassman appears likely to have the resources to wage a serious campaign. Will he be able to close the gap with McCain (or Hayworth) when voters get a chance to know him?

In his piece, Jensen reminds us that if there is anything the 2009-2010 election cycle has taught us, it is that candidates matter:

If the PA-12 and NY-23 special elections had just been determined by the national winds there'd be Republicans in those seats right now- but Democrats proved to have superior candidates and superior campaigns and ended up pulling off a couple good wins. They have to hope that as voters get to know the candidates better in other races across the country this year that the trend continues.

While Jensen, and most observers, have noted throughout the year that there is a lot of cause for concern among Democrats in this cycle, it is also worth noting that the level of fluidity in this cycle, given all the variables at play in this unique election cycle, may well be unprecedented.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:00 AM PDT.

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  •  O/T Harry Reid takes lead in Mason-Dixon poll (15+ / 0-)

    U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has opened a strong lead over Republican opponent Sharron Angle after pummeling her in a ubiquitous TV and radio ad campaign that portrays the Tea Party favorite as "too extreme," according to a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

    The Democratic incumbent's aggressive strategy of attacking Angle's staunch conservative views from the moment she won the June 8 primary has cost her support among every voter group -- from men and women to both political parties and independents -- in vote-rich Clark and Washoe counties.

    "He's had five perfect weeks," said Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the survey. "The race has been all about her, and he's been doing a good job of pounding her."

    http://www.lvrj.com/...

    When a candidate is too extreme voters get skittish.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:04:29 AM PDT

  •  A good reason (10+ / 0-)

    to do on the ground campaigning.  Knock on doors, talk to people in your neighborhood, get the candidate out into the community.  People are more likely to vote for someone they actually have either seen personally, talked to, talked to someone else about or heard of actual local issues that the candidate has had an influence on for the good of the community.  Name recognition was the main reason I got a job in an industry I knew nothing about.  (I had other skills they were looking for though)

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

    by whoknu on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:06:06 AM PDT

    •  Yes Yes and Yes (6+ / 0-)

      Getting folks excited is key.

      If all they can get excited about is keeping the GOP out, I'll take it.

      Why on earth would a young person vote Republican? I just don't get it.

      •  Still, they can get excited the President Obama (1+ / 0-)
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        has done more in two years than most presidents do in four and eight.  Here's what the NY Times had to say recently:

        The financial regulatory bill is the final piece of a legislative hat trick that also included the stimulus bill and the landmark new health care law. Over the last 18 months, Mr. Obama and the Democratic Congress have made considerable inroads in passing what could be the most ambitious agenda in decades.

        Mr. Obama has done what he promised when he ran for office in 2008: he has used government as an instrument to try to narrow the gaps between the haves and the have-nots. He has injected $787 billion in tax dollars into the economy, provided health coverage to 32 million uninsured and now, reordered the relationship among Washington, Wall Street, investors and consumers

        President Obama was recently ranked the 15th greatest president, and by 2014 he'll surely be in the top 5.  We've got a lot to feel proud of and grateful for.

        Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

        by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 07:53:54 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Good point. In other years, out of state phone (0+ / 0-)

      banking may not have been so very effective in GOTV.  This year voters in every state will welcome the care and concern of their neighbors from other parts of the Country as we band together to ensure that the Republican horror so many have experienced from the Republican-caused recession is never again repeated.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 07:51:04 AM PDT

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  •  So true.. (10+ / 0-)

    As is often said, "All politics are local."

    Beyond that, how many people are really thinking about the elections in the middle of July?

    Sure, we are.  The pundits certainly are.  But the mass of voters... not so much.

    Here on Staten Island, there seem to signs all over the place for one of the Republican candidates for Congress.  I haven't seen one yet for Mike McMahon, the incumbent.  

    By the looks of things, it could get a Democrat depressed. Then you read that McMahon has raised about two million dollars, with $1.3 million on hand. His opponents have raised a combined $1.2 million, with a combined $450,000 on hand. And they have to spend some of that on a primary.

    McMahon is incredibly well known around here, the other two...both are from the Brooklyn side of the district, usually a death blow in itself in NY-13.

    Beyond that, as I read the diary, I couldn't help but imagine a debate between Glassman and McCain.  Young v Old.  One of the offensive, the other having to defend 30 years in office.

    If Glassman gets a massive Hispanic turnout, it may not be good news for John McCain.

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    by oxfdblue on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:11:24 AM PDT

  •  Let the campaigning be our top priority. (8+ / 0-)

    Rodney Glassman told me he is coming to nn, so you will all get a chance to size him up.

    Conversely, how will Arizona voters react when they get introduced to Democrat Rodney Glassman? Glassman, despite being unknown to four-in-five voters, has had some halfway decent polling results when paired with both John McCain and J.D. Hayworth thus far. Glassman appears likely to have the resources to wage a serious campaign. Will he be able to close the gap with McCain (or Hayworth) when voters get a chance to know him?

    I am a supporter of his, can't wait to send such a smart, accomplished young man to the Senate.  IMO his biggest strength is in negotiating with other players and building coalitions of people who disagree on other issues to accomplish important things, something we can certainly use.

    www.rodneyglassman.com

    He was a Grijalva staffer, is a committed (degreed - PhD) environmentalist, is a Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the U.S. Air Force

    "Bigger change will come with bigger Democratic majorities. Diminishing Democratic accomplishments is a losing strategy." sja May Peace Prevail

    by revgerry on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:16:10 AM PDT

  •  PPP polls always sound shitty ! After all days (0+ / 0-)

    before the election they had McCain up

    Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

    by LaurenMonica on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:19:35 AM PDT

  •  Voters won't pay attention to September (8+ / 0-)

    We need to stop gnashing our teeth and get focused on organizing for the candidates and causes that we support.

    The silly season will end with the Labor day weekend.

    look for my DK Greenroots diary series Thursday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

    by FishOutofWater on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:21:24 AM PDT

    •  In 2006 (4+ / 0-)

      when I was a relatively unengaged voter, I really did not start paying attention until well into September. It's only recently that I follow the day-to-day movements of political campaigns.

      You don't bring a knife to a gunfight and you don't bring a chicken to the doctor.

      by beltane on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:24:19 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Don't forget that you and so many others of us (0+ / 0-)

        would not have taken part in GOTV years ago.  All that has changed profoundly, and we are now a force that all the corporate money in the world will not prevent from protecting the rights and welfare of the American People.

        Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

        by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:34:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  I see the tides turning (2+ / 0-)
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      Statusquomustgo, aufklaerer

      in our favor.

      If we can pass unemployment, and get a stimulus to the states, that would be totally awesome.

      If not blame it on the GOP. Tanking the economy for political gain. That is the GOP platform.

    •  About six months ago here, OFA had a town meeting (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Square Knot, coffejoe

      that drew over 150 people. Imagine what the turnout at those kinds of meetings will be in September and October.

      The massive volunteer base President Obama created in 2007 and 2008 has been itching to get moving again.  The Republican-caused collapse of our economy, and the prospect of even more Republicans in Congress will reignite the fire in our base so strongly that the most likely scenario is that Republicans lose seats in BOTH houses, as well as  more governorships and state legislatures.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:01:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Door Knockers and Phone Ringers (7+ / 0-)

    Time to get busy, folks.  And if you can's help out as a volunteer, then find some other way, whether it is writing a check or writing a letter to the editor.  The time to act is now.

    •  There are relatively few areas of the Country (0+ / 0-)

      that need a great deal of help from our Democratic base.  I hope we all spend a lot of time and effort focusing on the states with Senate races and House districts with competitive races.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:03:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I live in fear and dread (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    missliberties

    that Branstad will be elected again in Iowa.  I'm no Culver fan, but Branstad is just awful.  I wish that the GOP wasn't so big on pushing these retreads on us and that Culver wasn't so charisma-free....

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:25:33 AM PDT

    •  Message to voters (1+ / 0-)
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      luckylizard

      If you vote Republican we are all gonna DIE! I concur. I don't care if it is a positive message or not. It is the truth.

      •  Branstad has been gone (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        missliberties, ahumbleopinion

        just long enough that there are lots of people who don't know him or are 'misremembering' his terms in office.  I used to vote for the person, but not anymore.  After W, I'd vote for any breathing, conscious Dem over a Republican.  That includes Culver, whose record in my book is at best a mixed bag.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 07:12:21 AM PDT

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  •  Marge Innovera's Veil of Ignorance: Polls aren't (0+ / 0-)

    (Voting) Populations

    "...calling for a 5" deck gun is not parody. Not by a long shot." (gnaborretni)

    by annieli on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:25:46 AM PDT

  •  I just can't take (2+ / 0-)
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    Statusquomustgo, bear83

    any 2012 polling seriously. At all.

    How ludicrous is it to poll now. Happy numbers for the GOP who doesn't have to do anything but sit on the sidelines, do nothing to solve real problems and just point.

  •  Summer polls are especially screwy (2+ / 0-)
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    missliberties, aufklaerer

    since especially younger folks aren't home, and thus n ear their landlines (if they even have them.)

    Badger recently called Wisconsin, hitting random numbers, and taking who they got until they had 500 respondees. Half turned out to be over 60, and only 17, less than 4%, between 18 and 29.

    They then weighted to resemble their projection of the fall electorate, but this just means you magnify any error when your sample size in the younger demographic is so tiny. They also entirely miss college students who spend the summer at the parents place or elsewhere, an especially significant fail in a state where at  the polls registration means the youngest eligibles always turn out at the highest rate in the country.

    "Clark, we need Superman's help in the Gulf." "Right on it Mr. President, soon as I can find a phone booth."

    by ben masel on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:30:17 AM PDT

  •  Dean's 50-State Strategy is the way to go. (3+ / 0-)
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    bear83, aufklaerer, Egalitare

    Rahm's District Targeting Strategy is a loser.

    Groucho Marx sings the new GOP motto: I'm Against It!

    by Jimdotz on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:35:18 AM PDT

    •  Absolutely (2+ / 0-)
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      Jimdotz, aufklaerer

      Contest every seat, every time. You never know when the GOP candidate will have a melt down due to legal troubles or a Macaca moment.

      There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

      by bear83 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:37:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I'm not sure I agree. So much of what happens (0+ / 0-)

      in 2011 and 2012 will depend on our having enough Senators.  Even if we lost 10 or 15 House seats (I actually predict we'll win some) we would be more than strong enough in the House to pass whatever (our House losses would likely come from Blue Dogs anyway).

      If we focus in 2010 on those Senate seats and threatened House seats, as well as the governorships and state legislatures that will be so important to redistricting, we can return fully to the 50 State strategy in 2012 when our turnout will again be historic.  

      I'm not saying we abandon the 50 state strategy for 2010, I'm just saying that we prepare the groundwork for legislative victories that will give us far greater gains in all 50 states in 2012.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:11:12 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Jensen is right (4+ / 0-)

    As long as Democrats make the election about the candidates, and not a referendum on the direction of the country, there's no reason for November to be a wipeout for Dems.

    This is more of an anti-incumbent year than an anti-Dem year. Dems just happen to be in the majority, but Republicans like Richard Burr, Mike Castle, and John McCain have terrible DC records to defend.

    There should never be a tax benefit for companies that screw over American workers.

    by bear83 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:36:07 AM PDT

    •  The anti-incumbent meme (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      aufklaerer, coffejoe

      has been proven false, when you look at the actual stats.

      The direction of the country will take a U-Turn to backwards-ville if you vote for the GOP.

      That's my message. If you vote for the GOP you don't stand a chance. They want to implement tax cuts that will cost the GDP 3 Trillion dollars. That is debt added if you vote Republican. ANd can we remind folks that debt is slavery.

    •  2010 will be more of a referendum on our economy (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      bear83

      and how and why the Republicans destroyed it.  After that, the next main issue is how much more harm Republicans would do if we let them.  

      Yes, you can use this strategy on a candidate by candidate basis, (since so many Republicans walk lockstep with the same Bush era policies that ruined our economy), but the issues this year are all economic, and national.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:13:48 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  All the TV pundits (2+ / 0-)
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    missliberties, Beetwasher

    are making the same mistake which relates exactly to fluidity.

    They are comparing numbers with previous cycles and are not taking into account the fact that the Republican party represents the weakest minority party probably ever. If the GOP were in good shape I'd worry but as things stand I think that the GOP will make very moderate gains in Senate, 1 or 2 pickups and in the house around half a dozen. The talk of the house changing hands is absolutely laughable.

    The Teabaggers are the GOP base

    by stevej on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 06:43:44 AM PDT

  •  Glassman should be getting more love from DK. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Beetwasher, aufklaerer

    He has a legit shot at picking up the AZ Senate seat, especially with the new law driving Latinos to the polls in droves.

    •  Wouldn't it be ironic when Republicans (0+ / 0-)

      get punished by Latinos for passing a racist law in what was once 'White New Mexico'?

      Arizona used to be the 'Southern' part of New Mexico. They seceded from New Mexico and the Union to become a Confederate state (between March, 1861 and March, 1862, when the Union put an end to the travesty)

      New Mexico was 'too Latino' for the white settlers' taste. Imagine their descendants' chagrin when they realize they're surrounded...Go Glassman!

      "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach XI

      by aufklaerer on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:04:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Arizona has not just ensured that its Latino (0+ / 0-)

      voters come out to vote Democratic this fall; they've ensured that Latinos ALL OVER THE COUNTRY come out for Democrats in record numbers!

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:16:24 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  One could argue that (0+ / 0-)

    The current standing of a lot of these races is being driven by national trends

    means even bigger gains for Republicans.  The implications is that Repub candidates need do nothing but stay low key against their Dem opponents and run against Washington/Obama.

    In his piece, Jensen reminds us that if there is anything the 2009-2010 election cycle has taught us, it is that candidates matter:

    This year?  Not so much...  (at least, not necessarily so much)  In some cases, this will likely be so, but it is apparent from current polling that Repubs need only run against Obama and the Dem agenda.

    I think this is a lot of wishful thinking on Jensen's part.

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

    by Skeptical Bastard on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 07:03:01 AM PDT

    •  Figure it this way. Voters know that it was the (0+ / 0-)

      Republican Party that destroyed our economy.  They are also smart enough to rate Democrats in Congress as better than Republicans at doing their job.

      It would make very little sense for voters to set themselves up for even more pain at the hands of Republicans by not voting Democratic this fall.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:18:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Candidates do matter. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not sure how much issues matter, but I presume they matter as well.

    Democrats are assuredly lucky to be facing Republicans this November.  A competent opposition would give them fits.

    Still, the other candidate doesn't have to be better or even as good in the current climate.  The candidate merely needs to be tolerable.

    That's why Democrats are going to lose a bunch of House seats.

    Running against Republicans is why they're unlikely to lose the majority.

    Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

    by dinotrac on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 07:12:23 AM PDT

    •  When the issue is the economy, and the millions (0+ / 0-)

      of jobs, homes, and savings accounts Americans lost because of the Republican-created 2008 recession, you had better believe the economy matters.

      Voters who still have their jobs are afraid of losing them.  Only Tea Partiers are crazy enough to put their futures in the hands of Republicans.

      Don't be surprised if Democrats end up WINNING seats in the House this fall.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:21:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The economy does matter, and anger over the (0+ / 0-)

        economy is going to wallop the Democrats in November, just as it walloped the Republicans in 1982.

        Blaming George Bush will be as effective for the Democrats as blaming Jimmy Carter was for the Republicans in 1982.

        Democrats will win some seats in the house this fall, but they will suffer a significant net loss.  I expect the number to be more than 30 seats, but less than a majority.

        If there were any serious competition, it would be a genuine ass-kicking.

        By the way, I fully expect Republicans to start harping on the middle class tax cuts that will expire at the end of this year.

        Free speech? Yeah, I've heard of that. Have you?

        by dinotrac on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:30:21 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  This midterm election is so unlike most, (2+ / 0-)
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    you need to go back to 1934 to find one that's similar, and the 1930 presidential election may actually bear a greater similarity.

    The 1930 elections came one year after Republicans created the stock market crash and Great Depression in 1929.  That year, voters who suddenly found themselves out of a job, reduced the Republican ranks in the Senate by eight, and in the House by 53.  But 1932 was the midterm after FDR, a figure President Obama represents in our time, won the White House.  In those elections, three years after Republicans destroyed the economy, voters again reduced Republican ranks in the Senate by another 13, and in the House by 90.

    The lesson here is that voters simply do not reward a political party for destroying their economy.  2010 will be all about party afilliation, party ideology and policies.  Tea Partiers are enthused to vote this year by their inability to believe or accept that a Black man won the White House.  The rest of the Country is still in shock regarding what happend to millions of American jobs, homes, and life savings.  They may not be enthusiatic about much, including voting this fall, but they will vote in record numbers to punish the Republicans who stole their future.

    Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

    by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 07:40:21 AM PDT

    •  I agree with Georgeo57........................... (0+ / 0-)

      I think the village pundits put far too much stock in the voter "enthusiam" polling; this goes beyond the fact that, Deibold not withstanding, an un-enthusiatic vote for a Democratic candidate counts just the same as one fueled with mouth-foaming, wild-eyed, tea-bagger enthusiam.

      For example, I feel much of the right-leaning  enthusiam is concentrated in demographics and areas of the country that would never vote Democratic anyway. Such concentrated enthusiam will produce Rethug landslides in traditional Rethug states and districts but could have little impact in toss-up and/or blue states and disticts.

      Plus a far-right loon of a Rethug candidate, because of their position on issues that matter to middle-class voters, may be too extreme to win in their November general election match-up with Democrat; despite tea bagger ethusiam.

      The individual candidate match-ups will mean much more than measures of voter enthusiam and generic Dem Vs. Rethug polling.

      The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

      by cazcee on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:45:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Repubs And Corp Media Are Going To Be "SHOCKED" (1+ / 0-)
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    at what happens in Nov.

    There is some serious propoganda and narrative pushing going.  The Repubs and corp. media are trying to flex their "reality shaping muscles" with this propoganda assault about how the Repubs are poised to win big, but for a variety of reasons (not the least of which are these here tubes we've now got) it's not going to be so effective this time.

    Come November there's going to be some serious reality smacking going on.

    But you heard it here first.

    •  The great and funny thing is that the (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
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      Republican/Corporate media conspiracy to predict huge Democratic losses as a self-fulfilling prophesy is backfiring beyond our wildest dreams.  Voters are believing a Republican takeover of the House is possible, and it's scaring the daylights out of them.

      Talk about Republicans digging their own grave, with their deceitful shovel, and talk about Republicans making our job so much easier.

      Read Teixeira's 2010 report, and see why the GOP is done.

      by Georgeo57 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:24:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What I never understood (0+ / 0-)

    is the meme that the party in power loses seats....the media/people always say you need balance between President and Congress but

    If you have a Democartic President with a Republican Congress nothing gets done or you have to lean right...not implement Democratic ideas.

    A Republcan Presidnet can Veto Democratic ideas...

    So, it really creates an atmosphere of nothing getting done or watered down bills.

    How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened. Thomas Jefferson

    by coffejoe on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 08:36:44 AM PDT

  •  And yet, media contiues to preach GOP win (0+ / 0-)

    Based only on the statement that that's what always happens during midterms, or when the president's under 50% approval, or after this that or the other thing.
    I've yet to hear a "reporter" state any other reason before launching into a breathless story about how things would change if the Republican's take the House and Senate.
    Bah!

    Scary Liberal Internet Activist (who just happens to look like a normal guy)

    by marksb on Fri Jul 16, 2010 at 09:19:05 AM PDT

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