Friday, August 19, 2011

Glimmer of hope?

Nate Silver gives reason for hope in the Democratic lead on the generic House ballot.

Last year, Republicans won the popular vote for the U.S. House — essentially what the generic ballot is trying to measure — by 7 percentage points. So a poll showing Democrats 7 points ahead instead is a pretty significant swing.
Of course it's waaay too early to count on, but we need hope to gird up for the arduous campaign ahead. Imagine the difference:
  • President Perry, Vice President Bachmann, Senate Majority Leader DeMint, House Speaker Cantor
  • President Obama, VP Biden, Senate Majority Leader Elizabeth Warren, House Speaker Pelosi
Imagine even further that Majority Leader Warren reforms the filibuster (to death).

Of course, this is total fantasy. No freshman Senator is ever going to be elected Majority Leader.

But I have to say that meeting Warren yesterday has me daring again to dream.

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