DGA Martin ‘Whitebread’ O’Malley (D, MD) speaks on Republican racism!

    So.  We got Maryland Governor and DGA head Martin O’Malley out there SNEERING about us awful, awful racist Republicans (for the full effect, assume that I’m fluttering my hands like I’ve got the St. Vitus’ dance): Using Governor Rick Perry (formerly) of the RGA for that, too. You see, good old Martin here really, really respects the heck out of Rick, you understand; despite | Read More »


    Gov. Bob McDonnell (R, VA) on short list for VP?

    That’s one potential conclusion that you can draw from today’s and yesterday’s Quinnipiac polls looking at Virginia political conditions. Admittedly, they’re just one firm’s polls; also admittedly, anyone likely to be reading this is a hardcore political junky anyway, so we might as well take a look. Yesterday’s Q-poll looked at Governor McDonnell’s popularity rating*, which is – to be modest about it – practically | Read More »

    Some round-ups on NY-09.

    A little bit of a relapse today, so let me just grab three pretty-good analyses of yesterday’s NY-09 results* from RCP and go with them. First off: Michael Barone’s “NY-9: Stunning Repudiation of Chuck Schumer.” After noting that disgraced Congressman Weiner was a protege of Schumer, Barone points out: In January 2007, just in time for the new Democratic majority in Congress, [Shumer] published a | Read More »

    The infinitely avoidable US/UN Palestine showdown.

    Now it may be because I’m this horrible, horrible neoconservative Right-Wing Death Beast and everything – but I have to admit: articles like this confuse me. The United States faced increasing pressure on Tuesday as the Palestinian quest for statehood gained support from Turkey and other countries, even as the Obama administration sought an 11th-hour compromise that would avoid a confrontation at the United Nations | Read More »

    NY-09, NV-02 Special Election Results Open Thread.

    [Final UPDATE, 12:15 AM]: We got ’em both. Polls just closed in NY-09.  AP Results here. Polls in NV-02 still open until 7 PM Pacific. [UPDATE: Polls closed.  Results here.] UPDATE, 10:03 PM: For the record, if the final result is as below (it won’t be)… …then the Democrats are going to be ticked.

    Ohio redistricting map out!

    (Via The Campaign Spot) And… it’s subtle. Executive summary: Ohio loses two districts, overall. Republicans Steve Austria and Mike Turner end up competing with each other in the same district. Democrats Marcy Kaptur & Dennis Kuchinich, ditto. Democrat Nancy Sutton loses her district and gets thrown into a district that heavily favors her new Republican opponent Jim Renacci – and she doesn’t get to bring | Read More »

    Michele Bachmann: Embracing Teh Lefty Anti-Vaccy Crazy?

    Look, let’s start off by me noting I didn’t care for the way that Congresswoman Bachmann went after Governor Perry over Gardasil last night, frankly: I recognize that there’s a core issue there about choices for your kids, but the central issue is more complicated than either side wants to admit, and it’s heavily partisan-tinged at this point. But put that aside. This isn’t beanbag. | Read More »

    Barack Obama tries the same failed tactic on ‘stimulus.’

    Let me just simplify this for the President’s tired and rather sad proposal on how to pay for his tired and rather sad ‘jobs’ bill: President Barack Obama would pay for his $447 billion jobs plan by ending a series of tax breaks for oil and gas companies, hedge-fund managers and people making more than $200,000, the White House said Monday. In total, Mr. Obama’s | Read More »

    PPP (D) Poll: Turner (R)/Welprin (D) 47/41 in NY-09.

    PPP spells it out, and it’s good news for Republican Bob Turner. Turner’s winning in a heavily Democratic district for two reasons: a huge lead with independents and a large amount of crossover support.  He’s ahead by 32 points at 58-26 with voters unaffiliated with either major party.  And he’s winning 29% of the Democratic vote, holding Weprin under 60% with voters of his own | Read More »


    President Barack Obama: Pass this jobs bill — pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or if they raise workers’ wages. The bill has not been written yet. Valerie Jarrett, senior White House adviser: Congress should pass this bill right now. Again, the bill has not been written yet. Huffington Post: During a | Read More »

    California caves on Amazon tax. For now.

    The can has been kicked for another year. Lawmakers on Friday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a compromise bill that delays California’s effort to force online retailers such as to collect the state’s sales taxes while retailers lobby Congress for national rules governing online sales taxes. Essentially, California legislators passed a bill earlier this year that ‘exploited’ a loophole in federal case law that would | Read More »

    Democrats facing electoral disasters in NV-02, NY-09?

    But before we start talking about implications, let’s review the situations. NY-09.  This D+5 seat was vacated by Anthony Weiner after pictures surfaced… and I don’t need to end that sentence: it’s never good for a politician’s career when the phrase ‘pictures surfaced’ is used to describe his or her situation.  The race thus is between Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Weprin… and Democrats | Read More »

    MITT ROMNEY’S Social Security blunder.

    You’ve probably read by now Mitt Romney adviser Stuart Stevens’ gleeful email to Ben Smith – and might I add that there is something unseemly about an ostensible Republican using Politico for what is essentially an internal debate? – crowing over Governor Rick Perry’s rather sensible observation that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme: He has lost. No federal candidate has ever won on the | Read More »

    Netroots blame wrong people for Texas wildfire problems.

    Very quickly, and to get this out of the way: the Online Left is babbling about supposedly-cut Texas firefighting budgets, mostly because they lack the research skills – or possibly, the native intelligence – to tell the difference between a $109 million Forest Service/Wildfire Fighting budget in 2010/2011, and a $196 million Forest Service/Wildfire Fighting budget for 2012/2013 (the 2012 fiscal year started at the | Read More »

    Reminder: primary deadline in Louisiana tomorrow.

    We’re in day two of the three day qualifying period for the gubernatorial primary, you see.  Another reminder: the only person that the Democrats have had so far who is willing to stand up and publicly oppose Bobby Jindal is… Tara Hollis, schoolteacher.  She is not particularly expected to win – but there’s nobody else right now, and that situation is being repeated all the | Read More »