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  1. duxrule
    Member

    "I have never seen a party with so much power with no strong candidate."

    So much power? Have you seen the exit polling? People despise the GOP, but only a little more (or is it less) than the Democrats.

    Exit polls: Majority of voters dissatisfied or angry with Washington
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/04/politics/midterm-exit-polls-1/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 06:46 PM #
  2. NoParty
    Member

    KM said>>>
    Obama Burnout !

    Like 06' with "DUH"bya huh?

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 06:50 PM #
  3. Vitalogy
    Member

    The pot measure will pass. I predict a 55% yes vote.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 06:52 PM #
  4. Andrew
    Member

    Republicans always find it easier to break a filibuster in Congress - because there are more conservative Democrats than there are moderate Republicans in the Senate (no "liberal Republicans" anymore though once upon a time there were). Notice how George W. Bush was able to pass both of his tax cuts in 2001 and 2003? In 2001, the Senate had in fact just flipped to Democratic control (Jim Jeffords) before the first tax cut was passed.

    What major initiative of George W. Bush's was blocked by Democratic filibuster? Can you name even one? (Privatization of Social Security was a non-starter in 2005 even with the Republicans.)

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 06:54 PM #
  5. NoParty
    Member

    I wonder how long it will take the American people to figure out that CONgress (with their 18% approval rating) is the the real problem in America. I'm thinking about November 2016. Just like they did in 2004 and 2006.....

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 06:55 PM #
  6. NoParty
    Member

    What major initiative of George W. Bush's was blocked by Democratic filibuster?

    NONE!

    I guess RepubliCONs really are assholes.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 06:56 PM #
  7. duxrule
    Member

    Obama still has the veto pen, and the GOP will not have a supermajority.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 07:08 PM #
  8. paulwalker
    Member

    Udall loses in CO. So now down to 1. The story seems to be cemented. Obama is very close to losing control of congress. But my question again, is, who can pick up the pieces for the GOP?
    I am yet to be convinced that there is anyone out there that can rise to the occasion. This is obviously the next challenge for the Republicans and it really comes down to that.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 07:12 PM #
  9. duxrule
    Member

    Right. Are they going to lead, or are they going to try and take it out on Obama? My bet is the latter.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 07:24 PM #
  10. Andrew
    Member

    Paul, have you considered the idea that Congressional Republicans don't WANT to do ANYTHING while Obama is president? It's been clear to me that their goal is to run out the clock on his presidency. There is no political penalty to them for doing so; given that Republicans tend to hate government anyway, simply not doing anything isn't likely to turn off their base.

    Democrats, on the other hand, profess a belief in using government for the better good - so not getting laws passed looks bad to Democratic voters.

    Unless Republicans in Congress can get stuff they really want - tax cuts, cuts in Medicare and Social Security, repeal of Obamacare, etc. - I don't see why they would be interested in working with Obama on much of anything. Controlling the Senate means they can shut off filling judicial vacancies. They can force Obama to veto stuff, but because he isn't running for re-election, he doesn't have any penalty for vetoing pretty much anything he wants to, either, at this point.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 - 07:39 PM #