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    The [epithet] and the redistricting knives.

    If you do political blogging or reporting for a while, you end up hearing this question a lot: Why should I bother to come out and vote for the [insert epithet here meaning 'not as ideologically sound as I am']? This would be normally responded to with a polite “That’s a good question” and a variable-length stream of blather before the question is actually answered, | Read More »

    KS/MI/MO Primary open thread.

    First look with the Mark One eyeball: nothing seems particularly surprising, except that one might expect more enthusiasm on the Democratic side of things. [UPDATE] Not looking good for Carolyn Kilpatrick (D, MI-13), there.

    Palin and Reagan and bears, oh my.

    Not to be mean-spirited about this, but it’s at times like this that Arianna Huffington demonstrates that she has a black-box approach to understanding Americans*.  In discussing the inexplicable (to her) attraction so many people have towards THAT WOMAN, Arianna wrote: It’s not Palin’s positions people respond to — it’s her use of symbols. Mama grizzlies rearing up to protect their young? That’s straight out | Read More »

    RGA: “Thirteen.”

    13 Weeks from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo. Yes, they’re fairly obviously going to be doing one of these a week until Election Day. Because the RGA – and the rest of the GOP – is hungry, in a way that the Democratic party is not. Watch Democratic legislators these days; their shoulders sloop, ever so slightly. Their eyes aren’t quite as bright as they | Read More »

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    As I’ve noted before: one of the most horrible things to encounter in politics is to watch a group wreck itself and its electoral chances.  The sensation is much like running in mud or maple syrup; you move and move, but never quite fast enough to matter.  For true horror, the situation has to be as follows: The situation has to be easily repairable; The | Read More »

    Meet John Colbert (R CAND, CA-29).

    It’s pronounced ‘Kohl-bert,’ he’s up against Adam Schiff, and John can’t stand that stupid delta smelt, either. That last is starting to be a theme among California candidates and legislators: well, the Republican ones, at least. Anyway, we talked yesterday: John’s site is here. Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    “Blame Bush,” RIP: 2001-2010.

    It was a good run for the Democrats, but all things must come to an end some day.  I know, I know: it’s downright horrible for the American people to start expecting the political party that’s held Congress since 2006 and the White House since 2008 to actually take personal responsibility for the bad things happening to the economy.   But the Democrats will have to | Read More »

    Minorities and the GOP: not yet DOOM?

    Sean Trende over at RCP finds something interesting going on with minority polling.  The basic numbers at the heart of what may or may not be an important trend are these: the exit poll numbers for 2004/2008. 2004 2008 Voters GOP Dem GOP Dem African American 10 89 5 93 Hispanic 44 55 29 68 As Sean notes, how these numbers shake out in future | Read More »

    The NRCC’s Big Board.

    The NRCC has drawn up a map of all 435 Congressional Districts, separated them out by state, and linked each district to the website of either the incumbent Republican that represents it, or the Republican that will be challenging the incumbent Democrat in November. Note that in cases of contested primaries without an incumbent (like, say, FL-05′s) the NRCC is explicitly not taking sides by | Read More »

    Obama to Democrats: you may deny Me.

    Hey, remember when the White House thought that they were going to be a help for vulnerable Democrats running on all those tough, unpopular, unprincipled, and job-killing votes that the White House insisted that said vulnerable Democrats make?  Yeah, well, that’s gone by the wayside.    The White House is now telling said Democrats that the President understands if members of his party have to run | Read More »

    Rasmussen: 9% of USA in coma.

    I’m frankly impressed that Rasmussen was able to poll them anyway on tax policy. I’ve known for a while that pollsters would dearly love to be able to bypass the brain’s censor circuits and find out what the American voter really thinks; I’m just mildly surprised that research along those lines has paid off so early.  Then again, if you’re in a coma you probably | Read More »

    Meet Bruce O’Donoghue (R CAND, FL-08).

    Bruce is one of several candidates looking for the opportunity to be the one who gets to escort Alan Grayson back to private life, and he chatted with RedState this afternoon: The primary is next month; Bruce’s website is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    The CBC forgets its place.

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have – wait for it, wait for it! – written a letter to the administration asking why the White House has put itself on the hook for spending 1.5 billion on one of Sen. Blanche Lincolns farm relief causes while not being able to find 1.2 billion to pay the 1999 Pigford settlement to minority farmers*. “The current hardships | Read More »

    Maxine Waters will have what Charlie Rangel’s having.

    Come, I will conceal nothing from you: I have long considered Maxine “Why is this woman on Financial Services?” Waters to be one of our dumber Members of Congress – which is impressive, given that we have people like Al Franken, Barbara Boxer, Arlen Specter, Shirley Jackson-Lee, and Russ Carnahan in it – but I may have to revise that.  It is now being reported | Read More »

    Strickland, Fisher cronies/donors indicted.

    K, this one is going to require a bit of background.  Short version: Ohio courts have just indicted a bunch of Democrats – some of whom have links to both Governor Strickland (D-OH) and Lt Governor Fisher (D-OH) – in a complicated real estate corruption case.  The word ‘tendrils’ comes to mind: stick around and you’ll see why.