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Poll predicts huge gains by Republicans

All signs point to huge Republican victories in two weeks, with the GOP now leading Democrats on virtually every measure in an Associated Press-GfK poll of people likely to vote in the first major elections of Barack Obama‘s presidency. In the final survey before Election Day, likely voters say the GOP would do a better job than Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government. Most also think the country’s headed in the wrong direction. More than half disapprove of Obama’s job performance. And even more don’t like the Democratic-controlled Congress. Neither party is popular. But likely
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Obama returns to old themes to close out election

Closing out a perilous election season for Democrats, President Barack Obama‘s final argument sounds like this: Do you want to stick with progress or return to failure? He’s talking about control of Congress, not himself, but there is no escaping his imprint on this election. With every echo of the spirited 2008 campaign, every mention of the unfinished work and every photo he takes with another candidate, Obama serves up another reminder that his own agenda is at stake on Nov. 2. It is part of the tricky balance for the White House — deploying Obama to the right places
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Are Blue Dogs an endangered political species?

In the conservative farm state of South Dakota, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin‘s best chance of winning re-election rests on her ability to remind voters just how often she disagrees with her fellow Democrats. Football fans staring at bar room TV sets see ads touting her ‘no’ votes on the healthcare overhaul, the auto-industry bailout and the cap-and-trade climate bill — all landmark policies of President Barack Obama. Orange-clad pheasant hunters roaming the corn stubble may notice her endorsement by the National Rifle Association. Business groups hear of her battles with the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators. That might
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Another stupid mistake by tea party darling Christine O’Donnell

Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, a tea party candidate whose lack of grasp of issues shocks even the party faithful, shocked a law school audience during a debate Tuesday when she claimed the Constitution didn’t call for a on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state. O’Donnell didn’t even know the provision is part of the First Amendment. In fact, she didn’t appear to have any idea what was in the amendment. In a debate before an audience of legal scholars and law students at Widener University Law School, O’Donnell criticized
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McCain agrees with Palin when it comes to key tea party issues

Stop the presses! Arizona Sen. John McCain and his former Presidential running mate actually agree on Sunday. McCain is saying on ABC’s Good Morning America” that he agrees with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s belief that Republican congressional candidates will suffer at the polls if they stray from the tea party’s anti-spending, anti-tax message. McCain says Republicans should heed the tea party messages that connect with voters. McCain warned that Republicans”betrayed our base, particularly in the area of fiscal responsibility” after they gained control of Congress in 1994 and voters turned away from the party in the following elections. “What
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Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’

Republican Sharron Angle, the off-the-wall candidate who wants to be the new Senator from Nevada, thinks some Hispanics look like Asians and she’s willing to say so publicly. Angle, running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shocked a group of Hispanic high school students last week when she said “some of you look a little more Asian to me.” Angle’s off-fhe-cuff remark is the latest “oh my God” comment from the tea party candidate. “You know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino,” Angle told the students. “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.” Her
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Endangered species: Democrats defending health care ‘reform’

It happens so rarely, it makes news: A few Democratic candidates have started to run television ads daring to defend President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Most Democrats are trying to avoid campaigning on what should have been the party’s signature issue, but the lonely bunch who’ve stuck their necks out may finally be hitting on a message. Some are using constituents to vouch for specific benefits that only recently took effect, changes whose poll-tested popularity isn’t in question. The argument won’t stop on Nov. 2. Democrats will have to keep defending the health care law in the next Congress
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Republicans brand Pelosi as ‘witch’ and ‘puppy killer’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has proved an irresistible target to Republicans, who have branded the powerful Democrat a “wicked witch” and a would-be puppy killer ahead of November 2 elections. The Republican National Committee (RNC) has staged a nationwide “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour to energize core supporters for the fight to retake the US Congress and dump the San Francisco lawmaker from her lofty perch. Republicans have spoofed Pelosi as Disney’s would-be Dalmatian skinner “Cruella,” and portrayed her as “the wicked witch” of high taxes in a television commercial that sees her challenger melt her down to nothing with
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Democratic tale of woe continues with two weeks to go

With just two weeks to go before voters decide who runs Congress the Democrats keep looking for a life raft in a sea of bad news, disastrous polls, shrinking fundraising and growing anger from voters. The weekend wasn’t kind to the party of the jackass. Political prognosticators increasingly predict the Democrats will lose control of the House and a few are saying the party will get creamed on Nov. 2. Even Democrats privately predict the party will lose at least 50 seats on election day — a margin well above the 39 seats that Republicans need to recapture control of
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Obama still looking for ways to recapture his old magic

President Barack Obama sought to recapture the magic of his 2008 campaign, holding a large open-air rally in Ohio to help struggling Democratic candidates in the Midwestern state. Amid voter anger over the sluggish economy and 9.6 percent unemployment, Obama’s Democrats are fighting to avoid steep losses in the Congress and in state governors’ races in the November 2 elections. “Everybody said ‘No, you can’t’ and in 2008 you showed them, ‘Yes, we can,'” Obama told a cheering crowd of 35,000 people at Ohio State University in Columbus. In a hoarse voice, he accused Republicans of siding with “special interests”
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