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  • Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’

    01/25/2013 10:38:24 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 83 replies
    Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’ By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News Political Reporter CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican National Committee members gathered here to re-elect Chairman Reince Priebus for a second term. But by week's end, that vote seemed secondary to the question of the party's long term survival. After three months of denial, anger, despair and depression over the results of a bruising national election that gave Democrats an edge in Congress and kept President Barack Obama in the White House, Republicans know they must adapt if they are to...
  • ObamaCare, 2013, and the Start of the GOP Comeback

    01/01/2013 12:45:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 31, 2012 | Peter Wehner
    Right now the political landscape is grim for Republicans–and in the short term, thanks to the so-called fiscal cliff, things may get grimmer still. But moments like these can pass, often quicker than we think. And next year may turn out to be one in which the pernicious effects of the Affordable Care Act–aka ObamaCare–really begin to kick in, from higher premiums to the loss of employer-based health insurance to the start of enrollment in insurance exchanges. It will become more and more clear to the public what a nightmarish law the Affordable Care Act actually is. “The administration is...
  • Republicans retake control of state Senate (New York)

    12/04/2010 5:56:30 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Freeman ^ | 12/4/10 | MICHAEL GORMLEY
    ALBANY — The state Senate will return to Republican control in January. A judge on Saturday certified a result that showed a Long Island Republican won a key seat in the Nov. 2 election, meaning the GOP will have at least a 32-30 edge over Democrats when the Senate’s new session starts next month. (A pending recount in Westchester County could give the GOP a 33-29 majority.) The result gives Republicans their only power base in a state where Democrats hold the Assembly and the three statewide offices: governor, comptroller and attorney general. The final tally in the Long Island...
  • Minnesota GOP (legislative) sweep buries gay marriage push

    11/14/2010 8:32:38 PM PST · by MplsSteve · 24 replies
    St Paul (Mn) Pioneer Press ^ | 11/05/10 | Patrick Condon - Staff Reporter
    Gay-rights activists in Minnesota thought 2012 would be the year they could finally make a serious push for gay marriage in the state, but a surprise Republican takeover of the Legislature has them back on the defensive instead. Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, said Thursday that his group will push for a statewide vote in 2012 to ban gay marriage and civil unions in Minnesota's Constitution. Previous efforts to do so in 2004, 2005 and 2006 met a firewall in the strongly Democratic state Senate, but that liberal majority crumbled in Tuesday night's election. And despite a...
  • A Return to the Norm (All 2010 did was undo the two-stage Democratic wave of 2006 to 2008)

    11/05/2010 8:02:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Nationa Review ^ | 11/05/2010 | Charles Krauthammer
    For all the turmoil, the spectacle, the churning — for all the old bulls slain and fuzzy-cheeked freshmen born — the great Republican wave of 2010 is simply a return to the norm. The tide had gone out; the tide came back. A center-right country restores the normal congressional map: a sea of interior red, bordered by blue coasts, and dotted by blue islands of urban density. Or to put it numerically, the Republican wave of 2010 did little more than undo the two-stage Democratic wave of 2006 to 2008, in which the Democrats gained 54 House seats combined (precisely...
  • Will Redistricting Be a Bloodbath for Democrats? (Most GOP states since 1928)

    11/04/2010 9:43:36 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/04/10 | HUMA KHAN
    Will Redistricting Be a Bloodbath for Democrats?Republicans See Historic Victories; Gain Control of At Least 19 Democratic-Held State Legislatures By HUMA KHAN Nov. 4, 2010 Republicans gained a historic edge over Democrats in state legislature elections that will have national implications for years to come. State legislatures in 44 states are responsible for one of the most important political processes: drawing district boundaries for the U.S. House of Representatives. In a process that usually triggers partisan bickering, the reigning party usually has the upper hand, especially if the governor is also from the same party and cannot veto the legislature's...
  • Republican victory was wide and deep

    11/04/2010 6:59:39 AM PDT · by kingattax · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 3, 2010
    Tuesday was a great day for Republicans, not just because they won a lot of new congressional seats. It was also about which seats they captured. To note just a few of the most prominent examples, grizzled Democratic incumbents such as Minnesota's Jim Oberstar, South Carolina's John Spratt, and Pennsylvania's Paul Kanjorski lost Tuesday after serving for decades in the House. These gains for Republicans are powerful examples of principled opposition trumping entrenched power and money, and they are encouraging.
  • GOP's Mark Kirk wins Obama's old seat (Will be sworn in TOMORROW!)

    11/02/2010 10:39:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 87 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/03/10
    GOP's Kirk wins Obama's old seatFrom the NBC News political team Republican Mark Kirk is NBC's projected winner of the Illinois Senate race, snatching the seat that former Sen. Barack Obama held in Illinois. Kirk defeated Obama ally Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias struggled to overcome reports that his family's failed bank made loans to known criminals. The president and the first lady both made stops in the state to try to boost the Democrat. **SNIP** The victory for Kirk gives Republicans a net gain of five Senate seats so far tonight.
  • Why President Obama Will Never Be Barack Obama Again

    11/04/2010 12:08:11 PM PDT · by Justaham · 68 replies ^ | 11-4-10 | Tom Junod
    The most captivating political story of the present moment is not the Republican resurgence but rather the ongoing diminution of President Barack Obama. It is a story that started almost as soon as he took office, took hold with the passage of the stimulus, played itself out during the health-care debate and its aftermath, and reached its inevitable climax on Tuesday night. It is the story not of policy but rather of personality, and what makes it so captivating is its element of mystery. President Obama, after all, was elected by virtue of his personality, which provided not only contrast...
  • Obama Invites GOP Leaders to White House; McConnell Remains Defiant

    11/04/2010 12:01:24 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 53 replies · 8+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 11/04/10 |
    Saying he got the message from voters, President Obama invited Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress to the White House after he returns from his trip to Asia to discuss the economy, tax cuts and unemployment insurance. Following a Cabinet meeting, Obama told reporters he invited presumptive House Speaker John Boehner and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell to meet with him on Nov. 18. The meeting is also to include current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
  • Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Legislature Seats

    11/04/2010 11:39:02 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 87 replies · 2+ views
    National Journal ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    While the Republican gains in the House and Senate are grabbing the most headlines, the most significant results on Tuesday came in state legislatures where Republicans wiped the floor with Democrats. Republicans picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures -- the most in the modern era. To put that number in perspective: In the 1994 GOP wave, Republicans picked up 472 seats. The previous record was in the post-Watergate election of 1974, when Democrats picked up 628 seats. The GOP gained majorities in at least 14 state house chambers. They now have...
  • Esquire: Wow, Obama’s really lost his mojo

    11/04/2010 11:07:04 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    Tom Junod’s eulogy for Barack Obama’s mystique in Esquire indulges in overwrought excuse-seeking and ultimately misses the obvious conclusion, but it’s notable for recognition of one central fact: Obama as President has been the Incredible Shrinking Man, and in more than one way. Not only does Obama seem incapable of offering soaring rhetoric that engages and inspires millions now –as Junod puts it, he no longer seems born to fill stadiums like a rock star — but the rhetoric Obama does offer makes it seem that Obama can’t even engage himself. As the Anointed Obama vanishes, all that’s left is...
  • The Midterms: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward

    11/04/2010 9:00:38 AM PDT · by Al B. · 25 replies
    NRO ^ | November 4, 2010 | Sarah Palin
    Now that the dust has settled on the 2010 midterm elections, it’s slowly becoming clear just how monumental the results really are. We saw an extreme left-wing agenda suffer a crushing defeat. At the ballot box, voters took Obamacare and the stimulus and wrapped them right around the necks of those same House members and senators who had arrogantly dismissed the concerns voiced in countless town halls and Tea Party rallies up and down the country. Voters sent commonsense conservatives a clear mandate to hold the line against the Obama agenda. Does that mean Republican candidates can look forward with...
  • Difficult thoughts on the election

    11/04/2010 10:52:00 AM PDT · by Conservative_Pragmatist · 175 replies
    Hey gang- I am new here. I was looking for Conservative boards to post on during the election and they just weren’t very good. Someone told me about this site so I figured I’d check it out. I felt compelled to log-up after the Republicans took massive control of the US House this election. Like most of you I was over-joyed when the Democrats got swept out of Congress. But we have seen how the tea leaves (pun intended) change. The last two cycles the Republicans got waxed, we were losing seats in strong Conservative areas. That cycle is now...
  • RINOs behind defeat of Tea Party candidates (Vanity)

    11/04/2010 9:18:47 AM PDT · by JimWayne · 164 replies · 7+ views
    Don't blame the Democrats for the defeat of Christine O'Doneell and Sharon Angle. The RINOs have worked hard and worked WITH the Dims to make sure that the Tea Party candidates would not win. In Delaware, it was Karl Rove who opposed O'Donnell. In Nevada, it was a state level RINO who supported the Democrat. In Alaska, RINOs have done everything to prevent Joe Miller from winning. You can be sure that Ken Buck must have been done in by RINOs like Karl Rove. A suggestion to hit back at them - deny RINOs the right to post on FR....
  • Devastation: GOP Picks Up 680 State Leg. Seats

    11/04/2010 10:18:35 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 58 replies · 1+ views
    NationalJournal ^ | 11/4/2010 | Jeremy P. Jacobs
    While the Republican gains in the House and Senate are grabbing the most headlines, the most significant results on Tuesday came in state legislatures where Republicans wiped the floor with Democrats. Republicans picked up 680 seats in state legislatures, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures -- the most in the modern era. To put that number in perspective: In the 1994 GOP wave, Republicans picked up 472 seats. The previous record was in the post-Watergate election of 1974, when Democrats picked up 628 seats. The GOP gained majorities in at least 14 state house chambers. They now have...
  • Huge Losses for Dems in the South; GOP Surges in Midwest

    11/04/2010 9:05:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 3, 2010 | Rich Baehr
    Massive gains by the GOP from top to bottom augur well for redistricting and the 2012 presidential race. A few liberal media talking heads are saying today that the Republicans fell short yesterday, since the Democrats held onto control of the Senate. This summary of what happened reminds me of the old joke about the match race during the Cold War between a Russian horse and an American horse. The American horse wins the race easily, and in the next day’s Pravda, the headline is: “Russian horse second, American horse next to last.”Yes, the Democrats survived and appear to have...
  • Tea Party backlash (Rinos declare War)

    11/04/2010 8:47:10 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 78 replies
    On the whole, these insurgents lost big. And that's good news for the Republicans David Frum The Republican leaders won twice last night. They won a majority in the House of Representatives and a big gain in the Senate. Those leaders also won an important psychological contest inside the Republican party: Three ridiculously winnable Senate seats have been thrown away by incompetent Tea Party radicals: Delaware, Nevada, and possibly Colorado. Meanwhile two tough seats have been won by level-headed Republican moderates: Illinois and Ohio. The ultra-radical Rand Paul won his race in Kentucky and will be coming to Washington to...
  • Fear-Mongers Deliver Victory

    11/04/2010 7:18:42 AM PDT · by kingu · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 11-04-2010 | Mary Mitchell
    A day after President Obama got what he called a "shellacking" in the midterm elections, he took full responsibility for the outcome that turned over the House to the Republicans. Pundits will spend the next few days poring over the numbers. But judging from the questions reporters asked at the news conference, the defeat is being cast as a clear message from voters that Obama is going in the wrong direction.(snip)For the last two years, the electorate has been subjected to lies about Obama's religion, his heritage and his agenda. These deliberate falsehoods were designed to scare the bejeezus out...
  • Forget D.C., look what Republicans won in state legislatures

    11/03/2010 7:27:51 PM PDT · by FTJM · 36 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/3/10 | Andrew Malcolm
    So much of the national media's attention is focused Wednesday, shockingly, on Washington, where they live and work and where Republicans captured a half-dozen new Senate seats and five dozen new House seats. But out where most regular Americans live and work, voters also made historic changes -- to the long-lasting benefit of Republicans. This is especially important in years ending in '00 because these newly elected governors and state legislators will (with the exception of California) be the ones redrawing legislative and congressional district lines that will stand for the next decade until the 2020 census. And occupying the...
  • What Republicans Need to Do Now

    11/03/2010 8:34:42 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Adam Graham
    Tuesday’s elections swept Republicans across America into office, but what do freshly elected Republicans need to do next? 1) Realize They’ve Not Sold the American People Victorious Republicans should enjoy their election victory, but they should also understand it does not mean that the American people have bought wholesale into conservative political philosophy, as is so tempting to believe after a big election. After George W. Bush’s victory in 2004, Hugh Hewitt wrote Painting the Map Red. After 2008, James Carville wrote 40 More Years: How Democrats Will Rule the Next Generation. Both books turned out to be overly optimistic...

    11/03/2010 7:20:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    E-Mail | November 3,2010 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, I wanted, first of all, to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your massive support and the outpouring of funds and interest to back up my efforts on behalf of Super PAC for America. We have succeeded amazingly. As background, I divided my efforts into two categories: there were races where I was personally involved advising the campaigns and working to help them raise money. There were others in which Super PAC was involved in independent efforts. I had no personal involvement in those races and was, therefore, able to raise funds for Super PAC...
  • Biggest GOP Gains In Statehouses (Redistricting bonus)

    11/03/2010 7:42:38 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 15 replies
    Realclearpolitics ^ | Nov 3, 2010 | Sean Trende
    Although attention has focused on GOP gains in Congress and Governor's mansions, the worst part of the night for Democrats probably came in state legislative seats. The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates that Democrats had the worst night in state legislative seats since 1928. With races outstanding in New York, Washington and Oregon, Republicans have flipped at least 14 chambers, and have unified control of 25 state legislatures. They have picked up over five hundred state legislative seats, including over 100 in New Hampshire alone. This hurts Democrats in two ways. First, it wipes out the prospective farm team...
  • "Obama Agenda For "Change" Delivered Strong Slap To The Face" (From Japan) My Translation

    11/03/2010 7:50:13 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 53 replies
    Hokkaido Shimbun, Japan (Original in Japanese, "FReepranslated" ^ | 4 November 2010 | Hokkaido Shimbun (Daily), from Japan
    Japanese news today over here (newspapers above the fold, magazines, non-stop TV networks) are filled to the brim with news of Mr. Obama's humiliating defeat at the hands of the Republicans.Many of this is bringing Japanese up to speed as to how unpopular Mr. Obama really is, as for the last two years by and large they perpetuated the image of him being successful and popular (mostly in order to sell books and English instruction tapes using his speeches). What a rude awakening.Well, my favorite title is from this morning's Hokkaido Shimbun: Essentially: "Obama Agenda For "Change" Delivered Strong...
  • GOP gains turn the (NH) State House bright red (Dems absolutely demolished!)

    11/03/2010 4:35:45 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 25 replies
    Union Leader ^ | 11/3/10 | TOM FAHEY
    Republicans are on their way to controlling nearly 300 seats in New Hampshire's House of Representatives, according to preliminary vote counts. The latest tally shows 296 seats firmly in Republican hands, with three seats yet to be decided. GOP sources say two of those will likely go their way and leave Democrats with 102 seats. In the Senate, the final split is 19-5, according to figures at the Secretary of State's office. That represents a pickup of nine seats for the Republicans, who were the minority in a 14-10 Senate for the past four years. [SNIP] Secretary of State William...
  • Republicans Capture House in Historic Wave, Claim 'Mandate' to Shrink Government

    11/03/2010 10:13:57 AM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 21 replies · 1+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | Nov 3, 2010 | Staff
    Republicans thundered into the majority in the House of Representatives Tuesday night, making historic gains by a proportion not seen in more than 70 years. The party so far has won more than 60 seats, with about 65 net gains projected by the time all ballots are counted -- far more than the party needed to seize the majority. Democrats, with the help of a victory by Majority Leader Harry Reid, held the Senate by a narrow margin but suffered several big losses in an election that just about put Republicans on equal footing with the president's party.
  • Maine goes red

    11/03/2010 9:00:17 AM PDT · by maine yankee · 42 replies · 1+ views
    vanity | 11/03/10 | vanity
    Local TV station calling it for Paul Lepage
  • Republicans set to take control of Alabama Legislature

    11/03/2010 6:45:19 AM PDT · by CWW · 20 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | 11-02-2010 | David White
    Republicans on Tuesday appeared to take control of the Alabama Legislature, with top Republicans claiming to have close to 60 seats in the 105-member House of Representatives and about 22 seats in the 35-member Senate. ... Auburn University at Montgomery political scientist Brad Moody said Alabama was late in joining other Southeastern states in having at least one chamber of the Legislature controlled by Republicans. "It's a big deal. The Alabama Legislature just has been one of the last to switch from being Democratic controlled to Republican controlled," Moody said.
  • Another Stunner - GOP Takes Maine Gov, House And Senate

    11/03/2010 5:56:26 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 60 replies
    Portland Press Herald, Maine | 11-3-10 | various
    For the first time in decades, the GOP wrestled control of the Governorship, the State Senate AND the State House away from the Democrats. Pretty amazing.
  • GOP: Dance With The One Who Brung You

    11/03/2010 5:30:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 3, 2010 | Paul Hsieh
    Celebrate Tuesday's election results, but don't forget who put you in office and why — namely, the independent-minded Tea Party voters Republicans are rightfully celebrating their recent successes in the midterm elections, recapturing the House and making major gains in the Senate. But before House GOP leader John Boehner starts measuring the curtains for the speaker’s office, he and his fellow Republicans would do well to remember the old proverb popularized by legendary University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal: “Dance with the one who brung you.”In this case, that means: Don’t forget who put you in office and why...
  • GOP rides wave to control every statewide office (Georgia)

    11/03/2010 5:56:25 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    AJC ^ | November 2, 2010 | Aaron Gould Sheinin
    Georgia Republicans on Tuesday finished the job they started in 2002: consolidating control of state government by sweeping every major statewide office. For the first time since Reconstruction the state is poised to have no statewide-elected Democrats. The huge night for state Republicans follows a GOP wave that swept across the country and tilted the U.S. House of Representatives into GOP control and left Democrats with a narrow margin in the U.S. Senate. With most of the votes in Georgia counted Tuesday night, the Republicans held leads in races for U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, insurance commissioner, secretary...
  • Dear Mr Boehner, I wish...

    11/03/2010 5:49:02 AM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 35 replies
    11/3/10 | Originalbuckeye
    Dear Mr Boehner, I grew up just a few towns away from you and you were a year ahead of me in high school. From one Ohio Baby Boomer to another, here's what I wish for our new House... 1. DO NOT bailout California, New York or any other state stupid enough to put Democrats back in power. Or any other state period. 2. Repeal Obamacare. Again and again and again and again, etc. 3. Repeal Financial Reform. No President should have to power to close any business he chooses. 3. Sell GM, Fannie and Freddie and any other institution...
  • Obama's Election Debacle: A Settling of Accounts with Mr. Perfect

    11/03/2010 4:09:26 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 18 replies · 4+ views
    Der Spiegel (Germany) ^ | November 3, 2010 | Peter Schmitz
    The Democrats suffered a debacle at the polls in the US on Tuesday -- and President Barack Obama is to blame. Once celebrated as a great communicator, the president has lost touch with the mood in his country. Now, he must re-invent himself. But can he succeed? On Thursday, US President Barack Obama will be leaving Washington behind. He is embarking on a trip to Asia, including a stop in Indonesia. The flight is a long one -- almost an entire day. But Obama lived for a time in Indonesia as a child, and the feeling of being at home...
  • Obama prays for a Republican Senate

    11/01/2010 6:19:41 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2010 | James S. Robbins
    Tonight, Republicans will watch the election returns hoping for an upset takeover of the U.S. Senate. And if President Obama has any sense, he will be rooting for the GOP as well. Don't get me wrong, I would enjoy the epic Democratic humiliation symbolized by a Republican Senate takeover as much as the next guy - assuming the next guy isn't Harry Reid. But that thrill would be short-lived as the realities of Washington politics set in. The GOP governing majority would be slim; there would be little chance of getting meaningful legislation passed, and no chance at all of...
  • Republicans grab share of power, in blow to Obama

    11/02/2010 9:01:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/2/10 | Stephen Collinson
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – Resurgent Republicans smashed the Democratic power monopoly, exit polls projected, in a debilitating blow to President Barack Obama just two years after he took power on a tide of hope and history. Exploiting fear and fury over the stuttering economic rebound, Republicans grabbed back the House of Representatives, though Obama's beleaguered Democrats looked certain to cling onto the Senate, though with a badly reduced majority. "We've come to take our government back!" cried Rand Paul, a hero of the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement, after winning a Senate seat in Kentucky. "There's a Tea Party tidal wave," he...
  • CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES C'MON!!! (Vanity, I can't help it!)

    11/03/2010 4:34:31 AM PDT · by CitizenM · 45 replies
    11/3/2010 | Self
    As per Glenn Beck, the Tea Partiers, patriotic Americans...We, the People, have RESTORED HONOR to our country. And, now hear this, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- American voters have also RESTORED SANITY!This is now a CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN. America, we can celebrate today, we have HOPE and can be optimistic again. Tomorrow we expect our leaders to get on the road to hard work and Restore Jobs, Restore our Economy, Restore our Freedoms, Restore our Protection from Illegal Entry, Restore our Military Power and Might, Restore Morality and Ethical Behavior, Restore God, our Faith, and Rightfully named...
  • HOUSE: Republicans Recapture Control

    11/03/2010 5:00:43 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    National Public Radio ( ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    SNIP Continuing the drumbeat of early defeats for Democrats, Suzanne Kosmas...lost to Sandy Adams...Adams made Kosmas' vote in favor of health care law a centerpiece of her campaign. Another incumbent to fall was Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, who said on the campaign trail that Democrats saved the country with their stimulus package. Republican Frank Guinta...criticized Shea-Porter for "blindly" following Democratic leaders and was a vocal critic of the health care reform. Shea-Porter's defeat puts Republicans back on the map in New England, where they have no members in the current Congress. ...Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania (above) lost to...
  • Republican election wave hits state houses (Hey Obama, YOU LOSE!!!)

    11/03/2010 4:04:24 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    reuters ^ | 11/3/2010 | Reuters
    The surge that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday also hit state legislatures, where the Republican Party was on track for historic gains. In most states, legislatures will be redrawing electoral districts for the House of Representatives in Washington -- an adjustment of boundaries every 10 years that tends to favor the party in charge of each state house. The big Republican Party wins at the state level give it the edge in reinforcing its strength in the House. Republicans took control of at least 17 chambers from Democrats, according to Tim Storey, an elections analyst...
  • The Morning Briefing: The Tsunami

    11/03/2010 5:31:18 AM PDT · by conservativegramma · 43 replies
    Red State ^ | November 3, 2010 | Erick Erickson
    This is an unusual Morning Briefing because you need to understand what happened while you’ve been sleeping. Republican gains are massive. And when I say Republican gains are massive, I mean tsunami. No, the GOP did not take the Senate and some races are still outstanding, but the Senate GOP has moved to the right. More so, the Republicans picking up, in the worst case, seven seats is historically strong. But consider that as you wake up this morning the Republican Party has picked up more seats in the House of Representatives than at any time since 1948 — that...
  • Fox News: Republicans will take control of House (Net 60 seats)

    11/02/2010 6:26:45 PM PDT · by Justaham · 37 replies
    Megyn Kelly and Sarah Palin just said that GOP will take control of the house with 60 seats.
  • CNN Poll: Large advantage for GOP as election nears (Republicans 52-42 Dems)

    10/31/2010 6:53:08 AM PDT · by Paul8148 · 91 replies
    Two days before the midterm elections, a new national poll indicates that Republicans have a 10-point lead over the Democrats in a crucial indicator in the battle for control of Congress. The GOP's 10 point advantage in the "generic ballot" question in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey released Sunday is slightly larger than the seven point advantage Republican candidates had on the eve of the 1994 midterms, when the party last took control of Congress from the Democrats. "But unlike 1994, when polls indicated the public had a positive view of the Republican party, a majority of Americans now...
  • Final Pew Poll: GOP Likely to Recapture Control of House

    10/31/2010 1:16:24 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 28 replies
    Pew ^ | 10-31-10
    GOP Likely to Recapture Control of House Pew Research Center’s final 2010 pre-election survey finds the Republican Party continuing to hold a solid lead in preferences for Tuesday’s midterm election. The poll, conducted Oct. 27-30 among 2,373 registered voters, including 1,809 voters considered the most likely to vote, shows that 48% of likely voters say they will vote for the Republican in their district, compared with 42% who favor the Democratic candidate. These results suggest little trend in voter opinion nationwide and they track results of a Pew Research Center poll conducted two weeks ago. That survey found the GOP...
  • Poll shows 'hurricane winds' for Democrats

    10/31/2010 8:53:55 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 58 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Oct 31, 2010 | Mark Murray
    NBC/WSJ pollster: Results show 'rebuke' of last two years Republicans remain on course to make substantial midterm gains across the country and to win control of at least one chamber of Congress, according to the final NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll before Tuesday’s elections. Nearly 50 percent of likely voters prefer a GOP-controlled Congress, which is virtually unchanged from the poll taken two weeks ago; a plurality of all registered voters say it would be a “good thing” if Republicans were in charge of both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate; and almost two-thirds — including about half of Democrats...
  • GOP Set for Big Gains as Voters Voice Anger

    10/31/2010 8:19:27 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-31-10 | PETER WALLSTEN And DANNY YADRON
    Republicans are positioned for large gains Tuesday, likely retaking the House and picking up seats in the Senate, amid strong voter frustration with President Barack Obama and the Democratic-run Congress, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In the new survey, Republicans held a six-point edge, 49% to 43%, when likely voters were asked which party they hoped would be in charge. Nearly half of voters who favored GOP control of Congress said their feelings reflected a vote of protest against the Democrats—an unusually high proportion that pollsters said reflected deep frustration among many voters. "The Democrats are...
  • Boo: Nate Silver Gives Democrats 5 Reasons Why Tuesday Could Be Worse Than Their Worst Nightmares

    10/31/2010 7:16:11 PM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 10-31-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Boo: Nate Silver Gives Democrats 5 Reasons Why Tuesday Could Be Worse Than Their Worst Nightmares Joe Weisenthal Oct. 31, 2010, 8:58 PM We'll be cranking up the politics coverage for the next 48 hours or so, since this is an absolutely crucial election with ramifications for years to come (probably) Everyone expects the GOP to win big, including liberal politics and stats guru Nate Silver. Tonight he has a particularly ominous message for his side: The GOP win could be much bigger than anyone is expecting. He has 5 basic hypothetical reasons this could easily happen: * Cross-ballot effects:...
  • The Conservatives Come Back From the Dead

    10/31/2010 8:28:40 PM PDT · by Saije · 16 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 10/31/2010 | Lou Cannon
    Soon after Barack Obama's inauguration Sam Tanenhaus opined in The New Republic and later in a stylistic book, The Death of Conservatism, that liberalism had won a lasting political triumph in the 2008 elections and that conservatives were the wave of the past. Tanenhaus, who edits the influential Week in Review section of The New York Times, was expressing post-election conventional wisdom when he declared that conservative doctrine had "not only been defeated but discredited" by Obama's election... Another 2009 book, by the Democratic strategist James Carville, put the case bluntly. In 40 More Years: How the Democrats Will Rule...
  • 5 Reasons Republicans Could Do Even Better Than Expected

    10/31/2010 7:18:28 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 39 replies
    NYT ^ | Nate Silver
    Dawn breaks over New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 3. Democrats catching the early train to work are thinking about adding a little whiskey to their morning coffee. Because the headlines they are reading are truly terrible. Not only did Republicans take over the House, but they also did so going away — winning a net of 78 seats from Democrats. Seven seats in New York State changed hands; so did six in Pennsylvania, five in Ohio and four in North Carolina. Party luminaries like Jim Obertsar and Raul Grijalva were defeated. Barney Frank and Dennis Kucinich survived, but they...
  • Gallup: Republicans Appear Poised to Win Big on Tuesday (Projected gains in "uncharted territory")

    10/31/2010 6:46:20 PM PDT · by kristinn · 165 replies
    The Gallup Poll ^ | Sunday, October 31, 2010 | Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones, and Lydia Saad
    PRINCETON, NJ -- The final USA Today/Gallup measure of Americans' voting intentions for Congress shows Republicans continuing to hold a substantial lead over Democrats among likely voters, a lead large enough to suggest that regardless of turnout, the Republicans will win more than the 40 seats needed to give them the majority in the U.S. House. The results are from Gallup's Oct. 28-31 survey of 1,539 likely voters. It finds 52% to 55% of likely voters preferring the Republican candidate and 40% to 42% for the Democratic candidate on the national generic ballot -- depending on turnout assumptions. Gallup's analysis...
  • Swing Voters Are Flocking to GOP

    10/29/2010 6:47:31 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-30-10 | PETER WALLSTEN AND NEIL KING JR.
    The Democrats' final push to woo undecided voters appears to have fizzled, potentially putting dozens of competitive House races beyond reach and undermining the party's chances in at least four toss-up Senate seats, according to party strategists and officials. Independents, a crucial swing bloc, seem to be breaking sharply for Republicans in the final days of the campaign. One nonpartisan prognosticator, Stuart Rothenberg, said Friday he thought the Republicans could pick up as many as 70 House seats—something no party has achieved since 1948. The Republicans need 39 seats to take the majority. Fading Democratic support among independents is also...
  • UPDATE: Polling shows Republicans to gain 80 House Seats; 110 in reach.

    10/27/2010 8:40:16 AM PDT · by dangus · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Survey of most recent polling shows Republicans ahead in EIGHTY House seats currently held by Democrats, and within striking range in 30 more. 84 would give the Republicans a majority of 60%If your district isn't on this list, it doesn't mean the Democrat is ahead, only that there is no polling demonstrating a Republican's lead; My tracking doesn't include most races where no polling exists. I selected the best polling available for each of these races; In many cases, that means the most recent, but internal polls are viewed suspiciously. Internal polls are noted with a "D" or an "R"...