November 06, 2008

Dr. Helen . . .

tackles the issue of "what is to be done":

I picked up a copy of Michael Barone's excellent book, The Almanac of American Politics, 2008 to see what senators are up for re-election. Here is what I found:

Democrats up for re-election—

Bayh, Evan (D-IN)

Boxer, Barbara (D-CA)

Dodd, Christopher J. (D-CT)

Dorgan, Byron L. (D-ND)

Feingold, Russell D. (D-WI)

Inouye, Daniel K. (D-HI)

Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT)

Lincoln, Blanche L. (D-AR)

Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD)

Murray, Patty (D-WA)

Obama, Barack (D-IL) [and wouldn't it be nice to get a
Rethug into that one?]

Reid, Harry (D-NV)

Salazar, Ken (D-CO)

Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY)

Wyden, Ron (D-OR)

Republicans up for re-election—

Bond, Christopher S. (R-MO)

Brownback, Sam (R-KS)

Bunning, Jim (R-KY)

Burr, Richard (R-NC)

Coburn, Tom (R-OK)

Crapo, Mike (R-ID)

DeMint, Jim (R-SC)

Grassley, Chuck (R-IA)

Gregg, Judd (R-NH)

Isakson, Johnny (R-GA)

Martinez, Mel (R-FL)

McCain, John (R-AZ)

Murkowski, Lisa (R-AK)

Shelby, Richard C. (R-AL)

Specter, Arlen (R-PA)

Thune, John (R-SD)

Vitter, David (R-LA)

Voinovich, George V. (R-OH)

I wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger might run against Barbara Boxer for her Senate seat, or if Chris Dodd will survive his ties to the housing crisis? Perhaps if conservatives and libertarians work together to defeat a few Democrats and keep Republicans in place, 2010 will be a more welcoming place for us.

I do know that there are some angry people in Nevada who intend to cause some big problems for Harry Reid in two years. I'd love to see Dingy Harry go, and I do think he's vulnerable.

Boxer is, too. More than she thinks. And I think there are people out there who are getting pretty tired of Chuck Schumer's face.

Organize, organize, organize. The bluer your state is, the more frustrated you probably feel: channel that into action.

The biggest danger to democracy right now, as I see it, is the prospect of open ballots for union voting in the ironically named "Employee Free Choice Act." The Democrats will be trying to force this one through again, and if they manage it they will unleash the ugliest elements of union thuggery, nationwide. "That's the Chicago way."

The Barone guidebook Dr. Smith mentions is available here.

And in case you need to get in the mood, John Sayles's short story collection The Anarchists' Convention might help you get there. Maybe we do need more goddamned conventions!

(Dr. Helen link via Insty. In case you were wondering what it takes to get an Instalanche these days. . . )

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