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.
OK, 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.
Meet Michael Grimm (R CAND, NY-13).
Mike’s one of the GOP candidates for the district – the primary hasn’t happened yet – for the seat whose current incumbent (Mikey McMahon) just made the news for distributing a list of Grimm’s Jewish donors. Yeah, I know: you’d think in this day and age… anyway, Mike took the time to talk to us: Video here if it doesn’t load: there’s some kind of | Read More »
Meet Scott Bruun (R CAND, OR-05).
Scott’s running a campaign that’s making the DCCC nervous – to the point where they’ve decided to throw money at his opponent as part of their DOOMList – and we spoke this morning about that and other matters. Scott’s site is here, and it’s a measure of the cycle that we’re legitimately talking about taking seats in Oregon. Roll on November… Moe Lane Crossposted to | Read More »
Mike McMahon (D, NY-13): my opponent takes JEWISH money!
[UPDATE] Via Hot Air: let the damage control begin! McMahon shoots the messenger, and completely fails to explain why she delivered the message in the first place. Remember, folks: fish rots from the head down. Rep. McMahon is claiming that he wanted to make sure that people knew that the 200K that his opponent Mike Grimm raised last quarter – which is, by the way, | Read More »
Oil spill update.
So, let us recap: an unexpected leak has dumped highly alarming amounts of crude oil into the water, taxing the resources of local authorities. Wildlife and wetland areas are already affected, and there’s no sign of swift relief. The governor of the state primarily involved – a state that frankly cannot afford more bad things happening to it – is screaming for the relevant federal | Read More »