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Monday, November 1, 2010

Political Decapitation

The Democrats face a political decapitation tomorrow. 

Dozens of senior Democratic Party leaders in the House and Senate, and in Statehouses around the country, are likely to lose.  Unlike Republicans in 2008, there is no next generation of Democratic leaders. 

Who are the Democratic Party equivalents of Marco Rubio, Mitch Daniels, John Thune, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan or Eric Cantor?

The Republican Party has numerous rising stars.  I cannot think of a single Democratic Party rising star. 

Can you?

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  1. Obama was touted as their rising star, and we all know where that has gotten us.

  2. I agree with Daneil -- the only rising star that "everyone" knows about within the Democrat party is Obama, and depending on which rumor you want to believe, Hillary could be a challenge for him in 2012, depending on tomorrow and the next two years.

    I have to say thanks, Prof. Jacobson, for making it clear to me (with this posting) why it could be that hard-core liberalism/socialism could be on the down-and-outs for potentially a generation:

    Where are the new socialist (Democrat) leaders in this country? The bench has been left to whither on the vine; there are no serious fresh faces on the Democrat side of the column.


  3. Unfortunately, I can think of one rising star: Andrew Cuomo.

    This is not an endorsement! The guy represents everything rotten in the democrat party. But he's almost guaranteed to win the election tomorrow for governor of New York (because the Republicans didn't want to even be in the race as much as anything else. Don't get me started on the pathetic state of NYS "Republicans")

  4. I actually really like Surya Yalamanchili, he is trying for the OH-2 House seat this year, and he's really impressive. He probably doesn't have a chance in the super conservative district where I grew up. (I currently live in Columbus) But if he's the direction the Democrats will eventually go, and he ends up being an up and coming star, and he doesn't end up being a liberal sheep in conservative (relatively speaking) clothing, I really like were our country's politics are going. You should keep an eye on him, he might be the Democrat's only impressive candidate this year.


  5. This is also not an endorsement! But have you seen the ads Andrew Cuomo is running (at least in upstate NY)? He promises spending cuts, regulatory cuts, and no new taxes. It's almost as if he's running on the Tea Party platform.

    Since he has all but won the election, I HOPE he follows through on these promises. On the other hand, I EXPECT he won't.

    PS - Is he running the same ads in NYC, or is he making liberal pie-in-the-sky promises?

  6. Mark Warner is a Democratic rising star. If he doesn't challenge Obama in 2012, I suspect he'll be a prominent contender for the Democrats in 2016.

  7. You didn't really think that was Bye Bayh, did you? He'll be back. But he's not rising yet. I think that the next rising stars in the democrat ranks will be moderates (what we used to call "liberals" before "liberal" came to mean "socialist sack of . . ." anyway), ones who genuinely love and "get" America. That may be wishful thinking, but if the dems don't purge the radical progs and unhinged loons from their party, there will be no democratic party left for any stars to rise in.

  8. Keith Ellison is a "rising democratic star". Five pointed star, actually.

  9. Have all forgotton how long it takes to become a rising star in the Democratic Party? It took "O"..What a year and a half?

  10. I don't buy that Warner from Virginia is a rising star. He voted for Obamacare. He's been Harry Reid's boy toy in the Senate. He won't get re-elected in his own state. Neither, by the way will Webb.