Chris's Rants

Sunday, March 09, 2008

What is "deep doo-doo"?

It's the answer to the question: "What are the Republicans standing in?"

Foster wins Hastert’s seat.
Bill Foster — a Democratic candidate who is a physicist — defeated Republican dairy owner Jim Oberweis in a special election to claim the Illinois congressional seat of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R).

DDay put it best:
Put it this way: if I told you in the middle of 2006 that Democrats would control Tom DeLay AND Dennis Hastert's seats in Congress within two years, would you believe me?

Just look at the popular vote totals by party for the primary elections to date (these are approximations, because I left out the outlier candidates like Guiliani and Thompson, and I also left out the asymmetric votes where only one party held elections on a given date):

  • Dem: 26,534,886

  • Rep: 16,162,785

The Democratic turnout has been 64% greater than the Republican turnout, thus far.

Voter turnout has thus far been the highest rate in 40 years.
In 17 of the 24 primaries held so far, turnouts were larger than any in the past 40 years, the result of competitive Democratic and Republican contests and earlier primaries.
The sidebar in that article shows that voter turnout has increased by 8% over 2000.

The Republican party leaders had better be reaching for these.


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