Top Indiana Democrat issues warning (UPI, 11/10/06)

Sen. Evan Bayh, a veteran Indiana Democrat, said Tuesday’s election was a vote against the status quo and not an affirmation of his party’s agenda.

In an interview Bayh, a potential 2008 presidential candidate, said most Americans don’t really know what Democrats stand for, Gannett News Service reported.

“And if we serve up a highly partisan, ideologically extreme, Democratic version of what they just voted against, we’re not going to do very well.”

Dems Face May Tough Road Ahead (Monisha Bansal, November 10, 2006, CNSNews.com)

Karlyn Bowman, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), told a policy discussion in Washington, D.C., Thursday that the elections had been decided by “moderate and swing voters.”

“We are reminded that it is the familiar groups that make the difference – the same was true this year,” she said.

At the same time, the Democrats scored significant achievements, including making large inroads among Hispanic voters, Bowman said. […]

Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the AEI, said the Democrats had “an influx of moderate and conservative members,” making the party much more centrist than it had been in recent years.

“That’s something Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are going to have to keep in mind as they look ahead,” Ornstein said, referring to the incoming Senate majority leader and House speaker.

“It’ll be interesting to see what kind of majority they’ll be able to put together.”

It’s entirely plausible that a McCain/Bush ticket would get a majority of Hispanic votes, especially after the President gets his amnesty bill.



  1. Jim in Chicago says:

    I’m beginning to think that the Dem win in this election will turn out to be a good thing.

    First, we’ll get the amnesty deal and a whole bunch of new, religious, citizens. Meanwhile, the yahoos on the Right will have to shut up and take it, I suspect.

    Second, the Dems will be forced, I hope, to act responsibly, rather than telling everyone that Bush is Hitler and holding faux hearings in the basement of the capitol.

    Third, the Dems won’t be able to do much harm, given their narrow majorities and a Republican President, with either their zero-sum game economic populist nonsense or their embracing of the culture of death.

    And if the Dems act don’t act responsibly, particularly on the abortion, baby harvest for science, and euthanasia front, massive numbers among the new citizenry will be driven Right, perhaps permanently.

  2. Lou Gots says:

    As the saying goes,”Do the math.” You are trying to pick up, perhaps, 15% of 15%. In doing so , so are trifling with the enthusiasm of around 50%. The same inability do simple computation plagues the cause of ending the racial spoils system. The RINO’s get wobbly on so-called “affirmative action” hoping to pick up a small fragement of a small minority, while the dumb suckers in the base are just supposed to suck it up.

  3. Dave W says:

    This is not “a good thing”, Jim. Hopefully though, we can minimize the damage that the left will attempt to inflict upon society in the name of (their version of) “progress”.

  4. Raoul Ortega says:

    In other words, will the Dems be smart enough to avoid their version of the gov’t shutdown fiascos of ’95? Then again, they will be doing battle against the Stupid Party…

  5. Jim in Chicago says:


    The anti-immigration wing was driving the Republican Party smack into a wall at 120 mph. This election neuters them, and at little cost as long as the Dem majority is narrow and we keep the white house.

  6. Orrin says:

    Had Newt kept it shutdown Clinton would have folded.

  7. Orrin says:

    The math is easy: religious whites, Asians, Latinos & blacks = greater than 50%. Seculars and Darwinists = less than 50%.

  8. AWW says:

    There was a quick overview of this election which was: Dems said “Had enough”, GOP said “It could be worse”, voters said “Let’s find out”

    As Jim said the Dems, if they act like Clinton did in 93-94, will get pounded in ’08. And has been noted before most of the new Dem office holders are moderates or even slightly conservative, meaning Nancy/Ted/Leahy/Conyers/Rangel shouldn’t be able to do much damage.

    As for immigration NRO and others are claiming not being strong enough on immigration hurt the gop. Given the sizable drop in hispanic support for the GOP that doesn’t sound right.

  9. jim hamlen says:

    If the President is smart, he will wrap a voter ID requirement into any immigration legislation. The Dems may not go
    along, but it should pacify the squawking Right. The GOP couldn’t have passed it before, but now….

  10. AWW says:

    Jim – why bother passing voter id requirements when the courts (as in Georgia and Missouri) just strike them down as

  11. jim hamlen says:

    AWW –

    The Supremes let Arizona keep its law this time, and I doubt if they would overturn a bill from Congress on this subject.

    It certainly would have passed with O’Connor on the Court – she was a stickler for that sort of thing.

  12. Sandy P says:

    After Kelo, the unelected 9 dare once again to go against the citizens?

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