First Cut: 7 Polling and Elections Lessons From 2014

    First Cut: 7 Polling and Elections Lessons From 2014

    Well, Dear Readers, that went well. If you’re like me, you are probably a little sleep-deprived from a truly epic Election Night, and a detailed walk through the data will have to wait a bit (votes are still being counted, so margins of victory will be a bit of a moving target for the next week). But I have expended a lot of time and | Read More »

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    Feminists Declare War on Texas White Women

    Feminists Declare War on Texas White Women

    Feminists (women and men because NOH8 or something) took to Twitter Wednesday morning to express their outrage over Wendy Davis’ loss in her bid for Governor of Texas. While everyone around the country pretty much expected Davis to lose, apparently feminists were to busy screaming #WarOnWomen to notice. While one would assume the feminists would blame the man, in this case Governor Elect Greg Abbott, their | Read More »

    Walker Win Should Offer Blueprint for GOP

    Mounting the stage last night at his victory rally in a large pavilion at Wisconsin’s State Fair Park, Gov. Scott Walker delivered a speech unlike any other he’s given in a moment of victory. References to Wisconsin were replaced by references to America, comments about state political foes were replaced by references to special interests in Washington, D.C. and aside from a couple of mentions | Read More »

    A question for our readership: what would be worth McConnell resuming regular order?

    A question for our readership: what would be worth McConnell resuming regular order?

    Background: given that was effectively backhanded by the American people last night for what he done, there’s some question about what he’ll be doing next year.  Which leads, indirectly, to an interesting question: while can and almost certainly will change Senate procedural rules back to the old system before the end of his term, there’s nothing to stop from switching them right back, and then proceeding to | Read More »

    Some Gutless Republicans Owe some Apologies to Ted Cruz

    Some Gutless Republicans Owe some Apologies to Ted Cruz

    As we wake up today and survey a landscape littered with the corpses of Democrat political careers, it is worth remembering that many people predicted that this day would never come, all because of Ted Cruz. Throughout the last two years, Cruz has been one of the few Republicans who has not been afraid of his own shadow in the Senate, and virtually the only | Read More »

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    The Watercooler ~ Go Ahead And Dance…

    What else can I say? Just dance today. And celebrate. And dance some more. Then say, “Hallelujah!” Most infuriatingly hypocritical comment of the night from the now fired : “The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together. I look forward to working with to get things done for the middle class.” Made me wanna scream. The Watercooler is always an open | Read More »

    A Victory over the Forces of Evil in Tennessee

    A Victory over the Forces of Evil in Tennessee

    One of the most consequential victories in the country last night had nothing to do with any candidate for any seat. I am referring, of course, to ballot measure 1 in Tennessee, which sought to amend the Tennessee constitution to right a judicial injustice. The Tennessee constitution, like the Federal constitution, says nothing about abortion one way or another. Properly speaking, the issue ought to | Read More »

    Ben Domenech on Last Night’s Big GOP Victories

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Ben Domenech to discuss last night’s big election for the GOP, the surprising gubernatorial victories and what this wave means for 2016.

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    The Press’s Confirmation Bias and the End of Objectivity

    “With polling seemingly increasingly impossible to get right, the last checks on media objectivity are dissolving.” Most reporters in the DC Circle of Jerks lean left. They do. Look at their marriages, their career paths, etc. They lean left. But I do think a lot of them recognize it and try to balance it with alternative data. That is all coming to an end now | Read More »

    Dear Republicans: No One Elected You to Work with Democrats

    Dear Republicans: No One Elected You to Work with Democrats

    As the reality of a Republican wave became imminent last night, a dangerous narrative began to take hold among the conservative talking heads on cable news and in the victory speeches of the victorious Republicans. The narrative was that now that the Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, it is incumbent upon them to work with Obama and the other Democrats in the | Read More »

    Two States Where Black Voters Helped the GOP

    My friend Roland Martin put one of these on my radar. In Illinois, prominent black ministers around the state cast their lot with the GOP. They encouraged congregants to abandon Governor Quinn in Illinois and support the Republican. That made a real difference in the metropolitan Chicago area, where the Republican this time outperformed prior Republicans. Another one that is a real surprise to me | Read More »

    The Funniest Part of the Washington Post Story on the Democrat Meltdown

    The Washington Post has a long story on what went wrong for the Democrats. Basically, as Ron Fournier notes, there are two progressive parties now, the Democrats and the Obamas. The Democrats are going on record (!!!), not background, to attack the President and his team. The funniest part of it? This: Lawyers negotiated for months over legal minutia, with Obama’s counselors insisting that the | Read More »

    Lessons From the Night

    Republicans are going to have the largest House majority they’ve seen since 1946. They have won gubernatorial races, congressional races, and Senate races in blue territory. The GOP not only held Florida, Kansas, and Maine, races they were expected to lose, but they gained Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts. They picked up the State House in Minnesota. The GOP did very well in a wave. I | Read More »

    Steve Munisteri is the Big Winner From Tuesday

    You have probably never heard of Steve Munisteri, but you need to get to know him. Munisteri is the Chairman of the Texas Republican Party. He got in that position by challenging the Texas Republican establishment. He fought his way in as an outsider. After he won, panic set in among Texas Republicans. They were pretty sure they were screwed. Munisteri was an outsider after | Read More »

    DOOM.

    And, geez, this map of mine from March? It’s not particularly wrong, is it?