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Let’s Push for 60 Democratic Senators!

Harry Reid is in the catbird seat. Alaska has fallen, the push for Minnesota gathers steam, and Democrats should make an all-out effort for Georgia.

The Democrats already have the 60 votes to prevent filibusters in the next Congress, in practice, but let’s go for the gold. Applause to Al Franken for coming to Washington to work the system and keep the pressure on. Let’s go for 60 Democratic senators now and 64 in 2010.

Make no mistake, in governing I support the most bipartisanship, but in electing senators it’s time to push hard, keep the pressure on, move aggressively and go for the whole thing. These filibusters have done great damage to America and our economy and destroyed the capacity of the Senate to act. It is time to destroy the filibuster tactic by electing every Democrat. Bipartisanship should be pursued from maximum strength.
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Frenzied GOP Ought to Take Lesson from Obama

The GOP freak-out is well under way, with leading voices in the party falling into the two predictable camps: the stick-with-it conservatives and the embrace-the-center crowd.

The first group is being coined "traditionalists" today by David Brooks in his column in The New York Times, and the more tolerant group of moderates are being termed "reformers." One crowd wants Sarah Palin to lead the charge, while the other hopes she never graces the Lower 48 again. You can guess who is who.
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GOP Must Change Its Ways

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard answers your questions about the future of Republicans in Congress working with an Obama administration, as well as the Republican brand.



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Contradictory Indications

If you look at Virginia and Kentucky, it looks like a narrow McCain victory. If you look at Florida and Indiana, it looks like a big Obama win. All four states have less than a quarter of the vote in, so we can't jump to conclusions.

In Virginia, with 19 percent of the vote in, McCain is winning by 13 percent. That's about 10 points better than it should be for McCain. In Kentucky, with 23 percent in, McCain is winning by 15. That's about six points better than it should be for McCain.
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For the Love of God, Vote

Vote tomorrow! Please, please, please, please vote tomorrow — even if you are going to be difficult and vote for Ralph Nader or even John McCain.

It's pathetic that in 2004, only 56.7 percent of eligible Americans voted (young people like myself are the most guilty cohort). It is so important! If you manage not to vote this time, I will lose all respect for you.

In our system, we all get to participate — not to a high degree, unless you have millions, but we all get to. And that is something. Your interests will never be accounted for unless you take back control. The only way to accomplish this is to vote. Why would they care about if you have a job, unless you were part of the reason they have their jobs? That's what is going on here.
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Five Ways to Survive Election Day

Walking through the aisles of the grocery store this weekend, I heard one woman proclaim to another, "If Wednesday were here yesterday, it wouldn't be soon enough." I'm not sure what party she supported, but it doesn't matter. Whether you think you're going to win or fear you're going to lose, the hours before the victors are declared are sure to be filled with the mixture of hope, dread, nerves and nausea that are symptoms of Pre-election Stress Disorder (PESD).

Having been through some close elections, I thought I'd share a few of the ways I've managed to maintain whatever crumbs of sanity remain after months of campaigning. Even if you're not involved with the day-to-day operations of a campaign, the intense 24-hour media focus makes many people feel the great pressure of election night. Below are five ways to keep the Election Day blues from ruining what will be a good night for at least half of you out there.
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Voter Registration Affects Current — and Future — Elections

Major Garrett highlighted yesterday's much-talked-about Steve Hildebrand memo aimed at increasing Obama voter turnout in Florida.

The memo points out some Florida demographics and notes activities the campaign is engaging in on the grassroots level for the final days — inner-city GOTV, Faith Outreach Programs, attorneys, etc.

That's all fairly standard stuff. What's striking, however, is a sentence tucked in near the end: "There is a lot at stake here — 27 electoral votes, but also the future of building Florida into a majority Democratic state in the years to come." From there, Hildebrand specifically mentions the 2010 elections — when Gov. Charlie Crist (R) and Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) are in-cycle — and the 2012 census and the redistricting that will follow.
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Massive Anti-Incumbent Wave Will Defeat Many in Congress

The economy burns, while Washington fiddles. The voters seethe, while Washington dithers. The creation of jobs is a luxury that can wait until the next election while the Constitution is an inconvenience that falls victim to the polls.

Washington won’t fight for workers in desperate need or ask sacrifice from those who gorge themselves with Gilded Age luxuries while most Americans struggle to pay the cost of living. Almost 40 years after the energy crisis began they do zero to create a patriotic energy policy that would power our economy and protect the planet.

They can’t define torture seven years after 9-11, with huge damage done to our reputation around the world while the most ridiculous claims of executive privilege to cover up crimes are met with show-horse hearings and timid claims of outrage.
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Democratic Overconfidence

The presidential campaign of Barack Obama, with its faux presidential seal, its transition office planning, its big-stadium plans, has exhibited all of the signs of an overconfident front-runner.

Democrats across the country, and especially in Washington, are taking this example from the Obama campaign and running with it.

A perfect example is the efforts by some big-money Democrats to take out one of the best members of the Congress, Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.).

According to the Los Angeles Times political blog, “Silicon Valley entrepreneur Mark Gorenberg, and Pacific Palisades investor Thomas Unterman each gave $5,000 to an outfit called the Courage Campaign in order to oust Dreier.”
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