So there has been some desire to talk about non-Presidential politics and thus far we've mostly kept it quiet or created tangents that makes Jeff mad at us in the primary thread or the Obama thread or anywhere else we could find a flimsy excuse to talk about them. Let's instead make a thread to talk about things. First, the House. The House races are totally unpredictable, without a ton of huge news as of yet. Congress is incredibly
unpopular, even more than it usually is. Whether that generates yet another wave election against the party in power (2 of the previous 3 elections have been with the other being an party in power wave driven by the President) is unknown at this time. It's entirely possible the House flips back to Democratic control and Nancy Pelosi gets her gavel back.
The Senate is where most of the news is so far. Democrats have a tough map to work with, as you can see. Dark blue = Democratic incumbent, light blue = retiring Democrat, dark red/light red correspond, dark green is Bernie Sanders running for re-election in Vermont, light green is Joe Lieberman retiring in Connecticut.
While it's conceivable the Democrats could take out one of the Maine twins or the Nevada/Arizona seats (Nevada is an R incumbent, but never been elected before as it's John Ensign's vacated seat), the most likely Democratic pick up is in Massachusetts. Where, today, Thomas Conroy
dropped out of the race and endorsed Elizabeth Warren
, which basically leaves the field cleared for her. Warren is a middle class advocate, chaired the oversight of TARP funding, fought like hell for the CFPB and likely would have been its head if Senate Republicans didn't HAAAAAATE her and it.
She makes the Democrats' middle class argument really clearly, basically like this:
She's also openly endorsed OWS and is in many ways wrote the intellectual foundation of what they did. She's also good on The Daily Show and generally explaining the financial meltdown in layperson terms.
She's running against Scott Brown, who the banks love. Conventional wisdom is viewing it as a proxy war for the larger issues of OWS style populism vs. the influence of bankers and as a hugely important race.
Use this thread to talk about the upcoming Congressional races, or just talk about how awesome Elizabeth Warren is.