Nate’s forecasts remain remarkably consistent with one exception. He is now predicting a 50 seat gain for Republicans in the House instead of 48 that has been the general consensus. I don’t think this means agreat deal in the grand scheme. The magic number for Republicans has always been 39 and everyone except some guy on a desert island has pretty much come to terms with that already.
I suppose it’s a good thing that the Democrats will hold the Senate since that’s the last hurdle to jump before anything becomes law (or, alternately, where laws go to die). So the big challenge for the next two years will be to get things passed in the House. That’s assuming that congress does away with the retarded 60 vote thing when the next session begins.
Robert Reich has an interesting perspective in an article over at Huffington Post where gives historical examples of Democratic mandates to move to the center after Republicans gained political control. Bill Clinton in ’96 or Jimmy Carter in ’80. He also points out that when Republicans have a majority they move even further right. It’s like they declare home base in the game of tag and Democrats don’t get to have that rule.
So why the double standard? Why is a Democratic victory held to a different set of rules than a Republican victory. Are Democrats just too polite? I mean I like that we play nice on the playground until we keep getting handed our asses.
Also, check out this really clever ad from www.MoveOn.org. It depicts a dystopian future with the merger of corporations and the Republican party. It apparently works best if you’re on Facebook.
Well, we’ve got a week to go. I’ve already mailed in my ballot. How about you? Ready for it?