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The Liberal Enthusiasm Gap

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The folks at Public Policy Polling recently announced that Democrats are facing an “enthusiasm gap” going into the 2012 presidential (re)election, with fewer than 50 percent of polled Dems announcing they are “very excited” about…

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Real Democrats and the 2011 Senate

JESSICA BADER: Between known patterns working against them (the President’s party tends to lose seats in midterm elections; a lousy economy tends to fire up anti-incumbent sentiment) and recent events fueling a bad narrative (Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat being won by a Republican and the ensuing stalemate over healthcare reform), it certainly doesn’t seem like a good time to be a Congressional Democrat seeking re-election this November. One would think this would be especially true for someone like freshman Representative Tom Perriello.

HOWARD MEGDAL: While Jessica speaks to the efficacy, politically, of the real Democrats, she speaks to what the Democratic Party is likely to be in 2011. Because barring some unforseen change in wind direction, the Senate Democrats will lose some seats in November. Nevada’s going to be awfully tough, Arkansas too, and several others. The question is: what will that leave in 2011? Continue reading

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