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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Editor, Daily Kos Elections

    by James L on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:01:02 PM PDT

  •  Federal Judge upholds FL Fair Districts Law (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jj32, atdnext, SaoMagnifico, supercereal

    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/...

    But that short-sighted and selfish Corrine Brown will keep on with this backwards lawsuit.

    How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

    by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:04:03 PM PDT

  •  Question time: (0+ / 0-)

    Why did Gore do so well and Obama (comparatively) so poorly in parts of the NYC metro region.

    I was shocked to discover that not only did Gore win NY-09 with 67%, he also won NY-13, NY-03, and NJ-04.

    Can anyone explain why their two performances were so different in the region?

  •  District Obama decides to campaign against the GOP (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DCCyclone

    in
    like Cantor's
    Boehner
    Ryan
    Ect

  •  The Barney Fife Brigade (2+ / 0-)
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    atdnext, supercereal

    We only need 24 competent Democrats to get a working majority in the House:

    Louie Gohmert(TX-01)
    Joe Wilson(SC-02)
    Michele Bachmann(MN-06)
    Paul Broun(GA-10)
    John Culberson(TX-07)
    Phil Gingrey(GA-11)
    Clif Stearns(FL-06)
    Frank Guinta(NH-01)
    Charles Bass(NH-02)
    Allen West(FL-22)
    Daniel Webster(FL-08)
    Tom Graves(GA-09)
    Austin Scott(GA-08)
    Lou Barletta(PA-11)
    Patrick McHenry(NC-10)
    Chip Cravaack(MN-08)
    Thaddeus McCotter(MI-11)
    Sean Duffy(WI-07)
    Eric Cantor(VA-07)
    Jeff Denham(CA-19)
    Steve Womack(AR-03)
    Steve Southerland(FL-02)
    Virginia Foxx(NC-05)
    Joe Heck(NV-03)
    John Campbell(CA-48)
    Andy Harris (MD-01)
    Peter King (NY-03)
    Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)
    Nan Hayworth (NY-19)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuzZQ8LTE2c

    by hannah on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:12:01 PM PDT

    •  We'll get a good chunk (4+ / 0-)

      from the Illinois Republican delegation.

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:26:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Unfortunately, a few on your list... (4+ / 0-)
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      James Allen, supercereal, flhiii88, cany

      Are probably untouchable. Especially most of the Southern GOPers will be hard to beat. However in looking at what Florida will now have to do with Amendment 6, we may very well see new Dem leaning districts created that will force the likes of Cliff Stearns and Dan Webster to run against other GOPers in heated primaries just to survive (since I doubt they can win 55%+ Obama districts). And here in Nevada, we'll have to see where the court ends up placing Joe Heck.

      •  Indeed. John Campbell is one (Irvine CA area). (2+ / 0-)
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        atdnext, MichaelNY

        I get this asshat's newsletter and believe me, it ain't pretty.  He was an ass before TeaTime, and is a bigger one now.

        Thanks to redistricting in CA, I am now in his district.

        866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

        by cany on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 06:09:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Sorry about that. I used to live in OC... (3+ / 0-)
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          KingofSpades, cany, MichaelNY

          And before I moved here, I always thanked my lucky stars my dad's house is in Loretta Sanchez's district. My mom's house is still in Dana Rohrabacher's district, and I don't know how anyone could stand being represented by that assclown... But unfortunately, he also got a safe district. At least inland West OC got moved to a more Dem leaning district. So are OC Dems OK with Alan Lowenthal running there?

          •  I don't really know. I am not active in the party (0+ / 0-)

            mechanics but Seneca Doane is so you might ask him.

            Loretta is a Blue Dog, but here that is the closest thing we will get to a dem for a while.

            It's a strange place to live for an extremely liberal liberal, believe me.

            866-338-1015 toll-free to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them.

            by cany on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 06:45:51 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  Some of those are very vulnerable. (5+ / 0-)

      Others of them are not at all, unfortunately.

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:27:32 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Of those listed, I'd say that (5+ / 0-)

      clearly vulnerable are Guinta, Bass, West, Webster (maybe not against Grayson), Cravaack, Duffy, and Hayworth.  

      Some maybes are include Lobiondo, King, Heck, Barletta, and Harris (if not him than Roscoe Bartlett), depending on redistricting.  Perhaps if Bachmann runs again voters might want someone who will actually legislate, not run for Whiner-In-Chief (she sounds more like she's running for that than president!)

      •  a couple more from that list (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        James Allen

        McCotter's district was made a few points more red but it's still swingy and the Reeps will either have to run McCotter, who may be diminished by his hopeless presidential run, or a new person.

        Denham's current district is safe R but his new one is lean R and likely to trend D over time as its numerous Hispanics start to vote more. I think a Costa/Cardoza type Dem who's attentive to ag issues could do well there.

        I was surprised she listed Womack, whose district is totally hopeless for Dems, instead of the other two freshman Arkansas Reeps whose districts might be open to voting for blue dogs.

        SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

        by sacman701 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 04:23:39 PM PDT

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        •  Barney Fifes are dufuses. (0+ / 0-)

          I think every position should be actively contested by Democrats, but this is a start.  There are currently 59 freshman in the House.  That kind of turnover has the old guard shook up.

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuzZQ8LTE2c

          by hannah on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 04:27:55 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  ... (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          MichaelNY

          I wouldn't say MI-11 is that swingy, which is unfortunate, as it's the district I live in.  As you said, they made it redder, mostly by removing some areas like Westland with fairly sizable minority populations.  McCotter isn't seen as particularly likable here, but Livonia, one of the larger cities in the district, is pretty red.  That's not to mention the fact that the Democratic party doesn't have much infrastructure in this area.  We've had a hard time finding anyone good to run against him, and the same would probably be true no matter which Republican runs.

          I actually think state senator Glenn Anderson would've been a good choice to make a go at it on the Dem side, but he's in the aforementioned city of Westland, and thus no longer in the district.  There was talk that Peters could theoretically try here, but obviously we can rule that out now.  So most likely the 11th here is staying as it is.

    •  Those Georgia races are hopeless right now. (1+ / 0-)
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      atdnext

      All are in the uber-Republican Northern Atlanta suburbs/exurbs and/or in the even more Republican North Georgia.  At this point, our best bet for Georgia is to do what the Republicans did when they were in the minority: keep growing, registering, turning areas and make them have to concede more and more (or dummymander) to hold on.

      •  Did you see my Georgia diary last weekend? (0+ / 0-)

        What do you think of a map like this? (I know it's not feasible now, but I wanted to see what commission/court drawn districts would look like there.)

        What I noticed is that Dems are making progress in Gwinnett and Cobb Counties. In the future, I'd like to see Georgia Dems make more effort there, since the minority population is exploding and Obama made huge progress there... Even as he was losing badly in Georgia's own slice of Appalachia further north.

      •  The key in Georgia is... (3+ / 0-)
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        SaoMagnifico, James Allen, MichaelNY

        ...to do all the things you say strategically and tactically but more metapolitically just wait for people of color to flip the state.  My guess is Georgia is still at least a decade away before it's truly purple statewide.

        43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 11:55:22 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Cantor? (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      flhiii88, Adam B

      Forget about going after Eric Cantor. His district is a GOP fortress. I'd recommend going after Mike Fitzpatrick in PA-08. The right candidate could easily defeat Fitz, though that candidate may not be there this cycle. Hard to say.

      And this also fails to consider that the GOP will probably/definitely win a few Democratic-held seats this cycle too.

  •  It's been a crazy week in Nevada... (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KingofSpades, James Allen, itskevin

    With the attempted NYT hatchet job on Shelley Berkley, drama surrounding Mitt Romney's "jobs machine", even more rumors flying on the Congressional races (Ruben Kihuen is definitely in, but no one really knows what Steven Horsford will do)... Oh, and did I mention today is the last day of early voting in the NV-02 special (does anyone still care about that one)?

    •  Horsford's running (0+ / 0-)

      Jon Ralston is adamant that he's in, and he was Sen. Reid's special guest at President Obama's speech last night.

      Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:16:18 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  What's your wager on the NV-02 margin? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DCCyclone

      My guess at the moment is 13 for Amodei.

    •  How has the NYT article gone over in Nevada? (0+ / 0-)

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:27:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The media went crazy with it... (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        James Allen, DCCyclone

        On Tuesday and Wednesday. But with the exception of our local TEA infused rag (AKA "Las Vegas Review-Journal") continuing to harp and scream about it and Jon Ralston hoping to get Shelley and/or Heller on his show as a result of it, all the other Nevada papers and TV news crews have seemed to drop it since yesterday. I'm still waiting to hear Dean Heller and the NRSC argue that Nevada should have NO kidney transplant program.

        •  #NV2 Berkley vs Heller polled again (0+ / 0-)

          maybe we can compare Shelly's favorable there to when it was polled a couple weeks ago. However, there sample maybe a more republican leaning one then last time so it may not be the best idea.

          •  Probably not. Shelley isn't liked in the rurals... (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            James Allen

            And everyone already knows that. She'll be in good shape if she can just win Washoe while avoid getting killed 3-1 or 4-1 in most rural counties. Her margin of victory will likely depend most upon Clark County. (She'll win here, but she'll probably at least need to win by Harry Reid 2010 standards just to cancel out Heller's strength up north.)

            •  BTW atd what r ur thoughts on the GOP primary for (1+ / 0-)
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              atdnext

              president in Nevada. Another person on twitter who claims to know the state well, says mormons in the state will never let Perry win that primary no matter what the poll shows. Right now, I have the primary as a tossup on my Perry vs Romney map but Nevada republicans seem like they have very bizarre tendencies selecting both Sharron Angle and Brian Sandoval at the same time in a primary.

              •  there aren't all that many Mormons in Nevada (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                atdnext

                though there is a significant number.

                I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

                by James Allen on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 04:20:32 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

              •  Originally, Romney was very much favored... (2+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                LordMike, KingofSpades

                Because both the LDS machine AND the business establishment strongly back him, and Ralston still thinks Romney has the upper hand because no one else is spending here... Yet. But as we saw in 2010, all "Tea Party, Inc." (Club for Growth, Tea Party Express, etc.) need to do is start dropping the big $$$$ on TV and on-the-ground organizers to even the playing field for Perry. And even though LDS strongholds (like Mesquite) and business establishment playgrounds (like Summerlin) should still be fertile territory for Romney, OTOH there are plenty of teabaggers elsewhere who HATE the GOP establishment here and will be more than happy to give them in the middle finger in pulling the upset Rick Perry is looking for. (And since Perry is already set to hire some strong local GOP talent, such as Mike Slanker, I wouldn't write off his chances here too soon.)

        •  Your last sentence is key (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          sawolf, MichaelNY

          Really, I think it's awfully hard in this case to make the "scandal" stick.  It can't be discussed without the words "kidney transplant" being used.  That automatically inoculates to a significant degree.

          The thing about a scandal like this is that if it works, it has to work on a visceral level with voters.  They won't spend much time thinking consciously about it, they'll draw a quick judgment.  And that quick judgment is going to turn sympathetic because of the words "kidney transplant."

          43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

          by DCCyclone on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 07:01:04 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  KY-Gov: Beshear out with 6th ad. (1+ / 0-)
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    atdnext

    How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

    by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:19:31 PM PDT

  •  Got my first conference acceptance (7+ / 0-)

    Our proposal was accepted by the Southern Political Science Association (the third-most prestigious political science association in the country).  

    The topic is actually something an idea that resulted from reading Swing State Project: why do people win the first ballot but lose the ensuing runoff?  Think Wyche Fowler and Karen Handel.

  •  Virginia legislative candidate filing (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    DCCyclone

    Finally, an official list has been posted at the state board of elections. Here's the breakdown:

    26 out of 40 State Senate seats have more than one candidate running. 18 Democrats and 6 Republicans have a challenger from the opposite party, while 1 Democrat and 1 Republican each have an independent challenger only. That leaves 3 Democrats and 11 Republicans completely unopposed.

    37 out of 100 House of Delegates seats have at least two candidates running. 12 Democrats and 13 Republicans have a challenger from the opposite party, while the two Independent-held seats have both a Democrat and a Republican running (one is retiring, the other is running again). 7 Democrats and 3 Republicans have an independent (or minor party) challenger only. That leaves 20 Democrats and 43 Republicans completely unopposed.

    All in all, just a wonderful day for democracy in the House.

  •  Finally a good ad in #NY9 from a dem group (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Darth Jeff

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    had this ad been running 2 weeks ago, we wouldn't have anything to worry about here

  •  So my legislative PVI project (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KingofSpades, supercereal, atdnext

    for Oregon districts is making a lot of progress:
    SD 1: Safe Republican, not doing
    SD 2: Safe Republican, not doing
    SD 3: Ready to be published
    SD 4: Ready to be published
    SD 5: Waiting on Coos & Yamhill County data
    SD 6: Waiting on Linn County data
    SD 7: Done but need to recheck
    SD 8: Waiting on Linn County data
    SD 9: Safe Republican, likely won't do
    SD 10: Ready to be published
    SD 11: Ready to be published
    SD 12: Waiting on Yamhill County data
    SD 13: Waiting on Yamhill County data
    SD 14: Available
    SD 15: Done but need to recheck
    SD 16: Waiting on Tillamook County data
    SD 17: Available
    SD 18: HD 35 done, HD 36 will do later
    SD 19: Ready to be published
    SD 20: Available
    SD 21: Safe Democratic, will do later
    SD 22: Safe Democratic, will do later
    SD 23: Safe Democratic, will do later
    SD 24: Available
    SD 25: Available
    SD 26: Available
    SD 27: Waiting on Deschutes County data
    SD 28: Safe Republican, won't do
    SD 29: Safe Republican, won't do
    SD 30: Safe Republican, won't do

    I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

    by James Allen on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:44:33 PM PDT

  •  Field's (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    James Allen, Darth Jeff

    announcement was not him running for Governor. He is either running for the Senate or not. It is an announcement video and my speakers aren't working.
    http://cleofields.com/

    A Progressive Democrat in Kentucky? That is no typo. Please support Adam Edelen for Kentucky State Auditor http://www.adamedelen.com/

    by drhoosierdem on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 06:23:20 PM PDT

  •  Interesting tweet from PPP (0+ / 0-)

    DKE! “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” anonymous

    by aggou on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 06:54:20 PM PDT

    •  Even if he didn't shoot (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      KingofSpades, James Allen

      down a run, would he have made it out of a primary. Especially in a state like Missouri. I mean he was essentially at war with the christian right not too long ago.

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:01:19 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The funny thing is.... (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        KingofSpades, MichaelNY

        ...that he is the one almost singularly responsible for Clarence Thomas by shepherding Thomas' career starting right after Thomas passed the bar exam and Danforth hired him in the Missouri Attorney General office.  Later the vouching of the well respected Danforth was crucial in Thomas' controversial confirmation to the Supreme Court.

        You would think that and his background as a minister would gain him some respect on the right.  But unfortunately his type of moderation is no longer welcome in the Republican Party.

    •  Not (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      James Allen

      surprising. He has always been very popular if I remember correct.

      A Progressive Democrat in Kentucky? That is no typo. Please support Adam Edelen for Kentucky State Auditor http://www.adamedelen.com/

      by drhoosierdem on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:05:40 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Phew. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      James Allen

      Besides, isn't he currently retired from politics.

      How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

      by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:14:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Oh, there was an FB campaign that began (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      LordMike

      last week to draft him.  A bunch of Republican activists near St. Louis decided it was time to drop Kinder.

      How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

      by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:43:14 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Next Australian Federal Election (1+ / 0-)
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    Alizarin Indigo

    Op-Ed in the Sydney Morning Herald today. Is the Labor party destined for the grave?

    For the first time, Labor faces not only the conservative Coalition on its right but a rising parliamentary party challenging from its left. The greatest beneficiary of Labor's travails, Bob Brown, the Greens leader, thinks it is too late for Labor:

    "We are in a new age of politics in Australia where the Greens are becoming a major party and the reform party for the 21st century. The nearest analogy is the rise of the Labor Party a century ago … They will try to take some of the steam out of the Greens cooker, but they can't do what we can do because they're too tied to vested interests."

    If Labor continues to stagnate and the Greens continue to build, Labor ultimately will lose its ability to contest elections as a stand-alone party able to govern in its own right. Indeed, that is exactly what happened at last year's election.

    "We have shown we're not the Democrats," says Brown. "We have broken into the House of Representatives. We have the highest share of the vote for any minor party since World War II," 12 per cent of the primary vote. "We aren't there to keep the bastards honest" - the famous slogan of the now-defunct Democrats. "We're there to replace the bastards."

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/...

    It's time to move forward.....away from the Tea Party!

    by ehstronghold on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:12:18 PM PDT

    •  That article (1+ / 0-)
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      ehstronghold

      basically says everything I was saying last week :p. But better, with references.

      Labor isn't in a position like the Republicans were after the 2008 election when some people were talking about a "death spiral" and the "end of the Republican party". The Republicans were always coming back in one form or another because someone had to represent their base and it wasn't going to be the Democrats.

      Labor on the other hand doesn't have a base. The don't have social conservatives (Coalition), social liberals (Greens), economic neo-liberals (Liberals), economic protectionists (Nationals). Really all they have right now is government employees, remnant unionists (big overlap between those groups), and people who hate Abbott personally but are scared of the Greens.  

    •  Labor is dead (0+ / 0-)

      It's time for a total rebranding. I don't know what the hell went wrong, but something did - badly. And it's not that Australia is that right-wing, it's just that Labor is toxic, and there needs to be a new center-left party to oppose the far-right Liberals.

      Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 11:34:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  WI-Sen: This is the (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    itskevin

    first time I've seen Emily's List do this:

    http://emilyslist.org/...

    They are really going all out for Baldwin. This is the first page you see before going to the main site. They haven't done this for any other candidate. At least for this cycle.

    19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

    by ndrwmls10 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 07:28:37 PM PDT

  •  MI House: Paul Scott Recall Approved (3+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, DCCyclone, blueonyx

    Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) is now officially up for recall in November:

    LANSING, Michigan — State elections officials have approved 11,047 valid signatures in the recall attempt against Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc.

    That's 1,443 more than the 9,604 required to put the recall on the November ballot.

    According to a news release, "The Bureau of Elections has notified the Genesee County clerk that the recall must be placed on the ballot as required by law. Scott may present the Genesee County clerk with a 200-word justification of his actions in office that will appear on the ballot."

    Can't find the poll, at the moment, but apparently something like 60% of those polled in his district expressed intent to see someone different in the seat.  That could be a Republican or it could be a Democrat (the district is pretty solidly read), but the discontent hints at their being a change of party, here.

    BTW, what's notable about this is that the state teacher's union, the MEA, has almost single-handedly funded this up to this point.  More than anything, this is kind of a pushback after what happened in November and an opportunity to make a point that they are still very much an influence in state politics.

    •  BTW (1+ / 0-)
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      DCCyclone

      Forgot to mention, in what is bein seen as a clear retaliation against the MEA for taking out Paul Scott (an ally of Rick Snyder), after expressing disinterest in bringing "right-to-work" legislation to the floor, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said today he is now mulling allowing "right-to-teach" legislation to come to the floor.

      Things could get really messy.  The first shots are being fired.

      •  Didn't Snyder say he opposed RTW? (0+ / 0-)

        Is Richardville really that tone deaf he'd shoot his party in the foot?

        How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

        by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 08:02:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Yes (2+ / 0-)
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          KingofSpades, MichaelNY

          Yes, neither of them are interested in all-out right-to-work, but there is a proposal in the senate, I think, for a "right-to-teach" legislation that'd be just for teachers.  Whether they support it or not, full-on "right-to-work" would never be approved without the Republicans being severly punished by the electorate.

          To kind of give more dynamics here in Michigan, I don't think Richardville or Snyder is interested in this, but the tea party flavored legislature is.  Richardville and to a lesser extent the Speaker of the House has been kept the crazies at bay.  Basically, though, with the MEA coming after the GOP legislature, all bets are off and Richardville is threatening to step out of the way and let the crazy legislature loose.  It's a big game of chicken and I'm not sure what's going to happen.

          The conservative legislature is getting antsy and impatient.  Many have griped behind the scenes that they've carried Snyder's water the first half of this year, and now they want some red meat in return.  I don't think he can hold them off much longer...

    •  What about the (1+ / 0-)
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      legislator from either Benton Harbor or St. Joseph (can't remember)? I think he was targeted for a recall too.

      23, Solid Liberal Democrat (-4.75, -4.51), DKE Gay Caucus Majority Leader, IN-02; Swingnut

      by HoosierD42 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 11:47:35 PM PDT

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      •  Over a dozen (1+ / 0-)
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        There are currently over a dozen recall petitions out against Michigan house and senate members.  How many of those will actually end up making it to the ballot are anyone's guess, but Paul Scott is going to the ballot.  His was one actually kind of surprising to hear about, because though an odious character, he hasn't exactly been front-and-center for much of what's been coming out of the caucus.  That, and he's in a fairly red district.  I guess it just goes to show the difference between having backing (the MEA) and not.

    •  Poll (3+ / 0-)
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      Here's an article about the poll.  The poll was done for MIRS so you would probably have to pay to see the actual poll.  

      Rep. Paul Scott (R-Grand Blanc) is facing a tough battle in November, with 61 percent of voters in his district saying they'd vote to recall him in a new poll.

      "In a word, Paul Scott is in trouble," said pollster Mark Grebner.

      http://www.mlive.com/...

  •  HOLY crap! TPM was HACKED! (1+ / 0-)
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    http://tpmmedia.tumblr.com/...
    Apparently, Anonymous did a DDOS attack on the site after they posted mugshots of 16 alleged members of Anonymous!

    How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

    by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 08:01:11 PM PDT

  •  Mississippi State House (2+ / 0-)
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    Okay, here are the competitive seats. Here are the average of the 2007 results (GOV & LG & AG & SOS)

    2: 53% GOP
    3: 48% GOP
    4: 54% GOP
    10. 61% GOP
    13: 53% GOP
    19: 52% GOP
    20: 58% GOP
    21: 50% GOP
    24: 48% GOP
    25: 58% GOP
    28: 52% GOP
    43: 52% GOP
    45: 57% GOP
    73: 57% GOP
    75: 54% GOP
    79: 52% GOP
    83: 53% GOP
    86: 48% GOP
    93: 51% GOP
    105: 49% GOP
    107: 56% GOP
    111: 70% GOP
    115: 54% GOP
    121: 60% GOP
    122: 57% GOP

    Those are the seats Republicans are contesting..

    •  Any chance Dupree breaks 40% in ur opinion (0+ / 0-)
      •  DuPree will probably perform a few points (1+ / 0-)
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        worse than Eaves in 2007. Eaves had a significant amount of Yellow Dog Democrat support in the NE (where Obama lost by 30-50 points in 2008 and Eaves lost by 5ish in 2007).

        DuPree's race should help in any district with a high amount of African Americans.

        Right now, I think the Democrats best bet outside of the AG position is Treasurer...which still isn't good.

  •  LA-gov (0+ / 0-)

    It seems like that there is a silm chance that Bobby will face a costly challenger in the form of...

    John Georges!

    ok he may not be that great but he has the cash

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

  •  TPM is back up again! (0+ / 0-)

    How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

    by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 09:51:06 PM PDT

  •  Marcy Kaptur's district may be drawn.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....all the way from Toledo into Cleveland, eating up Dennis Kucinich's district.  That's some gerrymandering!

    http://www.cleveland.com/...

    GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

    by LordMike on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 10:32:55 PM PDT

  •  In Mitch McConnell's home of Louisville (2+ / 0-)
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    the Sherman Minton Bridge (I-64) one of the only two major bridges crossing the Ohio River in Louisville (there is also a smaller bridge at 2nd Street) was just closed indefinitely due to a structural crack. This will push nearly all the Southern Indiana Louisville traffic onto the already jam packed Kennedy Bridge (I-65) bridge, which its junction (Spaghetti Juntion) is already the 11th worst in America.

    President Obama needs to fly to Louisville tomorrow and call out Mitch McConnell on this and make it the case in point for his road construction plan. He already mentioned the problems on the Covington-Cincinnati Brent Spence Bridge (I-71/75) in his address to Congress. I don't think he will have this opportunity to show up a GOP Congressional leader anywhere in America like this again!

    "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

    by SouthernINDem on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 04:02:41 AM PDT

    •  Took me (0+ / 0-)

      two Hours to get home yesterday!!!! There were literally people backing all the way up the opposite direction of exit ramps to get out of the traffic. We need to start airing ads ASAP. People are pissed and if we can blame McConell for it somehow direct their anger towards him then we just might be able to get this passed. Or at least ruin his 2014 chances. This isn't just hurting Southern Indiana, it is hurting all of Louisville badly. I know we shouldn't be happy in a sense, but being completely honest this is a huge gift. Well political gift, I think I'm going to have to start sleeping in my office if this keeps up.  

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      by drhoosierdem on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 06:06:13 AM PDT

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      •  Democrats need to put (1+ / 0-)
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        Mitch McConnell on the spot about this one and explain that this is an example of something that government needs to do to get this bridge in driveable shape again. This would be a great use of money for the American Jobs Act to fix this bridge (and maybe to build the others without tolls).

        "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

        by SouthernINDem on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 07:32:00 AM PDT

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  •  I will not post the video here (4+ / 0-)

    But Herman Cain posted on his official Youtube account a video of him singing God Bless America (badly, I should add) over 9/11 footage. What the hell is wrong with him? I wouldn't even advise anyone watching it, it's seriously unsettling, I just posted about it because I was offended.

    25, Male, CA-24, DK Elections Black Caucus Chair.

    by DrPhillips on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 07:49:26 AM PDT

  •  CA-46: Loretta Sanchez is broke... (3+ / 0-)
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    However, it's NOT because of lousy fundraising. Rather, her campaign treasurer LITERALLY STOLE FROM HER!!!

    Veteran California campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee "nearly wiped out" the $379,000 in Rep. Loretta Sanchez's campaign war chest, Politico's Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan report.

    "What we've learned this week is that unfortunately, the amount in our reelect account is substantially less than the amount we've raised this year, as well as the amount reflected in the records sent to us by Durkee & Associates," Sanchez chief of staff Adrienne Elrod told Politico. "In fact, our account has been nearly wiped out."

    Durkee was arrested by the FBI on Friday on mail fraud charges. The feds said she used campaign funds for her own personal purposes, including paying her mortgage; her mother's nursing home costs; and credit card charges for cosmetics and ice cream.

    OMG! WTF??!! Cali Dems really need to learn to get more "homegrown talent" and stop automatically trusting swindlers like Kinde Durkee. Loretta will now have to work overtime to rebuild her campaign fund. At least she didn't get hammered in redistricting.

  •  CT State Treasurer Denise Nappier (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Arkansas's 1st Congressional District (3+ / 0-)
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    State Rep. Clark Hall (D) is being urged to run. He was the main proponent behind creating the Delta district in congressional redistricting.

    Meanwhile, State Rep. Keith Ingram is considering a primary to Jack Crumbly. Would definitely support Ingram, especially after Crumbly's "me! me! me!" attitude in legislative redistricting this year.

    •  I would love for Crum-bum to get his (1+ / 0-)
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      comeuppance for griping over a Safely Dem, black-majority seat that was just not AA enough.

      How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

      by KingofSpades on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 09:27:51 PM PDT

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      •  You would support (1+ / 0-)
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        getting rid of an AA state senator for wanting to have a safer seat in a hostile state? Especially when the primary challenger is white.

        19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

        by ndrwmls10 on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 09:34:26 PM PDT

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        •  I didn't know the details.... (0+ / 0-)

          I did not know Ingram's race.   Oh great, now I feel like a jerk.  :(

          How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

          by KingofSpades on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 09:36:23 PM PDT

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        •  Isn't that the reason (1+ / 0-)
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          most of us hate Lacy Clay?

          21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), working in MA-08 for the summer, hopeless Swingnut

          by sapelcovits on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 09:56:40 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  If it screwed another Democrat? (0+ / 0-)

          Then yeah, for my part. If his primary challenger is elected and ends up not representing the views and serving the needs of his constituents, then I will support getting rid of that guy as well.

          Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

          by SaoMagnifico on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 10:10:08 PM PDT

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        •  Well, (2+ / 0-)
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          You see Crumbly's district was already like 53% AA. Yet he felt he couldn't get elected unless it was like a 59% AA district. He would easily win a Democratic primary where the black vote is above 70%. Crumbly's district was over 70% Obama. His constant talk in the press made Beebe cave to him and give him an even stronger district (which was at the expense of the other districts which need liberals to offset conservatives) That seat would have been held by a Democrat at 53% Black. Instead it's going to be a lot harder for other Senators in the Delta to get reelected.

          And both Crumbly and Ingram are very liberal. Granted, I'd prefer an AA to primary Crumbly, but none seem willing to step up. Unfortunately...

        •  Read (0+ / 0-)

          Gradydems post below. Yeah I would. This was a selfish, and unneeded move that screwed other fellow Democrats. Skin color doesn't matter. He, or a fellow AA, could have easily won a 53% AA seat. It was just selfish on his part.  

          A Progressive Democrat in Kentucky? That is no typo. Please support Adam Edelen for Kentucky State Auditor http://www.adamedelen.com/

          by drhoosierdem on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 06:49:59 AM PDT

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          •  I think (0+ / 0-)

            they originally made his seat 51% AA, but Crumbly complained until they gave him a 53% AA seat.  It didn't screw over other Dems, but it made it harder to make 2 neighboring Republicans targetable.

            How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

            by KingofSpades on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:57:53 AM PDT

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            •  I don't know the % that it was (2+ / 0-)
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              but I'm absolutely sure Crumbly would have won. Remember, there are also some white liberals in the Delta...this area has elected Jim Luker, one of the most progressive whites in recent history. So even if AAs made up only 40% of the vote, Crumbly almost certainly would have gotten to over 50. And that's not mentioning that Republicans have no one to run here...

  •  PA Republicans playing games with electoral votes (1+ / 0-)
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    http://www.politicspa.com/...

    The state senate majority leader here in PA is talking about shifting our electoral votes to the Maine/Nebraska model.  If they pull it off, that's at least 7 or 8 new electoral votes locked in for the Republican nominee.  They control the trifecta here and we can't block it by fleeing the state or anything.  Seems to me, they'd be smart to pull this move in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin before the next election.  If they do, we don't really have any states to retaliate in; it's a shame that the North Carolina Democrats wussed out of passing a similar plan back in 2007.

    •  Why? (2+ / 0-)
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      KingofSpades, MichaelNY

      North Carolina is trending towards us.

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 11:47:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Barf (1+ / 0-)
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      is there any way we can stop them?

      21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), working in MA-08 for the summer, hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 06:30:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  stopping them (5+ / 0-)

        I've had 2 thoughts regarding that.  The first one we'd like, but probably won't work.  Have all our people go out and carry on about the unfairness of them gaming the system to help their chances.  Insist that if it is better to vote by district, it should only be done in every state.  Introduce bills in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia to do just that.  Accuse them of hypocrisy when they vote those bills down.  Shame them into backing down.  This might work, but they aren't Democrats, so it probably won't.

        The second one we won't like, but has the most potential.  As it stands right now, GOTV efforts in Philadelphia are critical to winning an election.  This fact is a major source of money and power for the Philadelphia Democratic Party.  Under this new system, Philadelphia would be nearly irrelevant.  Bob Brady, Congressman and chairman of the Philadelphia party, is known for being able to make corrupt deals with Republicans to get what he needs.  Expect some kind of shady, backroom deal with a handful of Republican legislators in exchange for their killing this plan.  Whether that'll be massive campaign contributions (we don't have contribution limits in PA), jobs for their cronies, paying off Democrats in their districts not to challenge them, or simply making some kind of threat if they pass it, Brady won't take this lying down.  He's currently in the process of getting his district gerrymandered to his liking in exchange for conceding an upcoming special house election in Northeast Philadelphia.  He'll try to come up with something.

    •  I wonder about the political fallout... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... of trying to game the system like that.  I actually wouldn't mind if every state switched to the Nebraska/Maine system but having different rules for different states would be very unfair.

    •  This is an undemocratic move (6+ / 0-)

      anywhere in the country. A better move would be to support national popular vote initiatives, whereby states totalling at least 270 electoral votes would all support the popular vote winner.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:51:30 AM PDT

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  •  No politics from me today (4+ / 0-)

    Just wanted to stop by to say you are all in my thoughts.

  •  Caputo thinks Wepring will win (barely) (2+ / 0-)
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    •  That is an interesting X-factor (2+ / 0-)
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      Even in a "culturally conservative" district, I think it's a potential misstep for Turner and his surrogates to try to make the election all about Weprin's views on civil liberties (freedom of worship, freedom of marriage, freedom of reproductive choice) in the late stages. It's still New York City, and I can't think of much better to boost Democratic enthusiasm aside from maybe loudly supporting loopholes in the tax code for millionaires and billionaires...ahem.

      Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 09:45:40 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Off-topic, but how about that US Open final? (1+ / 0-)
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    My mouth was agape for one reason or another pretty much the whole match long.

    Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 03:57:56 PM PDT

    •  I was watching it in the background. (0+ / 0-)

      But yeah, it was surprising.

      How The Doctor does redistricting: 'I'm going to need a SWAT team ready to mobilize, street-level maps covering all of Florida, a pot of coffee, twelve jammie dodgers and a fez.'

      by KingofSpades on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 04:42:11 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  And back on-topic... (1+ / 0-)
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    The Turner campaign has apparently played its trump card, a court document from 1986 in which a judge castigated David Weprin as "extremely temperamental with a short fuse" and criticized his behavior and treatment of his child in a custody dispute. Story here.

    Whether voters will, or should, consider such judgments in the context of an incredibly acrimonious divorce – Justice Wright described relations as “warlike” – is an open question, and the outcome of the litigation casts doubts on Wright's ruling.

    "Accessing court records about a child, possibly illegally, is the ultimate in dirty politics and shows how desperate Republican Bob Turner and his Tea Party allies are to distract from his plan to protect corporate tax loopholes while slashing Medicare and Social Security. Republican Bob Turner must order his staff and allies to stop engaging in these dirty tricks immediately. Voters deserve better," Weprin spokeswoman Elizabeth Kerr said in an emailed statement.

    POLITICO was separately given access to a 1989 ruling by Judge Burton Sherman, the main jurist handling the case. In it, he ruled Weprin's ex-wife had a tendency to "feign and exaggerate" complaints, and that her own attempts to deny her ex-husband custody were "obsessive." A doctor had found, he wrote, that her complaints of paternal abuse had "no basis in reality." Sherman granted Weprin full custody of his son; a source close to the family said the matter later moved to a New Jersey jurisdiction, and the parents agreed to share custody.

    I can't decide whether this closes the door on Weprin or whether this will backfire on Turner. The first few grafs are devastating; the rest of the story, which provides a lot more context, makes it look like the proverbial fireless smoke.

    Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 05:46:21 PM PDT

  •  PPP survey in NY-09 drops (1+ / 0-)
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    LordMike

    Turner leads 47-41, basically confirming Siena's results. Weprin's favorables aren't terrible, but President Obama's are, and Turner actually has a substantial lead among Jewish likely voters, which is just weird (and owes a lot to this being a really weird district). Story here.

    Beyond Obama's weakness, Turner has actually proven to be a pretty strong candidate.  45% of voters rate him favorably to 30% with a negative opinion.  Independents give him good marks by a 56/17 spread and he has better than normal numbers across party lines with 29% of Democrats expressing a positive view of him to just 43% with an unfavorable one.

    Weprin has been much maligned as a candidate but he actually has positive favorability numbers too with 39% of voters rating him positively and 36% negatively.  Over the last few years there have been very few races we polled where a candidate had a postive net favorability spread and still lost.  If Obama's approval in the district was even 40% Weprin would almost definitely be headed to Congress. He's getting dragged down by something bigger than himself.

    The issue of Israel does appear to be having a major impact on this race.  A plurality of voters- 37%- said that Israel was 'very important' in determining their votes. Turner is winning those folks by an amazing 71-22 margin. With everyone who doesn't say Israel is a very important issue for them Weprin actually leads 52-36. Turner is in fact winning the Jewish vote by a 56-39 margin, very unusual for a Republican candidate.  This seems to be rooted in deep unhappiness with Obama on this issue- only 30% of voters overall approve of how he's handling Israel to 54% who disapprove and with Jewish voters his approval on Israel is 22% with 68 of voters disapproving. That has a lot to do with why Turner's in such a strong position.

    The question beyond what Turner's margin on Tuesday ends up being (unless Weprin can make a last-minute push to victory, which is unlikely) what Obama does with the conundrum of the Israel hawks' vote next year.

    I think attempting to triangulate would be a misstep. Militant Zionism (to use the term in the I.R. sense, not the anti-Israeli pejorative) is almost a faith unto itself, and just as I don't think Romney can ever ingratiate himself with ardent pro-life conservatives because he was once perceived as a pro-choice moderate, I don't think Obama can win back many of the hawks who have defected to the likes of Turner over this manufactured controversy just by talking tough on the Palestinian statehood bid or revising the administration's policy on the 1967 borders or the West Bank settlements. I think they're gone for good.

    Assuming Obama stays the course, and hoping there's not another unexpected showdown between a moderate White House that has decidedly preferred soft power and multilateralism in its foreign policy approach (relative to the previous administration) and a right-wing Knesset that has embraced unilateralism and rejected compromise, it seems likely to assume that the rift between Democrats and the Israel hawks will stay the same or widen.

    The question is, and this isn't a rhetorical question, how big a presence are voters whose primary concern is Israel outside of the heavily Jewish Orthodox NY-09?

    Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 08:20:36 PM PDT

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