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How The 113th Congress Senate Freshman Class COULD Look

I put the word “could” in all caps because it is the key word of the title. If the 113th Congress looks like this, then it means that the GOP has a filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate. After seeing the vote in the Senate today, where the 16 Democrats running for reelection in 2012 voted to raise the cost of gas at the pump, I have more optimism. I now think that only 8 of these 16 Democrat incumbents can manage to hold onto their seat in 2012. When I add an independent from Maine, and a former House member from Connecticut, the Democrats end up with only 40 seats. The Republicans hold nine out of 10 seats and they pick up 14 additional seats for a grand total of 60 seats. This, of course,  is a very optimistic outlook before a lot of primaries have taken place, and the general election results may turn out to be less rosy.  Still, I have some good feelings today about what those results might be.

This would be as joyous an occasion as a traditional wedding. You’ve heard the expression …

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue

Here is a look of how the 113th Congress Senate Freshman Class could turn out with that phrase in mind.

Something old

 

George Allen (VA)                 Tommy Thompson (WI)

 

Something new

 

  

Wil Cardon (AZ)    Josh Mandel (OH)            Sarah Steelman (MO)

 

  

Linda Lingle (HI)                     Steve Welch (PA)             Ted Cruz (TX)

 

  

John Raese (WV)                          Don Stenberg (NE)               Dan Severson (MN)

 

Something borrowed

 

  

Connie Mack IV (FL)          Pete Hoekstra (MI)                               Dennis Rehberg (MT)

 

  

Heather Wilson (NM)                   Rick Berg (ND)

 

Something blue

 

   

Chris Murphy (CT)         Angus King (ME)

pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. The exact composition may vary,but what is important is, assuming they do have a bulletproof majority, they come to the next term with an understanding that it can’t be the “stentorian Senate” as usual – they have real work to do in dismantling the bureaucracy.
    Thanks, Pilgrim. These fresh faces here look promising.

  2. The real question is not will the GOP control the Senate (I think that unless Mitt Romney becomes our Presidential nominee and totally depresses conservative turnout, at the very *least* we’ll pick up the 4 seats we need to take the majority), the question is, will they re-elect the feckless, linguini-spined Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader. If they do, it won’t matter.

    • I agree that is the big question. A lot will depend on Jim DeMint’s PAC helping more than the NRSC (like what happened in 2010.) More likely to stand strong with DeMint than with the feckless McConnell if that is the case. I also got to tell you that the defeats of Amy Klobuchar and Bob Casey right now look like the toughest uphill battles. I am more worried about those two than I am about defeating Jon Tester, Claire McKaskill, Debbie Stabenow, Sherrod Brown, Joe Manchin, and Bill Nelson.

      • Klobuchar is going to be a tough nut to crack. She’s the epitome of “Minnesota Nice” while hiding a voting record that’s every bit as liberal as our illustrious Senator Smalley.

        Severson’s a rock-solid Constitutional conservative whom I’ve met several times and had fairly lengthy policy conversations and I committed to him early. Problem is he’s having trouble raising funds because the MN business community, in their infinite cowardice, has decided that Klobuchar is not beatable and therefore, not only are they not giving money to the guy who will best, by far, represent their interests, they’re actually donating to Amy’s campaign so as not to piss her off. Freaking Quislings!

        There is, however, a new entrant to the campaign, Pete Hegseth. Haven’t had the chance to talk to him (although I’m sure I will sometime before the state endorsing convention)so I don’t know all of his positions but he is an Iraqi War combat vet and he raised a buttload of money for Vets for Freedom last cycle. So…if he can resurrect that fundraising network, he might be able to give Amy a run for her money.

        Sad thing is that once people find out that Amy supported Cap & Trade, ObamaCare, the Stimulus and Tarp, her re-elect numbers fall from 62% to 48%. As usual, the left-wing media in The Cities has done a great job of keeping that buried. So she’s beatable if we can get the funding.

  1. The exact composition may vary,but what is important is, assuming they do have a bulletproof majority, they come to the next term with an understanding that it can’t be the “stentorian Senate” as usual – they have real work to do in dismantling the bureaucracy.
    Thanks, Pilgrim. These fresh faces here look promising.

  2. The real question is not will the GOP control the Senate (I think that unless Mitt Romney becomes our Presidential nominee and totally depresses conservative turnout, at the very *least* we’ll pick up the 4 seats we need to take the majority), the question is, will they re-elect the feckless, linguini-spined Mitch McConnell as Majority Leader. If they do, it won’t matter.

    • I agree that is the big question. A lot will depend on Jim DeMint’s PAC helping more than the NRSC (like what happened in 2010.) More likely to stand strong with DeMint than with the feckless McConnell if that is the case. I also got to tell you that the defeats of Amy Klobuchar and Bob Casey right now look like the toughest uphill battles. I am more worried about those two than I am about defeating Jon Tester, Claire McKaskill, Debbie Stabenow, Sherrod Brown, Joe Manchin, and Bill Nelson.

      • Klobuchar is going to be a tough nut to crack. She’s the epitome of “Minnesota Nice” while hiding a voting record that’s every bit as liberal as our illustrious Senator Smalley.

        Severson’s a rock-solid Constitutional conservative whom I’ve met several times and had fairly lengthy policy conversations and I committed to him early. Problem is he’s having trouble raising funds because the MN business community, in their infinite cowardice, has decided that Klobuchar is not beatable and therefore, not only are they not giving money to the guy who will best, by far, represent their interests, they’re actually donating to Amy’s campaign so as not to piss her off. Freaking Quislings!

        There is, however, a new entrant to the campaign, Pete Hegseth. Haven’t had the chance to talk to him (although I’m sure I will sometime before the state endorsing convention)so I don’t know all of his positions but he is an Iraqi War combat vet and he raised a buttload of money for Vets for Freedom last cycle. So…if he can resurrect that fundraising network, he might be able to give Amy a run for her money.

        Sad thing is that once people find out that Amy supported Cap & Trade, ObamaCare, the Stimulus and Tarp, her re-elect numbers fall from 62% to 48%. As usual, the left-wing media in The Cities has done a great job of keeping that buried. So she’s beatable if we can get the funding.

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