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While the Clintons continue to prepare the battlespace for what they seem to assume will be a successful run for Hillary in 2016, Senate Democrats are finding the terrain increasingly difficult for November, 2014.

It’s been two months since the Real Clear Politics poll-averaged map of the Senate showed a GOP majority-winning gain of six seats, but the latest results show that magic sixth seat — thanks to a stronger-than-expected showing by former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land. In fact, Michigan, a state long dominated by the Democrats and their union-heavy base in Detroit, might be the best example of the problems the party faces.

Seventy-nine-year-old Democrat Carl Levin is retiring after 36 years, leaving it up to Congressman Gary Peters to keep the seat from turning red for the first time since 1978. Officially this race is a tossup, but a recent poll from Mitchell Research shows Land with a six-point lead, her strongest showing to date. Unlike Peters, Land has winning experience running a statewide race, twice elected as secretary of State. In 2002, Peters tried and failed to win statewide office for attorney general.

Michigan voters also reflect President Obama’s recent anxieties that Democrats “get clobbered” in midterms because they don’t show up to vote. On Saturday, the Washington Post’s Dan Balz briefly profiled one such voter, 23-year-old Carly Devries:

A recent college graduate, she works for a state environmental agency. Like Anderson, she has only voted in presidential elections. What would motivate her to vote in November? “If there is some major issue or something… that would directly affect me or that I was really passionate about,” she said.

Devries considers herself a Democrat because she thinks some Republicans have views that “make me angry and are irrational and don’t follow my belief set.” But she likes Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who is running for reelection this fall. “He doesn’t really have those kinds of extreme views,” she said.

Snyder, like other successful midwestern Republican governors, has focused on good governance and bread & butter issues, and largely avoided issues that make voters like Devries “angry and irrational.” The result has been the rehabilitation of the GOP brand at the state level, even in traditionally Democratic states like Michigan.

The Democrats may also find themselves playing defense in Iowa, where they had originally expected an easy win despite the retirement of Tom Harkin after 30 years — but two factors may be working in favor of the Republicans.

The first is Democrat Congressman and Senate nominee Bruce Braley’s famous foot-in-mouth incident four weeks ago, when he described popular GOP Senator Chuck Grassley as “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.” Adding insult to injury, Braley made his remarks at a tony out-of-state fundraiser.

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Well, let's get the majority FIRST and then putsch the incurable RINOs once we have dismantled the Reid-Pelosi Congressional Soviet.

I predict that if the GOP takes the Senate, we will once again be inflicted by the face and voice of John McCain all over the airwaves. He has ever been a MSM Tool, and he is likely salivating at the chance to perform his little minstrel show dance for the NBC cameras again.

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Never underestimate a Party willing to crush freedom with tyranny and a media willing to help them.

Never overestimate an opponent fearful of defending freedom and a media willing to slander them for trying.

And never depend upon an electorate voting between a tyrannical Party promising them false and phony gifts, a trembling party attacking itself and a media intent on helping both of them do each.
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But riddle me this - if the Republicans take the Senate in 2014, but Mitch McConnell becomes Majority Leader, what difference will it make? In 2010, the Republicans took the House and made John Boehner Speaker of the House and how is that working out? I mean other than for Obama, the Chamber of Commerce, Muslims and La Raza?
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Editing oversight here: "[Snyder] has largely avoided issues that make voters like Devries 'angry and irrational.'" But Devries's actual quote was that some Republicans have views that "make me angry and ARE irrational and don’t follow my belief set." She's not copping to irrationality herself, but accusing Republicans of it, n'est-ce pas?
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In Michigan, I would assume that the majority of voters, both legal and illegal, will be voting on electronic machines. If you aren't aware, Soetoro (Obama) gave the rights for the software for all the electronic voting machines in the US, to a Spanish software company. Care to guess who owns that company? Well, it's none other than George, I bought a president, Soros.
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In Colorado, Mark Udall is set to become an ex-senator. He was "all in" and still is for the Obamacare disaster.
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I live in Colorado's fifth district, and I hope you're right -- but I'm not willing yet to paint Udall's seat red. The Democrats did a bangup job here of legalizing same-day voter registration, which raises the "margin of cheating" the GOP has to overcome, and considerably.
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Also in the 5th. And I am not as optimistic as you. If it looks too bad for the Democrats, or if they think that they can get away with it, I expect one of two outcomes; either a "national emergency" that allows the elections to be ... postponed ... the way inconvenient parts of the law always are for the administration, or a blatantly falsified vote count that makes any pretense of legitimacy for the elections and the government installed impossible to accept.

And that is not even considering the Institutional Republicans' repeated promise to pass Amnesty and Open Borders this year. Which would send the Republican Party the way of the Whigs.

Subotai Bahadur
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There will be an orgy of fraud and abuse- because they have learned there will be no repercussions- perhaps Obama's greatest contribution to the Democrat party.

"The NSA today announced the existence of thousands of emails and phone calls originating from every part of the country advocating armed insurrection against the legitimately elected US government and anticipating a nationwide action in early November. All citizens are instructed to shelter in place until the insurgency has been dealt with. Thank you."
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As an Iowa resident, I agree that Terry Branstad is popular and that Bruce Braley is an idiot. But Branstad isn't running for the Senate, and none of the GOP Senate candidates is well known. The primary is 6 weeks away and Iowa is a state that has trended Democrat, reelecting the uber-left-wing Tom Harkin.

It's better to be ahead than behind but don't underestimate the ability of the elephant party to blow its advantage in Iowa or elsewhere. The Tea Party did the heavy lifting in 2010, but millions of conservatives/Republicans stayed home in 2012, enabling the 'Bamster to win reelection without breaking a sweat.
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Someone should point out to the voting public: If we run the Senate and the House, we might get a 2/3 majority in both, or at least be able to pass some friendly legislation over a veto. What's that worth to you?
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Never underestimate a Party willing to crush freedom with tyranny and a media willing to help them.

Never overestimate an opponent fearful of defending freedom and a media willing to slander them for trying.

And never depend upon an electorate voting between a tyrannical Party promising them false and phony gifts, a trembling party attacking itself and a media intent on helping both of them do each.
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But riddle me this - if the Republicans take the Senate in 2014, but Mitch McConnell becomes Majority Leader, what difference will it make? In 2010, the Republicans took the House and made John Boehner Speaker of the House and how is that working out? I mean other than for Obama, the Chamber of Commerce, Muslims and La Raza?
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All politicians suck. McConnell sucks less than Reid. The choice has always been and always will be the lesser of two evils. Expecting otherwise is silly.

"America was founded on the notion that most politicians can only be expected to be ornery, low-down, crooks. Nobody in those days was fool enough to believe they could be Light-workers, Messiahs and create a world without guns. Thus in the Founder’s view the only way to guard against rogues was to ensure that government remained as small as possible relative to its essential jobs; to change those in office frequently and often, like we change underwear.
The Founders saw roguery as the byproduct of high office. And so they wrote a constitution — you know, the document more than a hundred years old that nobody smart reads any more — to keep the weeds down. For they knew better than our modern enlighteneds that any politician sufficiently powerful to disarm the people is sufficiently powerful to sell missiles bought from Russia to Muslim rebels in Mindanao.
Unless one remembers this there is no defense against crooks in high places.
http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2014/03/27/yee-gads/
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The last two things the Founding Fathers said to us:
Amendment IX (1791) The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other retained by the people.
Amendment X (1791) The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are preserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
I feel that the "rights of the people", referred to in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 9th & 10th Amendments, are being abused.
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Well, let's get the majority FIRST and then putsch the incurable RINOs once we have dismantled the Reid-Pelosi Congressional Soviet.

I predict that if the GOP takes the Senate, we will once again be inflicted by the face and voice of John McCain all over the airwaves. He has ever been a MSM Tool, and he is likely salivating at the chance to perform his little minstrel show dance for the NBC cameras again.

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