NRSC Comms Shop Continues Its Time in the Spotlight
It is, ultimately, regrettable that this situation must continue to drag on. However, a few things remain to be said concerning NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh’s non-responsive response to me from yesterday. First, Walsh seized upon the statement that the DeVore campaign “didn’t formally request a meeting until last week.” I have obtained a series of communications from the DeVore campaign (detailed below the fold) which | Read More »
The NRSC’s Brian Walsh Continues to Make Himself the Story
If you work in communications in politics, you should never be part of the story. In fact, it is axiomatic that if you, as a communications person, become part of the story, you have failed at your job, because your job is not to promote or draw attention to yourself, but rather to state the position of the politician/organization you are representing. If the media | Read More »
House Democrats Go Turtle
Via The Hill comes this remarkable piece indicating that Nancy Pelosi is throwing up the white flag in a last-ditch effort to save the Democrat Majority from summary pummeling in 2010: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has privately told her politically vulnerable Democratic members that they will not vote on controversial bills in 2010 unless the Senate acts first. After a year of bruising legislative victories | Read More »
Reminder to Libertarians and Independents of What the Democrats Stand For
This is just a friendly Sunday reminder to our libertarian and independent friends that in addition to spending hundreds of billions (or trillions) of dollars on a government takeover of healthcare, and in addition to spending hundred of billions of dollars on failed economic stimulus programs, and in addition to implementing worthless environmental regulation that has the effect of a massive tax increase, the Democrats | Read More »
White House to Congress: Nice Economy You Have There. Be a Shame if Something Happened to It.
In the wake of the Obama administration’s brazen move earlier this week to bypass Congress and enact cap-and-trade via regulatory fiat, the Obama administration has now taken to actually threatening Congress to (further) harm the economy if Congress does not cover their backside by passing unwanted legislation. The Obama administration is warning Congress that if it doesn’t move to regulate greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection | Read More »
The Coming Wave
The online left has been busy selling the narrative over the last several month that the Democrats’ electoral problems are due to problems with their base. The theory being touted by the leading luminaries of the leftist fever swamps is that if only Democrats were more liberal, they’d be doing better in the polls. The only problem with this theory, of course, is that it | Read More »
Congrats to Erick
Erick won’t come here to say it, but he won a major award tonight, being named New Media Person of the Year at the Weyrich Awards Dinner, beating out such luminaries as Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart. Erick has shepherded this site through a period of extraordinary growth in every sense of the word, and is well-deserving of the award. Congrats. Open thread. ———————- From | Read More »
Olbermann: I See No Reason why the Tea Party People are Any Different from Hezbollah.
This is a little old (August 7th, 2009), but it’s the first time I’m seeing it. Since it occurred on MSNBC, I’m assuming this is the first time almost everyone in the universe has seen it. Remember how inappropriate it was to say that those who opposed us fighting terrorists were siding with the terrorists? Remember all those indignant rants from Olbermann about how we | Read More »
A “God-Given Right to an Abortion.”
Apparently, they held an anti-Stupak rally yesterday in D.C. in an effort to sway the Senate’s deliberations on Obamacare. You may not have heard about it because no almost no one came. In any event, at this rally, some sad excuse for an alleged Christian minister made the following statement: “Don’t let anybody tell you that religious people don’t support choice,” [Carlton] Veazy said, according | Read More »
John Hoeven May Hold the Silver Bullet for Obamacare
For many years now, Byron Dorgan has sailed comfortably to re-election in North Dakota despite his liberal voting record in one of the reddest states in the union. This year, however, Dorgan has been one of the key Senators responsible for shepherding Obamacare through the Senate. A recent poll released by Zogby indicates that if popular Governor John Hoeven challenges him, Dorgan may be dead | Read More »
Your Prescription is Ready
Someone forwarded me this via email and it was too good not to share. I’m not sure of the original source, but if anyone can identify it for me, I’m happy to credit it. UPDATE: Near as I can tell, the logo at the bottom appears to reference this site. UPDATE 2 by Erick: The numbers appears to come from the House Republican Conference’s policy | Read More »
Marist: Rudy Leads Gillibrand, Trails Cuomo
Over the last few days, speculation concerning Rudy Giuliani’s plans for 2010 has run rampant. I have seen stories variously claiming with certainty that Rudy will run for governor, that he won’t run for governor, that he hasn’t decided whether to run for governor, that he will run for Senate, and that he hasn’t decided anything yet. Provided that Rudy hasn’t already made up his | Read More »
A Follow-Up on the Fiorina/Ramirez Twitter Flap
Work has intruded on my blogging more than I’d like recently, so I haven’t had the chance to revisit the issue of the mysterious explosion in twitter followers for California Senate candidates Carly Fiorina and Al Ramirez. A couple days ago, in response to the piece I wrote on the subject, someone from the NRSC sent me a link to this article, which purported to | Read More »
Someone at the RNC Must be Fired Over This.
Let’s keep this simple. Word got out today via Politico that the RNC’s health care package for their employees covers abortions. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, if you at any time have donated to the RNC since 1991 (when this policy apparently took place), some incremental portion of your donation went to the administrative costs of running the RNC, including employee salaries and | Read More »
NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh Attacks RedState for Reporting Facts.
Right up front I want to say that unlike a lot of people, I don’t want to see the NRSC burned to the ground wholesale. They perform an important function that couldn’t easily replaced by others at this moment in time. But they are receiving some bad advice and making some bad calls. Apparently, they did not learn from the mistakes of 2006 and the | Read More »
Is the NRSC Generating Spam Twitter Followers for Carly Fiorina?
One of the things you will be immediately impressed by if you cover the campaign of Chuck DeVore is how active and engaged his online outreach team is. If you write a blog post about DeVore or even send out a tweet about him, you promptly get a response from the campaign, and often something from the candidate himself or his wife. It’s one of | Read More »
The NRSC’s Embarrassing Fig Leaf
The GOP is currently fighting a number of critical battles in the war to regain control of the Senate. Two of those involve the battle to retain the Florida seat formerly held by the retired Mel Martinez, and the battle to unseat the increasingly unpopular Barbara Boxer. Both races feature a Republican primary pitting a “pragmatic moderate” against a more conservative candidate. In both races, the conservative candidate | Read More »
Dear President Obama: Please Continue the War on FoxNews
So apparently the President who has received the most laudatory and fawning press coverage of any President in the modern era has decided to go to war on one of the few media outlets that does not genuflect before daring to ask his administration non-deferential questions. This week, Obama apparently went so far as to take the insane step of trying to remove FoxNews reporters | Read More »
Second Poll Confirms Crist’s Lead Dissolving
Erick covered the Q-Poll showing that Charlie Crist’s once-formidable lead over Marco Rubio had been more than cut in half. Today, the bad news for the Crist Campaign continued as Rasmussen released a poll confirming that Rubio has shaved more than 20 points off Crist’s lead. The poll also confirmed that Crist’s support is very soft and that his lead is due almost entirely to | Read More »
Remember the TARP Money? Yeah, It’s Gone.
Via USA Today, TARP IG Neil Barofsky has some harsh words for the way the TARP funds have been handled: A Treasury Department watchdog is warning that a key $700 billion bailout program has damaged the government’s credibility, won’t earn taxpayers all their money back and has done little to change a culture of recklessness on Wall Street. “The American people’s belief that the funds | Read More »