Skip to comments.Charlie Cook on Hardball: not surprised if no Republican incumbents lose in 2010
Posted on 01/01/2010 7:48:04 AM PST by Clintonfatigued
MATTHEWS: Can a Republican lose this year coming up? Can a Republican incumbent lose any race anywhere next year?
COOK: I would not be surprised to see no Republican incumbent, House or Senate, lose.
MATTHEWS: How about a Democrat? Weve got five vulnerable people here, Specter, Lincoln, Bennet, Dodd. You say Dodd is the most vulnerable. Who is the second-most vulnerable?
BROWNSTEIN: Reid or Lincoln. Lincoln is in a situation where, again, its more generic than personal. This is a state kind of filled with the kind of voters that have been most resistance to the direction Obama is setting. I think thats a real problem.
I think Colorados a real challenge, too, because Bennet is operating, to some extent, as the shadow of the governor, Bill Ritter, who has a very uneven first term, some successes, a lot of disappointments. He could face a veryand Obamas approval there was dropping before the Fall.
MATTHEWS: Be coaches for a minute. How do you coach a Democrat to win with a bad weather condition out there, where people dont like Obama right now?
COOK: Independence. Stress your independence. I look at each issue one at a time. Id do whats right for the state. Im independent. Yes, I vote with my party when I think theyre right. Im against them when theyre wrong. Be able to list
MATTHEWS: How does Dodd make up for the fact that people, even Connecticut people, are ripped at Wall Street?
COOK: Thats not his problem.
MATTHEWS: Thats not his problem?
COOK: His problem is being a Democrat. His problem is being Chris Dodd.
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This could really be the beginning of a happy year!
It looks like there is a perfect Rovian storm brewing!
Now GOP, if you do win, DO THE RIGHT THINGS THIS TIME!!!!!!
Dodd may drop out and make room for a democrat that can win.
Rove is not a genius and he did us no favors. Rove told Bush to push for amnesty. If Rove was so smart - he would have seen the Soros, Fannie/Freddie, Sandler, short hedge fund set up coming with the financial melt down.
McCain and Crist need to be booted in the primaries.
Shock time is coming. The storm is gathering strength. The rebuke of Marxism will be decisive.
“COOK: His problem is being a Democrat. His problem is being Chris Dodd.”
Dodd is a POS.
“I love it Rovian storm!”
Credit the Freeper who chose it as his name.
I surely hope so, but if that does happen, it won't be due to the efforts of the Republican Party. People are SO pist off at the way things are going, a lot of Independent and Democratic voters will throw the SOBs out in anger. The RINOs will say "See, we can win by pulling our same old "big tent" and "reach across the aisle" B/S. We don't need to change." And thus they will blow any chances for further inroads in 2012, and maybe even lose a few they gained in 2010. I don't see any winds of change coming over these people and they will continue to blow election after election.
McCain OUT any Non RINO Republican IN!~
Thirdly and most important is the incumbent story - but in the House of Delegates. In Virginia, there is an election at some level every year. The 100 members of the House of Delegates are elected for two year terms. In the last ten years, ten incumbents have lost House of Delegate seats. In last year's election, nine lost which shows a change. Eight incumbent Democrats lost and one Republican lost. The one Republican incumbent that lost, Phil Hamilton, was and is under federal investigation. I trust what last November's election in Virginia shows is that conservatives that are principled will win in the future this year - and in coming years.
It would be great if Chris Matthews finds himself fired in 2010...that would be really sweet. His ratings along with Larry King’s are absolutely dismal and there is no excuse for either of them to maintain a daily show. It’s all about sending out a marxist/neo-communist message...they don’t even care who says it.
Senate Majority leader does seem to be a shaky position. If I were a senator interested in staying in the Senate, I wouldn’t want that gig. Maybe they take that job when they’re ready to cash out. Get all the bribes you can, while you can, and prepare to lose.
Bush last 4 years sucked. He could have been more Reagan 2 but he turned into Poppy 2. His support of amnesty did it for me. After that he was done.
Any time I was in a leadership position and was moving on, I always considered my successor as part of my legacy. I did everything I could to ensure that my successor was a high quality person who would continue the policies I had established. Granted, a president can’t directly control who his successor will be, but if they leave on good terms with America, the chances are they at least secure a win for their party, for what that’s worth.
His first 4 years weren’t so hot either, really. Temporary tax cuts passed on Keynesian grounds. I think there was also a round of gubmint stimulus checks. The worst attack in US history. What were the good points of the first term?
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