2012 Election

Where the Money Is

Featured image In the 2012 election, Minnesota was a microcosm of the nation: the Democrats re-took both houses of the state’s legislature, and ballot propositions on gay marriage and voter ID went down to defeat. Today the Star Tribune highlighted the fact that record amounts of money were spent on the election: “Huge sums tossed at ballot questions in 2012.” The subheading reads, “Spending by groups for and against constitutional questions totaled »

Uncommon Knowledge: Conservatives at Sea

Featured image The new edition of Uncommon Knowledge was taped with Rob Long and John Yoo on NR’s post-election cruise. The subject is the election just passed. Rob Long nails three theses to the mast: the Republican brand is dead, our operatives are incompetent, and we (Republicans) live in a dream world. Long is especially emphatic on the third of his three theses and I feel his pain. The eminent John Yoo »

Congressman Tom Cotton

Featured image On Thursday, Tom Cotton will be sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. Tom’s election was, in our view, the best news to come out of Election Night. I expect his swearing in to be the best news to come out of Capitol Hill for a good while. We’re happy to report that Tom has been assigned to two key committees: Financial Services and Foreign Affairs. These »

The wrong man

Featured image Tom Cotton is Rep.elect from Arkansas’s Fourth District and a friend of Power Line. On Sunday he appeared on Fox News to reiterate the gist of his Wall Street Journal column on Chuck Hagel — that Hagel is the wrong man for Secretary of Defense. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Buzzfeed reports that “Chuck Hagel loses altitude.” Zeke Miller observes: “Former Sen. Chuck Hagel’s chances of being Barack Obama’s »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Tom Cotton, that’s who.  Newly elected to the House of Representatives from the 4th district in Arkansas, he was one of the Power Line “pick six” we tracked in this last election.  He hasn’t received his committee assignments yet.  But stay tuned; Tom is going to be a person to watch for many years to come. He’s no stranger to Power Line readers, of course; see here and here, just »

Is It the Media’s Fault?

Featured image Much of the commentary on this year’s election implies that the Republican Party is at a low ebb, if not actually on the path to extinction. But of course that isn’t true: at the state and local levels, the party is doing better than it has in decades. Glenn Reynolds writes: IF REPUBLICANS ARE DROWNING IN A DEMOGRAPHIC TIDAL WAVE, WHAT EXPLAINS THIS CHART? State Government Control Since 1938. Let »

Democrats hold Giffords’ former seat

Featured image As we feared, Democrat Ron Barber has narrowly defeated Republican Martha McSally in Arizona’s Second Congressional District. This is the seat formerly held by Gabrielle Giffords. McSally led by about 400 voters on the day after the election. But the late-counted vote brought Barber victory by about 1,400 votes in a district that encompasses parts of Tucson and southeastern Arizona and is not identical to the one Giffords represented. Barber »

Optimism and pessimism

Featured image Everyone who engages in politics, or who thinks about public policy, wants to believe that history is on their side. For leftists, such a belief comes with the territory. They retain the view of Marx, lifted in part from Hegel, that history is steadily progressing on a predetermined path towards their vision of the future. That’s why, when the outcome of an election suggests otherwise, left-liberals tend to lash out »

Department of ridiculous Washington Post headlines, today’s edition

Featured image Following up on yesterday’s headline, which professed surprise that Karl Rove hasn’t folded his tent, today’s Washington Post (print edition) serves up this gem: At a loss in Red America: After the election Republicans grieve for the nation they thought they knew. The Post’s story, by Eli Saslow, turns out to be about the sentiments of one Republican, a campaign worker in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and a few of her friends. »

Department of ridiculous Washington Post headlines

Featured image Yesterday, at the top of its front page (print edition), the Washington Post offered this headline: Rove still resolute in the face of defeat: Despite election losses, GOP strategist planning super PAC’s next move. In other news, the Republicans intend to field a slate of candidates in the 2014 congressional elections. UPDATE: Here’s the story in question. It appears under a less ridiculous title in the web edition. »

Mandates, then and now

Featured image Liberals are claiming that President Obama’s victory (by about 3 percentage points nationally) provides him with a mandate to continue the course he charted during his first term and to pursue the ideas he espoused during the campaign, most notably a “balanced” approach to reducing the budget deficit. In asserting such a mandate, liberals also point to the fact that the Democrats increased their majority in the Senate. Conservatives, who »

Where Do Republicans Go From Here? The Social Issues

Featured image Do Democrats engage in soul-searching after they lose an election? Maybe I miss it because I’m not a Democrat, but it doesn’t seem that they do. After John Kerry lost in 2004, did Democrats agonize over whether they should stop opposing the war in Iraq, or become pro-abortion? When Democrats were “shellacked,” as President Obama put it, in 2010, did they debate whether they should come up with a coherent »

Republican ahead in race for Giffords’ former seat

Featured image Republican Martha McSally holds a very fragile 400 vote lead over Democrat Ron Barber in the race for Arizona’s Second Congressional District, formerly held by Gabrielle Giffords. McSally is a retired United States Air Force colonel. She was the first American woman to fly in combat following the 1991 lifting of the prohibition of women in combat, and the first woman to command a USAF fighter squadron. Barber was a »

Rehberg and Berg concede, leaving Republicans with only 45 Senators

Featured image Jon Tester retains his Senate seat, with an assist from Libertarian Party candidate Dan Cox, who in turn was assisted by Tester’s supporters. The results are: Tester 48.7 percent Rehberg 44.8 percent Cox 6.5 percent. In North Dakota, Heidi Heitkamp defeated Rick Berg by just under 3,000 votes. The breakdown is: Heitkamp 50.5 Berg 49.5 Both Tester and Heitkamp campaigned as independent-minded moderates. In Tester’s case, that was outright fraud. »

The Meaning of Yesterday’s Defeat

Featured image Yesterday was a comprehensive disaster. Here in Minnesota, to add a local perspective, not only did the state go for Obama–no surprise there–but the Democrats recaptured both houses of the legislature, and voters defeated two ballot initiatives, one on gay marriage and one on voter ID. Similar losses were sustained across the nation, although there were a few bright spots here and there. So yesterday’s defeat was not about a »

The morning after

Featured image As a natural pessimist I am rarely disappointed. I am nevertheless having a hard time absorbing President Obama’s reelection last night. Given Obama’s record, Obama’s reelection is a remarkable achievement. I thought that the Republican field from which Mitt Romney emerged was a weak one and that our strength remained on the bench this time around. Even so, I can’t imagine what Republican could have prevailed against Obama yesterday. The »

Senate news and updates

The biggest surprise of the night isn’t President Obama’s victory. It was always plausible to believe that Obama would triumph based on narrow wins in battleground states like Ohio and Virginia. The real surprise is in the Senate, where the Democrats will probably expand their majority in what should have been a difficult year for them. And it won’t be because of the comments of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock »