No, The Thumpin’ is/was not inevitable.
Stuart Rothenberg is having absolutely none of this preemptive excuse-making that the Democrats are starting to indulge in. You seem the conventional wisdom is now congealing into the notion that of course the Republicans were going to have a great year in 2010, and it was absolutely silly for anybody to think that it was ever in doubt that this would happen: …Indeed, on Monday’s | Read More »
Wait: I’ve seen this movie before. At the end of July 2006, I remember being… fairly optimistic about the Congressional elections. Oh, I knew that there were going to be problems. It was year Six of a Presidential administration, and the Other Side was kind of fired up. And, sure, the economy was slowing down a bit – we were all the way down to | Read More »
Some interesting details from last night’s primary: Rep. Mary Fallin won her gubernatorial primary and is well on track to flip the governorship from Democrat to Republican this fall. The voters apparently decided to forgive her for TARP; it doesn’t look like they’re quite ready to forgive Lt. Governor Jari Askins for being a Democrat. It’s that kind of year. Rep. Dan Boren (D-no-seriously, OK-02) | Read More »
Charlie Rangel will not resign…
…and will ride this puppy all the way down, bless his heart. For those living in a cave, Charlie Rangel* (D, NY) is about to get served with ethics charges by the House Ethics committee for committing ethical violations (mostly involving real estate) beyond the power of the House Ethics committee leadership to plausibly overlook… not that they didn’t try their best. In keeping with | Read More »
To the #DGA : now THIS is a campaign ad.
Seeing as the one that the Democratic Governors Association came up with recently was simultaneously: foul-mouthed; pathetically lame; and very possibly in violation of American copyright law… I’d thought that I’d take pity on the poor, doomed fellows and let them take a look at what a good campaign ad looks like. From the RGA, a reminder that there’s an election in 14 weeks: 14 | Read More »
Kerry’s tax avoiding: right idea, wrong reason.
I agree and disagree with John Hinderaker about John Kerry, Millionaire (he owns a mansion and a yacht). The basic background: Senator Kerry (D, MA) built and bought a yacht overseas and has parked it outside of Massachusetts so as to avoid paying Massachusetts taxes on it, which are fairly significant. At least, he was: now that he’s been caught Kerry is making it-was-a-big-misunderstanding noises. | Read More »
The American Prospect: Trig Troofers?
For those who don’t know – lucky you – “Trig Troofers” are people who believe that former Governor Sarah Palin did not actually give birth to her son Trig Palin; they instead believe that the child is Bristol Palin’s, despite the fact that Ms. Palin herself had a child at about the same time*. This has thus become a particularly bizarre conspiracy theory, on the | Read More »
Rubber meeting the road: the 2010 Senate situation.
Charlie Cook is bearish on the thought of the GOP retaking the Senate this year – which, I should note, is a large step up from, say January 2009: back then they were talking about how the Democrats might increase their existing majority in 2010. Charlie sets up the current situation as follows: Three open seats currently in the hands of Democrats seem pretty likely | Read More »
Extending tax cuts: rhetoric meets reality.
he basic situation? The Democratic party is facing a dilemma of more or less its own doing with the looming end of Bush-era tax cuts. The party generally ran on a program of repealing them for the ‘rich,’ which was rhetorically useful (if not fiscally so); and some Democratic legislators are beginning to worry about the political effects of that. The problem – which the | Read More »
QotD, Maureen Dowd edition.
Yes, Maureen Dowd. We may not have a “nation of cowards” on race, as Attorney General Eric Holder contended, but we may have a West Wing of cowards on race. Although I’m somewhere between Holder and Dowd on this one: we have a national political party of cowards on race, and it’s the Democratic one. As we’ve just had Andrew Breitbart graphically, if perhaps not | Read More »
Keep spending that campaign cash, Rangel.
I beg to differ with JammieWearingFool: I heartily approve of Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D, NY-15) spending decisions. Charles Rangel’s legal bills are piling up as high as the campaign cash he’s raking in to pay for his ethics defense. That leaves the Harlem Democrat with no choice but to run for, and win, a 21st term in the House to keep raising campaign money to | Read More »
Jim Webb’s spectacular flame-out.
Oh, Jimmy. Forty years ago, as the United States experienced the civil rights movement, the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America. After a full generation of such debate, WASP elites have fallen by the wayside and a plethora of government-enforced diversity policies have marginalized many white workers. The time | Read More »
Ho! Netrooters! 3PM PST DGA panel!
That’s the Democratic Governors’ Association, which spent 800K of your money to attack President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and other Democratic leaders! Isn’t the RGA just swell? Anyway, why don’t you stop by and have a chat with the DGA about their priorities? – unless, of course, all y’all are as gutless as everybody says that you are. I mean, after all, the DGA might not | Read More »
John Callahan (D CAND, PA-15) coverup?
Callahan is running against Charlie Dent, in one of the seven races where the idea of a Democratic upset is not automatically a cause for derisive laughter (note that I’m not extending that to Cook’s eleven Likely Republican Republican-held seats). Callahan’s nonetheless probably doomed anyway (this is a bad year to be a Democratic challenger), but before he goes away it’d be great if this | Read More »
Netroots: ignoring, or impotent?
This is entertaining… Liberals could face major losses if they continue to ignore the Tea Party movement, a panel of progressive writers said Thursday during a discussion at NetrootsNation, an annual gathering of bloggers, activists and policy makers. The panelists, which included well-known authors David Neiwert and John Amato of Crooksandliars.com, warned that regardless of whether people have negative attitudes toward the Tea Party, progressives | Read More »