House recap & forward
by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Nov 03, 2004 at 04:35:38 AM EST
In Texas, only Edwards stood of the Texas 5-- Bush is still represented by a Democrat. Beyond that, Democrats won the open seat in Colorado's 3rd, with Salazar, and the open seat in New York's 27th with Higgens. Republicans won the open 4th in Kentucky. Democrats took away 3 seats and lost 1 against incumbents. Democrats took away the Georgia 12th and Illinois 11th CD's (Barrow & Bean); and Republicans look like they will takeaway the Indiana 9th, defeating Hill.
Louisiana has two run-offs for Dec 4th. The Republican held 3rd is Republican Tauzin vs Melancon; and the Democratic held 7th is Republican Boustany vs Mount. Overall, Democrats got 51% in the 7th, and 45% in the 7th, so neither of these is a sure thing.
Overall then, it's a 2 seat gain for the Republicans so far, depending on the outcome in Louisiana. Somewhere between a 231-204 and 233-202 result, a 14-16 seat deficit for the Democratic Party in the House under DeLay.
Pelosi deserves to keep her job, but we need a new captain in the DCCC. Matsui hasn't showed the path to a majority, and we don't have the luxury of waiting around a couple terms for him to figure out the winning strategy.