Midterm Elections

Slate’s take on the races.

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Ballot Box and Politics
The Big Idea
The Breakfast Table
Damned Spot
The Has-Been 
Press Box
Read Me
Political Futures
Election Scorecard
Ballot Box and Politics

What’s a Decider To Do?: The president and his Iraq policy were big losers Tuesday,” by John Dickerson. Posted  Nov. 8, 2006.

The Last Frantic Acts: Pundits and spinners strain in the moments before actual results,” by John Dickerson. Posted Nov. 7, 2006.

Rove Over Let Tony Come Over: The press secretary throws the really ugly punches,” by John Dickerson. Posted Nov. 6, 2006.

Jibe Talking: Democrats should give a wit,” by John Dickerson. Updated Friday, Nov. 3, 2006.

Lock in Your Punditry: If Harold Ford loses, was it the bunny that did it?” by John Dickerson. Updated Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006.

Kean Enough: In Newark with the Republican Senate candidate,” by John Dickerson.
Posted Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006.

Weak Poll: These new push polls are really lame,” by John Dickerson. Posted Monday, Oct. 30, 2006.

War, Women, and Chaw: Sunday with the Virginia boys Allen and Webb,” by John Dickerson. Posted Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006.

Chafee the Bruiser: The incumbent’s win in Rhode Island is a sign of the tough fight to come,” by John Dickerson. Posted Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2006.

Santorum Can’t Draw: A tie in the first debate doesn’t help the endangered senator,” by John Dickerson. Posted Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006.

Rudy Hits the Campaign Trail: Is Giuliani vicious enough to win the Republican nomination?” by John Dickerson. Posted Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006.

Lamont TV: How Web videos dismantled Joe Lieberman,” by John Dickerson. Posted Monday, Aug. 7, 2006.

With Friends Like These: The blogger who isn’t helping Ned Lamont,” by John Dickerson. Posted Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006.

The Big Idea

The Lou Dobbs Democrats: Say hello to the new economic nationalists,” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Nov. 8, 2006. Poisoned Politics: The ads this year are worse than ever. Both sides aren’t to blame,” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. Obama’s New Rules: In the past 10 days, he has turned American politics upside down,” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Karl’s Marks: Will Rove pass his midterms?” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Don’t Mention the War: Why candidates aren’t talking about what to do in Iraq.” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2006. May the Best Man Lose: Should anyone want to win the November election?” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006. Dead With Ned: Why Lamont’s victory spells Democratic disaster,” by Jacob Weisberg. Posted Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2006.

The Breakfast Table

The Midterm Elections,” by Mark Halperin and John Harris. Posted Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. Damned Spot

The Slimiest Campaign Ads of 2006: Slate crowns this year’s worst of the worst,” by Andy Bowers, John Dickerson, and Jim Festante. Posted Friday, Nov. 3. Harold Ford: Playboy?: Slate’s remixed campaign ads,” by Andy Bowers, John Dickerson, and Jim Festante. Posted Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. A Foley Apology, Translated: Slate’s remixed campaign ads,” by Andy Bowers and John Dickerson. Posted Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006. The Tennessee Death Waltz: Dissecting ads from the Tennessee Senate race,” by Andy Bowers, John Dickerson, and Jim Festante. Updated Monday, Sept. 18, 2006. Fighting Video With Video: Slate’s remixed campaign ads,” Andy Bowers, John Dickerson, and Jim Festante. Posted Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Dispatches

The Mobile-Home Candidate: Riding the campaign RV with Missouri Senate contender Claire McCaskill,” by Josh Levin. Posted Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. Tangled Webb: James Webb’s fiction wins accolades, but his speeches suck,” by Dahlia Lithwick. Posted Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. This Is Ford Country?: The final debate in the sizzling hot Tennessee Senate race,” by Josh Levin. Posted Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. Explainer

Can I Vote Without Going Outside? How to set up a polling place at your home,” by Melonyce McAfee. Posted. Nov. 6, 2006. Saturday-Night Democrats: Are weekend polling numbers really skewed?” by Daniel Engber. Updated Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Is Joe Lieberman Still a Democrat?: What will happen to the Senate if he gets re-elected,” by Daniel Engber Updated Friday, Oct. 27, 2006. What To Call Foley: The congressman isn’t a pedophile. He’s an ephebophile,” by David Tuller. Posted Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006. How To Start a Political Party: If Joe Lieberman can do it, I can do it,” by Daniel Engber. Posted Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006. The Has-Been

Happy Nights: Why Democrats won for a change,” by Bruce Reed. Posted Nov. 8, 2006. Cheaper by the Dozen: The Republican class of 1994 finally keeps one promise: to go home,” by Bruce Reed. Posted Nov. 6, 2006. Skinheads for Cheney: Even in Idaho, the more Republicans micro-target their base, the smaller it gets,” by Bruce Reed. Updated Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. Get Your Paws Off, Commies!: China is stealing American-born toddlers, and Republicans want yours to be next,” by Bruce Reed. Updated Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?: With this election sinking fast, Republicans debate how not to lose the next one,” by Bruce Reed. Updated Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. Oops, We Did It Again: Bush can eat crow now, or eat more of it later,” by Bruce Reed. Updated Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. Mark of Distinction: What the Democratic field can learn from Mark Warner,” by Bruce Reed. Updated Friday, Oct. 13, 2006. Nothing Doing: Are Republicans failing on purpose?” by Bruce Reed. Posted Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. The Patsy Principle: Do Republicans really want Bush back on the campaign trail?” by Bruce Reed. Updated Friday, Sept. 1, 2006. Code Blue: Could global warming melt the Republican majority?” by Bruce Reed.
Posted Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006.

A Perverse Election: You can’t get what you want,” by Mickey Kaus. Posted Nov. 6, 2006. Surf’s Down: Late polls show the Dem “wave” shrinking,” by Mickey Kaus. Posted Nov. 5, 2006. Dick Morris’ Razor: Applying the ‘Incumbent Rule’ to the midterms,” by Mickey Kaus.
Updated Friday, Nov. 3, 2006.
Pelosi = Amnesty?: Her Dems might pass Bush’s plan,” by Mickey Kaus. Updated Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Hot New House Polls: Plus—that anti-Ford ad, reconsidered,” by Mickey Kaus. Updated Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006. Nancy vs. Hillary?: How one powerful woman could spoil it for the other,” by Mickey Kaus. Updated Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006.” ’ Food Stamps in Four Hours’: Hello? Republicans? You awake?” by Mickey Kaus. Updated Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. Podcasts

Election Euphemisms: Plus, our sexy new contest,” by Andy Bowers. Posted Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006. The Gabfest Prognosticates: Listen to Slate’s weekly political show,” by Andy Bowers and John Dickerson. Posted Friday, Nov. 3, 2006. Slate Looks at the Elections: Listen to our special forum on the midterms,” by Andy Bowers and John Dickerson. Posted Monday, Oct. 30, 2006. The Gabfest and the Playboy Party: Listen to Slate’s weekly political show,” by Andy Bowers and John Dickerson. Posted Friday, Oct. 27, 2006. Pressbox

The Drip, Drip of Exit-Poll Leaks: The New York Observer appears to have been first,” by Jack Shafer. Posted Nov. 7, 2006. ‘Gitcher Lame Election-Day Heds Here!’: The New York Times takes the prize,” by Jack Shafer. Posted Nov. 7, 2006. How To Read the Election-Day Newspaper: Don’t,” by Jack Shafer. Posted Nov. 6, 2006. Democracy for Dummies: How Oprah and other infotainment programs encourage the mentally tardy to vote,” by Jack Shafer. Posted Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Read Me

Pelosi’s Platform: How the Democrats could govern if they win the House,” by Michael Kinsley. Posted Monday, Nov. 6, 2006

Return of the Yellow Dog: A case for voting for the party over the person,” by Michael Kinsley. Posted Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006. Folier Than Thou: The po-faced contest between Republicans and Democrats,” by Michael Kinsley. Posted Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. It Doesn’t Ad Up: McGavick vs. Cantwell and the inanity of political spots,” by Michael Kinsley. Posted Friday, Oct. 6, 2006. Miscellaneous

Britney Spears, William Blake, and Voting With My Dog: The nonsensical election coverage of the cable news networks,” by Troy Patterson. Posted Nov. 7, 2006. The Invisible Candidate: Quick: Who’s D.C.’s Republican nominee for mayor?” by Timothy Noah. Posted Nov. 7, 2006. Gunslingers and Bounties: Slate’s rolling state-by-state coverage of the best polling disasters,” by Dahlia Lithwick and Blake Wilson. Posted Nov. 7, 2006. The GOP Loves Absentees,” by Bonnie Goldstein. Posted Nov. 6, 2006. The Return of Bushenfreude: Voters who love the president’s tax cuts but loathe the president,” by Daniel Gross. Updated Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006.What Makes a Stock ‘Republican’?: A fascinating new report reveals the different ways Democratic and Republican politicians invest,” by Michelle Leder. Posted Friday, Nov. 3, 2006.”Zeitgeist Checklist, Course-Staying Edition: What Washington is talking about this week,” by Michael Grunwald. Posted Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006. Election Deform: The Supreme Court messes up election law. Again,” by Richard L. Hasen. Posted Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006. Political Futures

Why Vote When You Can Bet? Slate’s guide to all the political markets.” Posted Nov. 6, 2006.

Election Scorecard