Did the GOP Just Pick Up Biden’s Senate Seat? [UPDATED]
Update: The Wilmington News Journal has now corrected their story based on a statement from the Vice President. According to Biden, he did not ask the columnist to encourage his son Beau to run; he asked the columnist to encourage senator Ted Kaufman to run – assuming that Beau elected to forego a race. As Ed notes, if anything, this correction seems to suggest it’s | Read More »
JD Hayworth to Challenge McCain
There’s been speculation about this for a while, and now it’s all but official. Former Congressman JD Hayworth – a staunch conservative during his 12 years in the House – will challenge John McCain for his Arizona Senate seat: Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he is planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat… “We will formally announce at a later | Read More »
Dear Endangered Democrat: Just a Reminder – Barry Has a Nice Spot Under the Bus Picked out For You Already
This ad was run by the American Future Fund: Fundraising is a slog, the polls are against you, and it doesn’t really look like you’re going to accomplish much anyway. And if things go badly, this is the thanks you’ll get. Ask yourself: wouldn’t you rather get a lucrative lobbying job now, before your colleagues beat you to it?
Democrats Speak Against Corporate Welfare, Vote to Continue TARP Bailouts
Gee, in the week that Democrats suddenly decided that they needed to rebrand themselves as populist crusaders, you’d think that a massive vote in favor of more corporate bailouts would attract some attention: The Senate Thursday killed a Republican attempt to shut down the Wall Street bailout program. The defeated proposal would have barred the Treasury Department from releasing any funds remaining from the $700 | Read More »
No Manhattan Terror Trials?
SIGN THE PETITION TO OPPOSE TERROR TRIALS. GO HERE. According to Scott Brown’s pollster Neil Newhouse, one of the big reasons for Brown’s win was the concern among Massachusetts voters about Obama’s terror policies. It seems numerous Democrats have begun at least to consider, that voters may be distrustful of their poster on national security. How serious is the shift? Michael Isikoff says Congress may | Read More »
House Democrats: You Know What Seems Like a Good Idea? Extending George Bush’s Tax Cuts
It’s amazing how much the world can change with just one race: Some Capitol Hill Democrats want President Barack Obama to extend tax cuts for wealthy?Americans now scheduled to expire at the end of 2010, arguing that a tax increase could hinder economic?recovery. “I think there is a certain logic to leaving well-enough alone for now, given the fragility of the economic recovery,” said Rep. | Read More »
Buy Now; Avoid the Rush
Wow. ‘Speaker Pelosi, 2011′ looked like a much better investment a day ago than it does right now, huh?
Time to Enjoy the Effects of Brown’s Victory
For conservatives and Republicans, the next few days and weeks will be ones to savor. Scott Brown’s win yesterday will force Democrats to consider just how many seats they’re willing to lose to complete a health care bill. Jim Webb, Brad Ellsworth, Evan Bayh, Joe Lieberman, and Anthony Weiner were all willing to come out and call for a rethink yesterday – before the results | Read More »
New York Democrat Official to Switch Parties; Run for Governor?
Remember back when the Republican party was dead in the northeast? It now appears to be a growth industry: Albany County Republican Chairman John Graziano called Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy “very, very impressive” and said he would be willing to support the potential Democratic gubernatorial contender – as long as he switches his enrollment to the GOP… Levy, whose aides have steadfastly refused to | Read More »
Boxer: Don’t Worry, Obamacare Pays for Abortion
Tomorrow morning the president’s health care rationing bill may be facing its own death panel. But for today at least, Democrat leaders claim that they are just days away from enacting this monstrosity. If the Senate bill is about to come for a vote in the House – as some suggest – ‘pro-Life Democrats’ will have to explain their vote for a bill that Barbara | Read More »
Mark Schauer (D-MI) Trails Badly in Re-Election Bid
Another day, another Democrat incumbent trailing badly in his re-election bid: Just a few days after Reps. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) and Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) saw themselves trailing by 17 points apiece in polling conducted for a Democratic-leaning blog, a Republican poll shows freshman Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.) down by nine. The National Research Inc. poll, conducted for former Rep. Tim Walberg’s (R-Mich.) campaign, has Walberg | Read More »
Heineman Open to Nelson Challenge
It’s one of the cardinal rules of politics that a candidate currently seeking a given office will never confirm that he’s already decided to run for another, down the line. The standard response to such questions is ‘right now I’m focused on this race.’ And so it is with Governor Dave Heineman, who gives all the right answers about already having ‘the best job in | Read More »
Carville Poll: Just One-Third of Voters Support Obamacare
Here’s a shot of cold water for Democrats figuring out how to force an unpopular health care rationing bill through, despite the fact that it’s proving an incredibly hard lift even in liberal Massachusetts. Even Democratic pollster James Carville – and his partner, Stanley Greenberg – are finding that American voters are decisively against the proposal. Not only that, Carville’s most recent poll – which | Read More »
Joe Biden: A Humble Guy With Much to be Humble About
Just a little nugget from ‘Game Change,’ the book that has produced so many interesting tales from the 2008 campaign: As Bayh was being scrutinized as a potential running mate for Barack Obama in 2008, Bayh arranged for a $5,000 doctor’s consultation to ensure that his recent weight loss did not indicate a health problem, according to the latest book on the 2008 presidential campaign… | Read More »
Driehaus Insists on Stupak Language
I question the timing. Yesterday SurveyUSA released a poll showing Freshman Democrat Steve Driehaus (bad Steve) trailing former Representative and current challenger Steve Chabot (good Steve) by 17 points. Is it coincidence that on the very day that poll was released, Driehaus placed himself firmly and clearly in the Bart Stupak camp when it comes to abortion funding in the health care rationing bill? Democratic | Read More »
Survey USA: Challenger Chabot Waxes Incumbent Driehaus
I’m beginning to enjoy these Survey USA/FDL polls. Yesterday they showed incumbent Vic Snyder trailing challenger Tim Griffin by 17 points. By the end of the day, Snyder was out of the race. Today they show former Congressman Steve Chabot – who lost to Steve Driehaus in a close race – trouncing him in the rematch: If there were an election for US House of | Read More »
NRCC Recruit Changes Mind, Will Challenge Shuler
A virtuous circle is ‘a complex of events that reinforces itself through a feedback loop.’ One timely example is the current climate for Republicans in the midterm elections: good political news encourages stronger candidates to emerge, which dispirits Democrats and encourages desperation, which prompts better candidates to emerge, which dispirits Democrats… Case in point, Heath Shuler’s re-election bid in North Carolina’s 11th district. Local leaders | Read More »
Drug Lobby, Big States Turning Against Health Care?
So far, a dominant theme of the health care rationing debate seems to consist in Democrats achieving major ‘breakthroughs,’ only to find those breakthroughs fall through. There were the encouraging negotiations with Snowe, the multiple approaches to the ‘public option,’ and the compromises on abortion funding. But each time Democrats have touted a turning point, it s turned out to be less than meets the | Read More »
DCCC Chair VanHollen: We Might Pass Health Care With Reconciliation
Is this another bone being tossed to the liberals, or is VanHollen signaling a potential change in strategy? Even if Democrats lose the special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator Tuesday, Congress may still pass health-care overhaul through a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said. That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on | Read More »
Vic Snyder (D-AR) Trails Griffin
Congressman Vic Snyder was first elected to Congress in 1996. Since his first race, he has never won with less than 58% of the vote. And in 2008, he was re-elected without opposition. Nevertheless, he is regarded as one of the most endangered Democrat incumbents because of his district’s Republican lean. According to a new poll by Survey USA, Snyder trails his Republican challenger by | Read More »