TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2006

The Democratic party stands to re-gain control of the United States Senate this November if six if these seven vulnerable Republicans are defeated by their sensible rivals. The Democrats already have one seat won, since Democrat Ned Lamont or Independent Joe Lieberman is going to win in Connecticut. Here are The Eight:

Joe Lieberman (I) Connecticut
James Talent (R) Missouri
Conrad Burns (R) Montana
Mike DeWine (R) Ohio
Rick Santorum (R Pennsylvania
Lincoln Chafee (R) Rhode Island
Bill Frist (R) Tennessee
George Allen (R) Virginia


JOE LIEBERMAN: Lieberman's a disappointment, but he does vote left most of the time, so his recent demonization is overblown. We can even forgive him his support for the Iraq war. He's always been a hawk, so what's the big surprise? At least he's consistent (John Kerry, take note). Our biggest knock on Lieberman is that he's never gotten over being pleased with himself for having been a vice-presidential candidate. That solipsism has caused him to cozy up to anyone who thinks Joe Lieberman is as great as Lieberman himself thinks he is, regardless of the consequences. Clearly the Democratic voters of Connecticut are none too cozy with Joe these days. By November 7, a majority of the state's Independent and Republican voters won't be either.

NED LAMONT (CT)
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