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Democrats’ chances of retaking the House improve
Washington Post ^ | February 6, 2012 | Aaron Blake

Posted on 02/06/2012 1:37:55 PM PST by SMGFan

Democrats have been saying for a long time that the House could be in play in 2012, and now some Republicans are starting to join them.

“For Democrats to take 25 seats, they will need a wave,” former congressman Tom Davis wrote in an op-ed in The Hill recently. “Continued polarization and obstruction could create such a wave.”

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele agreed that keeping the majority isn’t a done deal: “It could be very, very hard.”

And last week, a member of the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board opined that the GOP majority could be in jeopardy if Republicans don’t make it a priority.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


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KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012election; congress; elections; nodemocrats2012
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Wake up call?
1 posted on 02/06/2012 1:38:04 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Democrats need an enthusiasm crusher for Republicans, like Oromney.


2 posted on 02/06/2012 1:40:35 PM PST by pallis
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To: SMGFan

Not+gonna+happen.


3 posted on 02/06/2012 1:40:35 PM PST by library user
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To: SMGFan

Or wishful thinking. Depends how hard our guys are willing to fight.

Cindie


4 posted on 02/06/2012 1:40:44 PM PST by gardencatz (I'm lucky enough to live, walk & breathe among heroes! I am the mother of a US Marine!)
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To: SMGFan
Too late... this coming election was lost in 2008. The republicans want to lose... they are comfy as the minority party... they are worse than worthless... they are all allied with our enemies.

LLS

5 posted on 02/06/2012 1:41:46 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: SMGFan
Boehner sitting on his ass, is going to let this happen. Tea party has left the building.
6 posted on 02/06/2012 1:42:05 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: SMGFan

If Romney is on the GOP ticket,
the DNC will win House, Senate and POTUS.


7 posted on 02/06/2012 1:42:42 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: SMGFan

In the media world, every election cycle is a potential massive success for Democrats and Republicans are always on crash course. Every now and then, we they are correct.

I seriously doubt the majority is in any danger. I am certain, these campaigns will remind voters how the Dems were running the House just 13 months ago.


8 posted on 02/06/2012 1:43:34 PM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: SMGFan
If by some long shot the Rats take the House again, and I mean long shot, I place the blame squarely at this mans feet.


9 posted on 02/06/2012 1:43:53 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SMGFan

GOP-E - “House in play if Romney is resisted.”

The rest of us - “House is lost if Romney is selected.”


10 posted on 02/06/2012 1:44:57 PM PST by Ingtar (I never thought I would come to say it, but "Go Newt!" Our last, best chance.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Big stinky bull feathers! If the democrats retake the House and maintain the Senate it will be conservative voters’ fault for not going to the polls. Your idiotic blind hatred of Boehner is telling, dweeb. Your tantrum type will sit at home rather than vote if you don’t have a perfect ticket. THAT’S what looses, loser.


11 posted on 02/06/2012 1:46:44 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: SMGFan

It COULD happen. And IF IT DOES, the REASON is........

BOEHNER!!!


12 posted on 02/06/2012 1:47:43 PM PST by ZULU (LIBERATE HAGIA SOPHIA!!!!!)
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To: SMGFan
Democrats’ chances of retaking the House improve

Gee, I can't believe that is even possible with the crack job that Boehner and the gang have been performing in the last two years of "raw" conservatism flowing out of the house chambers nonstop. /MS

13 posted on 02/06/2012 1:48:36 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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If the republicans (rinos) hadn’t taken over the house in 2010 obama would be in much worse shape. Now he gets to run against a “do nothing” congress. I never was that excited about the house takeover.


14 posted on 02/06/2012 1:49:54 PM PST by Terry Mross (.)
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To: SMGFan
Too late... this coming election was lost in 2008. The republican leadership wants to lose... they are comfy as the minority party... they are worse than worthless... they are all allied with our enemies.

LLS

15 posted on 02/06/2012 1:50:24 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: SMGFan
The only thing being "obstructed" is the democrats and obama's radical, marxist agenda.

All this talk about a "do nothing" congress is just baloney...they ARE doing something, they're trying to block our march to socialism (at least some of the are).

If a "do-SOMETHING" Congress means one that keeps passing more unneeded, laws, rules, regulations and keeps establishing more bureauracy, then I don't want one.

When the 'rats blame the republicans in Congress of being "obstructionists" they're just whining because they're not getting their way...screw 'em.
16 posted on 02/06/2012 1:50:51 PM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: SMGFan
If the Tea Party sits on their collective butts we will lose the House, continue our loss in the Senate and you can be sure King Obama for another 4.
17 posted on 02/06/2012 1:50:54 PM PST by Logical me
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To: LibLieSlayer

Sadly, you are spot on.

I think the Republicans would rather be RINO’s in the minority than have conservatives lead the party. I sometimes wonder, who hates the Tea Party folks more, the Dems or Repubs?


18 posted on 02/06/2012 1:51:25 PM PST by juan_galt (De oppresso liber - Quien es Juan Galt?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Based on what I’ve seen from dumbasses like BONER, Cantor, and Issa are any example, I can’t discount the possibility.


19 posted on 02/06/2012 1:51:56 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Terry Mross
If the republicans (rinos) hadn’t taken over the house in 2010 obama would be in much worse shape. Now he gets to run against a “do nothing” congress. I never was that excited about the house takeover.

Huh?

The "do nothing" house has sent bill after bill to the senate only to have Harry Reid sit on them and fail to bring them to a vote. The Paul Ryan budget plan has been replaced with ...well, nothing. Indeed, the Demoncrats have failed to put forth a budget for over 1,000 days.

I will say, we probably have the weakest Republican leadership in recent memory (Boehner and McConnell) but I certainly don't blame that on the new congress we voted in in 2010.

As an aside, for those who like Boehner and McConnell, you will love Mitt Romney.

20 posted on 02/06/2012 2:01:23 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (America needs Gingrich in 2012 about as much as England needed Churchill in 1940!)
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To: SMGFan

Normally saying something doesn’t make it so. However, tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth in the minds of those whose discernment has been damaged by the MSM.


21 posted on 02/06/2012 2:02:29 PM PST by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: juan_galt

I think that the republican leadership hates us far more than the dims.

LLS


22 posted on 02/06/2012 2:04:29 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: bigbob

The GOP likes to be in the minority. That’s where the gutless and timid hang out and that’s where they’re comfortable. Just look at our Mike Conaway (19th district Texas). The guy is bullet proof and could be re-elected forever. He could be a real voice for conservatives. But you never hear a peep out of him. Why? Because he doesn’t want to offend anyone and he’s gotten comfortable at the feed bag.


23 posted on 02/06/2012 2:06:39 PM PST by baiamonte
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To: MHGinTN
If the democrats retake the House and maintain the Senate it will be conservative voters’ fault for not going to the polls.

Gotta have someone to vote for and not just someone to vote against. For the first time in my life I'm gonna sit this one out as the country has systemic problems and there is no one on either side willing to implement systemic solutions. It's gonna get far far worse before it gets better.

24 posted on 02/06/2012 2:06:43 PM PST by 03A3
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To: SMGFan

It could happen if our people stay home and those are the ones then who are going to be blamed


25 posted on 02/06/2012 2:07:28 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: SMGFan

End of the world as we know it.


26 posted on 02/06/2012 2:10:04 PM PST by old3030 (I lost some time once. It's always in the last place you look.)
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To: MHGinTN

You are exactly right, and it looks like some people just don’t learn


27 posted on 02/06/2012 2:11:29 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: pallis

Romney and the GOP-E want to lose the House, to get rid of what they call “Tea Party Disease” and “Reaganite holdouts”.


28 posted on 02/06/2012 2:12:31 PM PST by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Kaslin

I for one will be sorely disappointed if Romney is the nominee. But I will still go vote against 0bama.

The contrast is stark. Comparing 0bama to Romney is like comparing Lenin, Hitler or Mao to FDR, Johnson or Clinton. As bad as those presidents were they are preferable to a narcissist who no longer has to run for re-election.

Please, hold your nose, and vote GOP for president. At least, show up an vote for the down ticket Republicans. If we hold the House it may allow us to hold on another 4 years.


29 posted on 02/06/2012 2:14:11 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts so good.)
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To: SMGFan

R = D

It’s all the same these days.


30 posted on 02/06/2012 2:14:41 PM PST by bgill (The Obama admin is staging a coup. Wake up, America, it's almost too late.)
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To: SMGFan
Continued polarization and obstruction by Democrats. . . . .

I'm so disgusted with what passes for elected Congresscritters it verges on apoplexy!!! We are WAY past time for a complete house (and senate!) cleaning!!!

IMO, politicians from BOTH sides of the aisle need to be dumped and we need to start over. The incumbents in BOTH parties are corrupt, lazy and working either for the destruction of America (Dems and RINOS) or to keep their cushy job (and their VERY cushy paychecks and perks!) in the next election (Dems and 'Pubbies).

DUMP them all!!!

31 posted on 02/06/2012 2:16:19 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: MHGinTN
Your idiotic blind hatred of Boehner is telling, dweeb.

Well, I guess there are two of us on this thread. I agree with Lazlo; Boehner has been ineffective and a pushover for the left.

I can't help wondering why the 'Pubbies are unable to get a Speaker who is as ruthless and iron-fisted as the Dems? Pelousy and tiny tommy daschle, among others, were no pushovers. All the 'Pubbies bring to the Speaker's position are Milqtoasts afraid of their own shadow!! We NEED some fighters (Chuck Norris comes to mind, but he isn't running - unfortunately)!!

32 posted on 02/06/2012 2:22:39 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: SMGFan

WaPo conducts polls that are worded to influence opinion, not measure opinion. We call them “push polls”

It is not too much of a stretch to see that WaPo is now conducting “push-journalism”

( putsch-journalism anyone? )


33 posted on 02/06/2012 2:27:07 PM PST by kidd
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To: Kaslin
It could happen if our people stay home and those are the ones then who are going to be blamed

You make a good point, Kas. If Romney is the nominee, I will probably be unable to vote for him in November. HOWEVER, we can vote for Congresscritters and NOT vote for the POTUS and our votes will still count!

Something to consider in Nov.

34 posted on 02/06/2012 2:27:46 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: MHGinTN
Take your nonsense and sell it to someone else. I have never missed voting in an election. Ever. That includes off year Primaries for dog catcher. I never sat anything out and never will. The fact is Boehner is weak. Besides his obvious fault of crying at the drop of a hat, he has squandered whatever goodwill the Tea Party had towards the GOP. You forget the phoney budget deal? The fact that the best the GOP can do for Speaker out of 242 members is this fake tan ninny is ridiculous.


35 posted on 02/06/2012 2:28:12 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Diogenesis
........................the DNC will win House, Senate and POTUS.

and the flag with the hammer & sickle will fly over the capitol.

36 posted on 02/06/2012 2:28:20 PM PST by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: SMGFan

The Washington Post on yet another of its psychological opposition warfare(psyops)hit pieces. They think if they write this stuff, it will embolden the Dems, undermine the GOP, and come true. Don’t believe a word of it.


37 posted on 02/06/2012 2:29:06 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: SMGFan

Libtard wishful thinking.


38 posted on 02/06/2012 2:38:13 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SMGFan

When we didn’t have “obstructionism”, we got “obamacare”. Shouldn’t that be enough evidence that going back would be disasterous?


39 posted on 02/06/2012 2:43:05 PM PST by Sopater (...where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. - 2 COR 3:17b)
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To: WashingtonSource

WasherCompost psycho ops is right. What happened to those broken-glass republicans. W wasnt perfect. I didnt like a lot of what he did but the choice between 4 more years of this crap and a RINO is easy for me. Enough already, shut up and vote, the choice is yours. not voting and you cant carp about the next 4 yrs.


40 posted on 02/06/2012 2:44:35 PM PST by tomd2
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To: SMGFan

It is a matter of PR and we have none. I remember seeing Nasty Nan on TV at least twice a week going after Pres. Bush tooth an nail and defining what they stood for. I bet that 75% of the voters have no idea who the Speaker of the House is now, he and others are MIA. To sell a product you have to get out and sell it and the Republicans aren’t selling anything. Do they even show up for work?


41 posted on 02/06/2012 2:50:54 PM PST by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: SMGFan
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” ― Alexis de Tocqueville
42 posted on 02/06/2012 2:58:55 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: The Citizen Soldier

I didn’t say it was a “do nothing” house. I said obama will RUN against a “do nothing” house.


43 posted on 02/06/2012 3:02:11 PM PST by Terry Mross (.)
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To: library user

Romney on general ballot = Republicans lose House.


44 posted on 02/06/2012 3:08:35 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: boomop1

Boehner is the worst speaker of all time.


45 posted on 02/06/2012 3:12:17 PM PST by editor-surveyor (No Federal Sales Tax - No Way!)
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To: juan_galt
I sometimes wonder, who hates the Tea Party folks more, the Dems or Repubs?

That's easy. Just compare the campaign Romney ran against Ted Kennedy in 1994 with the campaign he is running against Santorum and Gingrich now.

The GOPe hates conservatives and will fight tooth and nail to defeat them. It is quite happy with Dems in power and will go along to get along and take their turn at power when given up.

Regards,

TS

46 posted on 02/06/2012 3:14:19 PM PST by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: DustyMoment

We must never allow the rats to take the House back and we can not forget that it is important that we not only take the senate back, but get it back with the super majority


47 posted on 02/06/2012 3:14:57 PM PST by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: SMGFan
People overreacting to a ComPost process article, a D-list reporter working this up on a Sunday. It's a ****ing joke. One glance at the betting exchanges -- the odds are 3-1 against losing the House...that's not even a horse race...
48 posted on 02/06/2012 3:22:40 PM PST by StAnDeliver ("We will not comply.")
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To: MHGinTN
“Big stinky bull feathers! If the democrats retake the House and maintain the Senate it will be conservative voters’ fault for not going to the polls. Your idiotic blind hatred of Boehner is telling, dweeb. Your tantrum type will sit at home rather than vote if you don’t have a perfect ticket. THAT’S what looses, loser.”

Wow! I could not agree with you more. I also could not have expressed my feelings anywhere near as well as you did. Lazy Republicans and Conservatives, get off your cans and VOTE.

49 posted on 02/06/2012 3:27:36 PM PST by usflagwaver
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To: SMGFan

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you


50 posted on 02/06/2012 3:28:52 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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