President Obama to unveil latest diversion from jobs, economic growth next week.
How do we know this? Because he announced yesterday that jobs and growth were now his administration’s top priority. On Tuesday, America went to the polls. And the message you sent was clear: you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. [snip] At a time when our economy is still recovering from the Great Recession, | Read More »
Puerto Rican voters call for statehood! …Mostly. Sort of. Not really at all, actually.
Amidst all the ballyhoo of the Presidential election came this bit of contradiction: Puerto Rico wants to become the 51st state of the US Voters in Puerto Rico have supported a non-binding referendum to become a full US state. …and this: …Tuesday’s vote comes with an asterisk and an imposing political reality: The island remains bitterly divided over its relationship to the United States and | Read More »
Fitch Ratings threatens to downgrade the US’s credit rating.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch… Fitch Ratings said that there would be “no fiscal honeymoon” for President Obama, warning early Wednesday that the U.S. probably would lose its AAA credit rating if the White House and Congress don’t address looming tax increases, spending cuts and the fast-approaching debt ceiling. “The economic policy challenge facing the president is to put in place a credible deficit-reduction plan | Read More »
…Well, we lost.
(…so I’ll just reproduce my post from my personal site here.) Can’t say that I didn’t try my best; I think that the wrong person won; and I think that the end result is going to be worse for the country. And, oh, yeah, fine: the state polls weren’t smoking crack after all. I’m not going to make any excuses or accusations; everybody I know | Read More »
Crunching the Early Voting OH numbers (spoiler warning: BAD news for Obama).
Below is a spreadsheet looking at Ohio EV totals, gotten from Cook Political Report’s Chris Wasserman. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AjYj9mXElO_QdFJPNUt4U3F5MkxteTBoS29fSGN1S0E&toomany=true#gid=0 To break it down: In 2008 early voting in counties that Obama won were 67% of the total, with 33% of early votes coming from counties that voted for McCain. The same ratio in 2012? 64%/36%. BUT! Kerry/Obama counties showed a 10% decrease; Bush/McCain counties showed a 14% | Read More »
So, tell me again how well Obama and Bloomberg are handling #Sandy.
The list is appalling. Marathon canceled, but generators and supplies still sit unused in park. The idea was to get those generators to the people who needed them, Mike Bloomberg. FEMA Taps Private Vendors to Meet Sandy Victim’s Needs. Necessary, because Obama’s vaunted FEMA wasn’t able to maintain and deploy bottled water on its own; it’s just starting to provide that today. 1.9 million people | Read More »
NRCC Ad: “This is our moment: This is our America.”
Don’t forget, folks: it’s not just the Presidency. We have House and Senate races to attend to, too. This came out a few days ago, but the NRCC‘s point has obviously not become less relevant since then. Volunteer. Vote. Speak up. And remember: you are not taking back your country: that would imply that somebody actually had the right to take it from you in | Read More »
RS Interview: Sean Bielat (R CAND, MA-04).
This is Barney Frank’s old district, more or less… and it is an interesting choice of candidates. On the one hand, we have Sean Bielat: businessman and Marine officer. On the other hand, we have Joe Kennedy III: …um, Kennedy. No. That’s pretty much it. He’s a Kennedy. He also thinks that Osama bin Laden was killed via drone strike, but never mind that right | Read More »
Howie Politics refuses to release full internals on Donnelly +11 (:rolling eyes:) IN-SEN poll.
[UPDATE] Hey, they released the results! …And, yeah: Question 26. 9% of their LVs voted in the Indiana GOP primary. :pause: Okaaaay…] You’ve probably heard by now that Howey Politics has put out a shock poll on the Indiana Senate race indicating that Democrat Joe Donnelly was up eleven points on Richard Mourdock (the guy who beat Richard Lugar out for the Republican nomination: this | Read More »
RS Interview: Jon Golnik (R CAND, MA-03).
MA-03 is a NE Massachusetts district currently represented by Niki Tsongas – and if you’re wondering who that is, don’t worry: nobody else particularly remembers her, either. It’s an interesting district: represented by one of the more reflexively liberal Congresswomen in the House, but it has a history of voting for Republicans. The current Republican candidate Jon Golnik is hoping to capitalize on that; we | Read More »
RS Interview: Chris Sheldon (R CAND, MA-09).
The rather epic redistricting of Massachusetts in 2011-2012 (short version: the state lost a district, and nobody wanted to be the guy without a chair, and things went downhill from there) resulted in the creation of a conservative – for Massachusetts – district involving the Cape Cod area. It’s a seat with a half-incumbent: current MA-10 Rep. Bill Keating didn’t exactly live inside the district’s | Read More »
2012 shaping up like 2004, on the Generic Congressional Ballot level.
I spent perhaps a bit too much time this morning trying to put the spreadsheet below into graphical form: Pollster Time R D R +/- NPR Oct 3/4 43 43 0 NPR Sept 4/4 45 48 -3 Politico Oct 4/4 46 45 1 Politico Oct 3/4 46 46 0 Politico Oct 2/4 44 46 -2 Politico Oct 1/4 45 46 -1 Politico Sept 4/4 44 | Read More »
Partner of Mark Pocan (D CAND, WI-02) sent threatening texts to attacked Kyle Wood (staffer to R-CAND). [UPDATE: Story recanted.]
[FURTHER UPDATE: Media Trackers retracts, apologizes for putting out the story. My apologies to Mr. Frank for my reaction; it was obviously uncalled for.] [UPDATE: The police are now reporting that the staffer’s story has been recanted. Absent any evidence to the contrary, this would include the alleged text messages: I look forward with some interest to whether that, at least, can be verified. And | Read More »
Joe Kennedy III (D CAND, MA-04) thinks a drone strike killed Osama bin Laden.
Unless the name is ‘Adams,’ they rarely last beyond the third generation, and for good reason. Background: somebody pointed out to Mr. Kennedy the President’s drone operations in Yemen/Somalia, and asked whether Kennedy supported the idea that the House needs to reestablish some of its oversight into the issue. This is actually a thorny problem; and while Kennedy’s answer (he essentially blamed that awful partisan | Read More »