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THE REAL PRIZE: THE SENATE

Posted by Tim Bryce on October 3, 2012

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Presidential politics aside, we should really be watching the Senate races.

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While we have been preoccupied with presidential politics, the real prize is the U.S. Senate which is currently in the hands of the Democrats. The House will undoubtedly stay in the hands of the GOP, but should the Republicans take over both houses of Congress, they will be in a better position to pass legislation to move the country forward again. Back in February, I wrote a column entitled, “Who is going to run on the coattails of the President?” Here we are, eight months later, and Democrats are still keeping the President at arm’s length. I have even seen local Democratic Headquarters promoting local candidates, but no mention of Mr. Obama. Frankly, it’s somewhat ironic to see the President become a pariah of his own party after he turned the country against George W. Bush in 2008. I guess what goes around, comes around.

As I mentioned in the February article, there are many people retiring from Congress and a new set of candidates running to replace them, but the following Senatorial incumbents bear watching:

California: Dianne Feinstein (D)
Delaware: Tom Carper (D)
Florida: Bill Nelson (D)
Maryland: Ben Cardin (D)
Michigan: Debbie Stabenow (D)
Minnesota: Amy Klobuchar (D)
Missouri: Claire McCaskill (D)
Montana: Jon Tester (D)
New Jersey: Bob Menendez (D)
New York: Kirsten Gillibrand (D)
Ohio: Sherrod Brown (D)
Pennsylvania: Bob Casey, Jr. (D)
Rhode Island: Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
Vermont: Bernie Sanders (I)
Washington: Maria Cantwell (D)

Aside from most being Democrats, this list represents all of the incumbent Senators who voted for both Obamacare and the President’s failed stimulus programs. Yet, when you visit their election web sites, you find little regarding how they voted on these key pieces of legislation from the Obama administration. The only exception is Washington’s Cantwell who proudly proclaims her endorsement of Obamacare. The others though make statements that they are deeply committed to health care reform but fail to mention their role in the passage of the legislation.

In examining the web sites of the senators, I found a total disconnect between these politicians and the president who represents the head of their party. There is no link to the Obama re-election web site, no photos with the president, and absolutely no mention of President Obama in print. It’s as if he doesn’t exist.

These senators are perfectly cognizant of the results of the 2010 mid-term elections and are afraid of a repeat. It should therefore come as no small surprise they distance themselves from the one person representing their biggest political liability, namely the president. Aside from a couple of races, polls have shown that Republican nominees have made great in-roads in challenging these incumbents. It is not only feasible the GOP will take back the senate, it is likely. It all depends on whether American voters will remember how these Senators voted. Most will not. This article, therefore, is designed to remind them.

If you believe Obamacare and the stimulus packages are detrimental to the country, and should never be repeated, then these people are part of the problem, certainly not part of the solution.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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14 Responses to “THE REAL PRIZE: THE SENATE”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An O.B. of Macon, Georgia wrote…

    “Ah we wax political, I firmly believe that there are those of us, (I will define that in a minute) that has truly studied our present situation and have made the determination that we are clearly headed down the path of destruction. I would truly like to have some real idea of how many people really care about the election and will vote because of convictions brought about by being concerned and study.

    Some of us do care about the direction our country is headed. We see beyond the present day and have more on our minds than our current form of entertainment. Some of us are respected in our communities and are listened to.

    Trying to get somebody to embrace the idea that God is our creator and we really should esteem him as our chief good, is a hard thing to do by preaching, but if you live as you should and treat your fellowmen as they should be treated, folks listen to what you have to say, because they like you and because they can see clearly the way you live your life.

    Such is taught in our Masonic lodges. However we, bear the responsibility to use the first three of the seven ancient liberal arts and sciences (Grammar, Rhetoric, and Logic,) Grammar so that we speak correctly and will not be misunderstood, Rhetoric so that we may influence and above all to use logic so that our word do not lead our followers down the wrong path. Some us really dig to understand our political forces but most go about their daily lives with out giving heed to who and what is really governing us.

    Truly it is our duty to help educate the uninformed and to change the minds of those who believe the world owes them something. However I see this education as a slow process taught more by example then mere words.

    As you are in the public eye, I applaud your venture into the arena of politics, I do believe you are traveling the correct path in your thinking. So I pray that your words reach out to those less informed and that they will make a difference in our quest for sane and stable government.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    An R.L. of Tampa, Florida wrote…

    “Great piece! You are a true patriot!”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    An L.M. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania wrote…

    ” It’s what rats do when they think the ship is sinking!” 🙂

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  4. Tim Bryce said

    A U.V. of Largo, Florida wrote…

    Excellent. Hope everyone is reading, thinking and remembering in November. Do you mind if I pass it on to “like thinkers”?

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  5. Tim Bryce said

    A J.S. off Skidway Lake, Michigan wrote…

    “I hope a lot of people read this and vote accordingly, Tim.”

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    An L.C. of Delaware wrote…

    “Agreed! As noted in this column, we here in Delaware are heavily involved in a senatorial race, between incumbent Tom Carper (D), and challengers Kevin Wade (R) and Alex Pires (I). The general consensus is that Kevin Wade has the best shot at ousting Sen. Carper, who has been on the public payroll for over 30 years. Alex Pires, however, is the most heavily funded and cannot be overlooked as a viable candidate. Mr. Pires is fiercely devoted to “exposing” Tom Carper for alleged (by Pires) corruption in office, and has even stated publicly, “If you don’t vote for me, vote for Kevin Wade – he’s a good guy with good ideas.”

    One of the most disturbing elements of this race is Senator Carper’s apparent refusal to debate Kevin Wade in the public forum. After months of Wade challenging the incumbent to a series of debates, Carper finally acquiesced. At a candidate forum in Wilmington on September 13th, Wade again challenged Carper to debate him, noting that when Carper was running for office several years ago he had chastised his opponent, stating that public debate was “the Delaware way.” Carper then promised Wade a series of 10 debates across the state prior to the November election.

    However, since that time Senator Carper has “disappeared”, refusing to cooperate in any aspect of scheduling or planning the debates, and going so far as to claim that the occasional candidate forum, which allows but a few minutes for each candidate to present their platform, “counts” as a debate.

    This begs the question, “How can Senator Carper FIGHT for Delawareans if he won’t TALK to Delawareans?

    This stand, or lack thereof, of Senator Carper is a disgrace in my view. I invite everyone to visit Kevin Wade’s website at http://www.wadeforussenate.com for updates on this issue and links to Sen. Carper’s office for those who would like to put some pressure on the good senator to hold to his word. I’m also hoping that this story starts getting some national coverage! “

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  7. Tim Bryce said

    An A.V. of Melbourne, Florida wrote…

    “In Florida Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson still leads Republican Connie Mack. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Sunshine State finds Nelson with 47% support to Mack’s 40%. Five percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, while eight percent (8%) are undecided. Still an uphill battle.

    Should Romney win and the Republicans retain a majority in Congress, but the Dems retain control of the Senate there may have to be some bi-partisan compromises to reduce the debt, revive the stagnant economy, and do some damage control in Obama Care (e.g. make it a voluntary program- similar to Federal employee’s with some tort reform and allowance of competition across state lines).”

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  8. Tim Bryce said

    A P.R. of Albany, New York wrote…

    ” I’m sure most of us would agree, we can do both it is not an either or situation. We must admit that Mitt is doing a better job than at least I thought he was going to do. The Senate is very important if we are to stop O.care? I believe it is approximately six I may be mistaken.”

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  9. Tim Bryce said

    A G.H. of Detroit, Michigan wrote…

    “winning the Senate won’t matter much until someone has the “clock weights” to do what is necessary to get our great nation back on track.”

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  10. Tim Bryce said

    An M.D. of Baltimore, Maryland wrote…

    “The Senate has excellent prospects of returning to Republican control. The house will remain the same. Numbers do not lie when present by Republicans.”

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  11. Tim Bryce said

    An H.Y. of Utah wrote…

    “These dumbocratic senators need to be in front of a Judge facing charge of Sedition. They, as much as anybody else, have been trying to subvert this Country to a socialist state. They are like snakes, they lay around and do their dirty work, but to the people who elected them they try to act as though they are as innocent as a baby. I say life in prison would be the appropriate judgement for them.”

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  12. Tim Bryce said

    An S.K. of California wrote…

    “There is a reason to remove incumbents; it is called taking out the trash.”

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  13. Tim Bryce said

    An L.A. of New Mexico wrote…

    “Vote against all long-term incumbents who have forgotten why they were hired!!! We own this government…they don’t…like Clint said, when they aren’t doing the job, they need to be removed!!!!”

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  14. Tim Bryce said

    An A.B. of Colorado wrote…

    “Yes we need the Senate to help restore what we lost under Obama. He worked FAST and FURIOUS (pardon the pun) to make his changes before many knew what he was up to. He was so busy forcing in his health care he didn’t have time for a Budget or to help with Job growth. He got done what HE wanted behind closed doors for the most part.”

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