Open thread

This morning I predicted the media would call WA-02 for incumbent Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen, “sometime between 4:30 and 7:00 PM today.” And predictably, around 6 PM this evening, they did. You know, four days after I called the race.

UPDATE:
Larsen, by the way, is now leading by 5,484 votes.

Comments

  1. 6

    MikeBoyScout spews:

    Surely Koster’s teahadist supporters know that Larsen only won with a deluge of ineligible alien votes and AKORN subterfuge.

    How else can one explain that Koster had a 1500 vote lead on election night and suddenly loses by more than 4,000 votes?

    The only reasonable Republican thing to do is challenge the count in a court of law.
    Who knows, if Sanders wins you could . . . well, you know.

  2. 8

    Blue John spews:

    Don’t forget democratic undead.

    Do people with certifiable multiple personalities get to vote multiple times? How wrong is the rule of one body, one vote?

    When do corporations get the right to vote? Do they only get to vote in the state with their headquarters?

  3. 9

    sparky spews:

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  4. 10

    bj spews:

    It’s not actually the Times, specifically. It’s an AP story, and they’re just carrying it.

  5. 11

    spews:

    bj @10,

    Yes, but the Times is running a head, “Larsen Wins,” so I think that counts as calling it. Besides, I predicted “the media” would call the election, I didn’t predict which media organization would call it first. Or, second, as the case might be.

  6. 12

    Brenda Helverson spews:

    Sparky @ 9: I lifted your comment and sent it to Bart at bartcop.com. Of course, I gave you complete credit. Funny!

  7. 14

    LD spews:

    13,700 trillion and counting
    Gold and Silver skyrocketing

    Way to go Dems! Keep up the Port Barrel Spending spree.

  8. 17

    greg spews:

    Wow, did you see some of that letter Dems who lost or those who barely survived are sending to Speaker Pelosi? It’s going to create a huge mess. Someone leaked it. check out this part:

    “Many of us want the chance to run again and reclaim the seats that we lost on Tuesday,” the draft reads. “With you as the leader of House Democrats, the hangover of 2010 stands no chance of subsiding….[W]e each experienced how Republican demonization of you and your leadership contributed to our defeat….Unfortunately, we fear that Republicans will further demonize you, and in so doing they will scare potential candidates out. The prospect of having to run against their own party leadership in addition to their Republican opponent is simply too daunting.”

  9. 18

    slingshot spews:

    Remember the mongo Repub/Teapublican ‘earmark’ talking point during the election? Just about every R candidate was talking that shit, probably because Rove instructed them to do so. Rossi was incoherently babbling the line.

    Well, anyhoo….before even taking office they’re abandoning those ‘promises’.

    <aSham, wow! href=”http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103×568796″>

  10. 19

    bj spews:

    From the current Times story, by a real Times reporter — “Larsen led by nearly 5,500 votes Monday night, with an estimated 18,000 ballots to count. Koster would need more than 65 percent of those in order to overcome Larsen’s lead — a virtual impossibility, according to a Seattle Times analysis.”

    An “analysis”, really? By some statistical whiz on staff? How impressive. Or was it just five seconds of common-sensical thought?

  11. 21

    Chris Stefan spews:

    @17
    Funny thing though you don’t see Republicans peeing their pants because Democrats might demonize Boehner, Cantor, etc.

    It doesn’t really matter who the democrats have as their house and senate leadership, the right will demonize whomever holds those posts.

    The fact that Republicans hate Pelosi so much shows me she must be doing something right.

  12. 22

    Chris Stefan spews:

    Also note that Republicans and Conservatives wear hatred from Democrats and Liberals as a badge of honor.

  13. 23

    correctnotright spews:

    @17: Umm, no one actually signed that letter and those LOSERS were mostly the Blue dogs – good riddance to them. They stalled the public option on health care and cuased their own demise. Their lack of will is what killed them – that and the Bush depression that is still hanging over us.

    I can’t wait to see the republicans/Tea fools start backtracking. They have already backtracked on aermarks and next up: balanced budget.

    If they try to shut down government – they will pay the political price for destroying th eeconomy.

  14. 24

    skykomishone spews:

    How pathetic is the Herald with a headline “Larsen says he’s the winner”? It must be very painful for their conservative editorial board and publisher, since it’s so obvious to most of their readers. They’re either very lazy in not having called it based on simple math, and/or sore losers and dishonest and insulting with their readers. It sure does lower expectations and trust in their opinions and publishing and lend more credibility to HA and a few other political bloggers, doesn’t it.

  15. 25

    aha spews:

    I think it does matter who is our House Minority Leader and Senate Leader. Pelosi & Reid are easy targets for the wingnuts. They represent overreaching policies that most voters have rejected. It’s fool-hardy to think they will somehow be able to change folks mind. If anything, the economy is getting worse. We haven’t seen bottom yet. In these Districts where Blue Dogs and other Democrats were ousted, I think it will be hard to get back with Pelosi front & center. Plus, it’s going to get real ugly as there are still nearly 30 Blue Dogs who are respected enough to get re-elected who might sign that letter to Pelosi. If they do and Pelosi digs in her heels, it gives them the reason to switch sides. I’m sure some will. Perhaps all giving the wingnuts a supermajority. Why would we do this to support Nancy Pelosi’s legacy and huge ego? It makes no sense to me. You can say good riddance to Blue Dogs, but it has implications.
    I’d rather see us get Pelosi out of the line of fire and run Progressives against the remaining Blue Dogs in 2012. It didn’t hurt the wingnuts when the Tea Party did it, In fact it made them stronger in most cases.
    We need real leadership quick.
    A fresh start.
    Nancy did her job, but to stay is not a good thing in my humble opinion. Anyone see my point?

  16. 26

    aha spews:

    Also sad to see ACORN headed for bankruptcy and another fraud case against them. That won’t help. And it won’t help for the same people to rise again under another banner. They will be crucified for stiffing creditors guys. They also need a complete change in leadership if they are to rise again. Otherwise we give the wingnuts more fodder about reckless & irresponsibile actions. Anyone understand?

  17. 27

    skykomishone spews:

    AHA @25

    Pelosi resided over one of the most historic records of accomplishment in the US Congressional history with 284 laws passed as of October 2010. The truth is the R’s want her out because she is so effective. I’m with Pelosi.

  18. 28

    rhp6033 spews:

    24. skykomishone spews:

    How pathetic is the Herald with a headline “Larsen says he’s the winner”? It must be very painful for their conservative editorial board and publisher, since it’s so obvious to most of their readers. They’re either very lazy in not having called it based on simple math, and/or sore losers and dishonest and insulting with their readers. It sure does lower expectations and trust in their opinions and publishing and lend more credibility to HA and a few other political bloggers, doesn’t it.

    I’m thinking that the Herald is probably stepping pretty carefully. Kostner essentially ran against the Herald in the race, refusing to participate in debates where Herald reporters were present and openly accusing them of having a liberal bias. It was nonsense, of course, but the Herald knows such claims can have consequences.

    The Herald still depends upon readers throughout the county, both Republican and Democrat, for it’s subscription base. It probably doesn’t see any benefit to calling the election any sooner than is absolutely necessary.

  19. 29

    correctnotright spews:

    Not that we had any illusions about the coporatist agenda of the republican party – but after all the “talk” about transparency, republicans and lobbyists are still hiding their ties:

    http://thinkprogress.org/

  20. 30

    correctnotright spews:

    @14: LD
    Umm, it is “pork” barrel and you are incredibly stoopid.

    first, most of this deficit is due to the mismanagement by Bush. Wher were you when Bush turned the largest budget surplus in history into the largest deficit in history. If you said nothing until now – you are a complete hypocrite.

    Where were you when Bush did not even include the cost of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq into the budget?

    Did you know that some of the reason the budget has “skyrocketed” is that the Obama administration decided to be honest and include the cost of Bush’s wars?

    The reason gold and silver are going up is that the dollar is being devalued – good for our exports and trade deficit since the Chinese keep their yen artificially low.