By L&T Managing Editor Larry Phillips
The Super Bowl may come down to a game of inches, and which way those inches fall will bring sheer joy to some and mere misery to others.
But in the 2014 mid-term national election, the important numbers will be how many seats the GOP can pick up in the U.S. Senate. Republicans only need to take over six of those seats to, essentially, put an end to Obama’s disastrous experiment in socialism.
Unfortunately, it’s not a game, and the future of the United States is in the balance.
There are 21 Senate seats now up for re-election in 2014 that are currently held by Democrats, and about half of those were won in the 2008 election on the coattails of Obama’s victory.
That alone makes them vulnerable. In fact, several national organizations, conservative and liberal, are saying only nine of the 21 seats are “likely safe.”
That results in 12 states where the Senate seats are “vulnerable,” and Republicans have good chances of taking winning those seats.
Here’s a rundown of those seats that are “vulnerable” to GOP takeover, courtesy http://usconservatives.about.com:
Alaska – Mark Begich won by 1-point in 2008 over Republican Ted Stevens. Begich provided the 60th vote for Obamacare.
Arkansas – Mark Pryor didn’t face opposition in 2008, which was odd given the conservative tilt of the state. This will be his first time facing the voters since voting for Obamacare and supporting most of the Obama agenda since.
Colorado – Mark Udall won with 53 percent of the vote in his first contest and would be the favorite to win re-election. But there are a number of candidates who could make the race competitive for Republicans.
Iowa – Tom Harkin won by a healthy 26-point margin in 2008, but he decided not to seek re-election in 2014. Republicans have a fairly wide pool of candidates for a possible takeover.
Louisiana – Mary Landrieu has won election to the Senate by an average of just 3 points in three elections. She remains one of the few Democratic senators in the south.
Michigan – The retirement hits keep coming for the Democrats as sure bet Carl Levin announced he would also retire in 2014. Both the GOP and Democratic fields are wide open and each side has recent victories to brag about.
Minnesota – “Comedian” Al Franken won by the slimmest of margins in a highly controversial outcome in 2008.
Montana – Mac Baucus announced he was retiring after his current term expires in this red state.
New Hampshire – Jeanne Shaheen is one for two in this Senate race, but New Hampshire is very unpredictable electorally.
North Carolina – Kay Hagan enjoyed upset victories in 2008 along with Democrat Governor Bev Purdue and President Obama. Obama lost the state in 2012 and Purdue didn’t even try to run for re-election given her unpopularity (Subsequently won handily by the GOP ticket).
South Dakota – Tim Johnson is another “moderate” Democrat in a heavily Republican state who announced is retirement rather than face the voters after voting for Obamacare.
West Virginia – Jay Rockefeller has decided not to run for re-election, giving the GOP a decent chance at finally winning a Senate seat in supposed-to-be-really-conservative West Virginia.
What’s funny, and it will get more ludicrous as the months go by, is that some Dems are already giving Obama the cold shoulder.
• Sen. Begich (D-Alaska) wasn’t impressed with Obama’s speech Tuesday night.
“While the President delivered a lot of sound bites that may sound good in a speech, we need to hear a clear plan and commitment to economic growth,” Begich noted in a statement. “The President said he wants to focus on ‘fuels of the future’ but we should be focusing on the fuels we can develop right now — and that’s Alaska oil and gas.”
• Senate candidate Natalie Tennant of West Virginia said this in a statement:
““If the President wants to promote opportunity, he needs to rethink his energy policies. The President is wrong on coal and I will fight him or anyone else who wants to take our coal jobs,” Tennant said. “The EPA needs a new set of priorities.”
• John Walsh, a Senate candidate in Montana issued this statement:
“I believe the president must do more to protect law-abiding citizens and end the NSA’s surveillance program. As leaders, we must have the courage to responsibly cut our debt, cut spending and live up to the promises made to America’s veterans,” Walsh noted.
These three just popped up Wednesday, only hours after the State of the Union Address.
Wait and see how many of these Dems running for office in November turn tail and run away from Obama. And if it seems like hypocrisy when they start pretending to now disagree with him and his policies – you’ll be right. After all, they have backed him every step of the way for five years – and notably – 100 percent of them voted for Obamacare.