Friday, July 14, 2006

Can The Republicans hold onto Congress?

Some political pundits (as happens around this time every election year) are predicting that the Democrats will re-take one or both houses of Congress this year. Republicans have maintained control of both the senate and the house of representatives since Newt Gingrich's Contract with America in 1994.

There are some critical senate races this year that could shape the landscape of American politics for years to come. One is the democratic primary in Conneticut where incumbent Joe Lieberman is in a fight within his own party to hang onto his seat. DrudgeReport has a link to an article that suggest that Senator Lieberman's embrace (the "Judas' Kiss"?)with President Bush following the State of the Union Address this year may seal Lieberman's fate. Do you find it interesting that the 2000 democratic Vice Presidential candidate could be in jeopardy of being pushed aside by his own party 6 years later?

Another important race is here in my own state. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is not seeking re-election. He's probably running for the White House in 2008 although I don't think he has officially announced his intentions. If recent history in Tennessee is a measuring stick then whoever wins the republican primary will be the next senator from Tennessee. I'm supporting Ed Bryant. Recent polls show Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., a democratic congressman from Memphis, tied or leading against the three candidates in the republican primary. I think it would be a huge upset if the democrats could capture Bill Frist's seat.

Republicans maintain a narrow majority in the senate. Any change in leadership in that body could drastically impact America for years to come. There are still many of President Bush's judicial appointments that need to be confirmed by the senate. Democratic control of the senate would certainly hamper those appointments.

The point is that elections are important. Please take the time to vote.
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