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 Post subject: Looking to 2010
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:11 am 
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http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/ ... 96883.aspx
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From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann
*** Examining Obama’s coattails: How much did Obama’s name on the ballot benefit Jim Martin (D) a month ago? Consider that during the general election, he trailed Saxby Chambliss (R) by just three percentage points, 49.8%-46.8%, with a third-party candidate garnering more than 3%. But in yesterday’s run-off, with 97% of precincts reporting, Chambliss won by 14 points, 57%-43%, preventing Democrats from obtaining a filibuster-proof 60 seats. How many House or Senate Democrats who believe they won because of Obama coattails -- especially in states like Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia -- saw the run-off result and said, "Uh, oh. 2010 is going to be tough"?



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Sta ... ions,_2010

We need to gear up for 2010, we need to do our research and find out which Republicans we are going to support.....

I'm going to start on my research....

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 Post subject: Re: Looking to 2010
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We probably need to wait and see who is going to retire and who the new candidates will be, but I think the Republicans will do much better in 2010.


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 Post subject: Re: Looking to 2010
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Last night was the first true good sign in a long time. The pruning maybe generally over.

2010 is especially important because of the redistricting that will take place after the 2010 census. Local, Local, Local will be the key to rebuilding a conservative majority.

Saxby's margins indicates that the electorate may not have, infact, realigned.

Great news. :D :D :D

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 Post subject: Re: Looking to 2010
PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:53 am 
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jdbrown wrote:
We probably need to wait and see who is going to retire and who the new candidates will be, but I think the Republicans will do much better in 2010.


I think if JEB Bush does go ahead and run for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Mel Martinez it will have an encouraging effect on morale (just as the Chambliss win did).

And, the earlier he makes it official, the better.

This should help bring courage to other candidates considering getting in. Picking up seats in 2010 doesn't look likely (unless there are some suprise retirements) and so the first goal is to hold the line on the numbers. That will come, in part, by recruiting top candidates (like JEB) to fill the Republican retirements.

Also, it might be interesting if Gov. Palin challenges Lisa Murkowski. That would change the Presidential dynamics.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking to 2010
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Picking up seats in 2010 doesn't look likely (unless there are some suprise retirements) and so the first goal is to hold the line on the numbers. That will come, in part, by recruiting top candidates (like JEB) to fill the Republican retirements.


Absolutely true.

We are really in a rebuilding phase. Chambliss indicates we are probably NOT rebuilding on sand.

The party has to reestablish its governing credibility not its ideology. This is MUCH easier. Affable, capable leadership from bottm to top is the key. "Newness" helps but competence is key.

Jeb would certainly help. Certainly not a new name, but he does have a positive reputation for competent administration.

2012 will be the real "game on" moment. Dems will be defending twice as many Senate seats as Repubs and many are in very red areas. Every congressman will have a new district, some of which will obviously open up opportunities for challengers. That's why the 2010 state races as SO CRITICAL. We must get a Repub place at the table in all the state redistricting fights in 2011/12.

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