Politico: excusing in 2012 their lack of foresight about 2010?
I need to push back on this cover-their-rear statement by Politico on the ‘surprise’ flipping of the House of Representatives in 2010. [House Speaker John] Boehner doesn’t play political prognosticator often. But when he does, those close to him say, there’s usually a calculated reason. In April 2010 — almost two years ago exactly — the then-House minority leader said in a radio interview that | Read More »
Democratic Death Panel Watch, 10/07/2010.
Via Hotline, here are the latest races where the DCCC has begun the euthanasia process: AZ-08. The incumbent is Gabrielle Giffords, facing Jesse Kelly. The DCCC has cut one week’s worth of ad buys, claiming that Giffords doesn’t need its help. Cook rates this race as Leans Democratic; polling is very sparse, but shows a tie. CO-04. The incumbent is Betsy Markey (yes, the one | Read More »
Welcome to the 2010 Election campaign cycle!
Yes, everything that has happened up to this point has been the overture, prologue, or whatever other metaphor is most suitable for the reader. This is the time when the rest of the people who will be voting in the midterms will start looking around and paying attention to everything that’s going around them. Which is, of course, their privilege; besides, there’s probably less of | Read More »
‘Revolution in the air,’ forsooth.
Today’s conservative pick-me-up of liberal gloom and despair comes from Brent Budowsky, whose I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-the-blackest-irony piece in the Hill (called “Revolution in the air:” again, forsooth) will provide you with a piquant, yet filling, compliment to your coffee-and-beverage. Budowsky has come to the realization that a: there is an epic-level anger out there with the people running things into the ground and b: everybody is extremely | Read More »
Third-party Hail Marys and the Democratic party.
Very entertaining news from Stu Rothenberg: An unusual number of Democratic candidates running this cycle are basing their victory scenarios on the existence of Independent or third-party candidates in their races. Are their hopes reasonable or are they merely grasping at straws? They’re merely grasping at straws. To skip ahead a bit: …more often than not, Independents and third-party candidates see their support evaporate as | Read More »
PotUS November strategy: fighting where they REALLY ain’t.
This article in the New York Times on the awkward disconnect between the President of the United States and the political party that he’s presumably in charge of is actually… not too bad, really. This, for example, is pretty clear-headed: In 2006 and 2008, Democrats did something that had not been done in American politics since the Great Depression, which is to string together two | Read More »
‘One (hundred) seat at a time…’
House Minority Leader John Boehner made a comment late last week that raised an eyebrow or two: When pressed for a number, Boehner said he believed the GOP could win as many as 100 seats in this fall’s elections. “At least 100 seats,” Boehner said when asked how wide the playing field for districts is. “I do,” the top House Republican answered when asked if | Read More »
Speaking with Nikki Haley (R-CAN, SC-GOV).
I had the opportunity to speak with South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley the other day. Rather than subject you to my stammering and verbal tics, I’ve summarized the call below, with transcribed quotes as appropriate, and three longer ones highlighted. Bottom line: State Representative Haley is a candidate that anyone interested in fiscal reform should take a good look at. The interview did not | Read More »
How is that undivided government thing working out for corporate America?
Via Instapundit comes both Roger Kimball’s and Tigerhawk’s comments on this Forbes article about Clifford Asness (“The Protest of a Patriot“). Come, I will hide nothing from you: I am not currently a businessman, and it’s been almost a decade since I was really involved in any sort of business. So I have no personal knowledge about the exact number of people out there who | Read More »
Sabato’s Handicapping the Governors’ races, Part One.
Larry Sabato has done the first half of his anaylsis of the governor’s races for 2010 (the Democratic half): the basic results are below. ARKANSAS: DEMOCRATIC HOLD. COLORADO: LEANS DEMOCRATIC. ILLINOIS: TOSS-UP. IOWA: LEANS DEMOCRATIC. KANSAS: LEANS REPUBLICAN TURNOVER. MAINE: TOSS-UP. MARYLAND: LEANS DEMOCRATIC. MASSACHUSETTS: DEMOCRATIC HOLD. MICHIGAN: TOSS-UP. NEW HAMPSHIRE: DEMOCRATIC HOLD / TOSS-UP NEW MEXICO: LEANS DEMOCRATIC HOLD NEW YORK: LEANS DEMOCRATIC / | Read More »
Video from Chesley Sullenberger’s first public comments.
As Hot Air notes, a man of few words. Their video doesn’t seem happy to work here, so below is a YouTube of his comments. Check out the Hot Air link for his wife’s comments, which are very good.
Looking at the Michael Williams for Senate Online Presence.
Before we go any further: if you’re not checked out on this guy, check out the two speeches below: and …then read this old diary. And this official website.
Good morning. Two weeks ago tomorrow, we lost the 2008 election. Whoever came up with the phrase “Success has a thousand fathers, while failure is an orphan” never got involved in politics. We’ve spent the last two weeks being told the paternity of November 4th’s defeat; whether by people who would very much like for all of us to just lie down and die, or | Read More »