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Republicans Can Take The Senate, If They Donít Screw It Up
The Federalist ^ | 02/03/2014 | Brandon Finnigan

Posted on 02/03/2014 1:48:31 PM PST by SeekAndFind

When I first took a look at the picture for the U.S. Senate, I saw fourteen exciting-to-mildly interesting Democrat-held seats and three Republican-held ones. Since December, it has been clear Senator Collins has no intention of retiring, so with that possibility axed, the number of seats on the GOP worth watching drops to two. Senator Tom Coburn announced his retirement, and the special election to fill his seat will be held concurrently with the scheduled midterm election. His seat is quite safe, so the primary will be where all of the action lies.

Bigger than the retirement or our removal of Collins from my watch list has been the developments in the Democrat-held states. With polling releases and a closer examination of the Gallup surveys (along with available exit poll data from ’08, ’10, and ’12), I am moving several vulnerable Democrats to the endangered list: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina are now projected to lose their seats by a close margin. In addition, Republican Terri Lynn Land, for now, appears to have the edge in Michigan, with fund-raising figures and polling strongly suggesting this race to be the best for Republicans in the Midwest. Despite a lack of polling, further review of the election data in 2008 along with fund-raising figures have convinced me to push Mark Begich onto the very vulnerable list: Alaska is now a toss-up. Right now, the Republicans are projected a net gain of seven seats, enough for a 52-48 majority in the Senate if Begich manages to hold on.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gop; republicans; senate

1 posted on 02/03/2014 1:48:31 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What is the difference form the GOOP and the Broncos?


2 posted on 02/03/2014 1:50:08 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

They can’t NOT screw it up. They are hopeless.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 1:50:10 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: SeekAndFind

What if they DON’T WANT the responsibility of having control of Congress?


4 posted on 02/03/2014 1:51:02 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

“If they don’t screw it up.”

Well, that’s a pretty high bar for the RINOs that run the party.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 1:51:07 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: SeekAndFind

Pass amnesty and let’s see where the GOP is at.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 1:51:41 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: mountainlion

The Broncos weren’t trying to lose?


7 posted on 02/03/2014 1:51:55 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: mountainlion

The Broncos at least run towards the opposition....not saying they will get far past that, but at least they run that way.
*HINT GOP*


8 posted on 02/03/2014 1:52:44 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, its hard to remain optimistic when you have a poll saying in Kentucky, Bevin beats Grimes by 6 while Mitch McConnell is tied with her, and some Freepers STILL back Mitch McConnell!

Talk about a losing proposition.

That said, another poll had Terri Lynn Land ahead in Michigan. That race is a very dark horse.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 1:53:54 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Darteaus94025

If that’s the caveat I guess we might as well forget it.


10 posted on 02/03/2014 1:54:07 PM PST by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: MrB
"What if they DON’T WANT the responsibility of having control of Congress?"

You're on to something. They haven't said what they wanted to do if they control.

11 posted on 02/03/2014 1:54:08 PM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: SeekAndFind

 

Repubs like these two are great at Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory.

12 posted on 02/03/2014 1:55:05 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think they want a majority in the Senate.

They are more comfortable eating the democrats’ crumbs.

Republicans have never shown that they have the kind of fire it takes to run the Senate.

Harry Reid is an insane idiot but he runs the senate with an iron hand.
The republicans have no one with that level of determination and motivation.

When republicans had a majority in the Bush administration they still let democrats push them around and control most of the agenda.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 1:57:16 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences." - Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: MrB

> What if they DON’T WANT the responsibility of having control of Congress?

What if they consider every “Democrat win” as their own victory?
You have to admit, such a scenario does explain the situation.


14 posted on 02/03/2014 1:58:02 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Viennacon
and some Freepers STILL
back Mitch McConnell!
Where are they?...

15 posted on 02/03/2014 1:59:32 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: skinkinthegrass

Judibug thinks the Tea Party is dumb for going after McConnell. She’ll show up I’m sure.


16 posted on 02/03/2014 2:00:26 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s a mighty big “IF”.


17 posted on 02/03/2014 2:03:36 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: FReepers; Patriots; FRiends

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18 posted on 02/03/2014 2:05:40 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Broncos can win the Super Bowl if they don’t screw it up. Oh wait...


19 posted on 02/03/2014 2:06:59 PM PST by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: SeekAndFind


Retire these Jack@$ Gutle$$ Old Party B@$@$D$; don't
show them any respect for their previous actions / deeds.
BOOT ' EM ALL OUT!
Support Matt Bevins, Defeat Sen. *itch "Mumbles" McConnell. *(D.C.-GOP / E)
Support JD Winteregg, Defeat (SotH) Rep. John *HIC! / HIC!* Boehmer. *(D.C.-GOP / E)

Support Linda Vega or Dwayne Stovall, Defeat John Cornyn *(D.C.-GOP / E)
Support Joe Carr, Defeat Lamar Alexander *(D.C.-GOP / E)
Support Lee Bright, Defeat Lindsey Graham *(D.C.-GOP / E)
Support Chris McDaniel, Defeat Thad Cochran *(D.C.-GOP / E)
Support Dr. Milton Wolf, Defeat Pat Roberts *(D.C.-GOP / E)

*District of Criminals-Gutle$$ Old Party / E$tabli$hment


20 posted on 02/03/2014 2:07:04 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: SeekAndFind

They’ll fix everything and screw it up.


21 posted on 02/03/2014 2:07:10 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: All

22 posted on 02/03/2014 2:14:44 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Viennacon; JudiBug
well..Judibug, Is a newbie (2-3-'14)
as you know there's a Learning Curve
btw: welcome. ;-)

23 posted on 02/03/2014 2:15:06 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: mountainlion

Dang it. You beat me to it. ; )


24 posted on 02/03/2014 2:25:03 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: mountainlion
What is the difference from the GOOP and the Broncos?

The Broncos wear bike cups for protection.

The GOP-e wear bike cups to fool people into believing there's something there.

25 posted on 02/03/2014 2:26:14 PM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: SeekAndFind

The headline was really exciting... ‘til I got to those last six words.


26 posted on 02/03/2014 2:40:51 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: SeekAndFind

If they don’t “screw it up” it will not be because they have not tried.


27 posted on 02/03/2014 2:48:12 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: ex-snook

Historically the Republicans, when in control of the House, have acted most of the time as if they are the minority party, deferring to the Democrats. Actually they act as if the Democrats are the natural ruling party and they don’t want to make them mad.


28 posted on 02/03/2014 2:50:44 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: OneWingedShark
What if they consider every “Democrat win” as their own victory?

The Republicans ARE Democrats, They are the Official Opposition Division of The Party.

29 posted on 02/03/2014 2:52:39 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: MrB
What if they DON’T WANT the responsibility of having control of Congress?

That's my theory. Having to lead might risk their sinecures.

30 posted on 02/03/2014 2:54:46 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Replace them before they have a chance to screw it up.


31 posted on 02/03/2014 3:17:41 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: SeekAndFind

They’ll screw it up. I mean, we ARE talking about the Stupid Party, aren’t we?


32 posted on 02/03/2014 3:50:10 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: mountainlion

The Broncos are far better at what they do.


33 posted on 02/03/2014 4:00:01 PM PST by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh but they will.


34 posted on 02/03/2014 4:12:21 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: skinkinthegrass

I believe that wholeheartedly.


35 posted on 02/03/2014 4:13:45 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: MrB
That's what they said the last time the GOP retook the Senate, that they were better at using minority power. These days, they aren't even competent at that.

-PJ

36 posted on 02/03/2014 4:25:52 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: MrB
What if they DON’T WANT the responsibility of having control of Congress?

That is what I've been saying for years. We once gave them control of the Senate, The House, The Presidency and a majority on the Supreme Court.

They threw it away as fast as they could!

37 posted on 02/03/2014 4:32:34 PM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are much like bananas. They start off green, turn yellow then rot.)
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To: arthurus
>> What if they consider every “Democrat win” as their own victory?
>
> The Republicans ARE Democrats, They are the Official Opposition Division of The Party.

O I think I know that.

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38 posted on 02/03/2014 5:17:27 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind
If They Don’t Screw It Up

I think I see the flaw in the plan.

39 posted on 02/04/2014 5:05:38 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: SeekAndFind
There is a new question on the SAT verbal:

"The Washington Generals are to the Harlem GlobeTroters as the Republicans are to _____________."

40 posted on 02/04/2014 5:10:41 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

RE: The Washington Generals are to the Harlem GlobeTroters as the Republicans are to _____________.”

God help us if the Dems are the Harlem Globetrotters :)


41 posted on 02/04/2014 8:59:13 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

They will screw it up with this immigration crap.

Severe dumb bunnies they are.


42 posted on 02/04/2014 9:06:12 AM PST by dforest
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