Oct
07
2015

…Nah, the 2016 Senate races aren’t that foregone yet. Or foregone at all, really.

I like Charlie Cook’s stuff, but there’s a glaring hole in the logic here:

…Demo­crats have fared well in Sen­ate races when the pres­id­ency was up for grabs. In 2008 and 2012, they picked up eight and two seats, re­spect­ively. Their gain in 2012 wasn’t lar­ger be­cause they’d already picked up four seats in 2000 and six more in 2006—the two pre­vi­ous times this class of sen­at­ors had faced voters—leav­ing few­er ad­di­tion­al seats with­in their reach.

Con­versely, Re­pub­lic­ans did won­der­fully in the midterm elec­tions of 2010 and 2014, when they picked up six and nine seats, re­spect­ively. Add in the im­pact of the polit­ic­al tox­icity sur­round­ing Obama in 2010, and Re­pub­lic­ans had a hur­ricane-force wind at their backs. The class of sen­at­ors who are up for reelec­tion in 2016 were the be­ne­fi­ciar­ies, but now they must face an elect­or­ate that is demo­graph­ic­ally more daunt­ing.

…although he left himself an out by saying ‘up for grabs.’ Which excuses away 1996 and 2004, where Democrats lost two and four Senate seats, respectively. And, to be more accurate: the reason why the Democrats gained two seats in 2012 is because Todd Akin blew up in Missouri, and managed to include Richard Mourdock of Indiana in the blast radius. And, for that matter: Charlie’s own current analysis of the race shows only four Republican seats as Toss-Ups.  Assuming that Harry Reid’s open seat is equally up for grabs, that argues that the Senate map will probably not shift enough for a flip.

But the aforementioned hole in the logic is this: it does not adequately address the likelihood that no Democratic candidate can duplicate Barack Obama’s specific demographic appeal.  This is an important point. This is a very important point.  The entire Democratic model assumes that 2008 and 2012 can be replicated by any particular candidate. This is not… confirmed, to put it mildly.

So: don’t get cocky, but don’t forget that means eventually revert, either.

2 Comments

  • Antoninus Pius says:

    Charlie is just putting on the pompoms. or prepping the battle space. certainly there are gonna be tight races. but not that many. charlie knows it.

  • Diamondback says:

    I can safely predict one: Patty “Wanted to Have Osama’s Love Child” bin Murray keeps her seat–with a turd like Chris Vance in the punchbowl, she doesn’t even NEED the King County Democrat Machine to steal the election for her.

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