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 »
File this under Not even remotely surprising: Eligible to pick among a trio of committee chairmanships in the coming Republican-majority U.S. Senate, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley has settled on the powerful Judiciary Committee. “Oversight is too often overlooked as Congress focuses on new legislation,” Grassley told The Des Moines Register in a statement this morning. “So, anybody who knows my efforts in this area | Read More »
I understand Allahpundit’s concern, here: Nominate a guy like [Ted] Cruz and he can spend the entire campaign pandering to the middle since conservatives feel 100 percent sure he’ll govern as a conservative in office. Obama benefited from the same logic on the left six years ago: He could reassure Rick Warren and evangelicals that he believed in traditional marriage with nary a peep from | Read More »
Oh, trust me, there are more. But these are the ones that most immediately come to mind. Also note that I’m not going to saturate this with links; this is an almost-casual observation/recap, not a would-be public policy paper. The polling. This has been commented on, over and over and over again: and I’m only adding it because otherwise somebody will say But, Moe: what about | Read More »
Lotta good bits in this: [Aside from confirming nominees, Harry] Reid also wants to move a package of expiring tax provisions, the annual Defense Department authorization bill and an extension of a tax moratorium on Internet purchases in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That will be a challenge not only because of the tight schedule, but because of expected clashes between Democrats over what should | Read More »
Background here (via here): the short version is that the Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments on King v. Burwell (which is effectively the same as Halbig v. Burwell). For those who don’t remember, the underlying issue is whether Obamacare actually gives the President the ability to provide subsidies to people who use state-sponsored Obamacare exchanges AND the federally-provided one, or whether the law | Read More »
There’s no sugar-coating this one: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is canceling at least some of its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana. The committee canceled buys planned from Monday through December 6 in the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets, three sources tracking the air war told POLITICO.
“Republicans cannot defeat Democratic incumbent Senators.” This was, in some ways, the single most obnoxious meme that Democrats promulgated in the last two, three election cycles, largely because it was based on an unusually facetious argument. Basically, the idea was that Democrats had a skill set and resources that made their incumbent Senators bulletproof; there was no way that a Republican should challenge one, so the | Read More »
Background: given that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)13% was effectively backhanded by the American people last night for what he done, there’s some question about what he’ll be doing next year. Which leads, indirectly, to an interesting question: while Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)13% can and almost certainly will change Senate procedural rules back to the old system before the end | Read More »
Of course, he’s apparently now running on foot. According to @ClayforNC, bus broke down in Cary and they had to leave it behind. "We’ve worked it to death" #ncpol pic.twitter.com/lme8OwczYQ— WRAL NEWS in NC (@WRAL) November 4, 2014 Hey, remember when NC-02 was a tough race for us? …Me, neither.