Quote of the Day, Ya Got Trouble, Right Here in West Virginia… edition.
Trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with D and that stands for “Democrat.” In a Sheraton ballroom, Ms. [Natalie] Tennant, West Virginia’s [Democratic] secretary of state, listened to Michelle Obama urge donors to write “a big old fat check” to her and other women running for the Senate. But back home, where President Obama is deeply unpopular, Ms. Tennant’s campaign quickly sought to | Read More »
Putting 2013 in Perspective
2013 has been a rough year for conservatives. This year began with the passage of the $620 billion tax hike, along with $332 billion in stimulus spending. It ended with Republicans in both houses helping pass a bill that raises taxes, raises spending, makes it easier to raise taxes in the future, destroys our leverage for two years, screws disabled veterans, and paves the road | Read More »
, Eric Cantor
, John Boehner
, Mitch McConnell
, Paul Ryan
Hope Yes, Vote No is Not a Winning Equation
Despite the fact that the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed the House with overwhelming support, it was not a slam dunk in the Senate as of late last week. Without Paul Ryan’s strong influence, individual GOP senators were leery of the deal. Even the defense hawks view this deal as ‘too little too late.’ The Senate whip count began with only one Republican – John McCain | Read More »
Sen. Mark Udall (D, Colorado) lied about #obamacare: watch him get called on it here.
Ladies and gentlemen, expect a war in the Colorado Senate race. Senator Udall, don’t you DARE tell more lies about this healthcare mess. YOU’RE the one who took away our doctors. YOU’RE the one who cancelled our plans. You looked us in the eye, Senator Udall, and you lied.
And here’s @MaryLandrieu running against Obama
Per her communications guy: New @MaryLandrieu campaign ad highlights her efforts to fix #ACA & keep the president's promise. https://t.co/bAVjnJsgXd #LASEN — Andrew Zucker (@AndrewZucker) December 11, 2013 Pay attention to that ad, because it tells you a lot about that campaign. First of all, nothing addressing her opponents, Rep. Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness. She is running on the platform that she is telling | Read More »
State Rep. Amy Stephens (R, Colorado) needs to run the state assembly primary gauntlet. #obamacare
I am (mildly) going to stretch a rule of mine and opine about the Coloradan Senate primary. Specifically, I find I have a problem with one of the candidates’ primary strategy. Full disclosure: a friend and colleague of mine works for another one of the candidates in that race. Background: Amy Stephens is a Colorado state legislator who is running for the 2014 Republican nomination. | Read More »
McConnell Hosts Fundraiser for North Carolina’s Charlie Crist at Home of Fannie Mae Lobbyist
Senator Mitch McConnell has been awfully quiet lately. After making it clear in October that he would never again fight Obamacare in the budget or a debt ceiling increase, he has fallen off the face of the earth. Harry Reid pulled the nuclear option in the Senate, yet McConnell has not threatened to hold up the deals on the farm bill or new budget conference. | Read More »
Rundown: Control of the Senate part 3 (UPDATE)
In part 3 here, we’ll look at the Midwest which has a slew of races in play or potentially in play. Here we go. The Midwest Illinois Dick Durbin should be reelected a 4th term next year. That said though, the recent Obamacare screw ups don’t make this entirely slam dunk. Obama’s job approval from what I’ve heard actually has dipped below average. While it | Read More »
Rundown: Control of the Senate part 2 (UPDATE)
In part 1 (which you can find in my stack of diaries and look at my original conclusion of all Senate races), I looked at the South and the status of races. Most interesting were Arkansas, Louisiana and Georgia. Now we look at the Northeast races. The Northeast Delaware Chris Coons was elected to fill out the rest Joe’s old term and should have no | Read More »
Rundown: Control of the Senate (UPDATE)
I’m gonna do something a little different from last time. I’m gonna split the races in five regions: South, Northeast, Midwest, West and Pacific Coast. Here we go. The South Alabama Nothing changed from last time. Safe R Arkansas Mark Pryor is in hot water with Tom Cotton as his top opponent. Polls show the race to be tied or close. I ultimately don’t see him | Read More »
Jack Kingston has Surrendered on Obamacare
Democrats are stewing in the misery of Obamacare’s disastrous side effects. We have a solid point of leverage coming in January to fight Obamacare in the budget. As we’ve explained, we have stronger leverage this time around than we did in October. However, that leverage is only predicated upon a united Republican Party committed to getting rid of Obamacare. Sadly, the recent comments by Rep. | Read More »
Senate Republicans Can Retaliate. Will They?
Who can blame Harry Reid for pulling the nuclear option, eliminating the filibuster on judicial nominees? He has punched Senate Republicans in the face all year and they have failed to respond. In fact, Senate Republicans have turned around and fought their fellow Republicans in the House, jamming them with bad legislation which they helped Harry Reid pass out of the Senate. Throughout the past | Read More »
Republicans Must Stop Yellen
Today, the Senate Banking Committee voted to confirm Janet Yellen as the next Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Republican Senators Coburn, Corker, and Kirk joined with Democrats in a 14-8 vote. [Correction: the post erroneously added Senator Vitter to the list. He voted no. Vitter has always been a leader in pushing for transparency at the Fed and has pushed | Read More »
Stu Rothenberg: Michigan Senate race no longer a lock for the Democrats.
Hey, tell me again how utterly doomed the Republican party is next year. Republicans don’t need to win Michigan to get the majority in the Senate, but the Wolverine State could become a serious takeover target later next year. [snip] Make no mistake, [Democratic candidate Gary] Peters has shown remarkable political agility and starts this race with the edge, but this open seat should no | Read More »
Snakes and Warriors
One of the more recent bromides emanating from the establishment is that the old bull politicians are just as conservative as the grassroots, but unlike our guys they actually“want to win elections.” Never mind that they are putting all their resources into Mitch McConnell, the only man who is losing a 23-point Romney state. They say that our candidates are unelectable. But if we’d only | Read More »