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Democrats fear the storm could leave them high and dry
Times Newspaper UK ^ | October 30, 2006 | Tom Baldwin

Posted on 10/29/2006 5:20:27 PM PST by icwhatudo

Democrats fear the storm could leave them high and dry From Tom Baldwin in Washington

Party is worried that the precdicted hurricane will just fizzle out

PUNDITS predict that the Republicans will be swept from power on Capitol Hill on November 7 by an elemental force of voter anger aimed at President Bush and Congress. Some are forecasting a “Democrat tsunami”, while Charlie Cook, the pre-eminent American election guru, talks of a “Category 5 hurricane”.

But Democrats have learnt from bitter experience that breaching the Republican defences — even with an opinion poll yesterday showing them with a 14 per cent lead nationally — is harder than it looks. The more fatalistic among them point out that in the year since the Katrina disaster the US has received many warnings about other hurricanes heading towards it. All of these, without exception, have fizzled out into nothing more severe than storms. . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election
Interesting line from article: "The Democrats need 15 net gains to regain control of the 435-member House for the first time since 1994. They can count on perhaps a dozen, but others are too close to call and the residual power of incumbency may be critical."
1 posted on 10/29/2006 5:20:29 PM PST by icwhatudo
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To: icwhatudo
Party is worried that the precdicted hurricane will just fizzled out.

There fixed it

2 posted on 10/29/2006 5:23:26 PM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: icwhatudo

It is time for the pundits and pollsters to return to reality. They have been spending the last year doing everything possible to create a Democrat victory. But now it is time to make the final predictions that they will be judged on after the election is over.

It is all well and good to pretend the Democrats are going to win in September, when nobody will remember what you said. But when your reputation is on the line, you have to be right.


3 posted on 10/29/2006 5:23:59 PM PST by gridlock (The 'Pubbies will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: gridlock
It is time for the pundits and pollsters to return to reality.

Most polling companies get their funding from the MSM. It's the biggest scam ever laid on the American people.
4 posted on 10/29/2006 5:27:15 PM PST by John Lenin
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To: icwhatudo
“The Republicans have convinced everyone, not least themselves, that the reason they did so well in 2004 was because of their turnout operation,” she said. “They think they’re smarter than us, and, the truth is, some of us think they’re smarter than us.”

heh heh

5 posted on 10/29/2006 5:28:14 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: gridlock
It is time for the pundits and pollsters to return to reality.

Yep.

Especially those from another country.

They need to return to....who cares.

6 posted on 10/29/2006 5:28:15 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: icwhatudo

I love it when the Dems whine about being "outspent" by Republicans. I guess the multi-billion dollar advantage that they enjoy from the biased press and entertainers doesn't count, eh?


7 posted on 10/29/2006 5:32:59 PM PST by 3niner (War is one game where the home team always loses.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

I just saw something on dailykos (don't ask) where they pointed out that the DNC get out the vote is different for 4 different Democrat orgs - not coordinated.
This makes sense and is further muddled by the despondency most inner city Democrats (blacks) feel about how their vote won't matter anyway due to the ongoing BS around disenfranchisement.

Personally, I like watching Dems lose.


8 posted on 10/29/2006 5:38:20 PM PST by dyed_in_the_wool ("O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends" - Koran 5.51)
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To: icwhatudo
Party is worried that the precdicted hurricane will just fizzle out

resurrection from the grave and election fraud law suits will be for most on their minds.

9 posted on 10/29/2006 5:39:22 PM PST by EGPWS (Lord help me be the conservative liberals fear I am.)
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To: icwhatudo
Party is worried that the precdicted hurricane will just fizzle out

Those who believe their own propaganda are doomed to failure.

10 posted on 10/29/2006 5:39:51 PM PST by x_plus_one (Franklin Graham: "Allah is not the God of Moses. Allah had no son")
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To: icwhatudo

Some of the British reporters in America do a really good job, but this sounds like the kind of guy who hangs out with the American press in Georgetown bars and sends back reports of what they are saying.

Needless to say, 99% of the reporters who hang out in Georgetown bars are Democrat shills.


11 posted on 10/29/2006 5:47:22 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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Sue: Are you there, can you here me?

Diane: Yep, Sue, what’s going on out there?

Sue: Wind.

Diane/Miguel: Wow!

Miguel: Sue, just to clarify, are we dealing with a gusty type of wind or a constant wind?

Sue: Well Miguel, there is a gusty wind and yet it is also constant. I guess you could say it’s kind of a gustiness that remains constant.

Diane: Sue, is this the kind of wind that will blow things over?

Sue: Well Diane, nothing has blown over yet. But history has shown us that wind is dangerous. It can blow, and things will move.

Diane: Sue, I’m sure the viewers at home are wondering just what I’m wondering right now... could these high winds blow the killer bees directly into our backyards?

Sue: Yes Dianne, it is possible. This is exactly the type of climate they thrive on.

Diane: Ok, ok, do we have...yeah ok, Sue?

Sue: Diane?

Diane: Sue, what’s going on out there?

Sue: (squatting on the sidewalk, pointing at a candy wrapper) Diane, this wrapper was not here just a moment ago. Apparently it must have blown here.

Diane: Oh my god.

Voiceover: Windstorm 97!

Miguel: You know Sue, maybe you should get out of there.

Diane: But first Sue let me throw a question at you. Sue, could the wind blow the killer bees out of our garages and into our bathrooms where they could lay eggs in our ears and eventually burrow into our brains?

Sue: I’m sorry I’m.....breaking.....

Dianne: Ok...

Miguel: You know what? I...

Dianne: Have we...have we lost her?

12 posted on 10/29/2006 5:58:08 PM PST by Sender ("Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain)
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To: 3niner

Wasn't it Barron's magazine who said the Republicans would maintain control of both houses of the legislature because they had the most money to spend?


13 posted on 10/29/2006 6:02:25 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: icwhatudo
But Democrats have learnt from bitter experience that breaching the Republican defences — even with an opinion poll yesterday showing them with a 14 per cent lead nationally —

If that poll was anywhere close to accurate, Democrats should be on pace to gain 60 seats. Reality is they will be lucky to get a majority.

14 posted on 10/29/2006 6:06:32 PM PST by Always Right
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To: dyed_in_the_wool
Personally, I like watching Dems lose.

I am praying for it, and contributing within my means to it! Just gave more to the get-out-the-vote effort!
15 posted on 10/29/2006 6:08:21 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: Salvation

Yes. It was based on money in hand.

I will take ANY REASON for GOP control! :-)


16 posted on 10/29/2006 6:10:59 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: icwhatudo
Screw that; I want the GOP get out the VOTE effort to be the BIGGEST in mid-term history!

GOP 72-HOUR TASK FORCE!
CLICK HERE & SIGN UP!!
America's future depends on YOU getting involved!


17 posted on 10/29/2006 6:14:19 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of "dependence on government"!)
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To: icwhatudo
"PUNDITS predict that the Republicans will be swept from power on Capitol Hill on November 7 by an elemental force of voter anger aimed at President Bush and Congress..."

The "Vote or Die" stoners usually don't actually vote.

18 posted on 10/29/2006 6:19:15 PM PST by avacado
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To: icwhatudo

The MSM will really look like ideological dolts (yet again) if the Dems don't win the House.


19 posted on 10/29/2006 7:18:48 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: icwhatudo
...while Charlie Cook, the pre-eminent American election guru,...

I this some sort of British humor?

Or maybe humour?

20 posted on 10/29/2006 7:49:28 PM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: icwhatudo
The real headline should be:

"Media-created firestorm may burn out on election Day."

"Will Lamestream Liberal Media attempt to whip up voter fury using biased anti-Bush and anti-GOP stories pan out? Voters might not be buying the media's bias, and Democrats fret voters may slip away from them when they think long and hard about voting."
21 posted on 10/29/2006 8:40:29 PM PST by WOSG (Broken-glass time, Republicans! Save the Congress!)
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To: EGPWS
"resurrection from the grave and election fraud law suits will be for most on their minds."

I have been saying for a while that the election fraud, followed by the press calling the election questionable, followed by the lawsuits will be like nothing we have ever seen.

The court challenges will cause this thing to not be settled until sometime next year. I hope the repub's are ready for it.
22 posted on 10/29/2006 9:13:45 PM PST by JSteff
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