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DEMOCRATS PLAN POLITICAL TRIAGE TO RETAIN HOUSE
insidebayarea.com ^ | September 4, 2010 | Jeff Zeleny and Carl Hulse

Posted on 09/04/2010 8:26:52 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar

As Democrats brace for a November wave that threatens their control of the House, party leaders are preparing a brutal triage of their own members in hopes of saving enough seats to keep a slim grip on the majority.

In the next two weeks, Democratic leaders will review new polls and other data that show whether vulnerable incumbents have a path to victory. If not, the party is poised to redirect money to concentrate on trying to protect up to two dozen lawmakers who appear to be in the strongest position to fend off their challengers.

"We are going to have to win these races one by one," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, conceding that the party would ultimately cut loose members who had not gained ground.

With the midterm campaign entering its final two months, Democrats acknowledged that several races could quickly move out of their reach, including re-election bids by Reps. Betsy Markey of Colorado, Tom Perriello of Virginia, Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio and Frank Kratovil Jr. of Maryland, whose districts were among the 55 Democrats won from Republicans in the last two election cycles.

Reps. John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina, chairman of the Budget Committee, and Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, who is seeking a 10th term, are among senior Democrats who have appeared to gain little ground in the summer months in the toxic political environment. A sputtering

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1 posted on 09/04/2010 8:26:54 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar
"Reps. John M. Spratt Jr. of South Carolina"

I've never understood have the creep has kept his seat.

2 posted on 09/04/2010 8:29:33 PM PDT by WHBates
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To: Jet Jaguar

* hands worlds largest freezer full of ice to DNC * Here, this will help...


3 posted on 09/04/2010 8:29:33 PM PDT by Danae (Anal nathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do che'l de'nmha.)
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To: holdonnow; kristinn
This tells us which members to attack...

Cheers!

4 posted on 09/04/2010 8:29:41 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: All

From the earlier Drudge tempter headline:

NYT: Dems plan ‘FIREWALL’ to save house.


5 posted on 09/04/2010 8:30:06 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (*)
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To: Jet Jaguar

They need to see where their vote fraud operations will be the most successful.


6 posted on 09/04/2010 8:30:18 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Commies are sneaky bass turds. It’s about to get very, very ugly. This is the closest the commies have ever gotten to finally destroying America. They aren’t going to give up easy.


7 posted on 09/04/2010 8:30:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("Hanoi Boi" Kerry tops wealthiest lawmakers at $188.6 million! "Berthers" Rule!)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I don’t see Heath Shuler mentioned here. I live in his district and live for the day he’s gone because if Shuler is defeated the Republicans will have buried the Democrats. I can see November 2nd from here and it smells like victory.


8 posted on 09/04/2010 8:31:16 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Well, this oughta show all those dem dummies going under da bus!


9 posted on 09/04/2010 8:33:43 PM PDT by dusttoyou (Let the other side get all wee-wee'd up, Remember come November)
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To: saganite

My parents live in the 11th District. Is he really that vulnerable?


10 posted on 09/04/2010 8:34:28 PM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: Jet Jaguar

The idea of trying to win in any sort of a marketplace of ideas is not part of their system. They mean to win via gaming and technique.


11 posted on 09/04/2010 8:35:08 PM PDT by wendy1946
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To: Jet Jaguar

By hook or by crook....either stuff the ballot boxes or buy the elections....


12 posted on 09/04/2010 8:35:13 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Jet Jaguar
Good luck with that...

They spent most of our grandchildren’s future over the last 4 years but they're going to put on a new face in the last couple of months before the mid term elections and the electorate will buy it...

They must think people are even stupider than they are...

13 posted on 09/04/2010 8:35:28 PM PDT by DB
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To: Jet Jaguar

I wonder how different these tactics are from ‘94.


14 posted on 09/04/2010 8:35:34 PM PDT by dr_who
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To: OrangeHoof

Bingo!


15 posted on 09/04/2010 8:35:37 PM PDT by Colonel Blimp
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To: Jet Jaguar
That's the plan: throw lots of money at (their) problem.

Thats all liberals know how to react to problems.

16 posted on 09/04/2010 8:36:30 PM PDT by corkoman
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To: Jet Jaguar

For those worried about the Dems pushing their agenda through in a lame duck session, how cooperative do you think these ones they cut loose are gonna be?


17 posted on 09/04/2010 8:37:49 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Jet Jaguar
Dems plan ‘FIREWALL’ to save house.

A more apt analogy would be that only the strong get a seat in the lifeboat.
18 posted on 09/04/2010 8:39:45 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
"We are going to have to win these races one by one," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

And, what he did NOT say was...

- - "We are going to have win these races by deceitfully hiding who we really are,

- - pretending that we believe in a strong and free America, and that we support our Military (when we really hate all that)

- - shamelessly doing (Stalinist?) investigations on our opponents,

- -cheating on vote counts,

- -and remorseless evasion and vagueness about our socialist plans to confiscate your freedoms and property."

.

19 posted on 09/04/2010 8:41:41 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Translation: It’s about to get awfully crowded under the bus.

By the way, didn’t Obama promise he was going to use his political acumen and irresistable personal appeal to save their bacon?


20 posted on 09/04/2010 8:42:55 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Jet Jaguar

It's going to be big. Trash cans all around.

21 posted on 09/04/2010 8:43:25 PM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Jet Jaguar

Maybe the DNC should set up a death panel.


22 posted on 09/04/2010 8:43:57 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: Seaplaner

so true and so incredibly sad....America is doomed.


23 posted on 09/04/2010 8:44:00 PM PDT by Halgr (Once a Marine, always a Marine - Semper Fi)
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To: Jet Jaguar
In Texas, Rep. Chet Edwards, using the word "lie" three times, accuses his rival in an advertisement of claiming that he voted in a recent election when polling records said he did not.

Here's hoping ol' Chet ends up on the "must defend" list. Because he is going to get squashed like a bug in TX-17.

24 posted on 09/04/2010 8:45:09 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Jet Jaguar

“Democratic leaders will review new polls “

Lie to pollsters. Figure out the best lie, and when that dinnertime call comes, lie to them.

At the very least they will come to trust polls less, at the best, they will act on the data you give them.

Saul Alinsky was a leftist but he wrote an excellent set of Rules.


25 posted on 09/04/2010 8:45:36 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Thrownatbirth

..... with the imminent spectacle of rats leaving a sinking ship!!!


26 posted on 09/04/2010 8:46:17 PM PDT by Enchante ("The great enemy of clear language is insincerity." -- George Orwell --)
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To: saganite

I can see November 2nd from here and it smells like victory.


That’s why we need the RNC and friendly sponsors to do NATIONAL network ads that will be seen in all districts. There are too many races that are winnable to try to decide on 50 seats, 70 seats, or 100 seats.

Voters have a national choice in 2010. They can choose a federal government managed by the ruling class regulating every aspect of our lives, spending our grandchildren’s money and running more and more of our businesses or they can vote “NO”. We are the party of “NO” and that should be our message to all voters in all of the states.


27 posted on 09/04/2010 8:47:02 PM PDT by excopconservative
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To: saganite
I don’t see Heath Shuler mentioned here. I live in his district and live for the day he’s gone...

Before they can properly submit him triage, they must first find Shuler's brain...

28 posted on 09/04/2010 8:48:06 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Translation: “Dems throw vulnerable members under the bus — to save a few of their ‘elite’. “


29 posted on 09/04/2010 8:50:22 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: PeaceBeWithYou

That from 2002?


30 posted on 09/04/2010 8:51:52 PM PDT by ChicagoConservative27
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Democrats “cut loose” might go ahead and cooperate during the lame duck session if they have good reason to expect they will be rewarded new positions controlled by the party/administration or by its core supporters/supporting organizations after their term is over.


31 posted on 09/04/2010 8:52:33 PM PDT by Coyote Choir
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To: Experiment 6-2-6

Is he that vulnerable? The last poll I saw had Miller within a few points of him. Shuler also managed to draw only 65% of the voters in his own primary against a complete unknown (Dylan reference there) because his left wing base is completely pissed at him for his moderate stance. Miller has a shot but only if it’s a tidal wave election for Republicans. I have contributed to Miller’s campaign in hopes he will send Shuler packing. Tell your parents to step up to the plate! Help Miller kick Shuler to the curb!


32 posted on 09/04/2010 8:56:27 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Looks like the RATS are doing the only thing they can: use the strongest incumbents to buck up the midlins and throw the weaklings under the bus.

Must be a bitch to be a weakling.


33 posted on 09/04/2010 8:56:34 PM PDT by upchuck (If we let the federal gvmnt live beyond its means, we will soon have to live below ours. ~Joe Miller)
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To: saganite

The race for North Carolina’s 11th district Congressional seat is a dead heat (45 percent–44 percent) between Democratic incumbent Heath Shuler and Republican candidate Jeff Miller as the unaffiliated vote looks to become the deciding factor according to a new SurveyUSA poll released by the Civitas Institute.


34 posted on 09/04/2010 8:59:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Jet Jaguar

Maybe the Dems will publish their list of who they think is worthy of the money . . we could have some fun with that.


35 posted on 09/04/2010 8:59:29 PM PDT by BAW (November. Let's roll.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Photoshop of Nancy’s head as a trophy on a wall needed.


36 posted on 09/04/2010 9:01:37 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: jakerobins

Lots of voting machines will be treated with acorns. For smooth running...


37 posted on 09/04/2010 9:08:58 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: kcvl

That Civitas poll is several weeks old unless you have a new one I don’t know about. Link?


38 posted on 09/04/2010 9:14:39 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: InterceptPoint

Ping


39 posted on 09/04/2010 9:16:21 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: NormsRevenge; ExTexasRedhead; Impy; justiceseeker93

This is an amazing admission. Democrats will wrote off some of their most vulnerable members to assist those whose races seem salvagable.


40 posted on 09/04/2010 9:22:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: Jet Jaguar
NYT: Dems plan ‘FIREWALL’ to save house."

I think that was a fat-finger.. it should have read "FAREWELL", not FIREWALL.

I think at this point, there is little that can stop this overloaded freight train. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth on MSNBC after these elections.

Honestly, I hope we only see a minor conservative victory; just enough to stop the bleeding. Momentum need to carry for 2 more years and the weight of the failures needs to stay firmly on the shoulders of democrats. Having a controlling majority will give the leftist commies way too much ammo to feed to the idiot voters in the runup to 2012 elections. bambam isn't going to sign ANY common sense legislation and the majority will get blamed in the media, regardless what Obama refuses to do.

It would be best to save the final push for 2012 and eat their lunch then... when it will have the most useful effect. We already know repealing anything is impossible as long as the ONE is at the helm. Losing the 2/3 majority will be a huge step in reassuring business that the debauchery has at least been halted.

then again, I'm just another chump, not a political expert.

41 posted on 09/04/2010 9:23:14 PM PDT by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: saganite

August 2nd poll...

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/242247/does-heath-shuler-sense-pressure-coming-his-blindside


42 posted on 09/04/2010 9:24:57 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Stosh
"By the way, didn’t Obama promise he was going to use his political acumen and irresistable personal appeal to save their bacon?"

"The difference between then and now is you have me." I believe was the quote from Obortion The Ego

43 posted on 09/04/2010 9:25:22 PM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Jet Jaguar

“If not, the party is poised to redirect money to concentrate on trying to protect up to two dozen lawmakers who appear to be in the strongest position to fend off their challengers.”

Translation: So long, ‘Blue Dogs’, and thanks for being a useful idiot!


44 posted on 09/04/2010 9:28:11 PM PDT by DemforBush (You might think that, *I* could not possibly comment.)
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To: SpaceBar

I see her as a kind of Jackalope, be nice to have
one on the wall, better yet if it said,
“Last of the Demos.”


45 posted on 09/04/2010 9:31:58 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: DemforBush

“Blue Dogs” are worse than useful idiots -— they are lying frauds who deceive gullible voters into (in effect) supporting the Pelosicrat/Obama agenda

good riddance


46 posted on 09/04/2010 9:33:56 PM PDT by Enchante ("The great enemy of clear language is insincerity." -- George Orwell --)
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To: Jet Jaguar

This is news?


47 posted on 09/04/2010 9:37:46 PM PDT by Soul Seeker (?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

I am shocked the headline was not “GOP Split, Dems Adopt Firewall to Save House.”


48 posted on 09/04/2010 9:45:14 PM PDT by JLS (Democrats: People who won't even let you enjoy an unseasonably warm winter day.)
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To: OrangeHoof

Beware the maoist’s trip to Cleveland. He will be dropping off millions for voter fraud.


49 posted on 09/04/2010 9:45:55 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: wendy1946
They mean to win via gaming and technique.

Deception and fraud come to mind as well...and we'll surely see Chicago thuggduggary on a roll.

50 posted on 09/04/2010 9:49:09 PM PDT by caww
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