The Democrats’ surprisingly complicated 2016 Senate problem.
Interesting list of potential Democratic retirements from the Hill, here: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 6%, 74 Joe Manchin, 67 Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) 5%, 74 Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) 11%, 78 Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13%, 74 Manchin’s on the list because he’s doing all the things that Senators who are planning to | Read More »
Maryland AAG Karen Straughn’s embarrassing urban legend credulousness.
I think that you have to look on the bright side when it comes to situations like these… OK, the text is hard to excerpt. Basically, Maryland Assistant Attorney General (Consumer Protection) Karen Straughn is going around telling people to watch out for carjackers who strike via putting $100 bills under windshield wipers, despite the fact that she knows that it’s not actually happening (it’s an urban | Read More »
Barack Obama cannot, in any way, be said to have white working class support.
Gallup is being a bit, ah, antiseptic on this story: “President Barack Obama’s job approval rating among white non-college graduates is at 27% so far in 2014, 14 percentage points lower than among white college graduates. This is the largest yearly gap between these two groups since Obama took office.” I say ‘antiseptic’ because it should be spelled out more that Obama’s popularity with college educated | Read More »
These first early voting numbers for LA-SEN are maybe *too* good for us.
Courtesy of the indispensable AOSHQDD comes the first early voting numbers for Louisiana’s Senate runoff numbers, and if the trends hold they’re gruesome for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). The summary: about 136,000 people did early/absentee voting as of 11/25/2014. 72% of those voters were white, 25% black, the rest ‘other.’ If the numbers found here are accurate, Landrieu got 94% of the black | Read More »
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) 11% 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) 61% championed in the House went down in the Senate. 59-41, of course: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% 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 »