Keep them on the run: Bruning for Senate

    Lost in the stories of Tuesday’s tight races was the best race Republicans ran: Hoeven for Senate.  In the words of Sun Tzu, “Every battle is won before it is fought.”  The best way to win a Senate race is to win it long before Election Day.  With Jon Bruning’s announcement today, we have the opportunity to line up a Senate pick-up without the nuisance | Read More »

    One More Battle for 2010

    Sorry to break it to you, but our work is not done just because all of the votes in races other than IL-GOV and WA-SEN have been cast and mostly counted (yet to be recounted, miscounted, and challenged).  Celebrate, yes, but don’t let the celebration distract you from the fact that there is at least one more battle to be fought. It is abundantly clear, | Read More »

    Election Night Drinking Game

    There are others out there, but I figured I’d do my part to help people celebrate on Tuesday: Point at someone and yell "That’s your name, not your title!" When Baron Hill loses Say "You betcha" Anytime anyone mentions Sarah Palin Take a drink when: A Republican says "Bigger than 1994" "Tsunami" "Earthquake" "Rejection" A Democrat says "We didn’t do an adequate job of explaining | Read More »

    The myth of the undecided voter

    In every election cycle, pundits, political fans, activists, and anyone else paying attention talks about “the undecideds”, “late breakers”, or whatever once awe struck, over the top, deifying term they want to use to describe the people who they believe will determine the outcome of an election.  Sometimes they’re critical, e.g. 2000 and 2002.  Other times, they just determine the margin of victory, e.g. 2006 | Read More »

    Will McConnell’s Fate Turn on Delaware?

    Washington, DC has a unique culture unlike any place on the planet (at least that I can think of, correct me if I’m wrong).  Most capital’s are cities.  They have a wide cross-section of people, not necessarily unlike those in the rest of the country.  Government offices are fairly well integrated with the rest of the city.   Members of congresses and parliaments integrate fully into | Read More »

    Senate Balance of Power in Seven Seats

    Just months ago, the prospect of Republicans taking over the Senate was considered laughable.Now, it is clear to all that control of the chamber hangs in the balance.With roughly half of the thirty-seven seats in play, Republicans have a realistic opportunity to snag just enough seats to win the gavel.Even so, Democrats still hold the advantage, as Republicans would need to net ten seats to | Read More »


    Where is Rep. Mike McMahon (NY-13)?

    Just days ago, President Obama weighed in on what has become a national controversy, the building of a mosque at Ground Zero, voicing his support for the “right” of Muslims to build a mosque at the site.  His subsequent comments notwithstanding, his statement nationalized the issue.  Whether one thinks that it should have been nationalized or not, those in the area deserve to have their | Read More »

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    Martha Coakley in Pants

    Even when Sen. Chris Dodd was seeking reelection with his anemic poll numbers, I was less than confident that Republicans had a shot at winning in Connecticut.  When he announced his retirement, shortly followed by the entry of popular Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, I pretty much thought that game was over.  Yes, yes, we won in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts, but there were extenuating | Read More »

    Start with the Principle: Winning Messaging at Home and in Washington

    It’s certainly encouraging to see the rising crop of conservative/libertarian candidates throughout the country. We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and political victories are slowly but surely piling up. I can’t help but think, though, that many of the politicians in Washington went to Washington for similar reasons and rose to power in similar ways, albeit in more isolated instances. Upon arriving, they found | Read More »

    A Measured Approach on Kagan

    In reading some of the early comments about the nomination of Solicitor General Kagan on this site, I have been troubled by the reactions of some.  While I normally respond to such things in the comments, I thought this issue important enough to warrant a diary entry. For starters, let me be clear that at this point I neither support nor oppose the nomination.  I | Read More »