Things just keep coming up Dem Blue

CNN reports that:

(CNN) — Democrat Jeff Merkley is declaring victory over Republican incumbent Sen. Gordon Smith in the Oregon Senate race, moving Democrats one seat closer to a filibuster-proof majority in the body.

Read full article here.

Also, early today NPR reported that projections now have Obama winning North Carolina.

And FiveThirtyEight.com is reporting that Obama is likely to pick up an Electoral College vote in Nebraska, which can split it’s votes.

Can Dems get 60 in the Senate? To do so Franken has to win the recount in Minnesota, which is possible. And candidates in Georgia are already moving toward a run-off campaign. Could Obama’s big reserves of money help there?

And finally, what about Stevens in Alaska? Reports have projected him in the lead, but there are “at least 40,000 absentee ballot, 9,000 early voting ballots, and an undetermined number of questionable ballots”. So that one is far from over.

Lieberman must be watching all of this carefully. There is talk that if Dems don’t reach the 60 seat mark, including Lieberman, they’re going to boot him from the caucus (sp).

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2 responses to “Things just keep coming up Dem Blue

  1. Obama won and we should all suport him because this country is broken and needs to be fixed. My concern is that some bloggers are suggesting that Obama should appoint a cabinet position to McCain to heal the wounds, but that can’t happen with a veto proof Dem majority. His seat will be filled by the Dem gov. of Arizona with a Dem so that nulls that idea. The only way this can happen is if the Gov is pressured to put a Repub. in as the replacement. If that happens … then this might just work to bring the Country together. It would also lend strong credence to Obama’s bypartisan speaches and could well bring the Repub. moderates into this camp. It would work for me!

  2. Of course, the country should support Obama, but there seems to be inklings that there are enough bitter Republicans that are not likely to do that even in the short term, which doesn’t really surprise me. But perhaps that will turn out to NOT be the case. In any event, I’m not holding my breath.

    Re: McCain. The question that comes to mind is: What post do you offer him? If he’s offered some piddly assistant sec. position it is only going to piss him off, and probably rightly so. He is a big, powerful figure in American Politics, and will be in American History. It does no good to insult him.

    But then what high-profile position do you offer him? That’s not a question I can answer. Can anyone else?

    Certainly, Obama should and will reach out to McCain. Not just because it is the right thing to do, which it is, but because he’ll need McCain support. Obama is mainly a pragmatist, despite the labeling of him as a liberal, socialist, communist etc. He’ll approach and work with John McCain from that mindset.

    Of course your point about McCain’s empty seat being filled by a Dem Gov in AZ is well taken. It could seem like potlical manuevering (sp), which it may well be, at least to some extent, and that could only server to push McCain away, as well as the Republican Party.

    Ultimately, it is a tricky decision. I’m glad that I don’t have to make it. But I am confident that Obama can handle it. I have faith in his abilities.

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