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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Closer Than It Looks?

Two recent polls show the generic ballot tightening, maybe dashing hopes of a Democratic Senate, or maybe even a Democratic House (though that is less likely). If these are accurate and not merely outliers, it will reinforce the pre-election RW spin: Democrats have no mandate. That, and the neo-cons bashing Bush for not being "neo-con" enough.

UPDATE: FOX News (!) gives the Democrats a 13 point lead.

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Blogger Kvatch said...

This doesn't surprise me at all. I've been saying for a couple of days that, in the end, MO and VA are going to "miraculously" swing go the GOP and that will do in the chances for a Democratic senate. Ah well...

Hey...different topic, thanks for your comment on Blognonymous about the election process issue. I didn't know that the House had control over setting the standards. Can you tell me more about exactly how much power they have?

This might be exactly the agenda item that the Democrats need: Setting a national election standard that can restore confidence in the process.

11/06/2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Article 1, Section 4 states:

"The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators."

This by itself should give Congress the power to mandate how district lines are drawn and what sort of ballots are used. And, hopefully, if the House insists on nonpartisan redistricting, once-per-decade redistricting and verifiable ballots, State Legislatures will be pressured to do likewise.

11/06/2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

So...OK...I now get. I had thought that the particulars were under the control of the state legislatures (the first part of Article 1, Section 4), but your interpretation is that the "alter such Regulations" clause allows the Congress to step in to put in place a uniform standard, correct? Has this ever been tested with regard to anything other than the timing of elections?

11/06/2006 10:57 AM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

I don't think it even has to be a uniform standard, frankly. No, I'm not sure when (or even if) this clause has ever been used. I'd have to do some research on it.

11/06/2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

On the subject of tomorrow's election, my gut feeling is a smaller-than-expected triumph for the Dems. I think they MIGHT win the House by a slim margin, but that they won't win the Senate. I also wouldn't be surprised if there were one or two ugly recount battles out there as well. Losers in very close elections have nothing to lose and everything to gain from playing on that paranoia, so why not? Not that there AREN'T some crooked things going on out there. I'm just saying.

11/06/2006 8:06 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Unless they're doing a masterful job of selective leaking (which is always possible) Republican sources seem to be preparing for the worst. I believe the term they used is "blood bath." Plus, the RW Noise Machine is already spinning the election by saying that anything less than a 70 vote pickup in the House is a failure by the Dems. I'm going to stick with winning the House by less than 30 seats and +5 seats in the Senate.

11/06/2006 11:18 PM  

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