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.