Democrats Take House




 
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November 8th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Democrats Take House


Washington Post
November 8, 2006
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Two Dozen Seats Gained in House
By Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writer
Democrats recaptured the House last night, defeating Republican incumbents in every region of the country, and were close to gaining control of the Senate in midterm elections dominated by war, scandal and President Bush's leadership.
By early this morning, Democrats had picked up more than two dozen Republican-held House seats without losing any of their own, putting Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) into position to become the nation's first female speaker.
In an increasingly tense battle for control of the Senate, Democrats won seats in Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Virginia and Montana remained undecided, but Democrats were leading in those states, both needed to win power.
In Virginia, Sen. George Allen (R) trailed former Navy secretary James Webb by fewer than 7,800 votes. In Montana, Sen. Conrad Burns (R) was running about 10,000 votes behind state Senate President Jon Tester.
Democrats also scored heavily in gubernatorial races, picking up at least seven states to claim a majority nationally.
The upheaval in the House and the changing balance in the Senate signaled a dramatic power shift in Washington that will alter the final two years of Bush's presidency, with resurgent Democrats expected to challenge the administration on its domestic priorities and the Iraq war.
Pelosi joined other Democratic leaders at a boisterous rally just after midnight and sounded themes that others in her party echoed throughout the night.
"Today the American people voted for change and they voted for Democrats to take our country in a new direction, and that is exactly what we intend to do," she said. "The American people voted for a new direction to restore civility and bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., and Democrats promise to work together in a bipartisan way for all Americans."
Bush remained at the White House and will speak to reporters at a news conference at 1 p.m. today. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) won reelection but acknowledged the inevitable when he told supporters in Illinois, "It's kind of tough out there."
Republicans lost almost regardless of their ideology or support for the president. Conservative Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), the most vulnerable incumbent throughout the year, was the first senator to fall, losing to state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr. Not long after, Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine (R), known for working across party lines, fell to Rep. Sherrod Brown after being caught up in the undertow of state GOP scandals, economic woes and the impact of the Iraq war on Buckeye State voters.
Then came Rhode Island, where Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, the son of a beloved former senator and one of the most liberal Republicans in Washington, lost to former attorney general Sheldon Whitehouse in a state where Bush's popularity is among the lowest in the nation.
Early this morning, Missouri state Auditor Claire McCaskill (D) defeated Sen. James M. Talent in one of the year's closest races.
But in Tennessee, Republicans claimed one of the other premier races when former Chattanooga mayor Bob Corker (R) defeated Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. in the election to succeed retiring Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R).
In one of the most-watched Senate races, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, who lost the Democratic primary to businessman Ned Lamont because of his support for the war and the president, turned the tables and easily won reelection.
In New York, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) rolled up a big margin as she cruised to a reelection victory that is widely seen as a step toward a presidential campaign in 2008.
In New Jersey, appointed Sen. Robert Menendez (D) overcame a challenge from state Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr., robbing Republicans of a seat that not long ago they thought they may be able to win. In Minnesota, a newcomer, Hennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar, held on to the seat of a retiring Democratic senator. In Maryland, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) was the winner over Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in the contest to succeed retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D).
In Massachusetts, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D) won an eighth term. Democrats also held Senate seats in Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In Vermont, Rep. Bernard Sanders (I) won the seat of retiring Independent Sen. James M. Jeffords.
Republicans held on to their Senate seats in Arizona, Indiana, Maine, Mississippi, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
House results trickled in at first and then came in a torrent. Some of the most prominent Republicans were among the losers last night.
One was Rep. Nancy L. Johnson (Conn.), who won her first race in 1982 when Republicans were losing two dozen districts. She lost to state Sen. Chris Murphy. In Kentucky, Rep. Anne M. Northup has been targeted by Democrats in virtually every election but until last night was a survivor. She was defeated by John Yarmuth, editor of an alternative newspaper.
In Iowa, Rep. Jim Leach (R), who was not considered particularly vulnerable, lost to Dave Loebsack in a district that Sen. John F. Kerry won in the 2004 presidential election.
In Florida, Rep. E. Clay Shaw Jr., one of the most powerful Republicans in the House, lost his reelection bid to state Sen. Ron Klein. Republicans also lost the seat of former congressman Mark Foley (R), who resigned in disgrace over sexually explicit Internet messages sent to a former House page.
In Arizona, Rep. J.D. Hayworth, one of the GOP's most vocal and visible conservatives and a hard-liner on immigration, lost his reelection bid to former state senator Harry Mitchell. The Arizona Republic newspaper had endorsed Mitchell, referring to Hayworth as a "bully."
Republicans lost the scandal-scarred seats of former congressman Robert W. Ney in Ohio and former House majority leader Tom DeLay in Texas. Scandal also contributed to the defeat of two Pennsylvania incumbents, Rep. Curt Weldon (R), who lost to retired Navy Vice Adm. Joseph Sestak, and Rep. Don Sherwood (R), who fell to Christopher Carney.
The Northeast proved particularly difficult for Republicans. New Hampshire voters defeated both of their GOP incumbents. Only a few weeks ago, Reps. Charles Bass and Jeb Bradley appeared headed for reelection, but their races changed almost overnight. Bass was defeated by lawyer Paul Hodes, while Bradley lost to Carol Shea-Porter, a county chairman. She won a second straight upset last night after riding opposition to the war to a surprise primary victory.
In gubernatorial races, Democrats gained seven states and now control a majority nationwide. Big prizes included New York, where Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer won handily against weak opposition, and Ohio, where Rep. Ted Strickland swamped Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell. In Massachusetts, Clinton administration assistant attorney general Deval Patrick defeated Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, who was attempting to succeed Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
Republicans had controlled all three states for more than a decade.
Democrats picked up a Southern seat when Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe defeated Asa Hutchinson for the post of retiring Gov. Mike Huckabee (R). They also added to their impressive strength among governors in the Rocky Mountains when Denver prosecutor Bill Ritter defeated Rep. Bob Beauprez in Colorado.
The gubernatorial contest in Minnesota remained undecided early this morning.
A national exit poll of voters in House races, conducted by Edison/Mitofsky for the National Election Pool, showed Democrats carrying independent voters, who emerged this fall as a critically important constituency in the midterm elections, by a wide margin. Meanwhile, about 90 percent of Republicans and Democrats were supporting candidates from their own parties, but independents were siding decisively with Democrats.
The divides that have defined the nation's politics over the past two years shaped yesterday's vote, but those hostile to the Bush administration, unhappy with Congress or pessimistic about the direction of the country far outnumbered those who approve of the performance of Bush and Congress or who think the country is heading in the right direction.
Four in five voters who approve of Bush's performance were supporting Republicans in House races, while an equal number of those who disapprove of his performance were supporting Democrats. But those who disapprove of the way the president has handled his job outnumber those who approve by about three to two.
Voters cited a series of issues that were extremely important in determining their candidate preferences, according to the national exit poll. They were not asked the most important issue affecting their votes.
About four in 10 voters called corruption and scandals in government an important issue and said they were voting heavily for Democratic candidates in the House. Forty percent said that the issue of terrorism was extremely important in their vote and that they were narrowly supporting Republican House candidates.
About four in 10 also cited the economy and said they were backing Democratic House candidates by a wide margin. Iraq, which has dominated much of the fall debate, was another issue that about four in 10 called extremely important in their votes, and they were also heavily backing Democrats.
November 8th, 2006  
sunb!
 
 
Watching the news coverage of the US elections right now, I wonder how Bush will cope with the change of seats.
November 8th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 
he won't have a choice...
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November 8th, 2006  
Senior Chief
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunb!
Watching the news coverage of the US elections right now, I wonder how Bush will cope with the change of seats.
He will cope just as any other president has in the past. He will begin to use his veto power if necessary.
November 8th, 2006  
WNxRogue
 
 
There is also a serious possibility that the Democrats will take the Senate as well. There are 2 contested seats, and one of them is almost certainly going Democrat (Virginia).
November 8th, 2006  
Ollie Garchy
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunb!
Watching the news coverage of the US elections right now, I wonder how Bush will cope with the change of seats.
Bush's advisors will mobilize the lawyers and reverse the results using a series of deceptions such as tampering with the franchise itself. How about a "recount" where democrat votes disappear? The Republicans are known for this sort of thing.

The Democrats have not yet taken the House...American elections are determined by groups of lawyers who scutinize the authenticity of every vote. Whatever happened to the idea of paper ballots that were collected and counted by volunteers and checked by other volunteers?
November 8th, 2006  
Senior Chief
 
 
The chest pounding that I've seen here and across the internet does nothing to prove that anyone elected deserve the position.

We will have to judge if the election results provide for the country what it needs.

Each side will have their own conclusions. The good news is that the balance of power is now a little more ballanced as well as IF the democrats have both the house and senate they cannot push through bills that are too liberal to be accepted by the President and when VETOed those bills will not have enough backing to be reversed unless they are actually good bills that need to be passed. Then, as before, we will get something that is more middle of the road and good for both majority parties and their members (I'm speaking of us'ns that alive and work here.)
November 8th, 2006  
Donkey
 
 
I say the Republicans act like the Dems and start calling out voter fraud and demand recounts all over the place....

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ollie Garchy
Bush's advisors will mobilize the lawyers and reverse the results using a series of deceptions such as tampering with the franchise itself. How about a "recount" where democrat votes disappear? The Republicans are known for this sort of thing.

The Democrats have not yet taken the House...American elections are determined by groups of lawyers who scutinize the authenticity of every vote. Whatever happened to the idea of paper ballots that were collected and counted by volunteers and checked by other volunteers?
You have it backwards silly....And furthermore you clearly have no idea how America works other than what you see on television...
November 8th, 2006  
Ollie Garchy
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donkey
You have it backwards silly....And furthermore you clearly have no idea how America works other than what you see on television...
That's right...I am not as enlightened as you are...I apologize for my idiocy. Only Americans really know. The American educational system is top. The American think tanks are top. And the media hands enlightenment straight to the citizen. That is the epistemological lesson of the new century. Please, teach me how America works.

And...by the way...where is France on a globe?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcz_NHAFGS0
November 8th, 2006  
Donkey
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ollie Garchy
That's right...I am not as enlightened as you are...I apologize for my idiocy. Only Americans really know. The American educational system is top. The American think tanks are top. And the media hands enlightenment straight to the citizen. That is the epistemological lesson of the new century. Please, teach me how America works.

And...by the way...where is France on a globe?
You only make yourself sound even less creditable...

You make obvious assumptions from what has been in the headlines of main stream news media as of late and think that is how
America works.

Why do I know this well because of your obvious incorrect statement of paper ballots and volunteers. For instance the state of Connecticut where I reside most places use Mechanical Lever type voting machines which record to a paper tape (they require no power other than for a fluorescent lamp to illuminate the voting booth), they are then counted by Volunteers. Again you are making obvious refrences of what you think you know form what you have heard.

So I suppose I should start dictating to you how the German government works I mean really it has been sooooooo successful. Do we really want to get into referencing assumptions and opinions?
 


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