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Harold Ford: Better than Leno and Conan

If there are any betting men and women here, I am taking bets that New York will not elect a senator who is a Merrill Lynch millionaire from Tennessee who likes a good pedicure and has had more changed positions than Madonna in “Truth or Dare.” Anyone who wants to bet Ford will be elected, please get in touch with me, ASAP.

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A bellwether cold-weather commonwealth

I rise to second the comments from my dear friend Peter Fenn, who points out that in the case of an explosive victory by Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, any attempt by the state's Democrats to slow-walk his swearing-in to try to squeeze one last healthcare vote in would be tantamount to theft. Such a move would come back to haunt the party in other House and Senate races this fall and possibly cost it the majority in either or both chambers.

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Massachusetts Senate machinations

Let’s get real. This should not even be a close race. Not just because of the politics of the state but because of the clear comparison between the qualifications and views of the two candidates. Nevertheless, I am not even going to go there.

I am going to surprise some of my friends on the right by arguing that should disaster strike the Democrats and Brown emerge victorious next Tuesday, delaying seating him for a month or more would be a big mistake. No, I will go further — I will say that such a move would carry with it consequences that could undermine the Democratic Party, our candidates in 2010 and beyond, and destroy our credibility.

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‘Ted Kennedy’s seat’? Scott Brown v. Kennedy II

The Chicago Gang’s strategy of taxing the unborn of future generations is a clever variation of the old-school tactic of reaching out to the dead when getting out the vote. It was standard practice generations back in Southie, where half of my family is from. It worked in Chicago too, no doubt. The Irish elders say that these practices stopped when Jack Kennedy came along. It was a moment of transcendence for us. Jack Kennedy had determined that we, the Boston Irish, were actually ready for democracy, and some of us actually were.

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Talking about jobs, and doing nothing about them

What a load of crap this jobs summit is. Every time the president wants to highlight a subject, he invites people down to the White House to talk it out.

I wouldn’t be surprised if at the end of the “jobs summit” he asks everyone to embrace in one big group hug.

But the American people don’t need any seminars. They don’t need a group hug. They need jobs. And the president’s agenda doesn’t have much about job creation, and never really had had much about job creation.

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One senator’s choice: ObamaCare or reelection

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

A Zogby Poll this week illustrates the stark choice facing Senate Democrats as they have to decide whether or not to vote for ObamaCare. The poll shows that Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln, high up on the list of vulnerable Senate Democrats seeking reelection in 2010, literally faces a choice between being reelected and voting for the bill.

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To Armstrong

You are comparing Obama to the Marxist playbook? That post is total, complete and unadulterated baloney and should placed in Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum as an example of why books are written about "The Death of Conservatism.”

The post does not deserve and will not receive from me a serious answer. Is this your best intellectual contribution to American political discourse? I suspect Obama has learned little, so far, from Virginia and New Jersey. I know you have learned nothing from New York congressional district 23.

Keep that Beck-Limbaugh pap coming and you will nationalize what happened to your candidate in the 23rd district in New York.

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Time to hang up the teabags?

Sarah Palin couldn't deliver New York's 23rd district for Republicans with her endorsement of Conservative third-party candidate Doug Hoffman, but candidates across the country are still scared of the power of Palin, Tea Parties and the Club for Growth combined.


The morning after Hoffman went down and a Democrat was elected in NY-23 for the first time since 1870, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) got to work soliciting an endorsement from Palin for his campaign to win President Barack Obama's old Senate seat next year.

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Election results indicate seething discontent with Obama's policies

The GOP’s sweep of gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey yesterday sent clear signs of fermenting discontent with the Obama administration.

In New Jersey, the Republicans recaptured a seat that has been Democratic for over a decade. The GOP sweep of statewide races in Virginia represented a sharp departure from a year ago when the state voted for a Democratic president for the first time since 1964.

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The alternative now looks a lot more attractive

One question that all the reporters are asking: What long-term impact will this election have?

Does it mean that President Barack Obama will be one-termer? Does it mean that the Republicans will storm back into the majority next year?

Will it keep the globe from getting warmer (or cooler)?

OK, that last one was a joke, but this election can’t be very funny for the Blue Dog Democrats.

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