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Monday, November 06, 2006

A Dose Of Reality For Election Day

Over at the American Spectator Quin Hillyer has not only a wake-up call for the base, the Democrats, and every other poor fool predicting a Republican disaster tomorrow, but he breaks it down so people will understand where this election is headed. And it most certainly is not in the direction that the nutroots want:

When Congress convenes in January of 2007, Republicans will be elected both as Speaker of the House and as Senate Majority Leader.The new Republican speaker, who will not be Dennis Hastert, will enjoy a margin of only one vote.

But in the Senate, where Republicans currently control 55 of the 100 seats and where many pundits are now saying they teeter on the brink of losing their majority, the GOP instead will lose no more than two seats.

And Mr. Conventional Wisdom, who is the lackey of the mainstream media and the supposedly nonpartisan election "experts," again will have enough egg on his face to make omelets that feed multitudes.

Let's examine the Senate first, because it is easier to understand. It boils down to this: Democrats are trying to seize seats from states that traditionally vote Republican. Even in a bad year for Republicans, it is difficult for Democrats to overcome the triple advantages of incumbency, superior fundraising, and a population that usually leans rightward. Not only that, but the national economy -- which, when it is strong, usually boosts incumbents tremendously -- is arguably the strongest in the entire history of the world. (More on that a bit later.)

On the presidential level, Virginia and Montana almost always vote Republican, Missouri and Ohio usually do, and Tennessee does so more often than not. Pennsylvania, a state that tends to lean only a little leftward, has not elected a Democrat in a regularly scheduled Senate election since the 1970s. And in Rhode Island, a very liberal state, Democrats must overcome a habit of supporting three different generations of the (liberal Republican) Chafee family for statewide office.

Meanwhile, Democrats this year are defending several seats of their own that, except for the national anti-Republican trend, feature unique circumstances that should make them nervous.

Maryland has been trending a bit more conservative anyway, and this is the second straight election cycle where Maryland black leaders are expressing a serious dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party. With Republican nominee Michael Steele being a highly charismatic black man, Democrats have reason to fear his inroads into a normally Democratic constituency.

Washington state and Michigan, meanwhile, feature two of the least accomplished, least powerful members of the Senate -- respectively, Maria Cantwell and Debbie Stabenow. Many Washington state voters are still sore that the Democrats snatched the governorship two years ago in a still-disputed election, and many Michiganders are unhappy with what is arguably the worst state economy in the whole nation, which has occurred under Democratic state elected leaders.

And in New Jersey, appointed Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez is seen as ethically challenged, while Republican challenger Tom Kean Jr. is the namesake of the former governor who is probably the state's single most popular living (ex-)politician.

All of which means that under normal circumstances, Democrats this year would be battling uphill for the Senate. The abnormal circumstance of a highly unpopular "Republican war" does shift the odds in the Democrats' favor, but not so much that the other Republican advantages are irrelevant.

As this is being written, evidence points to serious pro-Republican trends in the races in Tennessee, Montana, Maryland and, catching up from way behind, Rhode Island. Missouri's superb GOP Sen. Jim Talent is hanging tough; Virginia's George Allen should edge past his opponent, the Washington Post; and Pennsylvania's conservative hero Rick Santorum is famous for being a strong closer while Democrat Bob Casey Jr. is known for having blown a huge lead in a previous statewide race.

So, to repeat, when the smoke clears, Republicans will have suffered no more than a net loss of two Senate seats.

I insist that our readers go and read the rest of this piece, and remember that Mr. Hillyer has an outstanding track record of analyzing and predicting congressional races. And the rest of this piece--the area devoted to the House--is just as insightful as the parts regarding the Senate are.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ty for the blog. I don't think anyone interested in politics are void of feelings and it's those feeling that make predictions difficult. For example, would like to see murtha defeated. That's my feeling. But it won't happen or will it? Someone once compared an election like a horse race-there are long shots and every now and then one wins.
There are a number of human interest races. Carter is one. The converted Black to Islam will probably be elected. His background isn't very good. Have a good 7th day. Rawriter

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