Democratic Death Panel Watch: October 15, 2010.
The DCCC confirmed to Politico that WI-08′s Steve Kagen had his ad buys canceled; the usual face-saving excuses were made, but the two-term Congressman is a dead man walking (with some help from Reid Ribble). Also, it looks like AR-02′s Joyce Elliott has been likewise abandoned: I don’t think that that one’s really hit the radar yet, probably because it was an open seat and | Read More »
Good Mourning, Democrats.
Citizens For The Republic would like to take this opportunity to remind the American people that elections have consequences: Andrew Malcolm calls the “Mourning in America” ad “powerful,” and it is: it’s a deliberate updating of the classic “Morning in America” ad, and as Kathleen Parker notes its power lies in how… sad… it is, compared to the original. It is, indeed, sad: it is | Read More »
Perfect storm on killing tax cuts?
This is passing “institutional cowardice” and is rapidly approaching the status of “blackmail threat:” Democratic leaders are likely to punt the task of renewing Bush-era tax cuts until after the election. Voters in November’s midterms will thus be left without a clear idea of their future tax rates when they go to the polls. I can just see the slogan, too. “Vote Democratic, or we’ll | Read More »
The Democrats are afraid.
I cannot conclude but otherwise. Democrats in Congress refused to pass a budget this year. Paul Ryan thinks that they’re doing this in order to justify passing a VAT: I think that they’re d0ing this because they don’t want to explain why they spend worse than drunken sailors*; these two opinions are not incompatible with each other. The White House plans to wait on trying | Read More »
Somebody tattled on the Democratic whine party!
Possibly the most important bit in this article (via Hot Air) is the bit I put in bold: President Barack Obama’s Washington-bashing could boomerang on his party in Congress if he’s not careful, House Democratic leaders have warned White House senior adviser David Axelrod. The fear — raised by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, campaign chief Chris Van Hollen and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn in a closed-door | Read More »
‘The Bully Party.’
Matthew Continetti (H/T Instapundit) says in print what I – and probably a lot of the VRWC – have been thinking: The Democratic response to dissent is a lot like their governing style: partisan, arrogant, and self-righteous. In recent weeks, various Democratic factotums have lectured the public about “extreme” rhetoric, insinuating that the Tea Party takes its cues from The Turner Diaries. Some liberals suffer | Read More »
Man, I’m worried about getting punched by that Obamacare bill!
Because when they finally pass that thing, it’s supposed to have this massive and immediate effect on public opinion (ten points to the President was former President Clinton’s guess, I believe)… What? It passed last week? Well, what was the result? One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation’s likely | Read More »
‘Nobody… knows… the bill that we’ll see…’
Fox News (Via Hot Air): President Obama will soon propose a health care bill that will be “much smaller” than the House bill but “big enough” to put the country on a “path” toward health care reform, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday. “In a matter of days, we will have a proposal,” Pelosi said, pointing to Obama’s forthcoming bill. “It will be a much | Read More »
Barbara Mikulski and the Democratic margin of error.
Jim Geraghty dumped a bit of cold water on this not-yet-officially-refuted rumor that Senator Mikulski is planning to retire: …the least she’s ever gotten in a Senate race is 60 percent. Evan Bayh faced a tough reelection bid, but Mikulski’s biggest-name opponent so far, is Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Eric Wargot. She’s raised $3 million, he’s raised $176,526. Even in a terrible year for Democrats, | Read More »
Health Care Karma Watch, February 14, 2010.
(Via Instapundit) Michael Barone unpacks the bind that House Democrats are in over the health care rationing bill, right now (to summarize, reports suggest that they really don’t want to pass the Senate version, promises of reconciliation later or no): If you vote for the Senate bill, you’re voting for something that has 35% support nationwide and probably a little less than that in your | Read More »
‘When Democrats Turn.’
Well, everybody’s turning – Congress is at 18/78 approval/disapproval, which makes you wonder about the four percent who can’t make up their minds – but the Democrats have gone from 45% to 30% in a month, which … well, is this not a pretty graph? Particularly that 15 point drop among Democrats, which is not so much a drop as a ‘dive.’ Unfortunately, the nature | Read More »
Meet fourteen worrying Democrats.
List extrapolated from here from Reid Wilson: Candidate District PVI Cook Rating Mike Ross AR-04 R+7 Likely Dem Allan Boyd FL-02 R+6 Likely Dem Alan Grayson FL-08 R+2 Toss-Up Suzanne Kosmas FL-24 R+4 Lean Dem Sanford Bishop GA-02 D+1 Safe Dem Bill Foster IL-14 R+1 Lean Dem Frank Kratovil MD-01 R+13 Toss-Up Ike Skelton MO-04 R+14 Lean Dem Earl Pomeroy ND-AL R+10 Lean Dem Dina | Read More »
‘Bullets won’t kill it!’ – Democrats and their upcoming Bad Time.
Full disclosure: this is all going to be as-I-think-of-it-opinion, I have no interest in interrupting the narrative flow by looking for links, and so I freely admit that it would be fair to discount or dismiss the results accordingly. The Democrats are in for a bad election cycle, to the point where people are actually talking about the Democrats losing the House – and starting | Read More »
Actually, I agree with both Reynolds *and* Yglesias.
The country is indeed ungovernable. …By Democrats. I mean, seriously: remember what life was like four years ago, when it was the GOP running things? Miss it yet? You should: rather more of the people reading this had jobs back then. And fatter retirement accounts. And better value in their houses. And soon – very, very soon – lower taxes. Remember, folks: the GOP can | Read More »
Barack Obama: Alan Grayson ‘outstanding member of Congress.’
Talk about timing: President Obama offered him some warm words at a Miami fundraiser for the Democratic congressional campaign committees last night. Obama, in introducing the members of Congress in attendance, called Grayson – along with Florida Reps. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Kendrick Meek – as “outstanding members of Congress.” This would be the same day that it came out that Alan Grayson went on the | Read More »
Symbolic gesture towards repealing DoMA made.
Let’s keep this one simple (H/T: AoSHQ Headlines): Q. Why is it that a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act – one with more than 90 Congressional supporters – will apparently not even make it to the House floor? A. Because Rep. Barney Franks – who is not one of the supporters – was blunt about why he wasn’t a supporter: the Democrats | Read More »
Nutter plays games with Philly legal system funding.
(Via Drudge) I’m putting this one up mostly because of the last name – it’s Mayor Michael Nutter, and the game is “Give us money or we’ll shut down services that you don’t want to shut down.” It’s apparently a favorite game of urban Democrats, given that it seems to happen with distressing regularity in our larger cities: Nutter Warns Of ‘Virtual Shutdown’ Of Courts | Read More »
Profiles in fear: ‘conservative’ Democrats and THAT WOMAN.
Politico apparently has a sadist running its assignments, because he or she sent out reporters to interview a bunch of ‘conservative’ Democrats to find out whether they’d be willing to let that woman campaign with them – and got everything from uncomfortable silences to Congressmen actually running away. At least, that’s what I’m going to characterize ‘lunging for elevators’ and suddenly remembering that they had | Read More »
A thought regarding the 2010 elections (House edition).
Just on the off chance that somebody out there is still not on-board with the notion of taking back the House, please contemplate the table below: Committee Chair Born Age Elected Ways & Means Charles Rangel 1930 79 1970 Appropriations David Obey 1938 70 1969 Energy & Commerce Henry Waxman 1939 69 1975 Rules Louise Slaughter 1929 79 1987 Financial Services Barney Frank 1940 69 | Read More »
Hiram ‘Slasher’ Monserrate to rejoin NY Dems.
So it seems, so it seems. One week after deciding to side with Senate Republicans, a key architect of the state Senate coup says he’s coming home. A source close to Senator Hiram Monserrate says he will stay with the democratic caucus. First off: feel free to take him back, Democrats. No. Really. You never really wanted him gone, anyway. Second: this makes the entire | Read More »