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November 17, 2007

Think Big: Code Veronica

by Nicholas Beaudrot of Electoral Math

The Great Orange Satan is too charitable to Senate GOP "moderates" when he says "We don't need 60". Unless there's a fear of defeat in the next election, the GOP is going to fight tooth and claw to defeat any sort of progress on the Democratic agenda. The cloture motion for the Employee Free Choice Act got one Republican vote (Arlen Specter). While lots of Republicans are supporting CHIP expansion, and Ron Wyden is at least getting people like Bob Bennett and Judd Gregg to listen to health care proposals, they'll still find reasons to vote against them when the time comes. The only way to change this dynamic is to force more GOP Senators to fear for their reelection, and other than Jim Bunning, I'm not sure who's really that worried.

As for individual races, the past few weeks have been something of a mixed bag:

At the moment, I count vaguely credible challengers considering a contest in every seat except the two Wyoming seats, Nebraska, Mississippi, Georgia, and South Carolina. Realistically, getting a win in Idaho, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, or Kansas would require really catching lightning in a bottle. That still means there's a puncher's chance at nine seats. Not bad, eleven months away from election day.

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Kay Hagan is awesome - even if I'm partly saying that because she is my friend's mom. Everyone should join her Facebook group. It makes me a little sad the controversy over her entrance in the race - she is obviously more qualified than the other candidate even if he is openly gay.

Posted by: Rebecca | Nov 18, 2007 10:35:47 AM

Why don't we just get rid of the filibuster? Not for just judicial nominees like Frist wanted a while back, but for EVERYTHING. There's no reason handful of representative should be able to use an extraconstitutional procedural move to block legislation with majority support. Why not exercise the nuclear option and end it?

Posted by: Justin K. | Nov 18, 2007 4:32:32 PM

Here is an interview with Robin Hanson. I got the idea that we should make the USA Government cover everyone for the amount of money that they already spend. His ideas on medical care are very interesting.

Posted by: Floccina | Nov 19, 2007 9:33:48 AM

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