Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Democrats Win BIG!!

By Tom Curry
National affairs writer
Updated: 11:53 p.m. ET Nov. 8, 2005

(Picture: Democrat Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine)

WASHINGTON - Democrats scored big victories in the Virginia and New Jersey governors races Tuesday. Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine defeated Republican Jerry Kilgore in Virginia and Sen. Jon Corzine easily beat businessman Doug Forrester in New Jersey.

GOI: And then there's this from The Washington Post via The Junkheap of History blog:

On the other hand, analysts said, if Democrat Timothy M. Kaine beats Kilgore in a state that solidly backed Bush twice, it will feed into a widespread perception of weakness afflicting the president and those associated with him. With the troubled response to Hurricane Katrina, the failed Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, the indictment of a top White House official in the CIA leak case and continuing violence in Iraq, Bush's approval ratings have sunk to some of the lowest ever for a second-term president in modern times. And with Democrats likely to win the New Jersey governorship, the only other major race on the ballot, Bush can find little good news to seize on.

GOI: This makes me feel VERY optimistic about the 2006 election season. I feel that this is just the beginning of a much greater wave of change to wash into D.C. in '06.

It's on baby, ON!!!

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Zen Unbound said...

A lot can happen in a year, but I do think that the cascade of recent events, tumbling like bricks on the head of Dubya, will not be forgotten in 06 or 08.

Plus, it seems there are so many more Republican horrors that are still in the process of being fully revealed.

Is it possible that America is finally catching up with the rest of the world to the realization that Bush is a nincompoop?

Zen Unbound said...

"wash into D.C."

Very clever!

Blake said...

Almost makes you look forward to the midterms.

james said...


I agree. It should be an alarm to the Republicans that a Democrat won the Gov. seat in a Red state that voted TWICE to elect Bush.

The Bush visit with Kilgore did nothing for the Republican candidate. This just underscores the assumption that Bush is now a liability. I don't think, however, that many Republicans can distance themselves from Bush in '06.


I know I for one and looking forward to the mid-terms.

Zen Unbound said...

I worry about the midterms.

It will take a lot for the Dems to take control of one or the other house of congress.

The House seats are gerrymandered, so getting a majority would require upsets of what have been safe Republican seats.

In the Senate, the Republicans have an effective 10 seat majority.
The Democrats would have to grab six of the fifteen Republican seats that are up, while holding all 18 of their own. And of the total 34 seats up for election, there have been four retirements from the Dem side, and just Frist of Tenn from the Rep side.

And you've got to figure that Republicans Allen(VA), Chaffee(RI), Dewine(OH), Hatch(UT), Huchison(TX), Kyl(AZ), Lott(MS), Lugar(IN) and Snowe(ME) are untouchable. It'll be tough. But if the Dems don't get a majority, then Bush will very possibly get a chance to put another wingnut on the Supreme Court! Then life as we know it will end for sure.

james said...


Yeah, I'm worried about the midterms too. The Dem's would have to run the table and that doesn't seem likely.