How far the Republican wave is reaching

We all know about Republicans In Name Only. By contrast, Rep. Gene Taylor, D., Miss., has for many years been a Republican In All But Name, reliably supporting the Republicans on most major issues to the point where you wondered why he remained in the Democratic Party. But the Republican wave has reached such a height, according to the New York Times, that even Taylor is at risk, and he is struggling to defend the seat he has held for two decades:

Republicans went after Mr. Taylor with a TV ad that opens with the precise moment Mr. Taylor supported Representative Nancy Pelosi for speaker in 2007 to the applause of his colleagues on the House floor. “This is the moment Democrat Gene Taylor turned his back on us,” the narrator said, echoing a theme that has emerged in district after district.

The Times goes on to say:

Should the Democrats manage to hang on to the House, it would be considered a major political upset at this point.

Of course we don’t know what is going to happen, and that is why I say that we should not let ourselves get carried away with the predictions of a Republican blow-out. At the same time, when Obama himself tells an audience, “There is no doubt that this is going to be a difficult election,” attention must be paid.

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Tim W. writes:

Subject: How high will the Republican wave be?

Here in Tennessee the wave will be pretty high. The GOP will take the governorship easily. One interesting point is that outgoing Governor Phil Bredesen is a Democrat who opposes Obamacare. He hasn’t been unpopular as governor (he served two terms), but anger at Obama and Pelosi and Reid is so high that no Democrat had a chance to succeed him in office.

Our U.S. House delegation could end up having seven Republicans to only two Democrats. Two open Democratic seats are predicted to go to the GOP. We also have our own version of Gene Taylor here. He’s Congressman Lincoln Davis, who represents a rural district encompassing the areas north of the Alabama line and between Nashville and Chattanooga. He’s voted against most of Obama’s agenda but he’s getting pounded for supporting Pelosi for speaker, and he may lose. If he does, the only Democrats remaining in our House delegation will represent the two heavily black urban districts (Nashville and Memphis). Tennessee will be a sea of red with two blue dots each the size of a single county.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 24, 2010 09:12 AM | Send

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