Overlooked in the count for seats in the House and the Senate is the head count in governorships. Here the Democrats now have the important local control mechanism necessary for political organization. It is often forgotten that our national elections are in reality 50 state elections. A vote for a Republican President in California is mostly a waste of time.
If Bush gets his way on amnesty and immigration reform, it will be impossible for an ideologically conservative Republican Party to gather enough electoral votes to achieve a majority. The only way to overcome that may be the disestablishment of the Electoral College, but not necessarily. Another is to insist upon the necessity of any illegal immigrant to return to their country of origin to apply for a “voting status". That would have been possible prior to the election.
It will be difficult now, but not impossible.
Democratic Governors Claim Edge
By ROBERT TANNER
The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 8, 2006; 5:21 PM
-- Jubilant Democrats saw their victories in Tuesday's gubernatorial elections as a pathway to the presidency in 2008...
The Democrats reversed GOP dominance that reached back to 1994, seizing a 28-22 edge in governor's mansions and stretching into several states that had been in Republican hands for eight years or longer, many of them rich with swing voters _ Ohio, Colorado and Arkansas among them...
When they take office next year, Democrats will control states with 295 electoral votes, up from the 126 electoral votes in states now held by Democrats. It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.