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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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Revenge of the middle class

The elections today should send a simple message to the Obama administration and congressional Democrats: You lost the middle class, and you won’t get them back until you fundamentally change your legislative agenda.

During last year’s campaign, President Barack Obama consistently stressed how his policies were going to help the middle class. He talked about his middle-class tax cut. He promised that any new spending would be paid by the rich. He attacked his opponent, John McCain, continuously for his plan to raise taxes on the middle class. He promised change the middle class could believe in.

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Elections: Pulling Dems’ HC plug?

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard and Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis consider what the future will hold for the Democratic agenda on Capitol Hill and in the White House after the 2009 elections if the majority party starts slipping in numbers.


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What Election Day 2009 means

Forget the Democrats for a moment. Today presents an important litmus test for the Republicans.

Several major cities are electing mayors, two states are electing governors, and special elections are being conducted in Northern California and upstate New York. Yes, some voters will be traveling to the polls today as a mini-referendum on the current Obama administration. But not many.

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Election Day 2009: Less than meets the eye

Election Day 2009. One year after Barack Obama was elected president, and everybody’s going to be watching three elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — in New York, New Jersey and Virginia — to see what it means for Obama’s political power.

Which is, let’s face it, way, way overblown. There is a lot less happening in those three contests than meets the eye. And a lot less than pundits would have you believe.

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Dede proved her GOP critics correct

Republican candidate in NY-23 Dede Scozzafava's had it rough, to be sure, and it comes as no surprise she has dropped out of the race after so many high-profile Republicans endorsed the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman. Many Republicans who do, in fact, embrace the big-tent structure the GOP needs to succeed, simply could not embrace Scozzafava. She sides with Democrats on literally all of the major issues, to the point of making folks wonder just why she bothers with an R after her name. As big as the tent may be, Scozzafava barely had even a toe in it. 

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