WOW! Checks & Balances Back in Style

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Most of you you know what has happened, but many of TWN‘s international readers want a quick and compact picture.
First of all, yesterday afternoon, TWN predicted the following:

U.S. House of Representatives

201 Republicans
234 Democrats

U.S. Senate

51 Republicans
47 Democrats
2 Independents (caucus with Dems)

What the polls show today is:

U.S. House of Representatives

201 Republicans
234 Democrats

(projections by both MSNBC and CNN plus/minus 5 seats which are still undetermined)

U.S. Senate

49 Republicans
47 Democrats
2 Independents (caucus with Dems)
2 Undecided

The two undecided Senate seats are in Montana and Virginia, but in BOTH states, Dems have a very, very small lead.
Dems need both to take the Senate. Republicans need only one to retain the Senate.
That’s where we are. All in all, a wonderful, incredible, heartening evening — despite my personal disappointment in the loss of Ned Lamont, Harold Ford, Jr. and Lincoln Chafee.
The big news is that checks and balances are back in style.
Joe Lieberman’s victory creates complexities in the Senate becaue I take him at his word that he is finished with organized corralling of his voting. He will stay with the Dem caucus in order to maintain his seniority — but I think that the days that he is a “trusted” member of the Dem team are over — and Lieberman and Dems need to see whether trust and common purpose can be rebuilt and whether that effort would be worthwhile.
Nancy Pelosi’s comments at the Dem Victory Party were superb. She hit the Iraq War on the head and invited President Bush to adopt a new and different track. I worried after hearing Howard Dean’s surprising comments last night that we were going to see big time Murtha-rejectionism and Dem leaders stealing defeat from the hands of victory.
But Pelosi — and Harry Reid — set exactly the right tone.
Everything out of McCain’s world and the White House is having “bipartisanship” fastened to the talking points.
Haven’t heard a word from Karl Rove. Karl?
— Steve Clemons

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14 comments on “WOW! Checks & Balances Back in Style

  1. Robert M. says:

    Where’s Karl Rove?
    Planning the next steps in the 51% Republi-con “No Compromise, No Surrender” policy, such as bi-partisan-ship, that’s kind of a gay word isn’t it? Wink Wink Nudge Nudge.
    But this time, thanks to Howard Dean and Daily Kos and yes the Big Dog himself on his focused days, we know what you mean Doughboy. ’cause mark my words, they are going to try to slip someone of the Bolton-ilk through the Congress and bleat on & on about “that’s not bi-partisanship” when it doesn’t even get out of committee.

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  2. vachon says:

    Bi-what? What’s this bi-pie..bi-pertshop…bipolar…what is this word? And why do I have to want it?

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  3. pauline says:

    Will Congress’s changing faces really mean anything the bushwackers have been quietly planning for dissolving the sovereignty of this nation?
    Certainly, when Ms. Pelosi’s smiles and make-up wear off from the barrage of photo-ops she’s going to be participating in, does she not know what is already in the works?
    from Steven Yates —
    “WorldNetDaily was able to obtain materials marked Internal Document, Not For Public Release. The whistleblower, Mel Hurtig, noted Canadian author, publisher, and leader of the National Party of Canada, told WorldNetDaily that the “secret meeting was designed to undermine the democratic process”. It was clear that the intention was to keep this important meeting about integrating the three countries [Canada, the United States and Mexico] out of the public eye.”
    “Prominent on the panel of the “Vision for North America” session was none other than Robert Pastor, who might go down in history as the Father of the North American Union. Paster is the author of Toward A North American Community (2001) published by the globalist Institute for International Economics. He chairs the Council on Foreign Relations, Task Force on North America and served as lead author of the CFR’s Building a North American Community (May 2005). Among other things, this document proposes a North American “security perimeter” around all three nations by 2010. It was this that inspired CNN commentator Lou Dobbs to wonder, last summer, if our elites “had gone mad.”
    “Providing the keynote address at the Banff confab was our very own Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense. Rummy’s speech was entitled, “Opportunities for Security Cooperation in North America: Military-to-Military Cooperation.”
    Is this going to be too easy for Ms. Pelosi to brush aside as “not important enough” matters as she coifs and primps for announcing the expected uncreative plans for stopping all the killings and wasted lives and money in Iraq? Will she swoon and give in to starting serious House investigations of #43 and his VP?
    Is politics really just 98% symbolic and 2% substance?
    I hope I am terribly wrong.
    http://www.newswithviews.com/Yates/steven23.htm

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  4. MP says:

    Well, so much for those who say our votes don’t count.

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  5. fiat lux says:

    Ford’s concession speech was really excellent. He’ll be back.

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  6. Corinne says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake, Steve, why are you listening to Arianna Huffington?
    Until Howard Dean came along and showed everyone what a politician with a spine looked like, everyone rushed to copy the Neocons. He stood up to them by himself and as DNC Chair orchestrated the turnaround that finally has put the Democrats back in charge.
    The night before he won the chairmanship, Howard pointed at the Capitol, and said “I want you to look over there, in 2006, we will take back the House of Representatives, and in 2008, we will retake the Senate and the White House.” It was awe-inspiring.
    And he was right.

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  7. Reader says:

    Yet again, Dr. Howard Dean shocks with unpersuasive realism. Everyone should read what he said. Compare what he said then to reality in campaign season 2008.

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  8. Frank says:

    As promised to state, if wrong, well I was wrong. I predicted Israel would bomb Iran before the mid term elections; this in order to divert our attention from the fiasco ridden subject of Iraq, indirectly supporting Bush through a fait accompli “rally round the flag” phenomenon. No excuse, I was wrong in my assessment. My neurons danced to a false tune, composed by the conflation of events thought to be extant in the ME. The performance I fear, was premature. A reexamination of the input parsing filters to my brain is in order.

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  9. Alex says:

    “Everything out of McCain’s world and the White House is having “bipartisanship” fastened to the talking points.”
    I hope the Dems remember what the last 6 years of “bipartisanship” have meant according to Reps.

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  10. Caitlyn says:

    Where is Karl Rove? I expect that he is considering what he can offer Joe Lieberman to sit out a vote on Senate control in the event that Webb and Tester win in their races. All Rove needs is to get Lieberman to say that he won’t compromise his independence by voting one way or the other on control, then pocket everything he can get Rove to ante up for his inaction. I can easily imagine that Rove can come up with a package of policy actions, promises on middle east policy and promises of White House access that might give Lieberman enough justification, at least in his own mind, to pay back all those republicans who helped him win this time around.

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  11. Alex says:

    One Socialist (Independent) senator from Vermont.
    Go Bernie Sanders. YAY!

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  12. JoMoHo says:

    Thank you, Steve, for the compilation.
    I agree that Pelosi acted as a statesman (we’ve been short on these during the era of the Orc–Rove). When are the dems going to finally get rid of loose-canon-Dean?

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