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Obama, Dems meet as struggle for Senate builds
Associated Press ^ | Feb 5, 2014 3:32 AM EST | Josh Lederman

Posted on 02/05/2014 2:38:36 AM PST by Olog-hai

When President Barack Obama solicits advice Wednesday from his party’s senators, the voices of some Democrats may come through louder than others.

Of the 53 Democratic senators, it’s the nearly two dozen facing re-election this year who are causing jitters for Obama and the party. With control of the Senate at stake, many of those Democrats are actively seeking ways to distance themselves from a president who is deeply unpopular in their home states. […]

With prospects for capturing the House this year in doubt, Democrats have intensified their focus on the Senate, where their tenuous majority will be toppled in November if they lose more than five seats—out of 21 they are defending. Although Obama has had to rein in aspirations for ambitious second-term legislation due to Republican control of the House, his final years in office would be even more constrained were Democrats to lose the Senate. …

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: democrats; liberalagenda; obama; senate
Glum tone out of AP. What kind of emotions are they trying to stir?
1 posted on 02/05/2014 2:38:36 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai
With prospects for capturing the House this year in doubt

Understatement of the day.
2 posted on 02/05/2014 3:00:35 AM PST by nhwingut (This tagline is for lease)
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To: Olog-hai

Live by the RINO, die by the RINO.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 3:37:21 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Olog-hai

The GOP need more than 5. Princess Lisa or somebody else will caucus with the Dems if they need it.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 4:05:37 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Olog-hai

The ****ing communists are unhappy... good... take the easy way out boys!


5 posted on 02/05/2014 4:09:00 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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...his final years in office would be even more constrained were Democrats to lose the Senate...

The best way to "unconstrain" Obama is to push Amnesty. Idiot GOP.

6 posted on 02/05/2014 4:52:13 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: LibLieSlayer

They’re having an early ‘farewell party’. snort


7 posted on 02/05/2014 5:07:27 AM PST by CMailBag
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To: VRWC For Truth

Having observed the behavior of McConnell, McCain, Graham, Collins, Hatch, Murkowski, etc. over the five + years of the Obama administration it is hard for me to envision a Republican majority Senate would be much different from the Senate we have today. In a situation with a one or two seat Republican majority Harry Reid would use every rule and every trick to obstruct any effort to slow down the progressive agenda. The great compromisers on the Republican side (i.e. McCain, Graham, Murkowski, Collins) would almost certainly fall over themselves giving in to Reid in an effort to appear bipartisan. If McConnell is reelected and returns as majority leader he will continue being a figurehead, not the driver of a conservative agenda.

The only place a small Republican majority might make a difference is in judicial nominations, particularly if one of the older conservative justices (Kennedy, Scalia) has to retire due to health reasons. If Scalia or Kennedy retired you can be certain Obama will appoint a hard left jurist in the mold of Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer, and Sotomayor. Would a majority Republican Senate really vote down a leftist who would change the balance of the court forever? Or would McCain, Graham, Murkowski, Collins and a few others cave under the blistering media assault that will be used against them? If the ultimate result is to capitulate, then the Republic is lost already and there is no value in electing a Republican Senate.

Even if the Supreme Court doesn’t come into play, the Republicans will face a much more difficult battle to control or hold the Senate in 2016. If we get a 1 or 2 seat Senate majority in 2014, and that Senate is as ineffective as the current Republican House, by 2016 it will be fully discredited. We could be looking at another 2008 with Hillary capturing the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 5:15:15 AM PST by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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9 posted on 02/05/2014 5:21:21 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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Just saying, the GOP needs to start advocating for American jobs.

The Dems are asleep at the wheel.

Yet the Republicans are selling out America. America needs jobs.

Bring back American jobs. American jobs.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 5:24:17 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Soul of the South
Spot on analysis and conclusion. If conservatives are not in control and make substantial inroads in getting this country back on course, then after Hitlery is crowned empress in Jan. 2017, opposition in this nation will be forcibly eradicated so the Progressives can continue turning our once great nation into the Socialist/Marxist utopia they have wet dreams about.
11 posted on 02/05/2014 5:34:06 AM PST by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: CMailBag

Gud 1!


12 posted on 02/05/2014 6:41:30 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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