NRCC Follows-Up With Answers on 2010 Races
On Friday I posted a summary of a briefing I received regarding the outlook for 2010 House races. Several readers offered comments or questions about specific races. Yesterday I received an E-mail from NRCC Political Director Brian Walsh, who has some responses on specific points: I would like to thank everyone for providing feedback on Brian’s post about the upcoming 2010 elections and candidate recruitment. | Read More »
Pete Sessions & the NRCC Have a Plan for 2010
I recently had the opportunity to have a lengthy discussion (on background) with a source at the National Republican Congressional Committee, regarding the state of their planning for 2010. My strongest impression is that this is a team of professionals that has learned the lessons of the last few cycles and who are doing a good job setting the table for a strong cycle. No | Read More »
Using Murtha As an Anchor to Bring Democrats Down
Looking back at recent political history, one of the common features of wave elections is a nationally-known, toxic incumbent who becomes the face of the unpopular incumbent party. In 2006, Tom DeLay and Mark Foley were the unpopular faces of the Republican party whom Americans were forced to look at and hear about on the news each night. In 1994, it was people like Dan | Read More »
Does Greg Ball (R-NY) Have the Perfect Message for 2010?
New York State Assemblyman Greg Ball (R,C) announced over the weekend that he will challenge incumbent Democrat John Hall in New York’s 19th Congressional District. According to the local media who covered his announcement, Ball was unsparing in his criticism for both major parties: “This is grassroots. This is America. This is the Hudson Valley,” Ball told more than 100 cheering supporters at Murphy’s Bar | Read More »
Is Colorado Souring on the Obama Administration?
Colorado is likely to be home to several competitive races in 2010: notably Senator Michael Bennet’s first re-election run, two Democrat-held House seats, and hopefully Governor Ritter’s re-election bid. With that in mind, it’s encouraging to see early signs of disaffection with President Obama: Barack Obama and Mark Udall each won their elections in Colorado last year by pretty solid margins, but Public Policy Polling’s | Read More »
Politico: GOP Sees Opportunity in Northeast
I wrote yesterday about the most recent New York poll showing both Governor Paterson and Senator Gillibrand in trouble in their 2010 re-election bids. The Politico notes that these races are just one part of a what seems to be a hopeful GOP resurgence in the region: In Connecticut, there is an unexpected opportunity to unseat veteran Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) in 2010. In New | Read More »
NY Looking Hopeful for GOP in 2010
New York is a deep blue state, with a populace that says the nation is on the right track, and which gives Barack Obama high marks. That should be the perfect setting for Democratic incumbents to cruise to re-election, right? Not so much: …If a Democratic primary for Governor were held today, [incumbent Dem Governor David] Paterson would lose to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by | Read More »
Democrats Starting to Panic About Economy
Democrats in Congress are set to draft another ‘stimulus’ package — one that will waste hundreds of billions of dollars on projects that were too sketchy to make it into their first trillion dollar spending bill. They would have you believe that just like the pork-filled first bill was justified, so is this boondoggle. But it looks more like Democrats are simply too panicked about | Read More »
Muckmaker Shauna Daly returning to DNC.
You may have remembered that Ms. Daly had been placed by the Obama White House last month in its counsel office, despite the fact that she has no actual legal credentials. It was widely assumed – justifiably, in my opinion – that this was due to the fact that she’s quite the political sheet-sniffer, which was apparently what the administration thought that it needed right | Read More »
Peggy Noonan is sad about her limited shopping opportunities.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) It’s very sad: A moment last Monday, just after noon, in Manhattan. It’s slightly overcast, not cold, a good day for walking. I’m in the 90s on Fifth heading south, enjoying the broad avenue, the trees, the wide cobblestone walkway that rings Central Park. Suddenly I realize: Something’s odd here. Something’s strange. It’s quiet. I can hear each car go by. | Read More »
Spending Deal Done, But Liberals Still Look to Add Money
For House liberals, there can never be enough spending: Some House Democrats are working furiously to reinstate funds the Senate cut from an $789 billion economic stimulus package speeding to the floor this week. In particular, progressive Democrats and members of the Congressional Black Caucus would like to see more money for social spending programs that was cut from the Senate package over the weekend | Read More »
Biden: Spending Vote Gives GOP a Weapon Against Democrats
I’ll give Joe Biden this: he is making me seriously re-examine my pre-election statements that he was a terrible pick for Vice President. Did you know he went to the House Democratic retreat the other day, and warned them that their vote for the Obama-Reid-Pelosi debt bill would be used against them in 2010? Democratic Members and staff were grumbling about the path that the | Read More »
Democrat electoral woes continue in Northern Virginia
Ever since the election of Barack Obama, a strange thing has happened.. Democrats have started losing elections and losing ground rapidly. In Georgia, they lost around 5% between November and December for the Senate. In Louisiana, they lost an open House seat as the heavily favored Democrat lost narrowly. Another Democrat, Bill Jefferson, also lost in a shocking upset. In Delaware in a special election | Read More »
Why 2010 Will be Good for Republicans
Thirty-six states have gubernatorial elections in 2010; twenty of those statehouses are currently held by Democrats, against just sixteen held by Republicans. And according to the National Governors’ Association, state balance sheets are collapsing across the board:
Norm Coleman Drops Out of NRSC Race
Roll Call reports that Norm Coleman has informed John Cornyn that he is no longer a candidate to head the National Republican Senate Committee in the next Congress: Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.) called Sen. John Cornyn (Texas) Thursday afternoon and told him he was dropping out of the race for National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman to focus on the recount in his 206-vote win over | Read More »