Meet Rob Merkle (R CAND, CT-04).
This is the district held by Democratic freshman Jim Himes, and is listed as being in play by Cook (Likely Democrat). The primary’s coming up, but Rob took the time to talk to us: Rob’s site is here. Crossposted to Moe Lane.
DCCC retreating on November results.
It’s not quite counting coup on my part – I had suggested that by about June the DCCC would be bragging about how they’ll keep us from getting enough votes for veto overrides – but I am pleased to see that the slow march by the Democrats towards objective reality is continuing. Slowly. Slowly is good. …the last thing Dems need is a group of | Read More »
Giannoulias, Fisher go abroad to raise money from trial lawyers.
…while smoking cigarettes. Giannoulias: The Giannoulias Democratic Illinois Senate campaign confirmed Monday–after prodding from the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee–that Alexi Giannoulias was in Canada on Sunday attending a fund-raiser at a trial lawyer convention in Vancouver that would benefit his Senate campaign. Fisher: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher was in Canada yesterday to attend a reception with a group of American trial lawyers | Read More »
Meet Dick Muri (R CAND, WA-09).
Dick is is the front-runner for the Republican nomination opposing Adam Smith, who has been in the 9th district seat for about a decade – and whose ‘moderate’ credentials are rapidly abrading against his votes for both cap-and-trade and Obamacare. We talked with Dick about how he’s planning to win this seat: Dick’s site is here. Moe Lane
“I’d like to be…*” Monday memorial open thread.
The Democrats are doomed: the newest political prognosticator has spoken. Yes, that’s a photoshop. Open thread.
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D, TX-23) gets cranky.
Ah, to be an Entitlement Democrat these days. Apparently, Rep. Rodriguez is not particularly happy with the idea that his constituents are checked out on the CBO’s revised scoring of Obamacare. Or that they feel entitled themselves to talk back to the man. Shouting, smacking a newspaper against the table, a general ‘Do you know who I AM?’ – is this what Nancy Pelosi meant | Read More »
Nationalizing King Samir Shabazz?
With the B-Cast’s latest data dump on Shabazz (who is pretty much the public, tattooed, hate-filled face of the New Black Panther party at this moment) it’s no longer really a question of if candidates are going to be bringing his case up as it is when candidates are going to be bringing his case up as a campaign issue. Disclaimer: I have not been | Read More »
If you’re wondering just how seriously you need to take this article about the Great Gubernatorial War of 2010: Nick Ayers, the executive director of the Republican Governors Association, offers this preview of what’s at stake in the 37 gubernatorial races in November. Between now and Election Day, the association and its Democratic counterpart will be engaged in “a $100 million-plus chess match for control | Read More »
Domestic terrorism in Houston update.
What? Oh, right: somebody sent a pipe bomb to the wife of an oil executive (via Confederate Yankee, via Instapundit) – she ended up in the hospital with facial injuries from the blast. Turns out that it was apparently deliberately targeted at the woman… Neighbors who saw the package but didn’t want to appear on camera describe it as a box of chocolates that left | Read More »
Microcosm of the conservative/liberal 2010 strategy.
Perhaps ‘microcosm’ isn’t the best word; ‘personification’ might work better. The background: the Hill asked two bloggers – one from the Right, and one from the Left – to answer the question “Like Sen. Graham said, will the Tea Party movement die out?” The blogger on the Right was Ace of Ace of Spades, and contrary to his own self-deprecating later observation he answered the | Read More »
Keith Olbermann is a historically illiterate buffoon.
“So what else is new?”, you ask? Well, apparently this time he was busy demonstrating that he was more pig-ignorant of American history than, say, Sharron Angle (Via AoSHQ). “Just for the record do you how many elections Abraham Lincoln lost in his lifetime?” [Keith "Moo" Olbermann] asked, leering into the camera. With drama benefitting Gloria Swanson as the fading star in Sunset Boulevard, Olbermann | Read More »
June Democracy Corps poll results: DOOM.
This is the sexiest title of a political poll survey that you’re going to read all year: “Democracy Corps June Survey: Grim Stability Will Require Race-by-Race Fight” …and the bad news continues for page after page. Six point gap on generic Congressional ballot, dissatisfaction with the way the country’s going now at 2006 levels and rising, Democrats now on the wrong side (or right side, | Read More »
Fisher without Bait: tales of the 2Q in Ohio.
The 2nd quarter results are in for Rob Portman (R) and Lee Fisher (d), and it’s not… actually, it’s quite pretty. Portman brought in almost three times as much cash (2.65 million vs. 1 million) and has an almost nine-to-one advantage in cash-on-hand right now (8.8 million to 1 million). I originally got the latter’s details via email: for some reason, Fisher isn’t bragging about | Read More »
PROSECUTORS: Jesse Jackson Jr. knew of Senate seat offer.
Hoo, boy. A supporter of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. told the Democratic congressman in 2008 that he would raise $1 million in return for then- Gov. Rod Blagojevich naming Jackson to the U.S. Senate, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. The allegation, made on a busy day at Blagojevich’s federal corruption trial, was the first time authorities publicly suggested Jackson was aware of efforts by | Read More »
Third-party Hail Marys and the Democratic party.
Very entertaining news from Stu Rothenberg: An unusual number of Democratic candidates running this cycle are basing their victory scenarios on the existence of Independent or third-party candidates in their races. Are their hopes reasonable or are they merely grasping at straws? They’re merely grasping at straws. To skip ahead a bit: …more often than not, Independents and third-party candidates see their support evaporate as | Read More »