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Fighting Dem Joe Sestak Shoots Down Curt Weldon in PA

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 12:21 AM EST

Weldon's loss to a war vet illustrates how swift boating efforts can backfire. Republicans accused Sestak of improperly wearing his uniform while campaigning, claiming the wrong military rank and abusing subordinates while in the Navy. For a complete rundown on Republican swift boat efforts this year, and the Democrat response, see my Mother Jones story, Swift Boating the Fighting Dems. The American Prospect later reported that Weldon's campaign had queried Weldon's Navy colleagues for dirt on Sestak, in possible violation of House rules. In more ways than one, Weldon wrapped up the month looking like a dirty bird: mid-month the FBI raided his daughter's house as part of an investigation into whether he helped her win lobbying and consulting contracts.

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Yaaaawn....

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 12:14 AM EST

Ahnold, Feinstein and Senator Daniel Akaka (Sen., D-HI) win.

GOP Scapegoat: Libertarians?

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 12:12 AM EST

Over at The Corner, Ramesh Ponnuru goes fishing for what could make for a promising scapegoat for GOP losses tonight: Libertarians!

So far, losing because of libertarians hasn't caused Republicans to move toward the libertarians ideologically. But maybe things will change this time.

Hmmm. Aren't most libertarians anti-torture, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, anti-massive federal deficit spending atheist freethinkers? Shall I stop there?

Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl Keeps Seat

| Wed Nov. 8, 2006 12:00 AM EST

CBS has the details of all the Arizona races.

If They Do Win, What Then?

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:58 PM EST

Matt Yglesias, over at the Prospect, considers the "what ifs" if the Dems do gain political ground. He has this to say about what a "victory" for the Democrats would mean for Iraq:

We seem doomed, one way or another, to at least two more years of futile fighting there. Two more years of wasted money, wasted lives, and perhaps most of all wasted time -- time that could have been used to start the hard work of putting America's foreign policy back together again. Time we can't really afford to spare. It's a horrible scenario. Indeed, it's a scenario that is poised to inspire Americans to vote in drove for the Democrats today. What it isn't is a scenario a Democratic win will help us avoid.

Read the full story here.

The Burkas Are Coming, the Burkas Are Coming!

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:52 PM EST

Over on MSNBC, GOP chair Ken Mehlman just warned that "if you're a woman in this country, the threat of Islamofascism is especially alarming."

Which country? Afghanistan, where women are being driven back under the burkas and back into the compounds? Iraq, where rapes and other crimes against women are on the rise and have gone almost totally unreported by the U.S. media?

Nope, that'd be the good ole USA...

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Savage to Santorum: Bottoms Up!

| Tue Nov. 7, 2006 11:38 PM EST
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Dan Savage, who made Rick Santorum the, um, butt of a joke that helped made him a national figure of derision, is a happy man tonight. Here he is drinking to the former senator's health...

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.

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...