Berkley, Titus, Derby … oh my!

The Complete Las Vegan draws your attention to today’s story by Tony Batt of the Review-Journal’s Washington Bureau on the three women who might represent Nevada in Congress should the election sweep their way. Shelley Berkley, Jill Derby and Dina Titus all hope to emerge winners on Nov. 4, thus making Nevada the first state to send an all-woman team to Washington at that level.

You can find the story here ( It’s worth the time to read as it gives you the lay of the land for this possibility. These are certainly three of the more important local races facing Nevada voters.

You can almost bet the house mortgage (if that means anything these days) that Berkley returns to Congress. She’s in a safe district and she’s Underdog ("She’s everywhere! She’s everywhere!") when it comes to relentless campaigning. Titus has a good shot, I think, if she can run a semi-conscious campaign, unlike the comatose one she ran when she lost of Jim Gibbons for governor last time around. The longshot is Derby, who will need all the Obama coattails she can get to make it.

I would say that Jonathan Parker, the political director of Emily’s List, doesn’t help the cause when he is quoted in the story as saying that "It’s exciting to think that there could be an entire (House) delegation of pro-choice Democratic women." It may be exciting to him because abortion is a big deal for Emily’s List lobby effort. But Nevada voters in these three distinct districts are a far broader group than that. Titus and Derby especially are going to need more than the supporters of a single-issue (especially one so dividing as abortion) to put them over the top.

With that said, you don’t have to journey to the land of OZ to imagine the possibility of an all-woman team headed to Washington from Nevada. Berkley, Titus, Derby … oh my!

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