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Nov 3, 2010

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Rocket Rocket
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TSOP

You win the award as biggest USA election tragic!

I was thinking tonight – if there are no Australian elections scheduled around November 2012 wouldn’t it be great if the ABC sent Antony Green to Washington for a few weeks to do a really good coverage of what could be a fascinating election.

vik
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[Republicans would have won Delaware too if that nutjob Christine O’Donnell hadn’t been their endorsed candiate.]

I wouldn’t have written-off the Dems even if someone else been the Republican candidate for the Senate.

Delaware is very much a left-leaning state. In the contest for the House of Reps seat, the Democrat (Carney) thumped the Republican by the same margin of 57%-41%.

vik
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[Apparently Nancy Pelosi is going to run for Minority Leader! Good for her! It’s a shame to see her lose the Speaker’s chair.]

Yeah … just like our Jules, she’s no quitter … 🙂

Rational Leftist
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Apparently Keith Olbermann has been suspended for donating money to Democratic candidates in the recent midterm elections. Apparently that violates (whichever network it is. I can’t remember)’s policy in that regard.

Rational Leftist
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Apparently Nancy Pelosi is going to run for Minority Leader! Good for her! It’s a shame to see her lose the Speaker’s chair. I don’t know if she’ll be successful or not, but it’s better than her retiring to the backbench and retiring in 2012, or resigning before then…

Rational Leftist
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Maybe Dino Rossi will finally work out that Washington doesn’t want him. FOR ANYTHING. And he can go away!

Rational Leftist
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[Rhode Island has just elected their first independent Governor.]

And he’s really great. I can’t overstate what a great politician Lincoln Chafee is. He has a heart of gold. You’d never believe that just half a decade ago he was a Republican senator (albeit the most liberal one) now that he is an indy, Dems have no problem supporting him.

Rocket Rocket
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TSOP 333
[While it does have quite a few major flaws, it also has its merits.]
Yes, I like the idea of primaries, even though they are susceptible to money and “tea-party”-style mobilization.

Love the “write-in” candidate stuff!

Love the odd independent. (and sometimes “very odd” – think Wrestler Jesse Ventura as Minnesota Governor)

Rhode Island has just elected their first independent Governor.

I didn’t realise Mark Sanford was still Governor of South Carolina (I thought he was off “hiking in the Appalachians” with his Argentinian soulmate)

Rocket Rocket
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[The Delaware political system will never be the same]
She’s right about that – the Republicans in Delaware will make sure they NEVER let anyone like her stuff up their Primaries again!

Ron
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PBers quite unfair on Rosie O’donnell ,
without her youse would hav missed out on th greatest unconcession speech in all of World’s politcs history

she LOST Delaware by a massacre , 17% , and proudly unconcedes as a loser saying

“We worked hard. We had an incredible victory,” she told supporters. “Be encouraged. We have won. The Delaware political system will never be the same ”

(what th hell she’d say if she had won)

Ron
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yes we can , no you cann’t did Obama hear that mesage jobs and 14 trillion debt , of whixh Obama/Dems wasted 1 trillion alone on a foolish , unfocussed , under funded , poorly directed Stimili on veything but gowing econ and incr of Jobs , instead into bailouts of State Govts and useless earmarks Lucky we in oz , unlike Obama/Dems , had competant econ mangers that saved us from GFC , grew jobs , preserve equity , and with a servicable debt thats clear in 2 yrs unemply in US 9.6% , but given there methods of… Read more »
Thornleigh Labor Man
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Yep, final makeup of the Senate seems to be:
53 Democrats(including Lieberman)
47 Republicans

Republicans would have won Delaware too if that nutjob Christine O’Donnell hadn’t been their endorsed candiate.

Thornleigh Labor Man
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Hey folks!
One bright spot for the Democrats, amidst all the wreckage, was their performance on the west coast, retaining their senate seats in California, Washington State, Colorado and Nevada(Go Harry Reid), probably due to the hispanic vote being mobilised in those areas.
Also, Jerry Brown winning the California Governors Race(Meg Whitman blowing hundreds of millions for no reward) – another good result for the Dems.
Alaska Senate Race will probably be won by Republican reject and write in candidate Lisa Murkowski, although Tea Party hack Joe Miller is threatening to take this one to court LOL

Rational Leftist
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And it looks like Murray has won Washington. Which’ll give the Dems 51 (+2 Ind) = 53, which is probably enough to avoid Lieberman and Ben Nelson from the temptation of cutting a deal to defect to the other side (or rather if they do, it won’t affect majority status)

Rational Leftist
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[Mmm. I thought much the same about Oz when Howard was elected, Puff. Unfortunately it took the voters a long, long, time to realise the error of their ways!]

And Australia is already musing about going back to that style of government.

I don’t think anybody deserves Palin.

She is useless and couldn’t even complete a single term as governor. I doubt she’ll be nominated. The GOP leadership hate the teabaggers and she has personally burned too many bridges.

Rod Hagen
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[ think the USA deserves Palin. I hope she wins the next election. I believe only when the people of the USA experience the full consequences of their voting patterns will they have the motivation to bring true democracy back to their country.]

Mmm. I thought much the same about Oz when Howard was elected, Puff. Unfortunately it took the voters a long, long, time to realise the error of their ways!

Rational Leftist
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[I have limited knowledge of the usa system and I am learning from reading this blog. It is very informative. From what I can gather, their democracy seems not like anything I expected. It is hardly democracy at all. It is corruption with a ribbon on it.]

While it does have quite a few major flaws, it also has its merits. We certainly are overexposed to its darker side, but I suppose a flawless election is unnewsworthy.

Puff, the Magic Dragon.
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Puff, the Magic Dragon.

I think the USA deserves Palin. I hope she wins the next election. I believe only when the people of the USA experience the full consequences of their voting patterns will they have the motivation to bring true democracy back to their country. At the moment they have demonocracy.

Puff, the Magic Dragon.
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Puff, the Magic Dragon.

I have limited knowledge of the usa system and I am learning from reading this blog. It is very informative. From what I can gather, their democracy seems not like anything I expected. It is hardly democracy at all. It is corruption with a ribbon on it.

Rational Leftist
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It should be added that, because it was a special election, Kirk immediately becomes Senator. (All the other SEs ended with the same party retaining the seat) so the Democrats now have 58-42 Senate majority until January.

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