Right now CNN shows a net pickup of 27 House seats for the Dems with 16 undecided. The final Democratic gain will probably be 30-40 House seats. By any measure that is an historic shift. See the above plot of net change in House elections, showing that there has not been anything like this size of shift since 1994. In the Senate things may become ironic. Each party now has 49 seats with 2 undecided but both leaning ever so slightly to the Democrats. Seems like the Dems will form a majority of 51 seats with their margin of control in the Senate assured by none other than the fellow the Dems all dumped on 2 just months ago – Senator Joe Lieberman, who won re-election as an “independent Democrat”. Don’t use redundant terms to describe yourself, Joe.
First let’s get the bitterness out:
Hellofa job, W!
Hellofa job, Hastert!
Hellofa job, Frist!
That makes us all feel better, doesn’t it? Now let’s look forward
The next 2 years will be interesting times in
On the Democratic side Hilary is the inevitable nominee, though John Kerry and a few others are certain to provide comic relief during the primaries. Just imagine Kerry campaigning based on his “electability”! That would appeal, but too Republicans rather than Democrats.
Hillary is the inevitable nominee in 2008. Don’t think so? Read this passage from a recent Atlantic Monthly article on Hillary by Joshua Green.
Bill Clinton’s long tenure as president and the fact that no figure has risen to replace him have given birth to a professional class of Washington Democrats who both reflect the thinking of and feel intensely loyal to the former president—and, by extension, his wife. Al Gore might have been another claimant to such a heritage, but he rejected it, and never engendered anything like the visceral loyalty so many Democrats still feel for
What this means in practical terms is that she commands almost all the top talent. With rare exceptions, she can lay claim to the best fund-raisers, political operatives, pollsters, and media consultants—often several of each.
This show of strength highlights a disparity between the Democratic Party as it exists in
If there is one thing the