Political MoJo

Could Greens Spoil a Democrat Senate Takeback?

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:25 PM EST

In the ultra-super-tight Virginia Senate race, where Jim Webb and George Allen are less than a point apart, the Green candidate, Gail Parker, is pulling down 1.11 percent of the vote. If the current spread holds, she could throw the election to Allen, and potentially allow Republicans to keep the Senate. Parker is running as a member of the Independent Greens of Virginia, a party that branched off of the national Green Party because the bosses there "don't really believe in running candidates," IGVA campaign coordinator Joseph Oddo said. Is Oddo worried his party will pull a Nader? "No, we don't see it that way," he says. "We see people who are sending a message that they are tired of politics as usual."

Oddo says his party hasn't received any Republican cash--though it is surely getting plenty of Republican prayers tonight.

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Sherwood Chokes Self

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:24 PM EST

Fox has reported that Republican (and alleged mistress-strangler) Rep. Don Sherwood has lost to Chris Carney in Pennsylvania's 10th District. For a bit of the back story on the (failed) attempt to paint Navy vet Carney as not antiwar enough, see Josh Harkinson's story "Swift Boating the Fighting Dems".

Rove's Election Predictions are Calculated with "THE Math"

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:10 PM EST

As CBS goes hog wild calling races and the Democrats pick up their third senate seat, it appears that Karl Rove's election calculations that he drove home in his interview with NPR correspondent, Robert Siegel, on October 24, could be off. Despite all the polls showing quite the contrary, Rove was confident that he saw a Republican House and Senate in United States' future because he used "THE math." Read it here.

SIEGEL: I'm looking at all the same polls that you are looking at.

ROVE: No, you are not. I'm looking at 68 polls a week for candidates for the US House and US Senate, and Governor and you may be looking at 4-5 public polls a week that talk attitudes nationally.

SIEGEL: I don't want to have you to call races...

ROVE: I'm looking at all of these Robert and adding them up. I add up to a Republican Senate and Republican House. You may end up with a different math but you are entitled to your math and I'm entitled to THE math.

SIEGEL: I don't know if we're entitled to a different math but your...

ROVE: I said THE math.

Although it is way too early to tell if "THE Math" of Rove is wrong.

And really, what is it with these boys and their superfluous articles. Just for fun, here's Bush discussing his use of "the Google." It just never gets old...

AZ Passes "English Only" Ballot Measure

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:58 PM EST

According to CNN's Lou Dobbs, who tried hard to restrain himself.

Michelle Malkin's Favorite Site of the Night

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:54 PM EST

On Fox News, (a heavily collagened?) Michelle Malkin just referred viewers to NewsBusters.org, which is "exposing and combating liberal media bias." A sampling of some of the shocking "bias" the site has uncovered tonight:

Around 7:10EST, CNN's Wolf Blitzer continued to frame his coverage from a Democratic perspective, stating, "the Democrats need just 7 seats to become the majority party in the U.S. Senate" he did the same for the House as well.

That is the standard fare for the press, frame things from what the Democrats can do to get things going.

OK, let's reframe: "The Republicans need to hold onto just 7 seats to remain the majority party in the U.S. Senate." Did I just reveal my conservative bias? Next:

CNN's Bill Schneider reported tonight that the veteran vote went for Republican Senator George Allen. The anchor seemed baffled as to how such a thing could happen. During election night coverage, he mentioned that Webb was a "veteran" or "decorated hero" three times in four sentences...

Um, last time we checked Jim Webb was a veteran and decorated war hero. Next:

During an election night discussion of the Missouri embryionic [sic] stem cell debate, CNN's Paul Begala slammed Rush Limbaugh as a "drug-addled gasbag."

Um, last time we checked...

Senate Democrat Menendez Wins in New Jersey

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:53 PM EST

Looks as if neither Tom Kean's family name nor his denunciation of Donald Rumsfeld was enough to take the NJ Senate seat away from Bob Menendez.

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MoveOn.org Offering $250,000 for Evidence of Felony-Level Fraud

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:32 PM EST

Still smarting from the Democrat's curtsy to Katherine Harris' shenanigans in 2000 and short blip of protest registered over Ohio's tragically long lines in 2004, Moveon.org wants to make sure that any election fraud doesn't get swept under the rug in the name of post-election decorum.

MoveOn.org is putting its money where its mouth is so that any fraud stays in the light. In fact, they are offering a $250,000 dollar reward "for new material evidence leading to a felony conviction for an organized effort of partisan voter suppression or electronic voting fraud."

Lets hope that a quarter mil is enough the get those whistles blowing on the NRCC Robocalls.

-- Koshlan Mayer-Blackwell


Rhode Island Senate Race Goes to Democrat

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:31 PM EST

According to CNN, Lincoln Chafee just lost in Rhode Island. That's three pick up seats for the Democrats for those keeping score...

GOP Strategy in Maryland: Pretend You're a Dem

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:28 PM EST

Now this is truly bizarre. In Maryland, where I spent most of the day reporting on technical snafus with the state's electronic voting system, the GOP was handing out campaign literature that listed Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich, who's running for reelection, and Lt. Governor Michael Steele, who's running against Ben Cardin for an open Senate seat, as Democrats. "The intent could not be clearer: to confuse those looking to vote a straight Democratic ticket," the Washington Monthly reports. It gets stranger from here:

I talked to the man who handed me the pamphlet. A thirty-something African-American who wouldn't give his name, he told me that, starting last Friday, some people had come to the Philadelphia homeless shelter where he said he volunteers, and had begun to recruit residents. Eventually, he said that 300 people filled five buses. He said he was paid $100 for the day's work.

And this just in from the AP:

Governor Ehrlich's campaign is acknowledging that it paid for fliers handed out on Election Day, suggesting Ehrlich and Michael Steele are Democrats.

I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

UPDATE: As Clara notes below, it looks like Steele's Senate bid was unsuccessful.

CBS Calls Maryland Senate Race for Democrat

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 10:18 PM EST

The ghost of Dan Rather lives on, as CBS is boldly calling races that no one else dares call. But they've got a precinct by precinct tally, check it out here.