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KenClay
REPEAL DOMA
12:24 PM on 07/31/2010
Stone Him!
12:36 PM on 07/31/2010
Extremist leftists are every bit as clueless as extreme rightists.
12:48 PM on 07/31/2010
... while the wishy-washing squishy-softy Kumbayah moderate compromisers continue to "lead" the country to second-rate, or maybe third-rate status. Congratulations, Moderate! You gave us our problems, and, you OWN our problems. YOU are the problem!
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alw2030
12:55 PM on 07/31/2010
No.We do not try to shame people in whell chairs,or put down the homeless,or try to hurt even more the middel class.You are clueless.if not tell what the GOBP did to help,with jobs,nothing that's, what they did ,block the 3rd jobs bill.So the extremist are on the right and they are the nutjobs the gobpteaparty.smoke that
12:23 PM on 07/31/2010
All the Democrats need to do is to get the truth out. Dems need to overcome the right...and left...smear machine that is the contemporary media. Dems need to tell Americans the truth about the legislative accomplishments of this administration and how the reforms help the average American. They can't be reached by factual information. They are lost in Glenn Beck World. The rest of the country is uninformed to the largest extent and need a wake up call. Most on the right are not interested in factual accuracy or reasonable analysis of any issue. Tehy are operating on predetermined bias and the game plan is to shout down the truth.
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SirSlappy
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12:32 PM on 07/31/2010
Don't hold your breath. Dems don't know how to lead or manipulate news cycles. They had 8 years of Bush scandals and never converted any of them to political gain (until Obama)
1 dvelopment, every 8 yrs.
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Harvee Wallbanger
Republicans... I got no use for you.
12:41 PM on 07/31/2010
You are correct. The news cycles are controlled by the GOoPers.

Did you ever wonder about why these GOP pundits are out there making ridiculous statements from one day to the next? One day, its Michelle Backman. The next its Newt Gingrich. The next its Sarah Palin. The next is some obscure Senator. On and on. This is how they control the news cycles. They say ridiculous headline grabbing things and that is what the talking heads focus on for the day. Usually, whoever is saying it has absolutely nothing to lose by doing so. It's well organized and they all know they have to take their turn.
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01:33 PM on 07/31/2010
The MSM is corporate owned. Until we have objective news, there is not much the Democrats can do to force the major news stations to carry the story.
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alw2030
12:58 PM on 07/31/2010
You are right if we could get some people to help us fight for the future that I know they want.
we need all of the DEMS every dime they come tv to stick it to the right and hard that would help a lot.
And stick together
SantaFeConservative
Hoping for Change in 2012
12:21 PM on 07/31/2010
The only surge Dems are experiencing are in ethics violations.
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mauibob
I am a recovering Liberal. I apologize for my past
12:18 PM on 07/31/2010
Longer term

1. republicans are polling to add 8 additional governerships as well adding state legislators. Next year, with the census, several democratleaning states will lose houseseats and republicanleaning state will gain with texas rising most. governors and state legislators will realign congressionaldistricts. With more republican governorships and statelegislators, this will hurt democrats as their districts are realigned more partisan left making more competitive races.

2. As democrats losemoderates in the house and senate, they become more liberal party, distancing themselves from the centerright country.

3. If the tea party has the influence on the republicans as it appears they are, the big spending days of liberals and rinos like the bushes are over. There is a brewing revolt in this country that is just starting against government employees and their way overblown pay and benefit packages. Just look at Bell. ca for an example of what is coming and that is not only a democrat stronghold, its a minority stronghold. Even they are fed up. State and local governments have been bought and paid for by the unions. The taxpayers, both republicans and democrats, once they see what the unions have done with the politicans approval will demand the elimination of all these bloated pay and retirement packages. This will energize the taxpayers into demanding lower government spending and the employees who see their enormous salaries and benefit packages cut and/or eliminated will revolt against the politians for cutting them and the unions for allowing it.
12:24 PM on 07/31/2010
Interesting you don't mention a single word about what the corporations have done to damage this nation. You obviously can't be taken seriously.
12:31 PM on 07/31/2010
"As democrats lose moderates in the house and senate.....?" I am sure the ultra right wing conservative republican't whack-a-doodles will be found MUCH more appealing to the voters at large.
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jaggededge
holding my breath til AZ turns blue
12:36 PM on 07/31/2010
notice how he slid the *center-right country* in there?...i'm surprised he missed the judeo-christian value nation bit
12:46 PM on 07/31/2010
"center right" is a Republican't misnomer. Americans may think they are center right, but we all enjoy (with few exceptions), public roads, schools, parks, sidewalks, safe food/water/drugs/toys/products, 40 hour work week, holidays, weekends off, police, fire protection, farm subsidies, big business subsidies.

Its only socialism when a Republican't cannot directly make money or benefit from it.
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imperator prime
liberal INTJ agnostic militant guy-on-guy's guy.
12:18 PM on 07/31/2010
Is it just me or does that weekly Rep/Dem preferred candidate graph make it look like an awful lot of those "independant voters" just flip a coin every day? I mean how does one become so fickle about something as important as politics? This isn't "do you feel like a nut today, or do you don't." It's "who do you think is more qualified to lead the nation." How does your support waver so freely if you're *paying attention* to the fundamental philosophies and goals of your two options-- for instance, between the lying, war-mongering, democracy-hating, poor-people-spiting, bigoted, stupidity-promoting, corrupt cleptocrats who spent most of Bush's 8 years surprise-buttsexing America into a fetid ditch OR the Democrats who (while pitiful in their toothless attempts to work with the obstructionist rivals) are trying to fix the country's healthcare crisis, its unemployment crisis, its military crisis, and its soiled global reputation?

Success OR failure, doesn't seem to matter. Obama works to extend medical coverage to millions of Americans like he promised to in the election campaign, and his support wanes. He tries to take on greedy and unaccountable corporate interests like he said he would, and people claim buyer's remose. He has trouble moving his agenda because *the other side* is still just powerful enough to obstruct it, and people who voted *for* it think "oh, well then maybe we should give those guys MORE power?" Just how stupid ARE these people?
12:33 PM on 07/31/2010
Only in Republican't dream world is 40% a majority.

'member when Bush said "elections have consequences?
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01:49 PM on 07/31/2010
What a great comment! Fanned.
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thepheonix
thepheonix..is that better Dems?
12:08 PM on 07/31/2010
9. Democrats are losing the young. Among millennials, who voted 2-to-1 for Obama, the president’s approval rating was 73 percent shortly after his January 2009 inauguration. That number plummeted to 57 percent a year later, and the president now trails a generic Republican among 18- to 34-year-olds.

10. Republican voters are energized; Democrats disinterested. Seventy-two percent of Republicans are certain they will vote in November, compared to 49 percent of Democrats. Democratic Party identification is down from the 8-point advantage in 2009 and the 12-point edge in 2008. And while moderates are peeling away, the more liberal in the party argue Democrats are not progressive enough.

In other words: YOUR TOAST IN NOV.

LOL
12:25 PM on 07/31/2010
Republican crystal balls are as reliably partisan as they are fragile.
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SirSlappy
My micro-bio is still empty.
12:32 PM on 07/31/2010
Obama blew it.
12:25 PM on 07/31/2010
Wishful Thinking is a wonderful thing... but you're dead wrong.
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thepheonix
thepheonix..is that better Dems?
12:07 PM on 07/31/2010
7. Democrats are losing black and Hispanic support. Only 43 percent of Hispanics, a key Democratic voting bloc, are satisfied with Obama’s performance, with the economy a major concern. Another 32 percent are undecided, while 21 percent say he’s done a poor job. And Gallup shows Obama’s job approval rating at 85 percent among black Americans, down from 94 percent in March and at the lowest ever as president.

8. Democrats are losing men, women, whites, and independents. Large numbers of whites, men, and independents have given up on Obama since his election. Support among whites dropped from 51 percent in July 2009 to 37 percent in July 2010, from 52 percent to 38 percent among independents, and from 54 percent to 39 percent among male voters overall. And while Obama averaged 59 percent approval among women in 2009, that number is now down 14 points to just 45 percent, threatening the Democrats’ traditional gender advantage.
12:22 PM on 07/31/2010
It's wrong to equate Obama's approval rating among groups with actual results in November. While his numbers have dropped, they are still hugely greater than approval ratings for Congressional Republicans and Congressional Democrats.

The fact is that Republicans still haven't come up with an alternative vision for the country that people like better than the Democrats'. They're stoking up fear of immigration and Muslims, hoping this will compensate for their lack of depth. As we get closer to the election, voters will demand more information about issues and the Republicans' New Clothes will be exposed.
12:26 PM on 07/31/2010
Keep guzzling down that Kool-Aid!!
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thepheonix
thepheonix..is that better Dems?
12:07 PM on 07/31/2010
6. Republicans are winning on the issues. Voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on nine out of 10 key issues, including the all important economy. And the number of voters who view taxes as very important has jumped to its highest level ever. Here, Republicans already hold the edge on trust, 53 to 36 percent. Although overall awareness of the coming tax increases is low, already 55 percent of voters in 12 swing states, including 57 percent of independents, say they are less likely to vote for Democratic congressional candidates if next year’s scheduled tax increases are not stopped or delayed.
12:24 PM on 07/31/2010
Will Republicans campaign on No New Taxes in the fall or Cut the Deficit? They can't run on both. Oh wait, "Deficits don't matter," right?

We're three elections away from from the complete destruction of the Republican Party as it existed from post-World War II to now.
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thepheonix
thepheonix..is that better Dems?
12:27 PM on 07/31/2010
aka...

Drone.

Keep thinking that. As a matter of fact. if you are so confident. Stay home
12:26 PM on 07/31/2010
Just not true.
12:06 PM on 07/31/2010
The D's should be doing a lot better than this, in the polls, since they are running against a loser party like the R's, who were in COMPLETE control for eight years, and accomplished ziltch.
Don't give a total loser an even break.
01:01 PM on 07/31/2010
In a political world of evil Republicans and incompetent weakling Democrats, most voters will just stay home and not bother. The only voters who will be motivated are those who support "evil", which is just so much more fun, exciting and motivating than "incompentence", don't you agree? The Republicans win by default. Most people loathe the Republicans, but most people also have lost all confidence in the Democrats' ability and intestinal fortitude to "do the right thing". So where does that leave us? At home ... and the evil Republicans win. Maybe if they are sufficiently "evil" next time they are in power, the Democrats will learn how to be "tough, mean and intelligent " enough to deserve another chance to rule.
05:00 AM on 08/01/2010
The repubs are incompetent weaklings as well. What are you offering here?
12:43 PM on 08/01/2010
There won't be a next time. They will have to contend with the consequences of their inactions. This atmosphere is ripe for an outside influence.
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thepheonix
thepheonix..is that better Dems?
12:06 PM on 07/31/2010
4. Republicans are winning governorships. Thirty-seven governorships are being contested in November. Democrats are defending 19; Republicans 18. Of the 23 races without incumbents, thanks to term limits and voluntary—or involuntary—retirements, at least seven of these open states are already safe bets to switch to GOP control: Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wyoming. Add a promising Colorado, New Mexico, and Wisconsin, a possible Illinois, and retention of incumbencies, and Republicans take control of the majority of governorships. The Republican Governors Association has a record $40 million cash on hand to invest in these races and to promote its national “Remember November” campaign.

5. Republicans are winning state legislatures. Eighty-three percent of all state legislative seats are on the line in November. These local races can change the game on the national level. In most states, the legislative chambers, along with the governor, direct where congressional district lines are redrawn. In states like Pennsylvania, Republicans only need to pick up three seats to bring about a change in control. A Republican resurgence nationwide led by the Republican State Leadership Committee will give the GOP sole redistricting authority in more than 160 U.S. House districts, nearly six times more than their Democratic counterparts.
12:28 PM on 07/31/2010
And I though only Mother Goose wrote fairy tales.
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thepheonix
thepheonix..is that better Dems?
12:04 PM on 07/31/2010
Voters know whose hands are at the helm now. And with the elections less than 100 days away, here are the 10 telling signs that blaming bad times on Bush is not a winning strategy:

1. Red regions are gaining; blue are bleeding. Folks are fleeing stricken states in search of jobs. Based on these population changes, eight states in the more conservative South and West are projected to gain one or more U.S. House seats. With a probable gain of three or four seats, the biggest winner is Texas—not surprising, with its continuing record job growth. Ten states, mostly in the more liberal Northeast, will likely lose one House seat or more.

2. Republicans are pulling ahead in U.S. House races. With a projected gain of more than 40 House seats in November, Republican candidates also have the financial lead in most of the 15 competitive races in which Democratic incumbents aren’t running. Republicans only need a net gain of 39 seats to take the “damn gavel” away from Speaker Pelosi.

3. Toss-ups are turning red in the U.S. Senate. The GOP is leading or tied in eight Senate races for seats now held by Democrats, and is ahead in all Republican-held districts. More toss-up states on the map are leaning Republican. And the National Republican Senatorial Committee predicts a change in control of the Senate is now possible in just two election cycles.
12:28 PM on 07/31/2010
This head-in-the-sand approach is exactly why Republicans are a minority party.
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thepheonix
thepheonix..is that better Dems?
12:32 PM on 07/31/2010
Not for long.
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mauibob
I am a recovering Liberal. I apologize for my past
11:55 AM on 07/31/2010
Just a few facts to keep this article in perspective.

1. Gallups poll, as describedin the article, is much higher for democrats than even their own most recent polls, making this a real possibility that it is an outlier poll.

2. Gallup is using a registered voter filter right now that favors democrats by up to 5%

3. Of the 6 recent polls reported on by Realclearpolitics.com, Gallups is the only one showing democrats with a lead. The other 5 show republicans ahead by 2,5,5,10 and 11% with only one poll a likely voter poll, rasmussen showing republicans ahead by 10%.

4. The realclearpolitics.com average of all polls, including gallup has republicans ahead by 4.8 and this number has been climbing steadily over the last few weeks, even with gallups numbers going the other way.

5. Just yesterday, the economic growth numbers came out well below the estimates, eliminating any possible advantage for democrats for at least 3 months, just before the elections in november. Since the just reported quarter includes the housing credit for new purchases and this will not be in the next quarters numbers, that quarters growth is now expected to be even worse which will push more last minute deciders to the republicans.

6. These polls do not take into account the fact that republicans are very motivated to vote in the mid term elections and the democrats are not.
12:00 PM on 07/31/2010
". These polls do not take into account the fact that republicans are very motivated to vote in the mid term elections and the democrats are not."

But will it be like that 5 months from now? Perhaps it will be reversed? At the moment, nobody knows. If the election were today, you might be right.
12:04 PM on 07/31/2010
5 months from now unemployment will be higher. What do you think the outcome will be?
12:29 PM on 07/31/2010
These are not "facts", but only your bone-head opinions.
11:54 AM on 07/31/2010
Did someone just post that Democrats might actually gain seats?? LMAO.
It is a given that Dems will lose Senate seats in North Dakota (Dem down 45 points in the polls) in Indiana(Dem down 25 pointts in the polls) Delaware(Dems down 15 points in the polls) Arkansas(Dem down 30 points in the polls) Even in Pennsylvania(Dem down 7 points). There are 7 more seats where Dems are trailing or toss ups. Not 1 Republican Senator up for re-election is trailing in the polls
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Amalek
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11:59 AM on 07/31/2010
Of course the Republicans will gain seats. Obama had historic coattails in 2008, with Democrats winning many seats in Republican districts. They won't hold those. And the the party in power usually loses in the midterms, and effect that will be heightened this year because of the poor economy.

However, it is becoming clear that people are not seeing the Republicans as a solution to the problem, and many fear returning them to power just to repeat the errors of the past. I doubt they take over either the house or the senate, but i think it will be close.
12:30 PM on 07/31/2010
Most honest assessment I've read on this page!!
12:37 PM on 07/31/2010
Correction, Delaware Dems are down 9, not 15. Rs lost 5, Ds gained 5 between the first and second rasmussen poll. People are peeling away from the R once they learned of the Ds viable alternative.

Ds are trending up in DE
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11:54 AM on 07/31/2010
Why the surge in the polls, wonders out loud the writer. Actually Nevada can be used as a microcosm of the landscape at large. A sitting majority leader who's approval ratings were just slightly higher than those of used car salesman. The media and the RNC licking it's collective chops at the prospect of him losing huge. Then a funny thing happened on the road to Repub control in Nov, Sharon I hear voices in my head Angle won beating out Chickens for currency RNC backed repub. That's when people noticed, and as luck would have it they heard Bendy straws make up words and laugh it off, Orange man screaming like a preacher at a rent a boy convention. Minn rep Michelle (I speak to God in my head) Bachmann say from behind enemy lines impeach the President and said ummm no thanks.

AZ Welcomes you ! ... No No not you, the white guy behind you.
11:49 AM on 07/31/2010
Right now it is shown that 200 seats are easily in Repulican hands and 200 seats are comfortably in Democratic hands. The rest are considered toss ups. It will be very difficult for Democrats to retain control. If for no other reason "ITS THE ECONOMY STUP ID"