Here is a thread to start watching the Senate. The Presidential thread has been a great place to both read and post during this already bizarre and frustrating year. The Senate and House races are more local in focus, but national and global in importance. I hope others will join in here and help keep a watch across the country.
The outcome of the senate has already been written. Republicans have too many difficult seats to defend, too many incumbents retiring, a minority status already and all political momentum against them. Democrats will gain seats, keep the majority, but not get close to the magic number of 60. Time will tell if that is true.
Two senators I hope they keep are Clinton in New York and Obama in Illinois.
One of the contested seats is Republican Norm Coleman in my (blue-purple) state of MN. To me he is a RINO. To the Democrats he is a George Bush clone (in the extreme, negative sense) and he is sitting in Paul Wellstone's seat which is more sacred to liberals than the manger or the cross is to Christians.
Two characters want his seat: satirist Al Franken and trial lawyer Mike Ciresi and they have been hitting the airwaves hard for the last several weeks. Obviously Franken has backing from Hollywood, New York etc. and other liberals nationwide and Ciresi has personal fortune and fame as he charged the state a half billion dollars for suing the tobacco companies.
Franken says he will "fight for you", presumably the middle class as he walks down a middle class sidewalk near where he grew up, and Mike Ciresi says will 'fight for you' the way he "fought the big special interests like the big tobacco and pharmaceutical companies and that's what [he] will keep doing for you in Washington".
With all the talk about 'fighting for you' I thought this thread would fit just as well in the martial arts forum.
Al Franken commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-bLcv7bs84&feature=related
or linked at alfranken.com. Mike Ciresi commercials are posted at: http://www.ciresi.tv/
Unfortunately Sen. Norm Coleman, as a Democrat-lite (with an R) centrist and former Democratic mayor of St. Paul, he doesn't have much of a conservative core to "fight back' with.