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Wisconsin Recall Results

HOWARD MEGDAL: It is easy to think of Tuesday night’s results in Wisconsin as a disappointment for Democrats-thanks largely to the high expectations the party gave itself. But seeing a pair of Republicans who’d won both in 2008 and 2010 should serve a warning to the pundits scrambling to call President Obama a one-term president.
The country is turning on the Republicans in a huge way.

JESSICA BADER: Flipping a third seat would not have rolled back the legislative attack on collective bargaining, and not flipping that seat does not mean that the recall effort was a failure for Democrats and organized labor. If Tuesday night was a baseball game, there are still more innings left to play. Continue reading

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What’s Mike Bloomberg Up To?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I believe it is asking the wrong question to wonder if Mike Bloomberg is planning to run for president in 2008, 2012, or any specific year. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking to maintain a national profile with an eye on running- should the right circumstances come along.

JESSICA BADER: Perhaps at some point Bloomberg was seriously considering a run for the presidency, but various events over the past couple of years seem to have thrown cold water on the possibility of success in such an undertaking. Continue reading

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CT-Senate Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL: With the news of Senator Joe Lieberman’s retirement, it is time for Democrats to dream. Sure, Chris Murphy looks to be the early leader. But a Senate seat with Ted Kennedy Jr., Keith Olbermann or even Alec Baldwin would feel like karmic payback for the nonsense liberals put up with from Joe Lieberman lo these past few decades. Continue reading

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Chris Christie, Vacations and 2012

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: First, freshman Rep. Andy Harris wanted his health care without a waiting period. Now, it seems that New Jersey governor Chris Christie doesn’t see why he should have to duck out of Epcot a week early to dig his state out of a blizzard – or at least to look like he’s digging. Continue reading

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The Politics of 2011-2012

CHRIS PUMMER: After last night’s resounding electoral defeat for Democrats at the hands of Tea Party-fueled Republicans, pundits are starting to speculate what it means for the 2012 election cycle.

While I’ve maybe got a few ideas, right now I’d like to caution observers that road from here is going to be very unpredictable. Continue reading

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Bigger Speaker Worries: Pelosi or Boehner?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Sure, the Tea Partiers could turn on John Boehner. But Nancy Pelosi has faced the far more sustained attacks this election season, and faces significant problems with holding on to the Speaker’s gavel next January. Continue reading

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Breaking Down the Generic Ballot, Tax Cuts

JESSICA BADER: With the midterm elections less than six weeks away, each new batch of polls brings on another round of analysis, and those digging through the numbers try to make the polls fit their analysis just as much as…

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Stewart/Colbert Rally

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: In August, we had Glenn Beck’s “civil rights” rally on the Washington Mall, a serious event that nevertheless read as a satire of itself. In October, we’ll have Jon Stewart’s and Steven Colbert’s dueling rallies, satirical events that could, in fact, turn out to be quite serious. Stewart and Colbert are claiming to be having opposing rallies – Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity versus Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive – the two are pretty obviously aimed at the same goal: to expose the overblown nonsense coming out of the Tea Party and similar groups for, well, overblown nonsense.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I was running on the treadmill at the gym while watching the Daily Show last week when the announcement was made for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” in DC on October 30th. I actually did a victory lap right then and there, except in one place and going straight.
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Obama’s Second Stimulus and Election 2010

HOWARD MEGDAL: On Friday morning, President Obama displayed more than just the strong grasp of the facts involved regarding the critical issues in American life today. He made it clear, in language crisper than previously deployed, that there is a strong case for keeping the House and Senate in Democratic hands.

CHRIS PUMMER: While the electoral math might be a simple as bad economy = kick the incumbent bums out, it might give a lot of independent voters pause if they aren’t sure that swallowing the bitter medicine the GOP is offering won’t really cure the illness — and might just make it worse. Continue reading

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GOP Momentum: Regional or National?

HOWARD MEGDAL: Color me a skeptic about the GOP wave, doubts only reinforced by this poll showing GOP strength in midterms to largely be a function of extremely strong showings in the South- the one place they have limited opportunities to make House/Senate gains.

ALLISON REILLY: Speaking from Missouri, I don’t think this state or the Midwest is going to go Democratic anytime soon. Looking at the statistics from the poll Howard cites, it could be argued that the West and the Midwest came up stronger on the Dems side because of the large cities. I know for Missouri, St. Louis and Kansas City run blue, and that’s it. Illinois has Chicago, overshadowing the fact that everywhere else in Illinois is rural and largely Republican. Continue reading

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