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So we keep the Senate but really lose the House.   As I wrote yesterday when the general outcome was becoming clear, the fundamentals of the state of politics has changed.   Democrats no longer have complete control and frustrated voters got to vent their frustration.   They have not granted the Republicans a mandate but a moment, a chance if you would, to offer some leadership in the widely-and-wildly despised Congress.

My immediate thoughts;

Congratulations and thank you Harry Reid for your hard-fought victory and your leadership.   Now please step down as Majority Leader to make room for a fresher and less-hated face in the Senate to represent Democrats.   Durbin or Schumer would work.

Congratulations and thank you Nancy Peloi for your easily-won victory and your leadership.   Now please allow Steny Hoyer or someone else to step up as the Minority Leader in the House who isn't a third as maligned.

Fair or not, Reid and Pelosi would best serve Democrats in Congress by allowing others to lead.   They have been the faces of the Democrats on Capital Hill, and while they have a lot of reasons to be proud they also have a lot of reasons to be humble.

Further-up the totem pole, as I have been saying for awhile despite my staunch opposition to her in 2007 and 2008, Hillary Clinton's chances of becoming President Obama's running mate have sky-rocketed.   Joe Biden did his job; he provided foreign policy creds to the Democratic ticket, but that's no longer necessary.   He's older now and less-effective.   The Democratic ticket for POTUS in 2012 needs something fresh, exciting, and able to draw back disaffected voters(who as far as I can tell, were roughly the same kind of voters that Clinton won in the 2008 nomination process with exception to Hispanics).   Clinton's popularity dwarves Biden's meager ratings, she'd provide excitement to the ticket(at a time when we are suffering from malaise), and let's face it; she'd be a strong campaigner.

Originally posted to Setrak on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:40 AM PDT.

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  •  That's all sanely-written but bad advice. (2+ / 0-)
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    Salo, divineorder

    I don't agree with any of it.  First, it confuses legislative leadership with electoral leadership--Reid and Pelosi didn't run the campaign.  Second, Biden is an excellent VP and advocate for Democrats, while Clinton would be seen (and rightly so) as a confession of error and incompetence on Obama's part.  Clinton herself would tell him that, which is why I hold her in such high regard.  

    The most impressive thing about man [...] is the fact that he has invented the concept of that which does not exist--Glenn Gould

    by Rich in PA on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:47:15 AM PDT

    •  I agree with some of it (1+ / 0-)
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      Change the leadership in the House and Senate. Reid and Pelosi had their chance and they could barely hang onto it (Pelosi didn't)    Its not whether they ran the campaign welll or not but whether they ran the Congress well or not  and I think they didn't. THAT had a lot to do with the campaign.

      Keep Biden and Hilary where they are, they had little to do with this change.

      Happy just to be alive

      by exlrrp on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:52:21 AM PDT

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    •  The slender majority (0+ / 0-)

      In the Senate may prove to be Obamas undoing.  Biden will become more key as votes go to 50-50 and he is cast as a gaffe machine.

      Also if the GOP can successfully say the Senate and Pres are obstructionist ( and they themselves keep a lid on the Teashirts) I suspect they could make a case to defeat Obama in 2012. That vote in the Senate could make survival complex for Obama. He cannot quite veto bills that get through the Senate as they will by definition bipartisan if they do reach his desk (no matter how reactionary the bill actually is)  

      Fuckitall we gotta get a war on with Iran all y'all.

      TeaShirt Psalm: 40-18 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

      by Salo on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:00:43 AM PDT

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  •  could we stop with the Hillary as running mate (4+ / 0-)
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    Aspe4, exlrrp, steve2012, divineorder

    crap, please? She's not going to be his running mate. Obama's already made that clear.

    Let's move on.

    Give change a chance. GOTV.

    by marabout40 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:48:44 AM PDT

  •  I Dunno, Man/Woman. (2+ / 0-)
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    Ruff Limblog, melpomene1

    Making Hillary the VP candidate seems like a cheap stunt and would look desperate. Schumer is too close to the banks IMO.
    Here are my picks for "Fantasy Congress"

    Senate Majority Leader: Bernie Sanders

    House Minority Leader: Anthony Weiner

    My back is spineless. My back is yellow. I am the American non-voter. -The Simpsons, Episode 2, Season 3, "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington"

    by Aspe4 on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:52:41 AM PDT

  •  In some way (0+ / 0-)

    It's very dangerous to have a slender Senate majority and a Republican landslide.

    However, Obama is the luckiest pol I've ever seen. Plucked from obscurity, he harnesses the antiwar vote to win his Nomination  he gets a Dem House and Senate so the money all flows to him, he gets a geriatric McCain to beat senseless.

    Just at the right moment his hand, his electoral hand that is, becomes strengthened by becoming the last Democrat standing in the way of a Radical rightist Teaparty. No heavy lifting has been required of him so far. No sacrifices.

    Matt Lauer now interviewing Bush! What theater!

    Thus the party must rally round the chief.  He doesn't need to lift a fucking finger either. The shock of this loss in the House drives everyone to want him to win in 2012 no matter how compromised he becomes  in the next two years.

    TeaShirt Psalm: 40-18 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

    by Salo on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 05:54:22 AM PDT

  •  Energy/jobs (0+ / 0-)

    The key to victory is "jobs". The key to jobs is clean, renewable, domestic energy, energy conservation and efficiency, and a 21st Century infrastructure.

    The global warming issue is playing out exactly like the tobacco issue.
    Years of denial and corporate pushback. Hard-fought incremental victories. Eventually the inevitable takes place.
    With tobacco, there was no alternative to just quitting (collectively and individually).

    With global warming, we have a counter-weight to big oil/coal that is just on the cusp of taking off. We have a great new industry being created.

    California won the battle against big oil last night. They also kept McEnerney, and Boxer, and got Jerry Brown.
    That's a really good thing. California can lead the U.S. into the new energy future,as they have already begun to do. Go, California!!!

    Get the economy moving, jobs, etc, and we can deal with the deficit, education, etc.

    In the meantime, we're going to have to fight against Theo-fascism, because they are going to bring the fight to us.

  •  we need more blue dogs and compromisers NOT (0+ / 0-)

    Yea harry reid needs to step down, but not for another Republican enabler like Durbin or Shumer. We need a fighter like Boxer. voters need a clear choice between teabaggers and Democrats not Republican lite. Pelosi has been the most effective advocate for president Obama''s policies. She has courageously fought and managed to get the votes for him time and again. now you pragmatics want to throw her under the bus for a corporate whore like Hoyer.

    It is impossible to introduce into society a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder." Frederic Bastiat

    by california keefer on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 08:52:26 AM PDT

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