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The Midterm Election: Prospects For A Republican Senate Majority

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Via Goldman Sachs' Jan Hatzius,

  • The primary election campaign season unofficially concluded Tuesday (Aug. 19) with the outcome of the Alaska Senate primary, which was the last key nomination contest prior to the general election. While there were a few high profile surprises during the primary season, this year's primary elections do not appear to have affected the general election outlook to the same degree that primary outcomes have over the last couple of elections.
  • The focus is now on the general election on November 4, where Senate Republicans hold 45 seats and need a net gain of six seats to win a majority. Recent polling shows Republican candidates leading by large margins in races for three Democratic-held seats, and by very slim margins in another four contests. While these early polls are not particularly reliable, overall they imply a tight race with a clear opening for Republicans to take a narrow majority of Senate seats.
  • As the election draws near, the potential effects of a Republican Senate majority seem likely to become more of a focus for market participants. A slim Republican majority seems unlikely to us to meaningfully alter the outlook for major policy reforms, since Democratic support would still be necessary in the Senate and the President would still have the option to veto. That said, the details of more routine legislation could be affected. Uncertainty could also increase regarding high profile deadlines such as the debt limit or the expiration of spending authority; markets have gradually become accustomed to the way Congress has handled these deadlines, but a change in control could lead to some renewed uncertainty regarding these deadlines, at least temporarily.

In the four months since we last wrote about the upcoming midterm election, the outlook has changed only incrementally. Although there were a few surprising retirements and primary election results over the last few months, none of these seem to have significantly affected the overall prospects for control of the House or Senate.

As noted in our previous report, the composition of the House continues to look unlikely to change significantly due to an apparent lack of competitive seats and the absence of national political momentum sufficient to create a "wave" for either party. Regarding the Senate, most observers expect Republicans to gain at least four seats due to the composition of seats up for re-election this year and as a result of several Democratic retirements. While there is no formal consensus expectation, the average midpoint of the ranges projected by several well-known election forecasters rounds up to a six-seat Republican gain, i.e., just enough to win a majority.

Exhibit 1 demonstrates the challenge that Senate Democrats currently face: the recent average polling margin in each Senate seat up for re-election this year is shown on the horizontal axis and the two-party margin in the 2012 presidential election in that state is shown on the vertical axis. Democrats will have five open Senate seats where the incumbent is retiring. Three of these will be in states that voted heavily Republican in the 2012 presidential election --South Dakota, West Virginia, and Montana--and polling over the last several months has consistently favored the Republican candidates in these contests. Four Democratic incumbents are also running in states that voted Republican in the presidential election in 2012: Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Current polling suggests these races are close to even, with Republicans leading narrowly in three of them as well as in Iowa, which voted slightly Democratic in 2012. A few other Democratic seats beyond these appear fairly competitive, either because they are in states that tend to be closely split at the presidential level, or the incumbent is not running, or both.

Fewer Republican seats appear to be competitive. In part, this is because there are fewer Republican seats up for re-election at all: only 15, compared to 21 Democratic seats. It is also because, with the exception of Maine, which does not appear to be a close contest, there are no Republican seats up for re-election this year in Democratic-leaning states. That said, recent polling implies that contests will be competitive for Republican-held seats in Georgia, where the incumbent is retiring, and Kentucky, which has voted strongly Republican in recent presidential contests but where sparse early polling indicates a very close race.

As the election draws near, we have begun to receive more frequent questions about the implications of a potential Republican Senate majority. In general, we would expect the effect on policy outcomes to be fairly limited, since the government would still be divided, just in a different way than it was before:

1. There should be little effect on most of the major policy debates. Even if Republicans gain a slim majority in the Senate, they would still need Democratic support to reach the 60 votes usually necessary to pass legislation in that chamber. Just as importantly, President Obama could veto any legislation he opposed and Republicans would be far short of the 67 votes needed to overcome a veto. Many of the major policy items on the agenda, such as immigration reform, housing finance reform, or changes to financial, energy, or environmental regulation, would therefore still require a bipartisan agreement as they do today.

 

2. The policy specifics of routine legislation could shift incrementally. Although major reforms in most policy areas are no more likely to pass under a Republican-majority Senate than a Democratic one, control of the Senate majority could have an effect on more routine deadline-driven legislation. Examples in this area might include the extension of expired and soon to expire tax provisions (so-called "tax extenders") that Congress is likely to pass by early 2015 if not late this year, or the renewal of the highway program that needs to occur by May 2015. Republican majorities in both chambers might reduce the likelihood that revenue is raised from corporate tax changes to pay for these bills, for example.

 

3. Fiscal policy changes could reach the President's desk. Although most legislation would need to surpass the usual 60-vote threshold in the Senate, if Republicans won House and Senate majorities, they could use the budget “reconciliation” process to pass fiscal legislation through both chambers of Congress with only a simple majority vote. This procedural mechanism, which is tied to the annual budget process, has been used to enact significant fiscal policy changes in the past, including several rounds of deficit reduction legislation in the 1980s and 1990s, tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, and parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Changes to the ACA might be a focus for reconciliation legislation, and tax reform could theoretically be addressed using this process as well. That said, President Obama would still have the option to simply veto whatever legislation arrives at his desk and would presumably do so if the reconciliation process was used mainly as a way to circumvent Democratic opponents in the Senate. So while a potential Republican Senate majority might result in greater legislative debate on fiscal policy, it is much less likely to result in enactment of significant fiscal policy changes.

 

4. Uncertainty regarding fiscal deadlines could return. Markets have gradually become accustomed to the way Congress has dealt with events such as the debt limit, the "fiscal cliff," or the expiration of government spending authority: the House would often pass a bill seen as unlikely to become law, the Senate would then pass a compromise bill, which the House would accept, often at the last minute and relying on significant Democratic support. This pattern could change if Republicans took the majority in the Senate. For example, when the next debt limit increase becomes necessary in Q3 or Q4 of 2015, Republicans might try to use the reconciliation process noted above to couple it with other political priorities and pass it only with Republican votes in the House and Senate, potentially attracting a presidential veto. Spending legislation that will need to be renewed to avoid a government shutdown could become another source of uncertainty. In an interview this week, Senate Republican Leader McConnell said that under a Republican majority, "we're going to pass spending bills, and they're going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy. That's something [President Obama] won't like, but that will be done. I guarantee it." While the eventual outcome of these debates would presumably be the same as under the current composition of Congress--the debt limit is eventually raised, spending authority is eventually extended--it might take market participants time to get used to a new process.

 

5. Congressional Republicans and the White House might be able to find common ground on a narrow set of issues. There may be a few issues where congressional Republicans are closer than congressional Democrats to the Obama Administration's position. One of these could be international trade, where Congressional Republicans have tended to be more supportive of bilateral and regional trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which could be finalized late this year or next, or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which allows the administration to negotiate trade agreements subject to an up or down vote in Congress but no amendments and is seen as an important tool to pass TPP in Congress.

 

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Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:48 | 5128350 LetThemEatRand
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Bankers:  "Fuck, who do we give money to?"

Bankers' lobbyists:  "All of them."

Bankers:  "Oh right.  Plan A.  I almost forgot in this cocaine haze fueled by free Fed money."

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:52 | 5128365 CrazyCooter
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Banker; it rhymes with wanker and canker.

Regards,

Cooter

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:00 | 5128387 knukles
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Q: Know what the difference between a Republican Senate and the current Democratic Senate will be?*
A: Nothing will get done

 

* Trick Question

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:03 | 5128397 luckystars
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gridlock is good because everything the do is bad.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:13 | 5128425 LetThemEatRand
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gridlock between whether to enslave us or give all of our money to oligarchs and then enslave us?  

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:18 | 5128442 SafelyGraze
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fortunately, the senate's approval is no longer necessary in order to move forward implementing legislation

hugs,
robo-pen

ps read my engaging "how an executive order becomes a law" 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:39 | 5128481 Slave
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IT'S WAR PARTY TIME. GOP CONGRESS 2014. TERRORISM SCARES. ECONOMIC CRASH 2016. GOP PRESIDENT 2016. MOAR WAR 2017.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:44 | 5128510 Manthong
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It really doesn't matter anymore.

You can barely tell them apart.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:56 | 5128535 Slave
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BUT THEY MUST MAINTAIN THE ILLUSION

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:18 | 5128570 wee-weed up
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Hey, say what you want about the Republicans. I hate them too - I'm a staunch conservative - the GOP hates me. But we have to somehow put a stop to this lawless (unimpeachable) bastard dictator in the WH. I'll settle for neutering him if that's the only thing that will work.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:26 | 5128583 Slave
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Everybody has a different definition of "conservative" when it is actually VERY simple. This is because true, pure, timeless conservatism has been targeted for destruction.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:45 | 5128620 wee-weed up
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Yep, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell agree wholeheartedly!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:51 | 5128636 TahoeBilly2012
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Republi can't

Republi won't

Republi don't

 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:23 | 5128683 LetThemEatRand
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You and Weed Up should go fight in the Ring of What Doesn't Matter.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:19 | 5128734 James_Cole
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Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the shittiest of them all?

The democrats are shit, it is true,

But the republicans are the shittiest of the two. 

We all know the dems are lying assholes, but those repubs are some crazy-ass-mutherfuckers (minus rand paul and a few others).

These days the intellectual output from the house of saud is indistinguishable from the republican congress / supreme court.

If you're into that sort of thing I guess it's all good. To non-americans outside of third world countries it's a bit wtf. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:17 | 5128950 mvsjcl
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If you carry a "R" or "D" affilation to identify your "party," it should be the kiss of death at the voting polls. A "party" is your real boss, and not the people who voted for you.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:38 | 5129169 MalteseFalcon
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Don't care for either party just want maximum turnover, solid gridlock and the lamest lame duck president.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:12 | 5129276 boattrash
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OT Both parties can rot in hell as far as I'm concerned, but, will we want to live here after Hillary gets to appoint 3 justices to the SCOTUS?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:57 | 5128685 Escrava Isaura
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Slave,

You wrote: "conservatism has been targeted for destruction."

You're being intoxicated by Kool-Aid!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:58 | 5129695 Slave
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Whose kool aid am I drinking?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:24 | 5128681 Escrava Isaura
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Manthong,

You wrote: "You can rarely tell them apart."

Yes, you can! One is more mediocre than other. The other is more hypocrite.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:14 | 5128434 tickhound
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Those of you appreciating gridlock may as well appreciate the status quo. There are no solutions in this system... Let alone this two party system. I don't care how hell bent the Tyler-Algos lean right. And calling it a lean is generous.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:50 | 5128523 toady
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Yep, every election season I feel a twinge of "what if?". What if the D's or R's win a majority? Will it hasten the collapse? Will a split government hasten the collapse? Every day that goes by without a collapse only makes the eventual collapse worse. But in the end we just ride it out with one set of assholes or another. Getting worse day by day.

Yay!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 01:08 | 5128667 tickhound
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What if no one showed up to vote. No one. Talk about a wet dream.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:49 | 5129203 sessinpo
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yea, a real wet dream for them. Because now they have another excuse for thier misdeeds. Congrats.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:08 | 5129476 Weisshaupt
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Let it burn. Vote Democrat. They have repeatedly  demonstrated they have ZERO understanding of how value is produced, what money means, what individual rights are and think they can print their way to prosperity if they just believe in the world they want with no recognition of the constraints imposed upon them by reality ( well that is your reality.. in my reality one  can mint 1 Trillion dollar coins and all will be well) 

  Vote Democrat and lets get this thing over with and let the left  own  it for once. There is nothing we can do to stop it now anyway.

Let the Dems get their civil war started , watch the  poverty spread  and let the non-contributing zeros die at the hands of their own ideology.   If the GOP wins  they will try to hold the Status Quo, and that will just give the police state more time to become entrenched and powerful.  Vote Democrat. Let it burn.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:11 | 5128421 Freddie
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When you have pro-amnesty RINOI Neo Con AIPAC scum like McCain, Graham, Mitch McConnel, Rubio, Flake, Corker, Thad Cochran, Alexander and others RINO scum that rigged primaries - what does it matter? 

This RINO-AIPAC scum are all working for the oligarchs like Soros and are all frequent fliers to the wailing wall.   They support open ,borders as much as Obama and the rest of the Democrats.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:22 | 5128433 knukles
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Uh huh... more of the same.
But we do need a War on Unhealthy School Meals, so plenty to get done.

 

The Establishment Republicans are traitors to the conservative cause.  Interesting listening to right wing radio (I tune stuff like that in on both sides the aisle so as to just hear the memes of the day) these days.  They're by and large vilifying the RINO Establishment ....
Interesting dynamics.
One chap (correctly) said that the Republican Party is at war with its own base.  Great line

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:35 | 5128493 LetThemEatRand
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Same shit the Blue Team did when W was in office, blaming Blue Team members for being too compliant to the wishes of the Red Team.  When the Blue Team is in power, the Red Team radio personalities say that the Red Team players in office are too compliant to Blue Team policy.  And most people believe there is a difference despite this readily observable fact.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:59 | 5128536 Ralph Spoilsport
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I have to get covert when I tune in a right wing talker these days. People look askance at that these days which I'm okay with too. Like you said, it's interesting to see what the talking points are and what has them upset.

Mark Levin has been shrieking that we need to spend more money to try resurrecting Ronald Reagan because he's what Real Conservative Republicans need to save the GOP even if they don't know it yet. Limbaugh seems adrift these days and talks about football teams a lot. Sean Hannity is thoroughly disgraced and on his way out. Seems like someone has pushed Mike Wiener AKA Michael Savage to an unlikely pinnacle with a drive time spot on WABC with syndication. He's even harder to listen to than Mark Levin (even though he doesn't shriek) but he talks about pasta sauce, his boat, and of course his lovable dog Teddy. Then maybe some politics with beatnik muzak playing in the background (he's so eclectic!).

Not even Talk Radio is immune to the Entropy we're witnessing today. Everything is mediocre if it doesn't suck already. The angle of repose is getting steeper and we'll all slide down the pile into the shredder eventually. That's the thing about Entropy. Like Lord Kelvin said, the heat death of the universe is a real bitch bitchez.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:04 | 5128858 August
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>>>the heat death of the universe is a real bitch

As long as Hannity is thoroughly disgraced, I'll go with a smile on my face.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:25 | 5128782 Sages wife
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But we will enjoy less transparency.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:12 | 5128729 Bloppy
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Most people I know no longer see elections as a useful tool for change.

 

Meanwhile, Glenn Beck's HuffPo interview enrages ex-fans:

http://tinyurl.com/pxakwg3




Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:48 | 5128356 q99x2
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Who cares about Washington D.C. From here on out it is each man for himself.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 22:52 | 5128359 himaroid
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We could use Jesse Helms right about now. You Libertarians would love the Conservative hero. See for yourself.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Helms

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:16 | 5128864 August
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Jesse was an OK human being, even though both a US Senator and a Rethuglican.

Just vote "No, on everything".  One could do worse for a governing philosophy.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:00 | 5128385 Duc888
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Red team Blue team Bullshit.

 

Yea, works so well.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:06 | 5128405 Elliott Eldrich
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Exactly, as evidenced by the recent Princeton study that concluded that America is basically an oligarchy.

http://rapidnotes.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/princeton-study-concludes-tha...

But sure, get out and vote for whoever, wave that flag and feel good that you're "doing your part as a citizen" and all of that crapola.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:52 | 5129212 sessinpo
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And what modern society isn't? Get a clue

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:01 | 5128388 Shad_ow
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Financially does it really matter any more?  We are all screwed sooner or later.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:01 | 5128393 luckystars
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Will they let us have our body armor?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:22 | 5128871 August
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"Only government employees need body armor."

Says something to me.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:05 | 5128406 Dead Man Walking
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Everything's fake

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:19 | 5128452 knukles
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Alpha to Omega, my man. 
Right down through the hard sciences let alone soft studies.
Wondering how pure math can be liberally rigged...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:25 | 5128872 August
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At least the Nobel Prize still means something.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:31 | 5129145 marathonman
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Especially Peace Prizes.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:06 | 5128407 himaroid
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Ya think it all holds together til January?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:37 | 5128495 thamnosma
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or even November, though odds are improving since it's only 2.5 months out

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:07 | 5128409 Grouchy Marx
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I suppose a Republican Senate will show all the same courage that the Republican House did not. 

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:15 | 5128437 GooseShtepping Moron
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I think they might, at least to a certain extent. The GOP Senators are pretty good at killing bills - that's one thing I'll give them.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:20 | 5128454 knukles
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What a Republican Senate needs is a leader who can cry.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:37 | 5128494 thamnosma
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Damn, now I'm running through the list to guess who the most likely to cry is....

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:01 | 5128549 Ralph Spoilsport
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Being the same color as a Cheeto would help...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:25 | 5128466 Duc888
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"But sure, get out and vote for whoever, wave that flag and feel good that you're "doing your part as a citizen" and all of that crapola"

 

Yup,

Red team, orally sodomized.

Blue team, anally sodomized.

 

Choices choices....

 

By all means, we must consent to the rape.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:09 | 5128774 Farqued Up
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Wear your sheeple sticker "I voted". Be like the Aints and wear a paper sack over your head.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:32 | 5128478 Spungo
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Don't blame me. I voted for ficus.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:32 | 5128480 lester1
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Expect a major financial crash in 2015-16 sometime followed by a one world currency run by the imf

 

You heard it here first..

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:34 | 5128488 thamnosma
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Ah man, that's a two year window.  You gotta narrow it down more than that.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:51 | 5128531 tickhound
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"You heard it here first!" LOL.

Not saying I don't hope you're right... Just laughing at the overall unmonumental audacity.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:00 | 5129239 andrewp111
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And how do the current Senate contests affect that outcome in the slightest?

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:48 | 5128505 andrewp111
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Whether the Senate is Democrat or Republican should not affect the markets in the slightest. Senate control  may have a huge impact for some people, but the impact on the "markets" will be nill. Nothing related to "markets" will change by enough for most speculators to notice. The impact of a Republican Senate is as follows:

1. Supreme court nominations are the most affected. There is no way in hell that Obama will be able to appoint a Progressive if the GOP controls the Senate.

2. There may be a small effect on fiscal policy. It won't be enough to notice in aggregate toals, but could affect particlular sectors. Any really big bets that depend on government green energy programs could come up snake eyes if there is a fully Republican Congress.

3. A fully Republican Congress would have the effect of making Obama more intransigent and government shutdowns almost certain. But these shutdowns won't last more than a month.

Beyond the above, no effect. Other factors matter much more than this election.

 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:05 | 5128768 Farqued Up
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There would be at least 4 more wars, more Abrahms Tanks for police departments, IRS wearing Glocks, FBI increased to presence in all countries instead of just 120. Obama care will be slightly and proudly claimed as " fixed ".

Ponzi up and forever.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:31 | 5128876 August
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Hey, I like the idea of every IRS employee openly wearing a sidearm whenever they interact with the public.

It's, like, full disclosure.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:52 | 5128530 alexcojones
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Like It Matters.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:58 | 5128538 ebworthen
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And it don't fuckin' matter who wins or loses.

Banker lobbyist gravy train from Wall Street to Washington.

That is where the money, power, and control is, and if you haven't figured it out you're a damn dope.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:08 | 5128557 xizang777
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I guess I don't matter, because I'm voting Libertarian whenever I have a chance, from now on.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:16 | 5129092 Billy Sol Estes
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Voting is for Tools.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:34 | 5128594 fibonacci's claus
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I love all these purple ties on the MSM talking heads.  Subliminal wouldn't you say???  Maybe we could start with the seat Al Franken and his hebrew buddies stole.  Or how about Herb Kohls seat.  You can't tell me that Wisconsin elected Johnson from the tea party and then turned around and elected that carpet munching drunk Baldpussy, um, I mean Baldwin.  When is AMerican going to wake up and realize their vote doesn't count.  The supreme court betrayed us and gave all the power to corporations.  Billionaire presidencial elections.  Its a complete and utter joke.  I saw first hand how the repubs rigged the primarys and kept Paul out of the running.  Bicameral I think they call it right?  More like a globalist fascist uni-brow system

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:48 | 5128630 monad
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And this will make what difference to patriotic Americans? They are all bent. Even AIPAC is all puppets.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 02:49 | 5128752 Farqued Up
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Paralysis by analysis in that one touch of the index finger on the keyboard will elect anyone they choose.

They = Bilderbergers.
CFR = Fellow Traveler Pool of Worker Bees

Not real work, mind you, just stooge work.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:35 | 5128794 Sages wife
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Let's get it straight.  Your vote means nothing.  There is no democracy.  We all know it.  Vote with your fiat, like they do.  Boycott fast "food" for starters.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 04:54 | 5128828 Youri Carma
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Hitlary will win and she'll bring you WWIII. It has no use making serious analyses with this two party rigged system. It's a joke you still don't understand?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:17 | 5128866 buzzsaw99
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shemale jabba is finished

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:33 | 5128880 Youri Carma
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Early X-Maz tip for you cuz your my buzzer.

Stick a candle in your ass and light it and suprise all your shemale friends when they come in.

Tutski!? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTHlXb0PXh4

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 06:31 | 5128877 Dr. Engali
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Hillary will not win. She doesn't have any support from the elites. She is done and you can bank on that.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:37 | 5128993 NoWayJose
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Senate Republicans are so used to bending over for anything the Democrats want - why would that change if McConnell became the Majority leader? Other than needing to send more pork back to his home state...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:44 | 5129007 Psquared
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If I were going to run for office my official campaign slogan would be, "I will vote NO!"

The only way I would vote yes would be if it were to repeal a law, or, in the most rare of occasions, if someone could show me that a law would actually make things better.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 07:59 | 5129048 BeetleBailey
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<---Democrats: Amateur cunts

<---Republicans: Professional cunts

Happy voting! Vote once or change your mind, and vote the other way.

EITHER WAY - NATIONALLY, IT MAKES NO FUCKING DIFFERENCE.

TOTALLY RIGGED "CHOSEN"..."CANDIDATES"..BY THE UNSEEN TRILLIONAIRE MOTHERFUCKERS.

THEY ARE ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL CUNTS.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:13 | 5129089 Billy Sol Estes
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Taxation will continue until voting participation improves.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:16 | 5129513 Weisshaupt
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Or the money becomes useless and no one in the IRS feels its worth getting shot in order to   try and confiscate property.

They need the guns confiscated before the collpase or  they loose power in a hurry. Of course it may not be continued  power they are after..

 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:25 | 5129130 Stanley Lord
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The stock market might be telling us there will be a huge Republican win in November.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:56 | 5129227 d edwards
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Get out and vote for true Constitutional conservatives/libertarians-you can tell which ones they are because they are put down and ridiculed by the msm and establishment Repubs and Dems.

 

We might be able to turn this country around.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:51 | 5131497 honestann
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democrat == predator
republican == predator
dissolve governments == freedom 

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