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After losses in two recent races for governor, the Dems fret about next year’s midterms

By Renegade   December 2009

David Petraeus is the one potential rival for 2012 who worries the White House

The recent Democratic defeats in the Virginia and New Jersey races for governor were mainly over local reasons. But they are still having a disproportionate impact at national level. There is the Republican jubilation at blunting the Obama effect and the blow to Democratic morale, and then there are 84 other reasons. That is the number of Democratic congressmen and women whose constituencies cast their presidential votes for George W Bush in 2004 or John McCain in 2008. These 84 are now Washington’s walking dead,…

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