Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

I’d be surprised if Obama wins by double digits, which is what some of the polling suggests. Traditionally, Democrats are overestimated in the polls, though this year, it’s hard to tell. I suspect there will be a moderate “Bradley effect,” but not in the way it’s usually described. I think Obama will underperform in some areas because white people who rarely vote will come out just to vote against the black guy. But I also think he’ll help turn out a historic number of black and younger voters–including black people coming out just to vote for the black guy.

In the end, I think Obama will win the popular vote by 4-6 percent. My electoral map is closer than many other predictions I’ve seen, too. I think Obama wins by 106.

The Democrats will pick up nine seats in the Senate. With Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman, that’ll put them right at 60 seats, the amount needed to break a filibuster. Ironically, that would make McCain endorser but Democratic caucuser Joe Lieberman rather powerful. The Dems may have to nix their plans to punish him for the McCain endorsement and let him keep his plum committee assignments, just to keep him from defecting. The other irony is that a paper-thin filibuster-proof majority might also empower the conservative caucus of Blue Dog Democrats, which may help keep the more radical wing of the party in line. Let’s hope so. I’ll guess that the Dems will also pick up about 30 seats in the House.

State by state:

Alabama: Senate: Jeff Sessions will easily win reelection. President: McCain by about 20 points. Should lose but won’t: Spencer Bachus, Internet guru.

Alaska: Senate: Alaskans love their pork. They stuck by Ted Stevens right up until his conviction. Since then, he’s lost about 20 points in the polls. Challenger Mark Begich wins, and the Dems pick up a seat. President: Before the Palin pick, Alaska was polling uncomfortably close for McCain. He’ll win by 30, now. Should lose and will: Goodbye Don Young, you corrupt ignoramus.

Arizona: President: McCain, though he’s polling surprisingly close in his home state. Should lose but won’t: Is there any way we can make J.D. Hayworth lose again?

Arkansas: Senate: Mark Pryor is running unopposed. Here’s hoping Blue Dog Democrats like him keep the rest of the party in check. They’re going to have enormous power in a Senate that’s either filibuster-proof, or close to it. President: McCain, easily. Should lose but won’t: All of the bastards. Not a single incumbent Congressman in Arkansas is facing an opponent from the other major party. Yay, campaign finance reform!

California: President: Obama by about 18 points. Should lose but won’t: With 50+ reps, it’s hard to choose just one. But Maxine Waters has brandished a particularly ugly sort of politics over the years. On the other side of the aisle, several months ago I had a phone interview with hardened drug warrior Dan Lungren. I was asking if he thought the DOJ should crack down on DEA agents who mishandle their informants. He responded that that that wouldn’t work, because the DEA isn’t part of DOJ. Um, wrong. I corrected him. Twice. He insisted he was right. His spokesman later emailed me to say Lungren “misspoke.” All three times he said it. And this is the guy who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Subcommittee on Crime. For that alone he should lose.

Colorado: Senate: What is it with Udalls in the west? Mark Udall should pick up a second seat for the Dems here. President: Colorado has been consistently polling for Obama for about a month, now. Should lose, but won’t: It’s too bad Tom Tancredo is retiring before he can suffer the humiliation of defeat. I’ll go with Christian soldier Marilyn Musgrave, who in addition to not being particularly bright, has called banning gay marriage the “most important issue of our time.”

Connecticut: President: Obama, handily. Should lose, and might: Rep. Chris Shays. Shays has a reputation for being “thoughtful” because he makes a public show of agonizing over big, important votes before casting them. Then, almost without fail, he ends up voting the wrong way. He’s in a very tight race right now. This may be the year he goes down.

Delaware: President: Obama. Senate: Biden, by a mile. Should lose, but won’t: Biden, by a mile.

Florida: President: Our first toss-up state. I’m giving it to McCain. He’s polling within the margin of error, and McCain’s age, his dominance along the pan-handle, and the fact that he’s sent Lieberman down there to talk up the retired Jewish vote I think will be enough for him to eek it out. Should lose but won’t: The race-baiting, impeached ex-judge, Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings.

Georgia: Senate: If there’s one bastard politician that most deserves to lose this year, it’s incumbent GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss. In addition to being a general moral right southern Republican, the guy had the gall to portray Max Cleland, his opponent six years ago as unpatriotic and cowardly. Cleland left three limbs in Vietnam. Chambiss got a draft deferment. The hell with him. Chambliss opponent Jim Martin has closed fast in the last month. He hasn’t overtaken Chambliss yet, but Chambliss is consistently polling 3-4 points below the magic 50 percent mark. Makes this one a tough call. Call it wishful thinking, but I say Chambliss gets beat. Dems pick up their third seat in the Senate. President: McCain, though it’ll be a lot closer than the GOP would have predicted six months ago. Also deserves to lose, but probably won’t: Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is the fool who made a big stink about posting the Ten Commandments in the U.S. Capitol. When Stephen Colbert then asked him to name all ten commandments in a televised interview, he came up seven short. He’s also the idiot who used the racist modifier “uppity” to describe Barack Obama. On the other side of the aisle, I recently heard Rep. Hank Johnson speak. He didn’t strike me as terribly bright. He’s also your typical Democrat who denounces the disproportionate effect the drug war has on blacks, but supports federal programs like the Byrne Grant, which are a big cause of said disproportionate effect. Just can’t bring himself to give up the pork.

Hawaii: President: Native son Obama should win comfortably. Should lose but won’t: Both of Hawaii’s senators have been in office way too long. Neither is up for reelection, and neither would likely be in any jeopardy if they were.

Idaho: Senate: Even in a likely great year for the Dems, even after the Larry Craig debacle, even though party nominee Jim Risch called President Bush “one of our greatest presidents,” Risch will keep the foot-tapper’s seat in the R’s column. That’s just Idaho. President: McCain, by about 30. Should lose, and just might: Rep. Bill Sali, who’s own state party chair called him “an absolute idiot.” Polls are close right now.

Illinois: Senate: Dick Durbin, in a wash. Durbin is horrible in a lot of ways. But he’s at least consistently good on terrorism/civil liberties issues. President: Obama, by 25. Should win, and probably will: Rep. Luis Guitierrez, who deserves another term solely for getting into a physical confrontation with the detestable Tom Tancredo over immigration.

Indiana: President: Indiana hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since 1964. I have fond feelings for my home state, and it pains me to say this, but I just don’t see the state breaking that trend to elect the country’s first black president. There’s still a lot of racial ugliness in Indiana. Obama has been polling well here, and that’s heartening (it’s heartening because of the racial stuff, not because of Obama’s policies). But I think McCain will win, by about 5. I’d be pleasantly surprised to be wrong. Should lose, and actually might: The heartless, loathesome, horrible excuse for human being, Rep. Mark Souder. The strident drug warrior is actually minus-three in the latest polling. It would be the highlight of my election night to see him lose.

Iowa: Senate: New deal liberal, avowed Nanny Stater, and ethanol and farm subsidies pig Tom Harkin will easily retain his seat. President: Obama, by about seven. Should lose, but won’t: Harkin.

Kansas: Senate: GOP incumbent Pat Roberts will unfortunately retain his seat. As former chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Roberts completely dropped the ball on Congressional oversight of White House surveillance and wiretapping abuses. President: McCain. Should lose, but won’t: Roberts.

Kentucky: Senate: Knocking off Mitch McConnell would be a huge coup for the Dems. I have mixed feelings about McConnell. He’s taken some valiant stands in opposition to expanding Medicare and campaign finance reform, and in favor of Social Security privatization. But he’s been awful on other issues. And he’s the head of the GOP in the Senate. His opponent has pulled within single-digits, but I think McConnell will hold on. President: McCain by about 10. Should lose, but won’t: Esquire describes GOP incumbent Rep. Harold Rogers as “a cultural conservative with populist economic leanings.” That’s two strikes in my book. Unfortunately, he’s running unopposed.

Louisiana: Senate: The GOP has been targeting Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu for more than a year. Not gonna’ happen. Dems will hold. President: McCain. Should lose, and might: Uh, it’s gotta’ be Rep. William “Cold Cash” Jefferson.

Maine: Senate: Moderate GOP incumbent Susan Collins will sail. President: Obama by double digits. Should win, but won’t: I don’t really know enough about Maine politics to have a nominee, here.

Maryland: President: Obama, by 25. Should win, but won’t: Anti-war, pro-limited government GOP Rep. Wayne Gilchrest. Which is why the GOP bounced him in the primary. Note to McCain/Palin: This is what a Republican “maverick” looks like.

Massachusetts: Senate: John Kerry will easily retain his seat; remain bitter about 2004. President: Obama. Let’s say, oh, 40 points. Should lose, but won’t: It would probably be a healthy thing of Massachusetts had at least one member of its congressional delegation who isn’t a Democrat.

Michigan: Senate: Carl Levin will win handily. President: Michigan’s been polling for Obama pretty consistently for about a month. Should lose, but won’t: John Dingell has been in office way, way too long.

Minnesota: Senate: I’m not a huge Norm Coleman fan, but I think it’s a good thing that he seems to be pulling ahead of Al Franken, whose entire candidacy is, well, a joke. And like most of Franken’s newer material, it’s not a very funny one. I think Coleman pulls it out. President: McCain once had designs on the Lutheran north. Not anymore. Obama wins by 10 here. Should lose, and just might: Rep. Michelle “Joe McCarthy’s Got Nothing on Me” Bachman.

Mississippi Senate: In the first race, GOP incumbent Thad Cochran should have no problem winning reelection. In the special election to replace retiring nincompoop Trent Lott, I think the Dems will pick up their fourth seat with popular former governor Ronnie Musgrove. Musgrove would be a Republican in any other state. If the Dems get close to a filibuster-proof majority, he’ll have some bargaining power, and could become quite powerful for a freshman senator. President: McCain by about 15. Should win, but may not: Cross your fingers that Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz, Jr. holds on for reelection.

Missouri: President: McCain was holding strong in Missouri for a long time. Obama seems to have overtaken him in just the last few weeks. St. Louis precincts are typically late with their returns, so we may not know which way this state goes until well into Wednesday. I think it’ll go for Obama. Should lose, but probably won’t: House GOP Whip Roy Blunt. The Abramoff wing of the Republican Party needs to get tossed out on its collective tuckus.

Montana : Senate: Max Baucus should retain this seat for the Dems, by about 40 points. President: Montana looked like a tossup several months ago, then looked firmly in the McCain camp, and now looks like a tossup again. In Sen. John Tester and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, the state has a recent history of electing Democrats. But they’re Western, libertarianish Democrats. Obama isn’t one of those. I think McCain wins, but it’ll be fairly close. Not sure if he should win, but he probably will: I’ve heard GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg described as a libertarian. His VoteSmart page doesn’t lend much credibility to that.

Nebraska: Senate: Mike Johanns will keep this seat for the GOP, by a comfortable margin. President: Will likely give McCain his largest margin of victory this side of Utah. Should win, but won’t: Bring back Chuck Hagel, please.

Nevada: President: Nevada broke for Obama a month ago, and hasn’t looked back. Should win, and probably will: GOP incumbent Dean Heller seems like a pretty independent-minded guy.

New Hampshire: Senate: It’s too bad GOP Sen. John Sununu will get punished for the excesses and faults of his party. But it looks like he’ll go down today. Dems pick up Senate seat number five. President: New Hampshire also moved firmly to the Obama camp weeks ago. It’ll stay there today. Should win, but won’t: Sununu.

New Jersey: Senate: The ancient Frank Lautenberg will unfortunately win reelection. President: On a very good night for the GOP, New Jersey might be in play. Tonight, it won’t be. Should lose, but won’t: Lautenberg.

New Mexico: Senate: Another man named Udall will win, bringing the number of Dem pickups to six. President: I heard NPR lament about a month ago that Obama was having a hard time connecting with Hispanics here. He’s polling 5-7 points ahead of McCain, now. He’ll win by about 3. Should lose, but won’t: Too….many….Udalls….

New York: President: Obama. Should lose, but won’t: It’s time to send Charlie Rangel’s corrupt ass back to the Bronx.

North Carolina: Senate: Goodbye, Elizabeth Dole. Your political obituary will include your assault on federalism with the federal 21 drinking age, and, during your tenure at the Department of Transportation, mandating those rear-window brake thingies. And that headset gimmick you did at the ’96 Republican National Convention. Dems move to +7 in the Senate.President: North Carolina will turn blue…someday. I just can’t see it happening this year. McCain, but not by much. Should win, but won’t: Libertarian GOP hopeful B.J. Lawson. Hope there’s more in this guy’s future.

North Dakota: President: McCain. But it’ll be closer than anyone would have expected a year ago. Should lose, but won’t: I have no idea. North Dakota? Anyone?

Ohio: President: Probably the toughest call in the country. Obama’s up by about three in the polls. Is that enough? Polls generally overestimate support for Democrats. I think Obama wins, but it could be a late night in Ohio. Should lose, but won’t: John Boehner. Out with your over-smoked, over-tanned hide.

Oklahoma: Senate: Sadly, GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe will comfortably win reelection. President: McCain’s still dominating in the plains. Should lose, but won’t: The fundamentalist, science-hating, Muslim-bashing, war-mongering, none-too-bright incumbent Sen. Inhofe.

Oregon: Senate: GOP Incumbent Gordon Smith isn’t so bad. But it’s not a good year to be a Republican in a blue state. The Democrats get their eighth pickup, and move dangerously close to filibuster-proofing the upper chamber. President: Obama. Should win, but probably won’t: Smith, if only because he’s fairly independent, and because the Dems shouldn’t get a blank check in Congress.

Pennsylvania: President: McCain thinks he has a chance here. He’s wrong. Obama wins by at least 5 points. Should lose, and just might: Washington would be just a little less horrible without Democratic Rep. John Murtha.

Rhode Island: Senate: Democratic incumbent Jack Reed will win in a walk. President: Obama. Should win, and will: Rep. Jim Langevin has an inspiring story.

South Carolina: Senate: Ugh. Six more years of Lindsey Graham. President: Obama’s dip below the Mason-Dixon line won’t get this far. McCain by double digits. Should win, and just might: If the GOP knows what’s good for them, they’ll put South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on the fast track to the 2012 nomination.

South Dakota: Senate: Tim Johnson will keep this seat for the Dems. President: Obama made some headway in big sky states, but not quite enough to win here. McCain. Should lose, but won’t: South Dakota is sorta’ like the North Dakota of the southern Dakotas.

Tennessee: Senate: Lamar! will win by a comfortable margin. President: Tennessee bridges Appalachia to the deep south. Those are two of Obama’s weakest areas. It’ll go big for McCain. Should lose, but won’t: Culture-warring, jingoistic GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn.

Texas: Senate: Law and order party man John “Box Turtle” Cornyn deserves to lose. He won’t. President: Mccain, by about 15. Should lose, but won’t: Let’s be bipartisan, here: Perennial moron Sheila Jackson-Lee, and right-wing Abramoffite Pete Sessions.

Utah: President: McCain. By 40? Should win, and will: Incumbent Rob Bishop is a Utah Republican who voted against reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act.

Vermont: President: Obama. Should lose, but won’t: Socialist Bernie Sanders isn’t up for reelection. Would be nice if there was some way he could lose, anyway.

Virginia: Senate: In a battle of former governors, Mark Warner will throttle Jim Gilmore. It’s too bad Warner didn’t run for president. The Democrats get their ninth pickup, against no losses. President: Like Indiana, Virginia hasn’t voted for a Democrat since 1964. Unlike Indiana, it will vote for one this year. The hugely popular Warner has been stumping hard for Obama. And unlike Indiana, Virginia has been trending blue for several elections, now. Should lose: Where to begin? Most all of the state’s congressional delegation stinks. There’s Bob Goodlatte, who led the charge in the House to ban Internet gambling. There’s the bigot Virgil Goode. There’s anti-alcohol crusader Frank Wolf, who’d likely bring back prohibition if he could. And then there’s my congressman, the intemperate, corrupt, all-around awful Jim Moran. Oh well. At least Tom Davis is retiring.

Washington: President: Obama by 4-5 points. Should lose, but won’t: You can thank Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen for the federal restrictions on buying cold medication. He co-sponsored the bill.

West Viginia: Senate: Jay Rockefeller will easily win reelection. President: This one’s a tough call. But given his struggle in the primaries here, I don’t see Obama carrying this state. McCain by 1-2 points. Should lose, but won’t: Corrupt, earmark-loving Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohand. Sadly, he’s running unopposed.

Wisconsin: President: Another state McCain had hoped would be competitive. It won’t be. Obama by about 8. Should lose, but won’t: Jim Sensenbrenner. Went from skepticism about the PATRIOT Act to fighting like hell for its renewal. He’s also the biggest drug warrior in the House this side of Mark Souder.

Wyoming: Senate: GOP incumbent Mike Enzi will coast. President: As will John McCain. Should lose, but won’t: As punishment for launching Dick Cheney’s political career, I think Wyoming should lose its lone seat in the House of Representatives for . . . let’s say five years.

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47 Responses to “Predictions”

  1. #1 |  Frank N Stein | 

    “I suspect there will be a moderate “Bradley effect,” but not in the way it’s usually described. I think Obama will underperform in some areas because white people who rarely vote will come out just to vote against the black guy.”

    What percentage of white people do you think would vote against Obama because of the color of his skin (no consideration of policies)? Meaning those folk would also vote against Thomas Sowell if he was dumb enough to run.

  2. #2 |  Jozef | 

    Being in the Chambliss/Martin political district, I fully agree that Chambliss deserves to get his ass kicked out of the Senate. Unfortunately, Martin’s inept campaign was so insulting to voters’ intelligence, that I could never bring myself to vote for him. Had Martin and the DNC toned down their commercials a little bit and thrown away the most stupid charges against Chambliss, Martin would’ve won in a landslide.

    (Then again, this is a state where the majority of voters supports ban on Sunday alcohol sales, so maybe I’m giving too much credit to the average voter.)

  3. #3 |  Radley Balko | 

    #1 —

    I know of two people who worked the primaries in Indiana as election officials. Both told me there were fairly large numbers of rural whites who hadn’t voted in years, if at all, who came into the polls to vote for Hillary Clinton. This would be the same Hillary Clinton who was the devil incarnate to these people in the 1990s.

    In fact, both people who worked the election told me that in some cases, the white voters just walked in and asked how they could vote against that Barack Obama.

    I spent 22 years of my life in Indiana. There’s much to like about it. But the state still has some demons when it comes to race.

  4. #4 |  Greg N. | 

    “If the GOP knows what’s good for them, they’ll put South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford on the fast track to the 2012 nomination.”

    Amen, buddy! Let’s make it happen!

  5. #5 |  pickle79 | 

    In Mississippi, this is the ad that cost Roger Wicker my vote:

    I’m a married, heterosexual man, but politicians playing these simple-minded stereotypes about gays deserve to go down in flames (no pun intended). The ad is only one step away from having little black Sambo come dancing in singing, “Lawdy, I sho’ loves me some Musgrove!”

  6. #6 |  James D | 

    This long analysis says that map is way off:

    I think we won’t really know who won until next week …. it’s going to be 2000 all over again …..

  7. #7 |  Luke G. | 

    I was making predictions yesterday and I had almost exactly the same thoughts, with the one exception being Missouri staying red. Five point victory in the popular for Obama.

  8. #8 |  Brandon Bowers | 

    Sanford-Paul in ’12?

  9. #9 |  Chris Berez | 

    Senate: It’s too bad GOP Sen. John Sununu will get punished for the excesses and faults of his party.

    Baring a miracle, this looks to be exactly what will happen. It’s a shame, too. Not only do I like Sunuhu, I hate Jean Shahean. I cast my Sisyphean vote for Sununu this morning. It won’t help. The Dems are going to sweep NH today.

  10. #10 |  Nick | 

    Regarding Sensenbrenner in Wisconsin… he’s essentially running opposed today. There is an independent challenger, but that’s it. However, he WAS opposed in the Republican Primary by Jim Burkee. Burkee ran on a fairly good platform, and really hit Sensenbrenner hard for his votes on the Patriot Act, Real ID, and other things.

    Unfortunately, the Republican Party in his district did not respect the idea of having a primary challenger. There was only one debate between the two men. I blogged pretty extensively about the whole thing here and here if you are interested in reading about it after the fact. Obviously Burkee lost, by a pretty sound majority.

  11. #11 |  Nick | 

    Quick correction, I meant to say Sensenbrenner is essentially UNopposed today.

  12. #12 |  The Other Jeff | 

    Radley said:

    In fact, both people who worked the election told me that in some cases, the white voters just walked in and asked how they could vote against that Barack Obama.

    But I’d expect that to be reflected in the polls.

    A pollster who worked the Bradley election was on NPR a few weeks ago. He said there’s no such thing as the Bradley Effect; every supposed instance of it, including the original, can be explained by carefully examining the data.

  13. #13 |  johnnyo | 

    Couldn’t agree more re: Rangel… but he’s from Harlem, not the Bronx.

  14. #14 |  John Jenkins | 

    Out of curiosity, does any serious political scientist now believe in the Bradley Effect? (When I was in undergrad, my understanding was that it had been debunked, but there could have been intervening research).

  15. #15 |  Matt D | 

    I think Obama will underperform in some areas because white people who rarely vote will come out just to vote against the black guy. But I also think he’ll help turn out a historic number of black and younger voters–including black people coming out just to vote for the black guy.

    Possibly. One thing that I guess is worth pointing out is that it doesn’t take a whole lot of white racism to counter the effects of record black turnout, since even “record” black turnout is still a pretty small portion of the electorate (though the electoral college maybe confuses that a bit).

  16. #16 |  Ganja Blue | 

    You’re right about Marsha Blackburn in TN, culture warring and jingoistic. You forgot about nepotism and corruption that define her campaigns. Whether she’s hiring in-laws to do “consulting” for exorbitant fees or she’s hiring her children to launder money by losing campaign contributions, you can count on good ole Martha to keep the white suburbanites happy here. She’s also a drug warring Iimperialist with a “Bush was right” fetish.

  17. #17 |  Wayne | 

    The hardest part of voting today was explaining to my daughter why I was crying as I got back in the car.

  18. #18 |  Justin | 

    What headset gimmick did Elizabeth Dole pull at the ’96 convention? I tried to look it up and could find nothing…

  19. #19 |  Thomas Paine's Goiter | 

    Sanford-Paul in ‘12?

    Sanford / Flake

  20. #20 |  thomasblair | 


    Are you from WilCo?

  21. #21 |  recovering republican | 


    gay cowboys are a GOP theme this year. The musgrove ad is a poor relation of this classic:

  22. #22 |  David | 

    I’m not a huge Norm Coleman fan, but I think it’s a good thing that he seems to be pulling ahead of Al Franken, whose entire candidacy is, well, a joke.

    Have you seen his ads? It’s like somebody read one of Dave Barry’s parodies of generic, smarmy “man of the people” political spots and used it as a script.

  23. #23 |  FWB | 

    People didn’t like Romney because he was a Mormon. Udall is also a Mormon.

  24. #24 |  Shon | 

    when I moved from CO to VA I went from Musgrave to Moran. Talk about going from one side to the other. The only problem is Musgrave is an idiot that I am still wondering how she got elected to Moran who is a Moron in a district that is about 130% dem. I cannot win!

  25. #25 |  George | 

    No, you can’t make JD Hayworth lose again. He’s not running.

    Cleland lost 3 limbs in an accident in VN, and so he’s a patriot regardless of whatever else he does in life.

    McCain loses significant function of both shoulders, and he’s made a laughingstock.

    Perhaps you would explain how much injury is required to guarantee one’s patriot status.

  26. #26 |  David | 

    Since when is “patriotic” the opposite of “laughingstock”? Or even mutually exclusive?

  27. #27 |  tim | 


    I would be surprised if Bachman loses. When I talked to my family (i was born in the district she represents) everyone who voted for her the last time was going to vote for her again saying that she was doing a “hecka fine job”.

  28. #28 |  Pete Guither | 

    I’m not sure I agree with the Lieberman assessment. Having him as #60 could be pretty worthless for the Democrats – particularly as they are not generally that good at keeping their entire membership in line. Getting 60 votes on anything would still be unlikely without some cross-overs. In that case, why stroke Lieberman, particularly when doing so will really anger their base?

  29. #29 |  Bill Cooke | 

    Coming from Maryland, I have to disagree with you about Wayne Gilchrest. He was against the war, but I generally viewed him as a big government liberal Republican. Also, a few years ago when he was challenged in a primary he attacked his opponent for defending child molesters as part of his job. As a defense attorney I take exception to that. We often defend people who have been accused of terrible things. And one of the “child molesters” who his opponent represented was factually innocent. I never forgot that campaign and was delighted when Gilchest was defeated.

  30. #30 |  claude | 

    “I would be surprised if Bachman loses. When I talked to my family (i was born in the district she represents) everyone who voted for her the last time was going to vote for her again saying that she was doing a “hecka fine job”.

    I live in her district now. Yeah shes our precious little nightmare. Im going to enjoy voting for the other guy later today.

  31. #31 |  PSYOP | 

    Right on about Saxby Chambliss! Besides being a slimeball of the 1st order, he was “100% opposed to the bailout in any and all forms!” …then he voted for it the very next day. Jim Martin has capitalized on that.

    I don’t think Saxby will get the needed 50% of the vote, so it will go to a runoff. Georgia is largely Republican, but who knows how it will turn out? I hope the “farewell, and thanks for nothing”
    email I sent Saxby wasn’t too hasty. I’m voting for Allen Buckley (L).

    Did anyone else get a call from Hank Williams, Jr.? he called me today and wanted me to vote for McCain.

  32. #32 |  Chris Farris | 

    Saxby has to get 50%+1 to win re-election. The current thought is he’ll win, but end up in a run-off. This means that the GA Senate race will be the focus of intense scrutiny during till 12/2.

    As for Hank Johnson, he might not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but Georgians of all strips are glad he booted Cynthia McKinney out of Congress, and as a result holds higher than expected approval rating.

  33. #33 |  The Other Jeff | 

    Regarding Minnesota, if Coleman wins, he should thank Barkley, the Independent candidate. He’s been polling at 17%, pulling twice as many people away from Franken as from Coleman.

    And he got my vote. Not wanting either Franken or Coleman in DC, I was glad to have a candidate like him on the ballot.

  34. #34 |  Ben R. | 

    onservative caucus of Blue Dog Democrats, which may help keep the more radical wing of the party in line.

    How badly do we really want that? These Blue Dogs are the same folks that invested in Hillary Clinton and were a major driver for the newest FISA legislation (apparently you can get away with federal crimes as long as you contribute enough to the right people).

  35. #35 |  Muffin | 


    Rangel isn’t from the Bronx. He’s from Harlem. Which is in Manhattan.

    The Bronx Dem organization heads are currently suing each other, but that is a different story ….

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  37. #37 |  sean | 

    It will be Obama, but by a much larger margin… (364 to 174)

    … the markets have spoken.

  38. #38 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I spent 22 years of my life in Indiana. There’s much to like about it. But the state still has some demons when it comes to race.

    I know I’m a little late to the party, but my four years in northwest Indiana (Valpo to be specific) certainly left me with a similar impression.

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  40. #40 |  Nando | 

    I don’t care if he wins by double digits, as far as the popular vote is concerned. Hell, I don’t even care if he wins the popular vote at all. So long as he ends up with at least one more electoral vote than McSame, I’m happy.

  41. #41 |  catastrophile | 

    Letting Lieberman keep his committee assignments doesn’t guarantee he’ll vote for cloture. If anything, it’ll just prolong the inevitable.

    Indeed, any moderate Reeps left in the Senate would be every bit as powerful as Lieberman in the event of a near-60 Dem majority. At this point, the enmity between Lieberman and the Dem leadership is probably too pronounced to sustain an alliance at all. Now that they don’t need him to ensure majority status, I don’t know if they’ll want to keep kissing his ass.

  42. #42 |  Phelps | 

    Any strategy based on the yoot vote is made of fail.

    Any strategy based on record turnout of any group is made of fail.

    Obama’s strategy relies on both of these, and is therefore made of fail. There’s going to be a lot of people with egg on their faces about midnight tonight.

  43. #43 |  Dave Krueger | 

    The election shouldn’t even be close. The Republicans should lose by at least a triple digit margin. In fact, they should be staying home in droves out of embarrassment and sorrow for what they have done to the country. They should be signing over their paychecks to offset the huge financial nightmare they left us and pleading for forgiveness after destroying civil rights that had been earned by the blood of our forefathers.

    Fortunately for them, the competition is equally pathetic so they don’t really stand out from the rest of the population.

  44. #44 |  James D | 

    Dave, if you REALLY blame the current financial mess on largely the Republicans, then you are just not paying attention to the history of this mess.

  45. #45 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #44 James D |

    Dave, if you REALLY blame the current financial mess on largely the Republicans, then you are just not paying attention to the history of this mess.

    I hold the Republicans only party responsible for creating the mess, but 100% responsible for doing nothing to prevent it.

  46. #46 |  GreginOz | 

    Am at work in Sydney, Australia. The radio is reporting a probable McCain win. It is now…12.44pm, 5th Nov, 08 here.

  47. #47 |  David | 

    There’s going to be a lot of people with egg on their faces about midnight tonight.

    Want a towel?