Why are ANY House seats uncontested?

Fill me in here, please.

I can understand why a lowly guy in Dem politics might hang back from putting himself forward if he thought some heavy hitter would force him to withdraw.

But, as the final filing day looms, surely somebody would decide to make the run, even if foredoomed, just for the experience?

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Are House DINOs dealing to switch parties?

Suddenly, because of Henry Cuellar's kissy-kissy with Bush, TX-28 is jerked into the sights of the lefty 'sphere. (That's my impression, anyway.)

There was some consideration at Swing State Project whether Cuellar could switch parties before the primary. It seems that, under TX law, the time for such a switch has expired. But he could switch after the general if he beats Rodriguez in the primary.

What are the chances of other DINOs making the same move, before or after the elections?

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Tax giveaway bill - where's the rage?

There was a fair amount of chest-beating over the fact that, following the Alito cloture fiasco, Dem discipline on the House vote on passage of the budget reconciliation bill S 1932 was watertight. No Dems voting for the bill whatsoever.

Now, I see that the tax reconciliation bill HR 4297 passed the Senate last Thursday. And, on that vote, the Dems broke 26(+1)-17 against the bill.

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Dumping duff Dem senators: the record

It's been a bit of a theme recently, what with Lieberman voting for the Alito cloture and all.

I just wondered how often it's actually happened. Flipping back to 1980 on the Wikipedia Senate election pages, I only spotted the one incumbent Dem who lost in a primary, Alan Dixon, who lost to Carol Moseley-Braun in 1992.

Now plenty of Dem senators retired over that period, of course. And it's more than likely that some of those were guys who, facing likely defeat in their primary, decided to find some diplomatic ailment or other to excuse themselves from the race.

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Indians' campaign finance loophole

Gaming tribes are rolling in moolah - approaching $20 billion a year in revenues - pay little in tax, and want to keep the gravy train on track. (Non-gaming tribes? Uh oh...)

They express their appreciation in the usual way to the pols who make this possible.

And loopholes in the campaign contribution limits help them out.

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Congressional Black Caucus defends the lobbyists!

The horrible 'deficit reduction' bill passed the House 216-214, I read. I go to THOMAS to check on the guilty Dems concerned - and find an unexpected little horror.

Part of the (pretence at) post-Abramoff house-cleaning in the US let's not mention the ethics truce House is H Res 648, which removes the floor privileges from former members who are working as lobbyists. It passed 379-50, and Tom DeLay voted against (surprise, surprise!).

But 19 Dems voted against too.

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Bush 'deficit reduction' bill could be stopped!

All the while the lefty 'sphere has been working itself into a lather over the (as it turns out - and, as it was always going to turn out) wholly mythical Alito filibuster, the relentless reverse-Robin Hood Bush effort to rob the poor to give to the rich marches on.

The sick joke that is the Deficit Reduction Act I mentioned as having been stalled in the Senate.

It's coming back to the House today.

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Voter ideology: valid Alito cloture excuse?

Exchange repeated a thousand times in Kos and other lefty blog comments (in so many words):

#1: Damn those cloture traitors to hell and get some real Dems in!

#2: Red states won't elect a real Dem; any Dem who'll help Dem Senate control is good.

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NARAL flub on Alito filibuster?

There's been a whole bunch of criticism that the Democratic leadership, in the Senate and the party as a whole, failed to provide the leadership and organize the campaign of voter persuasion necessary to sustain an effective vote against Alito.

Pretty much all of it justified, that I can see. (Whether this was fear, incompetence, running to lose or what, I don't know.)

But what about the outside groups?

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Bull point for the filibuster

If the Dems think Frist has 60 votes for cloture (and, please God, there are some Dems who can actually count votes!), then that's all the more reason to try a filibuster.

Because, if so, the nuclear option is moot this time. And the only risk for Dems is failure. And, let's face it, that's not a state of affairs they're unused to!

Just the sheer relief among the base that Congressional Dems have taken the fight to the GOP will make it worthwhile.

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