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Friday, October 21, 2016


If the election were held today, Republicans would likely pick up five or six seats in the U.S. Senate, according to a recent analysis by Alan I. Abramowitz.

While the difference between five and six seats is tiny, it’s massive in consequence. The larger number would give Republicans control of the Senate and trigger a nightmare of investigations, standoffs and obstruction that would make the tumultuous last six years seem like a paragon of comity, as both houses of Congress could be used to oppose President Obama in every conceivable way.

So Democrats must plan for every contingency to limit their losses, as they defend the abundance of seats they won in 2008, to no more than five. One strategy that will inevitably make it into the playbook is meddling in GOP primaries.

While it appeared that it was just dumb luck that Todd Akin self-destructed just weeks before the 2012 election, the congressman’s primary win was abetted by his future opponent, Senator Claire McCaskill, who ran an ad touting Akin’s conservative credentials.

Could history repeat itself in 2014? Here are five Republican candidates that Democrats hope win their nominations and then say just the right thing to cost their party a seat, or possibly the Senate.

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  • Dominick Vila

    The GOP ticket in 2016 may be Paul-Cruz. A Tea Party darling and a Canadian born candidate.

    • Grannysmovin

      I agree, Democrats need to get out and vote this year.

  • terry b

    Todd Akin is mentally ill as many of his brethren are. He just made the mistake of showing his mental incompetence to everyone. He was not the only one. A moron from Indiana did a similar thing to knock out a decent republican senator and than lost to his democratic opponent. Knowledge of mental illness will keep out most of the nutcases that plague the republican party but they seem to be getting a little bit smarter at hiding the facts that make them truly nutcases.

    • Allan Richardson

      I can remember when a moron from Indiana became Vice President of the United States!

      • terry b

        He has been quoted as saying that he was glad that Sarah Palin came around so that he would no longer be remembered as the dumbest person to ever run for that office.

        • Allan Richardson

          I think it’s still a tossup! He once said on a trip to a Latin American country that he regretted not paying more attention in Latin class so that he could speak to them.

          • terry b

            Lets not forget that even children know who Paul Revere was warning on his midnight ride. That makes Palin the dumbest without a doubt. Quayle is not even close even though his verbal gaffes were right up there for the title but still a level below Palin.

        • silas1898

          He is the dumbest person to ever hold that office.

  • howa4x

    The problem is that sections of the country are religiously crazy and people like Broun draw a crowd. The south is the land of birthers, gun nuts, and people waiting for the end of time rapture. so a religious nutcase will fit in

    • Allan Richardson

      My personal theory is that if there were a rapture, the WORST RELIGIOUS NUTS would be taken, and instead of end times full of war, the rest of us decent people could get together and bear SPIRITUAL FRUITS, which I believe is what God REALLY wants: for all of Her children to get along. As for where the raptured would go, if they do go to Heaven, they will TURN IT INTO HELL.

  • Michael F Bell

    Mississippi is MS, not MI

  • Marsha Matthews

    The wheels of the crazy train go round and round, round and round, round and round …