The Senate

Great news — Warren, Baldwin, Brown, some really good new and returning ones.  Gillibrand of course.  Not every Democrat will be as good, but maintaining control of the Senate is also important, and today the GOP paid a massive price for its complete takeover by crackpots.  Wolcott is definitive on the GOP blowing two Senate races in states that MSNBC called for Romney three seconds after the polls called:

Memo to Republicans: Try running fewer rape philosophers next time.

By the way, when was the last time Dick Lugar cast a meaningful non-wingnut vote? He was basically primaried for having an excessively moderate tone.

…and the white supremacist the GOP ran in Virginia was just declared a loser by CBS.

not surprising:

There’s no doubt about it: Republican Todd Akin’s remark that women’s bodies have a way of preventing pregnancy after “legitimate rape” were being factored in by Missouri voters. A solid majority of voters said that, at the very least, they gave the comment some consideration in the voting booth. Women were slightly more likely to say that Akin’s remark on rape and abortion in an August television interview was important to their decision.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill isn’t just carrying the female vote but faring even better than she did with women in 2006. McCaskill’s comfortable edge among women was propelled by women 18-44 who overwhelmingly lined up behind the first-term incumbent, as did a significant number of middle-aged women who made up most female voters.

Pierce on Warren.

23 comments on this post.
  1. elm:

    CBS just called Virginia for Kaine. I don’t have high expectations for Kaine, but he’s clearly better than the alternative and probably an improvement over Webb. Is it possible that the Dems might expand their Senate majority?

  2. Scott Lemieux:

    My understanding is that it’s nearly certain.

  3. Hogan:

    And Warren will at least double their collective IQ. Great news.

  4. Craigo:

    It’s almost mathematically impossible for them to lose seats at this point.

  5. SEK:

    I’m so tempted to turn my visual rhetoric knowledge into “body language expertise” tomorrow and compare the posture of the FOX folks to that of Maddow et al … if only because it’s beautiful to watch them sullenly scribbling increasingly improbable maths on their scripts.

  6. Increase Mather:

    Any bad news for Dems so far? Nebraska Senate? It seems like everything that was up in the air has fallen to for the Dems.

  7. TT:

    Brown absolutely crushing to reelection is my happy news for the night, given the astounding shitpile of Super PAC money that rained down on him for the better part of this past year.

  8. Craigo:

    Nobody cares at this point but – the unskewedpolls guy apparently paid to conduct his own “exit poll” of the swing states. Romney won by 5 pts guys, it’s safe to got bed.

  9. Seitz:

    Part of the problem is running extreme candidates like Akin and Mourdock. But just as big a part is running extreme candidates who aren’t ready for high profile races. Candidates with Akin’s and Mourdock’s positions could have won if they’d been experienced in high profile races and knew how to keep their mouth shut when necessary. It’s not that they’re extreme. It’s that they’re extreme and stupid. Keep ‘em coming, tea party morons.

  10. STH:

    Last time I checked, Bachmann was leading her race. I had hoped against hope . . . .

  11. Seitz:

    Not by much though. Allen West’s race is very close, and Tammy Duckworth is up big on Joe Wilson in Illinois.

  12. STH:

    I would LOVE to see West go down–he’s another crazy.

    Looks like Ellison has been reelected in Minnesota. Bachmann is ahead 51 to 49 now.

  13. Ubu Imperator:

    Looks like Duckworth has defeated Walsh.

  14. wengler:

    Bittersweet as I am no longer in the 8th district. I get to be in the just as crazy but quieter Tea Party Republican.

  15. wengler:

    And Obama has been re-elected President of the United Statesof America.

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  17. Increase Mather:

    Good job, everyone. Fixing the polls was tough, but fixing the actual election was a masterpiece.

    Now, where’s my welfare check?

  18. Njorl:

    It’s not that they’re extreme. It’s that they’re extreme and stupid. Keep ‘em coming, tea party morons.

    Pence 2016!

  19. PhoenixRising:

    Can an extremist, defined as someone who knows very well that he’s just saying what we all know about rape, get experienced? On a small enough stage?

  20. Warren Terra:

    I’m hearing nothing good about the House, that’s about it.

  21. DrDick:

    It is still early in the counting, but Tester has a commanding lead right now in Montana.

  22. Seitz:

    Allen West is losing! Hooray!

    Though I suppose knocking down camera obsessed wingnuts is kinda like playing whack-a-mole.

  23. Walt:

    Now we just have to fix the country.

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