2012 Election

Crowley will not referee this fight

Featured image You may have heard that Mitt Romney will lace on boxing gloves and enter the ring to go toe to toe with former undisputed heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield in Salt Lake City on May 15, all in a good cause. The cause is Charity Vision. The Salt Lake Tribune reports on the event here. Neil Cavuto asked Romney about the upcoming “fight” yesterday on his FOX News show yesterday afternoon. »

Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton, compare and contrast

Featured image Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton are similar in several respects. Both attended top Ivy League colleges and graduated from Harvard Law School. Both are extremely intelligent. Both were elected to the U.S. Senate as darlings of many conservatives. Neither was shy upon arrival. Both made their initial splash in committee hearings — Cruz when he took on Dianne Feinstein; Cotton when he said the Gitmo detainees can rot in hell. »

Who can’t find Iran on a map?

Featured image The left has a new talking point — actually a taunt — regarding Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran. In unison, the left is tweeting that the Senator, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, couldn’t find Iran on a map. Accusing a political adversary of being a yokel — that’s just the kind of insightful analysis we can count on from the left. New York Times columnist Roger Cohen joined the »

Joe Biden “reveres” the Senate, but not its constitutional role [UPDATED]

Featured image As Scott notes, Tom Cotton has created a firestorm with his open letter to Iran, signed by 46 of his Senate colleagues. The letter explains that unless an agreement between President Obama and Iran receives Senate approval, it will not bind the next president. Vice President Biden intones that the letter is “beneath the dignity of an institution I revere.” This is sheer wind-baggery. If Biden revered the Senate, he »

Sen. Cotton to serve on intelligence committee

Featured image In my post last night listing Tom Cotton’s committee assignments, I failed to include the Select Committee on Intelligence. Arguably, this is the Senator’s must important assignment. We live in a time when defense budgets are being slashed and the U.S. president is largely unwilling to put American boots on the ground, even to fight bloody thirsty terrorists with designs on attacking America. In this environment, our intelligence professionals are »

Senator Tom Cotton

Featured image This evening, I attended a reception in honor of Tom Cotton who will be sworn in as a Senator tomorrow by Vice President Joe Biden. Tom now has a beard. Does it make him look more Senatorial? I don’t know. Check out his swearing in on C-SPAN and see what you think. Tom was very gracious as he greeted those of us in the receiving line. Although not a glad-hander, »

Tom Cotton: “Harvard Sucks”

Featured image Bet that headline got your attention.  It’s accurate, but out of context. Turns out that Tom Cotton, Harvard class of 1998 and an editor at the Harvard Crimson, wrote an editorial in 1997 entitled “Love’s End” that adumbrated Allan Bloom’s observations in The Closing of the American Mind about the decaying dating and courtship habits of undergraduates today.  It bores in on how “relationships” have replaced old fashioned “love.” It »

Who Is Tom Cotton? The Washington Post Explains

Featured image Today’s Washington Post includes brief profiles of several of the Republicans who won Senate seats yesterday, including one titled Who Is Tom Cotton? The reporter called me a few days ago while working on this piece, and asked about our early role in publicizing Tom’s letter to the New York Times, which first brought him to public attention. What he wrote about that incident is accurate: In 2006, after the »

Time for a new Power Line Picks thread [Ernst wins] [UPDATES on Mills and Love with correction]

Featured image Let’s start this thread with more good news. Power Line Pick Elise Stefanik has won her race in New York’s 21st Congressional District. She is, in fact, routing her opponent Aaron Woolf. We’re proud to have supported Stefanik. I want to thank my older daughter Laura for first calling her to my attention. Now let’s move to other good news. Joni Ernst is leading Bruce Braley in Iowa by 4 »

Meanwhile, what about the House? [UPDATED]

Featured image The day before the election, attention is focused, as it should be, on the battle for control of the Senate. But we shouldn’t neglect the House. No one thinks the Democrats will win back the House this year; it’s understood that, to the contrary, the GOP is likely to build on its current margin. But the more seats the GOP picks up, the greater the likelihood it will retain control »

As they approach the finish. . .

Featured image If you believe Nate Silver, and his track record (2010 and 2012) provides plenty of reason to do so, there is only one “toss-up” Senate race at this point. That’s the Kansas race between incumbent Republican Pat Roberts and alleged independent Greg Orman. In all other Senate races, Silver finds that one candidate has a 66 percent or better chance of winning. And in two races once thought to be »

New poll shows Cotton 8 points ahead

Featured image A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will be no more debates between the two). The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percent. According to Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College, the survey »

Arkansas Debate: Cotton excels; Pryor confirms he’s out-of-touch

Featured image Tom Cotton made a strong showing in last night’s Arkansas Senate debate. His opponent, Mark Pryor, fought hard, but may ultimately have put the final nail in his coffin. Asked by one of the questioners to define the middle class, Pryor at first ducked the question. When pressed, he opined that it consisted of those making up to $200,000 a year. Talk about out of touch. Pryor’s definition might pass »

Now is the time to support Tom Cotton

Featured image I share John’s uneasiness about the November elections. Republican chances of gaining control of the Senate have been downgraded to less than 60 percent by Nate Silver, whose track record as a political forecaster is outstanding. One reason for the downgrade is the emergence of pseudo-independent Greg Orman in the Kansas race. If he defeats Republican Pat Roberts, and the polls give him a clear lead, the GOP will have »

Romney’s foreign policy team, then and now

Featured image Josh Rogin reports that leaders of Mitt Romney’s 2012 foreign policy brain trust have kept the team together in a secret effort to influence lawmakers and potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates. This operation is called the John Hay Initiative. My first reaction is that I love the name. John Hay is one of the most underrated figures in American history — a brilliant Secretary of State and an outstanding man »

Even Jon Stewart Sees That Pryor Is a Posterior

Featured image File this one under “Pryor Analytics,” or why Mark Pryor is a horse’s posterior.  Even Jon Stewart can’t get over how pathetic Pryor’s latest “Ebola” attack at on Tom Cotton is (just 30 seconds long): »

Poll: Cotton leads Pryor by 5 points [UPDATED]

Featured image A new poll by NBC/Marist shows Tom Cotton leading Mark Pryor 45-40 among likely voters (registered voters divide evenly, 41-41). That’s a big swing from NBC/Marist’s last survey of the race, taken in very early May. It had Pryor leading 51-40. This was only poll in which Pryor cracked 50 percent. The early May poll was, then, an outlier. But most polls taken around that time had Pryor ahead. No »