As it stands now, Republicans will have to pick up six seats in 2014 in order to take control of the Senate. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the Democrats will be defending a number of vulnerable seats.
One of the most vulnerable is the West Virginia seat occupied by Jay Rockefeller. Today, Republican Shelley Moore Capito is expected to announce that she will challenge the 75-year-old incumbent.
Capito currently serves in the House, where she has a center-right voting record. Her lifetime American Conservative Union rating is 70 percent. That’s far from ideal, of course, but it consititutes a good fit for West Virginia, which has become a center-right, but not truly conservative, state. Whether the missing 30 percent will give rise to strong opposition from a Tea Party type candidate remains to be seen.
As John Fund points out, during Capito’s congressional career, she has represented roughly 40 percent of the state’s voting population. And, for what it’s worth this early, she leads Rockefeller 48-44 in a poll taken a few months ago.
Rockefeller voted for Obamacare and supports environmental regulations that are unpopular in West Virginia. Accordingly, if he runs again, the Senator will have much to explain to a skeptical electorate.
This is positive forward motion for the republicans. We need to understand where we can make a difference. This must be our focus. Remember President Clinton in his second term was faced with a republican congress. It can happen again only this time Obama needs to face a republican congress. We'll witness a childish meltdown IMO and we KNOW he won't be a Bill Clinton capable of reaching across the aisle. Obama has a massive ego to deal with. Bill Clinton was brought to his knees because he was impeached for lying under oath....lots of twists and turns and yet Clinton knew what he had to do for the American people to protect his legacy.
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Diane: I do not believe this will be smooth sailing for Obama this time around either.
I think big issues will evolve and diminish him; it takes time. Nothing happens overnight.
He has NO leadership skills. He has campaign skills and he is back on the road selling garbage to his constituents that the republicans are evil, etc. His same line of attack that he used on Mitt will now be applicable to the entire party.
As I said before, the term narcissist is no longer in the DSM-V. However, every other country diagnosis narcissism as a personality disorder. When he is long gone, the American Psychiatric Assoc. will reconsider what they have done.
Progressives are in the APA and want homosexuality referenced now as normal and not deviant behavior. I do believe this progressive left movment affects everything in our lives.
They are empowered with Obama in office.