The Senate: Maybe .... Maybe ....

Quiz: Who are the only Democrats that will "lose" their seats in the Senate?? What? Nobody wants to guess????

These are the races I'm watching. And live blogging (by the way, Biden won his seat in the Senate in Delaware)

Oregon: Dem is ahead, not called yet but he could win.
North Carolina: Hagan is in , DOLE IS OUT.
New Hampshire: Democrats take this seat. As sort of expected.
Minnesota: I don't think this one is going to happen.
Georgia ... No Democratic gain here.
Mississippi: No Democratic gain here
Kentucky Republicans hold this seat ...
Texas Not even close.

Conclusion: We did not get the 60, but we'll work with what we have.

And, next year, any Republicans running to keep their Senate seat? .... well, we'll have a look.

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Personally, I hope the Democrats don't make 60 in the Senate. I've been a big fan of divided government and keeping one part from having too much power. The thought of having the Executive and Legislative Branches completely under the control of one party--either party--gives me the heebie-jeebies. The ability to filibuster is a necessary remaining check on the Democratic majority.

Well, OK, but it's not really a check. It is a way for some SOB thowing a hissy fit to stop the government from acting at all.

On the other hand, the 60 number is a falsehood: You have to get the 60 votes, it is not sufficient to have 60 caucus members. If there are fifty something Dems, a couple of indies, and a strong mandate for a Democratic president, it will be possible to get the 60 votes for procedure when it is needed.

I gotta agree with Orac. Too much power for either party is a bad thing, if they have the whitehouse, a strong Dem majority in congress is as much of a danger as the first Bush term.

The best results are power so close they need to fight it out.

Now we are going too far. There is a fundamental difference between the Republicans and the Democrats. They are not similar, equal, or even in how bad it is to have them in charge. How can you possibly not get this at this point in time? Jeesh....

Start with a Republican. Listen to the Republican say "We should not have a fully Democratic congress" or "we shouldn't have a filibuster proof majority" or whatever. Then show me verifiable documentation that this Republican said, when there was a Republican in the white house that there should be a Democratic congress.

And I'll show you a fairy tale.

Bunch of crap is what it is.

I am so ashamed of Georgia.. I really believed that we can.

When?? If not now... It is so hard to understand this.

Bad news amongst all the good: Inhofe retains his seat in the Senate.

M'f'er Inhofe has secured his seat. I swear, the only reason he can get away with all this backwad anti-science BS is because he's got a lock in his seat until he retires or drops dead.

The Texas race has been called in favor of Cornyn ... I'm not really sure why you had that on your list, did you really think Noriega had a chance?

By Scott Simmons (not verified) on 04 Nov 2008 #permalink

Noriega had been considered a possibility for some time, but on my personal list Texas was the last state I expected to provide a new Dem to the Senate. So this wasn't really on my list: I was starting with pre-existing lists then ranking them. Similarly, Alaska is on a lot of people's list but not mine.

There's so much repair that needs to be done, as well as the legal niceties of convicting bush and cheney of all sorts of high crimes and misdemeanours. It may take forever if the thugs can get away with it.

And in gitmo... The cheering can be heard all the way from cuba.