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    Gallup whispers DOOM in 2010.

    With less than four months to go before the fall elections, the greatest growth industry in the country right now is the tea importation business: everybody who has any interest in the November results is trying his or her hand at precognition.  Gallup is no exception: This year’s low approval ratings for Congress are a potentially ominous sign for President Obama and the Democratic majority | Read More »

    NY Dem Donors Discover Elementary Self-Respect.

    (H/T: Instapundit) A fascinating bit of trivia for people out there: if you’re a Democrat, and you go  keep telling a group of folks- in this case, Wall Street and other wealthy New York Democratic donors – that they’re unmitigated scum who need to be drained of every drop of their dirty money if they want to avoid being lynched by an angry Mob led | Read More »

    Pollster hammers in some nails to the R2000 coffin.

    Much as I’d like the dKos/R2000 dustup to be the metaphorical equivalent of this, Mark Blumenthal’s comments here suggest that Research 2000 is, well, toast. By far the most troubling part of [Research 2000 president Del] Ali’s response comes in these two sentences (left in their original form including typographical errors): Regardless though. to you so-called polling experts, each sub grouping, gender, race, party ID, | Read More »

    Alexi Giannoulias (D), call your office.

    I understand that the man is desperate to escape to Washington, DC – but the bills are piling up.  And I am not being figurative in the slightest: Even by the standards of this deficit-ridden state, Illinois’s comptroller, Daniel W. Hynes, faces an ugly balance sheet. Precisely how ugly becomes clear when he beckons you into his office to examine his daily briefing memo. He | Read More »

    Crazed Sex Poodle update.

    This week was the calm before the storm: they’ve reopened the case, possibly because there may be DNA evidence on a pair of pants, and possibly because it looks bad when there’s even a suggestion that the rich and powerful can count on sexual assault allegations… going away.  Meanwhile, via Instapundit, Politico is reporting that the story is going mainstream in the national media.  Hillbuzz | Read More »

    Battle of Gettysburg Memorial Open Thread.

    Strictly speaking, neither the speech below – or Charles Loughton’s pitch-perfect recitation of it – are part of the battle itself; Abraham Lincoln made the Gettysburg address in November of 1863. I just don’t care, and I don’t think that anybody else will really care, either. Have a good weekend. Open thread.

    Charlie Cook: DOOM.

    He sets the scene thusly: Imagine sitting in Washington’s Verizon Center, listening blissfully to Carole King and James Taylor, thanks to a fast-thinking friend who managed to score four floor seats. For 50-somethings, it’s a nice place to be. Then, as the concert is winding down, four pages of poll tables of a just-released survey pop up in your BlackBerry. They are jaw-dropping numbers, not | Read More »

    June BLS: Job recovery stalled out.

    UNEXPECTEDLY! Total nonfarm payroll employment declined by 125,000 in June, and the unemployment rate edged down to 9.5 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The decline in payroll employment reflected a decrease (-225,000) in the number of temporary employees working on Census 2010. Private-sector payroll employment edged up by 83,000. Note, of course, that May’s job report was equally stalled-out; the 431,000 | Read More »

    Meet Charles Lollar (R CAND, MD-05).

    Charles was interviewed generally last year here at RedState: he’s now officially running to overturn Steny Hoyer in MD-05, and he’s pretty determined about it: Charles’ site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Meet Bill Flores (R CAND, TX-17).

    Bill won his primary, and he’s up against Chet Edwards, who is having a dickens of a time trying to figure out the safest position on energy policy these days. Bill was happy to be forthright about his own positions: Bill’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Meet Mark Neumann (R CAND, WS-GOV).

    He’s one of the two Republican candidates for Governor in Wisconsin (both are currently leading the Democrat in general matchups), and Mark took a moment to talk with us: Mark’s site is here. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.

    Perfect storm on killing tax cuts?

    This is passing “institutional cowardice” and is rapidly approaching the status of “blackmail threat:” Democratic leaders are likely to punt the task of renewing Bush-era tax cuts until after the election. Voters in November’s midterms will thus be left without a clear idea of their future tax rates when they go to the polls. I can just see the slogan, too.  “Vote Democratic, or we’ll | Read More »

    Democrats suppressing GOP visits to Gulf.

    (Via Instapundit) It’s the little things that underscore the pettiness that’s infesting the Democratic party’s leadership these days: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand. House Democrats said no.

    Malice/Stupidity Watch: Obamaspill edition.

    This article by Dick Morris on Alabaman problems with regard to Obamaspill is like Problems With Big Government 120: According to state disaster relief officials, Alabama conceived a plan — early on — to erect huge booms offshore to shield the approximately 200 miles of the state’s coastline from oil. Rather than install the relatively light and shallow booms in use elsewhere, the state (with | Read More »

    Patrick Gaspard’s $37K disclosure form lie.

    It’s not the lying, really: President Barack Obama’s political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House. Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in “carried over leave and vacation” from the union in 2009, | Read More »