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Friday, November 9, 2007

The Other Big Story for 2008

posted by on November 9 at 13:30 PM

Posted by Ryan S. Jackson

Lost among bigger headlines yesterday was an announcement by the House Democratic leadership that many of their vulnerable incumbents may be on their own financially—because the House Democrats intend to pour money into targeting 40 Republican seats, an ambitious plan that will almost certainly include Washington’s own Republican Rep. Dave Reichert of Bellevue.

Dueling reports from wonk-heavy sources tell the tale of two sides going in very opposite directions: The Politico’s report on the new Democratic plan dovetails with The Hill’s report on hand-wringing among the House Republican leadership as they come up short for both money and credible candidates. Combined with two new retirements on the Republican side this morning, things are not looking particularly bright for conservative lawmakers.

The view from the Senate also has the look of an expanding electoral sinkhole for Republicans; major retirements in Virginia and New Mexico, ugly approval ratings in generally reliably conservative states like Alaska and Kentucky, and traditionally close races in states like Oregon, Minnesota, and New Hampshire have raised the prospect of a filibuster-proof 60 seat majority for Democrats.

Roughly translated, the possibility for the largest Democratic majority in Congress since the Goldwater landslide of 1964 is becoming less and less of a pipe dream—a story that might end up being as big, or bigger, than the presidential race.

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To bad this is motivated almost solely by revulsion towards the Republicans, 'cause the DC Demrats haven't done a damn thing to earn these votes.

Posted by Original Andrew | November 9, 2007 2:21 PM

That would come in handy if Ghoulliani became president.

Posted by monkey | November 9, 2007 2:55 PM

Feel the wave.

The wave is coming.

Nothing can stop it.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 9, 2007 3:12 PM

And to keep beating my own little drum here, it would sure be great to see the Dems spend some of that money getting and keeping people in "lower" offices at the state and local level.

If they can do that, AND win the big seats, they'll be in one hell of a good position for many years to come.

Who knows? We might even see them using their power to do something. Not that the last 10 months haven't been encouraging.

Posted by Juan | November 9, 2007 3:22 PM

Do I honestly want that much power in the democrat's hands? There are many moderate republicans who are good for this country. Bush absolutely not included, but 94-98 weren't exactly terrible years in governance.

Then Lewenski. God, maybe I do want a veto-proof senate :/

Posted by bellevue & belmont | November 9, 2007 3:39 PM

Yeah, but what about the probable seats that will be lost from the incumbent Democrats not getting any financial support from their party? In swing states it was close in this past year. . .and those Dems not having enough money to save their own seats makes it a bit moot, doesn't it?

Posted by clarkj | November 9, 2007 3:49 PM

@3, @6 - you mean like Dems running for King County Prosecuting Attorney who get backstabbed by Dem incumbents who give money to the Republican running for office?

Nah, never happen here.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 9, 2007 4:27 PM

There's a lot of months between now and November. I'm worried that we're getting too cocky. Keep sending money, guns and lawyers!

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