All even in the House special election net tally.
I’d like to put the history of special elections in the 111th Congress to date in context of well, the 111th Congress. Which is to say that, after all the drama and excitement that we’ve seen thus far, the end result is that… we’re right back to where we started. Race Old New Switch? Net NY-20 Dem Dem No 0 IL-05 Dem Dem No 0 | Read More »
Joe Sestak admits bribe offer.
Marvel, my friends, at the moral heroism put on display here: If you define ‘moral heroism’ as ‘reluctantly and inarticulately admitting that one was offered a bribe by the White House, while neglecting to alert the relevant federal authorities of the alleged crime in question,’ of course. Which apparently Joe Sestak does. Watch that video to the end to see DNC chair Tim Kaine disassociate | Read More »
‘ZOUNDS! AG Cuomo (D) running for Governor!
Imagine my shock. Andrew Cuomo, following in the footsteps of dad Mario and two scandal-scarred predecessors, announced his long-expected campaign for governor by promising a crackdown on corruption. “I don’t work for the lobbyists,” Cuomo told his supporters Saturday afternoon in lower Manhattan. “I don’t work for the politicians. I don’t work for special interests. I work for the people of New York. Period.” The | Read More »
500 SEIU bully-boys vs. 1 14-year-old.
Nina Easton* got to meet the faux-populists of SEIU up close and personal: Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. | Read More »
Liberal Mask Slipping Watch, Libertarian Edition.
Mind you, Matt Welch is not surprised that it has; otherwise, his fairly comprehensive evisceration of this Salon article whining about the maturity level of libertarianism would have been a good deal more, ah, exercised. I imagine that being editor-in-chief for Reason generally means that one gets used fairly quickly to the pander-then-minimize cycle that libertarians get from both Democrats and Republicans – I say | Read More »
Gerry Connolly (D, VA-11): are your consituents bigots?
(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Given the way that the Democratic party’s leadership has been viciously attacking supporters of the Arizona immigration law, this is a fair question to ask. It turns out that a county which is partially represented by Rep. Connolly (Prince William County, Virginia) has been checking the immigration status of suspects since 2007: For the last three years, a county in Virginia | Read More »
Mayor Daley points gun at reporter.
I understand that Mayor Richard Daley is a liberal Illinois Democratic politician – which is semantically equivalent to ‘pig-ignorant about guns’ – so let’s go over some of the basics for him about firearm safety. Let’s also discuss some core assumptions that Dick needs to embrace: GUNS ARE NOT TOYS. GUNS ARE NOT PROPS. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHETHER OR NOT A GUN IS | Read More »
Sen Ben Nelson (D, NE): ‘I know about holograms.’
This is one of those ‘funny when it happens to other countries’ stories. Some background: Senator Tom Harkin (D) of Iowa, having happily participated in saddling the American people with trillions of dollars of generational debt at the behest of his liberal party leadership, has decided to make things right for folks by introducing a bill to cap ATM fees. Gee. Thanks, Tommie. Anyway, the | Read More »
Meet Rob Simmons (R CAND, CT-SEN).
I had the opportunity to talk with Rob Simmons (R CAND, CT-SEN) this afternoon, so of course we discussed the recent art theft in Paris… no, of course I’m joking. We talked about Dick Blumenthal’s lying about his military record: Rob Simmons’ site is here: details about the Vets for Freedom PAC endorsement here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
My talk with Brian Walsh (NRCC).
Just to be clear, this is the Brian Walsh who is the political director of the NRCC, and not the Brian Walsh who is the communications director of the NRSC. We spoke for a bit on the recent past and the rapidly approaching future: To expand on the third question a bit: sites like Reverse the Vote also exist to assist the eventual Republican candidates | Read More »
Rasmussen: Nikki Haley vaults to lead.
The word ‘dramatic’ comes to mind: A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary voters shows Haley earning 30% support. She’s followed by State Attorney General Henry McMaster who picks up 19% and Congressman Gresham Barrett with 17%. Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer captures 12% of the vote. [snip] The new findings mark a dramatic turn of events for Haley who ran fourth in | Read More »
Administration caught lying on insurance relief law.
(via @amandacarpenter) Let us walk through a test case on the administration’s claimed insurance support for small business owners. Zach owns a small business (24 employees, average salary $35K) and provides them with health care ($79.2K/year). He has already seen a 15% increase in health care costs this year, so he is quite keen to hear about insurance relief. The White House’s PR flunkies were | Read More »
But at least they have Obama!
There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this John Dickerson article on what last night’s results really mean, but this last paragraph is probably the one that needs to be most referenced: The night showed just how limited Obama’s political power is. He said he’d work all-out for Specter, but he didn’t campaign for the senator in the final days. That may have been a | Read More »
The ad Alexi Giannoulias (D-CAND, IL-SEN) doesn’t want you to see.
At some time, the Giannoulias campaign may realize that if you can reference your family history to get elected State Treasurer, then your opponents can reference your family history to keep you from being elected Senator: More accurately, the campaign might admit the futility of trying to squash the opposition’s ability to point out that said family relationship involves bad $20 million loans given to | Read More »
CT VFW lays into Blumenthal for fake military claims.
Possibly AG Richard Blumenthal (D CAND, CT-SEN) should not have used a VFW hall to host his explanation of why he wasn’t always lying about serving in Vietnam? – Because the local organization is not happy about that. Its head (Richard DiFederico) calledBlumenthal’s claims “false” and “outrageous,” and Blumenthal’s choice of venue won’t help that any: DiFederico’s statement came after Blumenthal’s dramatic and defiant press | Read More »