Reality Check!


Democratic majorities safe, for now

The recent retirements of two veteran Democratic senators and the decision by two Democratic gubernatorial candidates to drop their bids could prompt more in the party to head for the exits and further frighten already skittish donors and activists. But it doesn’t yet appear that the party’s congressional majorities are threatened.

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15 responses to “Reality Check!

  1. nannymm

    Good morning!

  2. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Thu, January 07, 2010 — 11:44 AM ET

    E.P.A. Announces Strict New Health Standards for Smog

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s new limits — which are
    presented as a range — will likely put hundreds more
    counties nationwide in violation, a designation that will
    require them to find additional ways to clamp down on
    pollution or face government sanctions, most likely the loss
    of federal highway dollars.

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    • dnd

      I looks like the Democrats vying to replace Gov. Ritter in the 2010 election are U.S. Senate candidate (and former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives) Andrew Romanoff, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Secretary of the Interior (and former U.S. Senator and Colorado AG) Ken Salazar. Here’s the breakdown from where I sit:

      Pros: Widely regarded as a pol on the move. Many were surprised that Ritter didn’t pick Romanoff to replace Salazar when Salazar was appointed Sec. of the Interior.
      Cons: Pretty young. Pretty liberal. Pretty.

      Ed Perlmutter
      Pros: Regular guy.
      Cons: Regular guy.

      Pros: Charismatic. Very popular in very blue Denver.
      Cons: Very popular in very blue Denver.

      Pros: Proven track record. Proven ability to win a statewide election. Has a Hispanic surname and speaks Spanish; both pluses in Colorado. Moderate.
      Cons: Not very charismatic, and “not very” is being generous. Gives the Republicans the ability to “nationalize” the election as Salazar serves in Obama’s cabinet.

      My pick: Salazar. Easily the most electable. When the WH gave him the ok to leave cabinet, it signals their desire to get a Democrat governor, and obviously support from the WH and the DNC. When the rest of the potential candidates don a cowboy hat, they look like drugstore cowboys. Salazar grew up on a ranch in southern Colorado, so he’s the real deal.

  3. Salazar just announced he’s not going to run and endorsed Hickenlooper. Sorry d.


  4. TempeBev

    Crossing my fingers that we’ll be able to retain 60 members in the Senate.

    In AZ it will be interesting to follow McCain vs. ?

  5. dog's eye view

    Interesting idea from last thread re Governator Arnold Schw… being next secretary of the interior. I think it’s a good one.

    Or something related to global warming. Give Lindsey Graham and other sensible (on that issue) GOP some cover and demonstrate that, yes, the existence of climate change is a mainstream idea.

    Arnold’s a good spokesman for ideas he believes in, and he’s got major crossover appeal.

    • dnd

      Yeah Dog, I’d like Koppel as anchor for “This Week.” I could root for Jeff Greenfield too, but I doubt he’d leave CBS (unless the price was right).

  6. dog's eye view

    Report that Ted Koppel in negotiations to anchor ABC’s “This Week” 3 Sundays a month.

    I would check in on ABC again, were this to happen.

    But please: some real journalism and fact-checking and rebutting in real time.

  7. nannymm

    I agree with you both, Dog’s Eye and dnd. Koppel would be an excellent choice.

  8. dog's eye view

    Jeff Greenfield or Aaron Brown or Gwen Ifill.

    A dog can wish!

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