2014 Election

Who Will Send Landrieu the Horse’s Head?

Featured image One way to tell that Mary Landrieu is a goner in the December 6 runoff election is that the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has cancelled its reserved TV ads.  Politico reports: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has canceled its advertising reservations for Sen. Mary Landrieu ahead of the December runoff in Louisiana. The committee canceled all broadcast buys planned from Monday through Dec. 6 in the state’s five major media »

You’re So Lame!

Featured image The thrill between the donkey and the lamest of lame ducks is gone. Michael Ramirez portrays the newly-tense relationship that promises to entertain us for the next two years. Click to enlarge: »

Dear President Obama: Thanks for nothing

Featured image The DCCC makes its last request of the season to members of the Democrats’ base. No, it’s not another request for $3. The DCCC wants the base to sign a “thank you” note to President Obama. It’s rather touching, don’t you think? However, I doubt that Harry Reid and his staff will be joining in the thank you. Nor will, I suspect, will Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mark Begich, Mark »

The New York Times Encounters Joni Ernst

Featured image Yesterday the New York Times ran an article–a slide show, really–called Rising Stars in the Republican Party. It highlighted some of the young Republicans who won on Tuesday, including, among others, Elise Stefanik, Tom Cotton…and Joni Ernst. The article was corrected today, as follows: Correction: November 6, 2014 An earlier version of this article quoted incorrectly from comments by Senator-elect Joni Ernst, who on Tuesday night became the first woman »

Ten strikes and you’re out

Featured image A friend takes us on a stroll down memory lane with the top Democratic swings and misses of 2014. 1. Reid cleverly gets Baucus (MT) to resign early to be appointed ambassador. The Dem governor then appoints a senator who can run as an “incumbent.” They appoint a guy who has plagiarism problems and has to drop out. They can only find some whacko woman to run instead. Easy R »

What’s the Matter With Minnesota?

Featured image This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election: In a sense, maps like this one are misleading because the small blue areas are basically the cities, where lots »

Obama persists

Featured image President Obama is a man who does not respond well to criticism. He can’t even fake it. When Michael Jordan recently observed that Obama is a “shitty golfer,” to take just one small example, Obama responded in a Milwaukee radio interview that he gave to lend his magic touch to Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke the day before the midterm elections: “[T]here is no doubt that Michael is a better »

Steyer, Steyer, Pants on Fire

Featured image Tom Steyer is delusional. Or living in a parallel universe where Al Gore is emperor. Probably comes with hanging out with Nancy Pelosi in Pacific Heights too much. He tells the San Jose Mercury News that “I feel as if we did better than we expected.” The story adds: Steyer and his camp stress that they have created an infrastructure — which includes identifying 250.000 “climate voters” — for the »

The Other Hurricane Katrina

Featured image The one named Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation. She wrote last night that Obama should double-down on his radicalism: The Obama administration should act right away to use its executive powers to take steps to deal with long-ignored issues that need to be dealt with for the good of the nation. This cannot be done quietly. To change the media narrative, issues acted upon will have to be »

Obama’s Katrina

Featured image John Judis of The New Republic is one of the advocates (along with Ruy Teixeiria) of the “emerging Democratic majority” thesis based on demographics, and the theory looked pretty good for Obama in 2008 and 2012.  And it might well be decisive again in 2016.  But it’s also the case that issues matter.  In Judis’s election post-mortem today, this paragraph stands out: Could Obama and the Democrats have avoided the voters’ »

What a man we have in Manchin

Featured image The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe explores Senator Joe Manchin’s frustrations with soon-to-be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Manchin forthrightly describes the election returns as “a real ass-whuppin’.” He then expressed frustrations with Harry Reid’s preventive approach to voting on potentially controversial bills. Is there some reason he has kept silent up till now? O’Keefe follows up: When asked whether Reid wants to do something, or is an obstructionist, or »

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 »

Paging Eugene Robinson

Featured image I expect Eugene Robinson, by far the weakest columnist on the Washington Post op-ed page, is already writing his column about how the American voters acted out a childish temper tantrum at the polls yesterday, like he did in 2010: “According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to »

Be a Hogan’s Hero

Featured image Paul has already noted how huge is Larry Hogan’s upset win in the Maryland governor’s race, but it is worth dwelling on one important aspect of Hogan’s successful campaign: he actually campaigned for black votes. Memo to GOP operatives: how about a lot more ads like this Hogan spot in 2016? »

Fluke flops

Featured image The rout of the “war on women” theme is complete — Sandra Fluke has lost her bid for a seat in California State Senate. Fluke lost to a fellow Democrat, Ben Allen. It wasn’t close. Allen won by 61-39. Allen is member of the Santa Monica-Malibu school board. This alone, I should think, makes him a better candidate than Fluke, whose only qualification appears to be her oft-stated desire for »

Tim Scott outshines Lindsey Graham

Featured image Scott has already made note of Tim Scott’s big victory in South Carolina. That state held two Senate races last night. In the other, Sen. Lindsey Graham won a very comfortable victory. Scott outperformed Graham, though. He captured around 61 percent of the vote and had a victory margin of about 24 points. Graham received around 54.5 percent of the vote and his margin was in the neighborhood of 16 »

Climate Change? An Issue for Losers

Featured image Ross Douthat nails it in his NY Times blog post-mortem: And nobody, but nobody, cared how many millions liberal billionaires spent trying to make climate change an issue. Andrew Restuccia notes in Politico: For Tom Steyer and other environmentalists, $85 million wasn’t enough to help Democrats keep the Senate blue or win more than a single governor’s mansion in Tuesday’s toughest races. The billionaire’s super PAC and other green groups »