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More of a Gain Than It Seems

November 8th, 2006

One thing that should be noted about the Democrats who didn’t win this time or had close races, this does not necessarily mean they did not perform exceptionally well. One has to consider that the Republicans in these races were often in seats considered “safe,” and had large leads going in. Webb, for example, is a Democrat in a Southern state, and started off 31% behind Republican George Allen less than a year ago. Democrats made much greater gains than many of the close races made apparent.

Howard Ford may have lost Tennessee 48%-51%, but you have to remember that it used to be Bill Frist’s seat, who won it in 2000 65%-32% over the Democrat then; for Democrat Ford to do so well in another Southern state, especially when Republican Corker and the NRCC played so vile and dirty a campaign, is quite an accomplishment, and a sign of how badly Republicans are doing in that state.

In Rhode Island, Republican Lincoln Chafee had high approval in the polls and had won his seat in 2000 with a 57%-41% landslide; Chafee lost to Whitehouse today 47%-53%. And Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona may have won over Democrat Pederson 53%-44%, but in 2000 he won with 79% of the vote, with both of his competitors scoring only in the single digits. A 9-point win after that is stunningly bad for Kyl, representing a loss of confidence in him by a full quarter of the state’s voters.

There are more examples of this type in the House and Governorships, but the point to make here is that the shift was much greater than it may seem from the number of seats Democrats picked up. If the Democratic Party can perform well over the next two years, especially if the economy does better and Democratic issues (minimum wage, balancing the budget, implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, funding stem-cell research, and letting Medicare negotiate for better prices on medicines), then the gains made this year could be a stepping-stone for further gains in 2008. Also helpful could be the oversight Democratic control will enable, reigning in the out-of-control Bush administration, and shedding light on a myriad number of fiascos and crimes that the Republicans have used their majorities to cover up.

But first, let’s see what happens in Montana and Virginia, and then see how far Pelosi and the Democrats can get with the first-100-hours agenda.

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