Latest Landrieu Ad Says Nothing
*Promoted from the Diaries. – Aaron* Once again, Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana for the person on Twitter who once called me out for not listing in the first mention that she was a Democrat) is trying to retain her seat in the U.S. Senate by doing the exact same thing she’s done the rest of the race – say nothing. Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is out | Read More »
Iowa Family Leader’s U.S. Senate Family Forum Moderated by Erick Erickson
In just under an hour our own Erick Erickson will be moderating the Iowa Family Leader’s U.S. Senate Family Forum. We are all very proud of Erick and know that he will do a wonderful job interrogating the Senate candidates moderating the forum. You can watch the livestream of the forum below, while you wait you can also read how Erick plans to approach the | Read More »
Mark Udall’s Very Bad Week: Colorado Senate Moved to Toss Up
This week has had a lot of bad news for the campaign of incumbent Colorado Senator, Democrat, strong Obamacare proponent, environmental enthusiast, Mark Udall. Whether it was news about his PAC giving his campaign money, a CNN analyst predicting his loss, new polling showing the race essentially tied and multiple vulnerabilities for Udall, or the change in the race ranking to toss-up, none of it was good news for the embattled Outward Bound Senator.
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Tonight in Iowa
Tonight in Iowa, I’m honored to be the moderator of the Iowa Family Leader’s U.S. Senate Family Forum. The Family Leader has invited all the U.S. Senate candidates in Iowa to participate. Candidates Sam Clovis, Joni Ernst, Mark Jacobs, Matt Whitaker have all chosen to participate in the event. I don’t plan on asking the candidates their specific positions on policy X, Y, or Z. | Read More »
Senator @MaryLandrieu’s Newest Awful Ad
Mary Landrieu’s campaign was up early this morning, pushing a new ad that touts her fantastic appointment to the chair of the Senate Energy Committee. For weeks, they have been singing the praises of the promotion, using it as campaignable material because there is not a thing she can run on. It’s her second ad to be released in the state (POLITICO got that wrong, | Read More »
GA Senate race: Karen Handel is the only one with cojones
With high profile support from Sarah Palin, and now the American Future Fund, it’s very possible that Handel can accomplish it.
I hope she does.
Of all the candidates, she is the only one to show pure backbone. As my uncle used to say “if the queen had balls, she’d be king,” Karen’s got ’em where the other candidates don’t. Where they’ve got resumes, she’s got scars. Where they have degrees, she has life lessons.
This is not to say that Kingston, Broun, and Gingrey are without merit, but they are more properly in the House, where they can be followers and group-thinkers. In the Senate, which the GOP is expected to take from the Democrats this year, we need pure cojones.
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The “Cowardly” Senate Leaders Employ Another Budget Gimmick
Here is exhibit A of why we don’t trust current Senate leadership to do the right thing if they were to win back the majority; they refuse to block new spending when in the minority. Last week, House leadership decided to pass the “doc fix” bill (H.R. 4302) by voice vote. This bill reimburses healthcare providers for the scheduled 24 percent cut in payments for | Read More »
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, Tom Coburn
Perpetuating Unemployment and Phony Spending Offsets
**Update: The following senators voted for cloture to open debate on the extension of unemployment benefits with the ridiculous offset provision: Ayotte, Coats, Collins, Corker, Heller, Johnson, Kirk, Murkowski, Portman, and Toomey.** What happens when instead of fighting the premise of creating a permanent unemployment entitlement, many Republicans focus on offsetting the cost of the extension? We get the extension without any offsets! Tomorrow, Senator | Read More »
Landrieu’s Strategy: Someone Bail Her Out
I’ve talked about it to the point of sounding repetitious at times, but Mary Landrieu is floundering in her polling, and her campaign, along with the state Democratic Party, have nothing to tout for her, other than linking stale praises of her appointment to the chair of the Senate Energy Committee. Right now, there is a lot of speculation about how Landrieu can increase voter | Read More »
Barack Obama torpedoes changes to NSA program.
Ostensibly, he’s doing something completely different: “The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials.” “If.”
McConnell/Reid Supermajority Lives On
Mitch McConnell couldn’t even go a few hours into this week’s Senate session without selling out conservatives and granting Harry Reid a supermajority. He delivered more than half of the GOP conference into the hands of Democrats, enabling them to gain leverage over the GOP-controlled House and pass the IMF deform package [read more here on the IMF package]. We’ve witnessed this dynamic throughout the | Read More »
Excuse me, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), but is that Barack Obama’s dagger in your back?
This was just mean: Former Bay State U.S. Senator Scott Brown is reacting to President Obama’s comments about his potential Senate run in New Hampshire. “I’d be happy to – you know, if Scott Brown wants to move down to Texas, you know, then we could always use some moderate Republicans in other parts of the country…” Or possibly just stupidly incompetent of the President. | Read More »
An annotated chart about why Presidential approval ratings matter.
Strictly speaking, I am not criticizing the Fix for not drawing a more explicit link between Presidential approval ratings and Senate churn in a midterm election. They established the basic point, which was that both parties are increasingly taking seriously that the President’s current low numbers will translate into Democratic losses in the Senate. The Monkey Cage spells it out: Presidential approval is strongly correlated | Read More »