The Brutal NRCC ‘Every Day’ Ad Memorial Open Thread.
This is one of the NRCC‘s harsher web ads… if you define ‘harsh’ as ‘true.’ Something to remember, folks: if you think that campaigning on behalf of Republicans who may or may have not done enough is hard, imagine what it must be like for the netroots, who are all kind of glumly aware that they have to campaign on behalf of Democrats who have | Read More »
Secret Florida primary training video leaked!
Never you mind how said training video was acquired, and/or which campaigns are going to use it to inform their operating methodology: that part’s not important. What’s important is that this is how the next week is going to look, in the run-up to the Florida primary:
RS Interview: Mia Love (R CAND, UT-04 PRI).
You may remember her from last week: Mia is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and is now running for the new district created for Utah as a result of the last census. We had the opportunity to talk about the details of the district, plus her thoughts about the best way to represent it: Mia’s site is here. Moe Lane (crosspost)
I am afraid that I disagree with Sen. Jim DeMint about Ron Paul.
That the good Senator is apparently at least considering the idea of endorsing Mitt Romney is one thing: everybody does endorsements, they’re not always going to be for your candidate, so suck it up and walk it off. But – unlike the Senator – I want Ron Paul out of my darn primaries. Yesterday, if possible. The non-Republicans that he’s bringing in won’t vote for | Read More »
A reminder on long primaries.
In 2008, the Democratic party had one of the longest, one of the most expensive, and one of the most bitter primaries in American political history. It was a drawn-out, unpleasant affair where Hillary Clinton, the expected front-runner, was eventually beaten – despite the fact that she won almost all of the top Democratic-leaning states, arguably won the popular vote, and nobody actually won enough | Read More »
RS Interview: Rob Cornilles (R CAND, OR-01).
This one is the special election called for Oregon’s First District after incumbent David Wu retired. Suddenly. Under circumstances best described as “murky.” Or possibly “neurological.” It’s a D+8 district, but the Democrats are certainly acting as if it’s in play. Rob’s a small business owner who ran against Wu in 2010 and gave the incumbent his toughest re-election fight; we talked about his chances | Read More »
Team Romney’s pointless reach-out to the Leftist press.
Background: Matt Lewis noted with no little bemusement that some folks working for Team Romney had a conference call where folks from organizations from the table below were invited and were given the opportunity to ask questions, while “Townhall.com, HotAir, Daily Caller, Washington Examiner, National Review, Weekly Standard, American Spectator, or Washington Times” got left out in the cold. Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air | Read More »
The New Deal: 1932-2011.
Such a quiet death rattle, all things considered: As a practical matter, the Obama campaign and, for the present, the Democratic Party, have laid to rest all consideration of reviving the coalition nurtured and cultivated by Franklin D. Roosevelt. The New Deal Coalition — which included unions, city machines, blue-collar workers, farmers, blacks, people on relief, and generally non-affluent progressive intellectuals — had the advantage | Read More »
QotD, Presidential Candidates Take Note edition.
The Polling Company did a survey of Iowa Republican voters for Independent Women’s Voice* to determine what those voters are looking for. Click the link for the actual numbers (although I will note that possibly the most eyebrow-raising one is that “[n]o GOP hopeful has locked up more than 9% of Iowa caucus-goers”), but here’s the executive summary: At this point it’s impossible to predict | Read More »
Is Jen Rubin using Andrew Ferguson to sneak an anti-Perry sneer in?
Now, normally I don’t like to do this sort of thing when it comes to people who will be eventually on my side when it comes to an election. Truly, I do not. But while I was reading this Jen Rubin Washington Post article targeting the latest anti-Romney… excuse me, I meant to type out “Newt Gingrich,” there… I was struck by something in these | Read More »
White House scheduled Solyndra layoffs for after ’10 elections?
I am almost relieved by this: The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show. More accurately, I am relieved that I can still get angry about this. You never know when you’re going to get suddenly numb about the latest batch of incompetent corruption that this | Read More »
Perry’s government reform speech.
So, Governor Rick Perry made a speech today where he proposed the following: Ending the practice of giving lifetime appointments to federal judges (current judges would not be affected); Cutting Congressional pay in half; Cutting Congressional pay in half again if they don’t balance the budget by 2020; Cutting Congressional office budgets in half; Cutting the Congressional calendar by half; Criminalizing insider trading by Congressmen | Read More »
If this story is accurate, Herman Cain will not win Iowa.
[Update: I swear that I was going to leave this in diaries - but, given the agitation that it's sparked on my other site, I'm thinking that it really needs to be fronted after all. - ML] (HT: Hot Air Headlines) Herman Cain will not even come close to winning Iowa. This is the takeaway passage from the article that Team Cain needs to read | Read More »
Local Democrats still incognito when President Obama visits?
The background: Politico did an article on how Democrats across the land who have tough battles ahead in 2012 are kind of… avoiding… the President these days. The quote below comes right after the article in question noted that most sitting North Carolina Democrats were distinctly unwilling to get within camera range of Barack Obama: “[Obama] may end up being Walter Mondale of 1984,” said | Read More »
Failed-plan expert President Obama lectures GOP on plans.
Isn’t this just the cutest thing? If the video doesn’t load, Breitbart TV pulled the relevant quote: “My plan says we’re going to put teachers back in the classrooms, construction workers back to work… Tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans, tax cuts if you give your worker a raise. That’s my plan. Then you got [the Republican's] plan which is ‘let’s | Read More »
Six weeks until the primary starts?
If so, the luxury of taking one’s time with picking a favorite GOP candidate is about to go away: In a bombshell this afternoon, New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner raised the strong possibility of a December first-in-the-nation presidential primary. In a statement entitled “Why New Hampshire’s Primary Tradition is Important,” Gardner, who has full authority under state law to set the date of | Read More »
Tom McClintock warns: the future of America is California.
I originally blogged about this speech by Rep. Tom McClintock (R, CA) to the Council for National Policy over at AoSHQ*, but it is simply too good not to share. Tom’s in full Post-Apocalypse Survival mode in this speech, and you will not find a dull word in it: I want to welcome this groundbreaking scientific expedition to the savage lands of the Left Coast. | Read More »
Ohio redistricting map out!
(Via The Campaign Spot) And… it’s subtle. Executive summary: Ohio loses two districts, overall. Republicans Steve Austria and Mike Turner end up competing with each other in the same district. Democrats Marcy Kaptur & Dennis Kuchinich, ditto. Democrat Nancy Sutton loses her district and gets thrown into a district that heavily favors her new Republican opponent Jim Renacci – and she doesn’t get to bring | Read More »
Jon Chait and understanding Obama.
Jonathan Chait really, really, really wants liberals to not notice that President Obama is no George W Bush. How much does he want it? He wants it badly enough to jettison the entire idea of the Imperial Presidency (don’t worry: Chait and the rest will start grousing about it again on, say, January 20, 2013). Nope, it’s not Barry Obama’s fault that he couldn’t spin | Read More »
Barack Obama and the *second* YouTube election.
First off, let’s peruse this video very quickly: via Hot Air, it shows Senator Barack Obama claiming that it was ‘unpatriotic’ for President George Bush to oversee an increase in the debt of four trillion dollars over eight years… …because apparently it’s much more patriotic to increase the debt by four trillion in two years, seven months. Which is how much Barack Obama has used… | Read More »