AH, GOOD. Take a look at this brief report by Kate Burson from a polling place in my hometown, St. Louis. Burson's post underscores Genevieve Smith's point that, when it comes to e-voting machines, technical and logistical snafus may be as much of a danger as their vulnerability to tampering.
We've all heard about the problem posed by "takings," when the government passes regulations that prevent property owners from developing their land. Well, the NYT has a piece about efforts by Maine residents to prevent a property owner from doing what she wants with her land, but it never discusses it in the context of takings. That is because the property owner is an environmentalist who wants to turn the land that she has bought into a park and exclude uses like logging and snowmobiling.
The NYT had an article on projections showing that China is about to pass the U.S. as the leading emitter of greenhouse gases. While the article does point out the near complete failure of the world to do anything to stem the threat posed by global warming, it is almost deliberately uninformative.
For example, it notes the refusal of China and other developing countries to agree to restrictions on their greenhouse gas emissions, commenting that "China says rich countries bear responsibility for the increase in global carbon dioxide levels that has already taken place."
POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: SOME DARK HORSES TO WATCH. It's always nice to get a closer look at a few of the longer-shot but still potentially close House races, to have them in mind when the madness begins tomorrow.
BLOOD IN THE WATER. In the course of being quizzed yesterday by Chris Wallace on the whereabouts of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, House Majority Leader John Boehner let on that he had "spoken to the Speaker" about the possibility of postponing the leadership elections for the House Republicans -- now scheduled for Nov. 15th -- in consideration of whether, in Wallace's words, members should "take a clean look at whether you should have a new team in place to lead Republicans going forward."
IT'S CATHOLIC V. CATHOLIC IN MISSOURI. In the final day before Missourians decide whether to enshrine in the state's constitution the right of scientists to conduct embryonic stem cell research, a battle taking place within the Catholic faith has come into full view. The church fathers object to embryonic stem cell research in a logical extrapolation of their opposition to abortion: they contend that embryos are people. (Really, the opposition to embryonic stem cell research, whether by Catholics or anyone else, is pretty much fueled by the abortion debate.)
NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY'RE NOT PRINTED ON, BUT... While I take Addie's (and Bob Somerby's) point about predicting election outcomes, I can't resist saying something. I'm actually inclined to stick with Dems +5 for the Senate, which seemed pessimistic last week but now seems a little optimistic.
PREDICTIONS ... AND FOLK-PUNK! Ok, here are my predictions for tomorrow. For first time since 1994, Dems become majority party among governors and in the House, and come up one seat shy in the Senate. Specifics are +24 in House, +5 in Senate and +7 governors. Surprise Democratic win? Dina Titus in Nevada governor�s race. Surprise Republican win? Max Burns gets revenge on John Barrow in GA-12, providing the lone Republican pickup of a Democrat-held seat this cycle.
PREDICTIONS. Like Sam, I'm a Bush baby, and thus used to disappointments. As I've said before, looking at the polls, I can't imagine Democrats won't win, but judging from experience, I can't believe they won't lose. That said, I'm an incorrigible optimist, so I'm going with 23 seats in the House, five seats in the Senate (RI, OH, PA, MT, VA), but a four seat total gain as Democrats lose Maryland. As for governorships, I say, based on no comprehension of how many are actually up for grabs, 72.
MEDIA PRIORITIES. On the heels of the Pew polls finding that 84% of voters had heard quite a bit about John Kerry's botched joke but only 26% heard about Bush's perfectly accurate statement that he'll keep Don Rumsfeld till he leaves in 2009, let me join with Kevin in wondering whether the press is planning to report on the verified, admitted, and illegal robocalling from the National Republican Congressional Committee? These calls, you'll remember, begin by implying that they're coming from the Democratic candidate.