Democrats - and progressive Independents - have a problem. The head of the Democratic ticket for the general election has no coattails. Below are the latest polls and reports about some of tight Senate races, races Democrats must win if the party is to maintain and build upon its control of the legislative branch. Regardless of one's opinion of Senator Obama or Senator McCain as potential presidents, there is good reason to ensure a Democratic legislature. If you have reservations about the imperial presidency - excessive executive branch power - then you may be a fan of distributing power between the parties at the federal level.
As a Democrat, I want Democrats in control of the legislative branch. So, below I provide some about candidates we will have to support, regardless of our own home states, because the DNC installed a candidate without coattails.
- In Alaska, the scarily corrupt Republican Ted Stevens is showing strength against Democratic challenger Mark Begich.
- In New Mexico, Democrat Tom Udall is having trouble in his race against Republican Steve Pearce.
- In North Carolina, the race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Elizabeth Dole is disturbingly tight.