Bonnie Erbe


October 2006


Fickle Voters

History may declare the 2006 congressional elections the "Year of the Pendulum" in American politics. Voters' typically up-down, in-out, fickle nature seems particularly equivocal this election season.

This could be attributed to the increasing importance of the independent voter, creating a less ...

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GOP GOTV

The worldview (in Washington at least) is that the Republicans have already lost the U.S. House and that the Senate could go either way. I heard a contrary view yesterday that I share herewith. A well-connected Republican pollster told me that internal White House polls show the Republicans hanging ...

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Sex and the Single Girl (Voter)

If nothing else succeeds in prodding single women toward the ballot booth next month, will sex do it? Wouldn't have done it for me when I was young and single. There's something decidedly unsexy about voting (unsexy but incredibly important nonetheless). But I'm willing to bet I'm wrong, wrong,

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A Horse Race for Ohio's Deborah Pryce

Ohio's 15th Congressional District race should have been an easy slide into an eighth term for moderate Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce. It's been anything but.

Pryce is the fourth-highest-ranking Republican in the House and the highest-ranking woman in the Republican majority. Her slide has run into ...

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New Mexico's and Ohio's All-Female Races

Rep. Heather Wilson, a Republican from New Mexico's First Congressional District, is the only female veteran currently in Congress. She's the first Air Force Academy graduate in Congress and a former Rhodes scholar. She's also looking more and more like toast. Democratic challenger and Attorney ...

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All-Female Races Part 3

Minnesota's Sixth: The district is home to one of the most interesting (read that: competitive) woman vs. woman congressional races of the year. Democrat Patty Wetterling is ahead of Republican State Sen. Michelle Bachmann by 5 percentage points in a poll released this week. Majority Watch, which ...

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All-Female Races, All Across the Country

As mentioned in my previous posts, there are 11 U.S. House and Senate races this year in which women are the nominees from each major party. I've compiled some information and musings on each of these 11 races, which will be posted in full by next week:

California's 16th: Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a ...

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Women Running Against Women

As mentioned in my previous post, there are 11 U.S. House and Senate races this year in which women are the nominees from each major party. I've compiled some information and musings on each of these 11 races, which will be posted in full by next week:

California 5: Incumbent Democratic Rep. Doris ...

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The Congressional Family Values Scandal and Female Candidates

Conventional wisdom seems to suggest that women running for office do better when men boggle it. And if that's true, then no recent congressional election could benefit women more than this year's, what with the abrupt resignation of former Rep. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who sent "overly ...

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It's All in the Polls , and It Ain't Good for the GOP

In my mind's eye , I see House Speaker Dennis Hastert stubbornly clenching his teeth around a fraying tether, hanging from a high wire. But we all know that tether's going to unravel when polls start showing he's costing Republicans more than he's bringing to them. Guess what: Those polls have ...

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The Religious Right's Foley Confabulation

Of all the reactions to the Foley case, here's my personal favorite: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, he the leader of the über-right, Onward Christian soldier" league, used the occasion to (what else?) bash gays and promote the "link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse."

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Lessons from the priest scandal

What did the House Republican leadership learn from the priest pedophilia scandal? Not much, apparently. Otherwise, Speaker Dennis Hastert et al. would have followed the most basic precepts of public relations: Be honest, be forthcoming, be quick. Otherwise, politicians lose credibility and sink ...

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