Under the status quo, 5% of America's labor force comes from the 12 million undocumented people living in shadows in America.
Corporations abuse these workers, who are afraid to protest (and risk deportation) when their employer takes advantage of them in any number of ways -- withheld overtime, brutal working conditions, sub-minimum wage payments, etc....
This situation is untenable for low wage native born workers who should not have to compete with these indentured servants.
I think the economic explanation is potent, but doesn't explain everything -- you see this sort of whining on elite university campuses where economic strss doesn't exist as an explanation.
Some of this is people born on third base want to defend the idea that they are, indeed, self-made men (and, to be honest, I think some righty whining can be found among women as well -- it's surely more male than female, but Malkin/Coulter/Ingraham are not entirely anomalous).
The loss of entitlement can be painful, even when cushioned by wealth....
I strongly recommend this piece as a companion -- it's about the nuclear industry buying green credentials with Whitman & a co-founder of Greenpeace who apprently sells that credential serially & indiscriminately (I note I'm not even necessarily that anti-nuclear -- but I don't trust the American industry to be as responsible as that in Europe or Japan). http://www.cjr.org/issues/2006/4/editori
Northup is double-counted as both "lean" & "likely" R, which may represent some post-primary confusion/shifting?
It's sad to see no races in MI in play, nor Renzi/AZ, nor Schmidt or others in Ohio.
Capito/WV may simply be too strong.
Hayes/NC ought to be in play; 1 seat in NC & 3 in CA are too few to be optimal.
However -- for all these wishes/ponies... the DCCC has done a great job, given how slow many with $ or currently interesting jobs (prospective candidates) were to come onto the bandwagon that the House could be in play in 2006.
Re FL: we want Harris to stay in the race because...
while turnout issues between races can be overstated, it would certainly help Klein, Bushansky, and other Dem challengers to have one race going their way in a landslide up ballot.
However, the Governor's race in the state might nullify much re turnout, so an argument for wanting Bense to enter is...
Bense will raise money from party regulars who face a variety of hard cap spending issues AND may actually feel personal giving constraints. As such, if Bense spends $15M to beat Harris and then lose somewhat respectably to Nelson (matched by a huge IE ($5M) from the NRSC, as I imagine Bense has leverage with people begging him into the race to get commitments of resources both locally & nationally)... while not requiring the DSCC & Nelson to raise very much more money than otherwise...
well, in politics in a 2 party bsystem, there are a lot of zero sum games, and Bense would be bleeding money that might go elsewhere.
I've forwarded this link to the good folks at http://www.footballoutsiders.com/ , who are to football what Baseball Prospectus is to baseball; "Moneyball" acolytes would be a flawed but not terrible way to describe it.
Thanks to Jonathan for identifying the meta-analysis produced by NJDC's associated c3, the Solomon Project.
The project was done with the participation not only of respected political pollsters Mark Mellman and Anna Greenberg, but to ensure that the polling was "kosher" and non-slanted, Jewish community expert and nonpartisan academic Kenneth D. Wald of the University of Florida helped perform the analysis.
Please note that work continues to be quite necessary -- lots of Democratic activism, staffing, and of course financing comes out of the Jewish community, and Republicans have not stopped taregting the community just because 2004 was a disappointment. Additionally, some Republican inroads occurred within the small but growing rapidly Orthodox community, but that community is far from inaccessible to Democrats who know how to message the community properly.