Chuck Schumer quietly starts distancing Democrats from Obama for 2016.
I’m just going to summarize it: Senator Chuck Schumer today ever-so-casually indicated that working first on Obamacare was a mistake; that, in fact, Congress should have instead worked on pretty much anything else besides Obamacare; and that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) 8% himself opposed starting first on Obamacare, but all those Obama supporters in the Obama administration were so adamant that Obamacare be | Read More »
How Terry McAuliffe failed to impose Medicaid expansion on Virginia.
This Washington Post article on Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe’s futile attempt to sneak Medicaid expansion past his own state legislature is fascinating, but it has several flaws in it. There are things that are not mentioned enough, things that are mentioned too much, and at least one thing that is not mentioned at all. Unsurprising, given that the WaPo remains a Democratic cheerleader; but still | Read More »
The ‘You won’t believe what SNL did in this skit about Executive Orders!’ Sunday Open Thread.
No, really, you won’t. Trust me on this: it’s like it’s from an alternate universe, or something. You’ll keep waiting for them to take a slap at Republicans because we’re unhappy about using executive orders in this fashion, but they never do. It’s almost unsettling. Open thread. (Oops” Via our own @baseballcrank.)
Seriously, the DNC needs to fire its social media squad over this ‘ethnic cleansing’ own-goals.
As my readers may remember, yesterday the Democratic party managed to get itself put in a bad place by its own social media squad over ‘ethnic cleansing’ (basically, said squad turned a talk radio caller into the Voice of the Republican Party, because we’ve relentlessly given the Democratic party nothing better to work with this cycle). The Daily Caller covered this as well: it contained | Read More »
Watch Obama’s immigration speech here.
Embedded video via The Daily Signal. It’s supposed to be on at 8 PM, so your guess is as good as mine as to when it starts. I doubt that there will be questions, afterward. As to the speech itself… let’s just say that there are some signs that some extremely hasty editing was done to it and the new immigration policy that it represents. | Read More »
Democrats’ vaunted social media team embarrasses its own party, again.
I thank God every day that I don’t have to produce this kind of masturbatory fodder for my political party. ‘Ethnic cleansing.’ Ye gods and little fishes…
Keystone: Failed. LA-SEN runoff: …DOOM.
Yup. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)‘s last, desperate leap for safety came up short: the Keystone Pipeline bill that Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) 70% championed in the House went down in the Senate. 59-41, of course: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 10% ends his career as Senate Majority Leader as he began it. Which is to say, | Read More »
How the GOP used social media to outsmart anti-free speech laws.
Looks like the NRCC was on the ball this cycle. Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance laws that prohibit coordination. Translation: they probably didn’t, which CNN will concede later. Moving on… …The groups behind the operation had a sense | Read More »
Keystone bill passes House: eyes now turn to Senate.
That’s one way to put it, at least: The House on Friday passed legislation to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting the stage for a showdown in the Senate next week. The legislation was approved 252-161, with 31 Democrats joining Republicans in backing a construction permit for the controversial project, which would bring oil sands from Canada to refineries in the United States. | Read More »
A reminder: Jon Gruber was used to attack Romney for Romneycare.
John Dickerson of Slate drills down on why Jon Gruber is such an awkward ally for the Obama administration, and hits the nerve: Before he was causing problems for the Obama administration, the Obama team was using Gruber to unsettle Mitt Romney. In the 2012 campaign, Obama’s camp was claiming that the Massachusetts health care plan was the intellectual model for Obamacare, just as Romney | Read More »
RedState Interview: Frank J Fleming, author of ‘Punch Your Inner Hippie.’
Yesterday I had the opportunity to have a phone interview with Frank J Fleming, who is of course the author of the soon-to-be seminal work Punch Your Inner Hippie: Cut Your Hair, Get a Job, and Make America Awesome Again. There are folks who may wonder what this book is about, but having read it I have to say that the title of the book | Read More »
The Democrats are keeping their leadership cadre. …Bless their hearts.
Chris Cillizza is not quite gobsmacked: Nine days ago, Democrats lost (at least) eight of their seats and their majority in the Senate. On the House side, the party dipped to at their lowest level — in terms of raw number of seats held — since World War II. How did the party react to this rejection from the American public? By preparing to re-elect every | Read More »
The DSCC listened to Nate Silver*, and now they must face the consequences in LA-SEN.
Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air is wondering why there was no money allocated for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)‘s runoff: This runoff was a flat-out certainty for months, which is why the GOP and its allies planned for big spending in Louisiana past Election Day. They put money aside even while aggressively spending against Democratic incumbents — like Landrieu herself, [mc_name name=’Sen. | Read More »