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Will the Senate Go Republican?

John Hawkins – The 12 Key Senate Races To Watch In 2012

This year, most people have been focused on the Romney vs. Obama race, but there is also a battle going on for control of the Senate.

The Senate is currently comprised of 47 Republicans, 51 Democrats and 2 liberal independents. That means the GOP would need to capture 4 seats for a takeover. Although that may sound like a heavy lift, keep in mind that this year there are only 10 Republicans up for reelection while 23 Democrats/liberal independents have to defend their seats.

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Hawkins describes himself as a “professional blogger,” whatever that means. He also has some business interests. But his analysis here is worth considering. I’ve long felt that the Senate races are much more important than the race for the White House.

Here are the highlights of some of the 12 races Hawkins considers important:

State: Massachusetts
Seat Currently Held By: Scott Brown (R)
Competitors: Scott Brown (R) vs. Elizabeth Warren (D)
Current Ranking: Toss-up (50% chance of Republican hold)
Analysis: Normally, a popular incumbent like Scott Brown would have nothing to fear from a far left-wing socialist who advanced her career by pretending to be an Indian. Unfortunately, we’re talking about a state that sent degenerates like Ted Kennedy and Barney Frank back to Congress year after year. This is a tight, back-and-forth race that still might break either way.

State: Indiana
Seat Currently Held By:Richard Lugar (R)
Competitors:Richard Mourdock (R) vs. Joe Donnelly (D)
Current Ranking: Leans Republican hold (75% chance of Republican hold)
Analysis: Most people seem to be assuming that Mourdock is going to coast to victory, but at the moment, both candidates seem to be knotted in the low forties. Mourdock SHOULD win this race, but if he stumbles down the stretch or Republicans get complacent about this seat while Democrats go after it hard, this could turn into the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a GOP seat they’re expected to lose.

State: Wisconsin
Seat Currently Held By:Herb Kohl (D)
Competitors:Tommy Thompson (R) vs. Tammy Baldwin (D)
Current Ranking: Toss-up (50% chance of Democrat hold)
Analysis: Tommy Thompson is a popular former governor who looked to have this race well in hand, but the numbers have started moving Baldwin’s way. Either candidate could still pull this out.

Hawkins thinks the races in Montana, North Dakota and Nebraska will be enough to tip the Senate to the Republicans.

Cleveland Speech Leaves Obama Supporters Cold

Within hours of what was supposed to be an “important,” even pivotal, speech on the economy to his supporters in Cleveland last Thursday, Obama’s usual symphony of media liberals was turning sour. Clive Cook, senior editor at The Atlantic, a reliably liberal and usually dependable supporter of the President, called his presentation “an uncompelling unmemorable performance” during which “he talked too long and kept repeating himself.” Cook complained that Obama has repeatedly been unable to articulate his policies, seen by an increasing number of Americans as failing, especially his defense of his incomprehensibly tangled, invasive, and costly healthcare act that was foisted onto the American people early in his first term. Cook explained that ObamaCare is unpopular

because it is unfathomably complicated, because it threatens great disruption to a system that voters are accustomed to and most quite like, and because they don’t believe it’s going to end up costing them nothing.

It’s unpopular because the Democrats did all this knowing that most voters were unhappy [with the plan], and pressed on as though it didn’t matter.

We were assured the selling of the policy would be done after the reform became law. We’re still waiting.

More than that, Cook complained that the president missed a great opportunity, hailed by the media to be a “big event,” which turned out instead to be another example of

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The JOBS Bill: An Encouraging Sign of Intelligent Life in Washington

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When President Obama signs the JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Start-up Act) bill into law today it will reflect the first sign in a long time that some in Congress are waking up to reality: government regulations stifle business growth. The bill passed the House 390-23 in March and then passed the Senate 73-26 last week but not without much weeping and gnashing of teeth from regulationists decrying the bill’s alleged resurrection of “deregulation.”

Simply put, the JOBS Act will make it slightly less difficult for small successful private companies to “go public” and raise capital through a public offering of their stock. It expands slightly the number of companies who otherwise would decide that the costs of complying with the regulations under Sarbanes-Oxley and other laws passed after the Enron implosion were simply too great. It provides an “on-ramp” to these companies so that the full impact of those regulations isn’t felt until they reach a certain threshold of financial success, or five years, whichever occurs first.

One of those opposed to any sort of temporary lifting of the regulatory state from the backs of the job creators in the country is liberal Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) who said, prior to passage of the bill in the Senate, in a burst of excessive hyperbole, “We are about to embark upon the most sweeping deregulatory effort and assault on investor protection in decades.” Joining Levin was liberal Senator Dick Durban (D-Ill.) who said the ACTS bill would “allow companies to use billboards and cold calls to lure unsophisticated investors with the promise of making a quick buck investing in new companies.”

Other ultra-liberal anti-capitalists in the Senate were unhappy over the JOBS bill too, including Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.). Said Merkley, the bill is “simply a

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A Closer Look at the GOP Litmus Test

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Now that the GOP has all but shelved the litmus test for candidates to receive money and support for their mid-term election campaigns, a closer look at that “test” reveals a tepid attempt to reinvigorate “conservative” principles into the big tent GOP.

The Republican National Committee, meeting in Hawaii to hammer out their platform, briefly considered a resolution from James Bopp, an RNC vice-chairman from Indiana and general counsel for National Right to Life, requiring candidates to state publicly their agreement with at least eight of ten listed “conservative” positions. Bopp said that his resolution was “designed to bring conservatives, some of whom have gravitated to the independent ‘tea party’ movement, into the GOP fold.” He expressed concern that “disaffected conservatives” would back third-party candidates and take support away from Republicans running in the same race. He added:

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What Part of “No” Doesn’t He Understand?

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This change allegedly reflects the impact the Brown win in Massachusetts last week had on politics in general, but also that it had not been anticipated by Obama or the Democrats.

“The entire political community was caught a little bit unawares on that one,” said David Axelrod, White House senior advisor. The impact of Brown’s win on Obama’s healthcare bill was significant in that it deprived the Democrats of the opportunity to push the bill through the Senate without a Republican vote.

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Lessons from Massachusetts

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Yesterday the New York Times concluded that Scott Brown’s victory over Martha Coakley for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat resulted from Democrat complacency, Republican tentativeness, and Tea Party activism. Based upon interviews with more than 30 individuals involved in the race, the Times traced the rise of Brown from relative obscurity over the past month to victor on Monday.

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Democrat Options in Massachusetts Senate Race: Delay, Dither, and Litigate

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With polls predicting a clear win by Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election for the Senate seat vacated as a result of Senator Ted Kennedy’s death last summer, and the Democrats determined to pass Obama’s healthcare bill, the White House and Democratic congressional leaders are scrambling to put together Plan B.

As noted here, there are several options under consideration.

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Will Obama’s Effort to Rescue Coakley Be Enough?

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Despite President Obama’s quick flight to Boston on Sunday to try to rescue Martha Coakley’s faltering bid for the Senate seat vacated last summer, polls and others think his efforts just may be too late.

Speaking at Boston’s Northeastern University, Obama said: “Understand what’s at stake here, Massachusetts. Where we don’t want to go is backwards.  I need leaders like Martha by my side so we can kick [passage of healthcare] into high gear, so we can finish what we’ve started.”

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Mass. Senate Race: It’s Going to be Close!

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From obscurity to prominence to possible victory, Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown’s campaign for Teddy Kennedy’s seat in a special election on Tuesday, January 19, is receiving national attention. From a 30-point underdog, Brown has campaigned for the seat—which he says “With all due respect, it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat” — with his pledge:  “I will send this [Obama healthcare] bill back.”  And in so doing he has closed the gap so that several prominent pollsters are saying the race is too close to call.

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