2014 Election

Greg Abbott Strikes Back [Updated With Latest Davis Fiasco]

Featured image We wrote here about Wendy Davis’s disgusting anti-Greg Abbott wheel chair ad. The Davis commercial has been almost universally condemned, and this morning, the Abbott campaign struck back with this ad, titled “Lost Cause.” Which, at this point, the Davis campaign appears to be. It should be noted that the dumbest feature of Davis’s ad was its assumption that since Abbott is disabled, he must always, as a lawyer or »

Alex Mooney’s opponent makes desperate holocaust reference

Featured image My friend Alex Mooney is running for Congress in West Virginia’s second congressional district. He is one of our Power Line Picks. I wrote about Alex here and here, among other places. Alex’s opponent is Nick Casey, a lawyer/lobbyist. Alex has consistently led Casey in the polls. However, the race has tightened. In fact, Real Clear Politics has moved it from “leans GOP” to “toss up.” Casey is a liberal »

Wendy Davis Sinks Lower

Featured image You might think that a politician known to the world as Abortion Barbie doesn’t have a lot of room to fall. But you would be wrong. Wendy Davis has released a new ad attacking Republican Greg Abbott, who has been a paraplegic since a 1984 accident. The ad consists largely of a shot of a wheel chair, apparently intended to stir prejudice against Abbott. To the extent that the ad »

Are the Democrats Giving Up On Colorado?

Featured image Colorado’s Senate race is trending Republican, as the most recent poll, by Fox News, shows Cory Gardner leading Mark Udall by six points. Udall has run a lackluster campaign dominated by a tired, over-the-top “war on women” theme, and this morning the Denver Post, not known as a bastion of Republicanism, endorsed Gardner. Still, the race is competitive on paper. So why has Harry Reid’s Senate Majority PAC just cancelled »

Obamacare premiums rise steeply in Louisiana and Iowa

Featured image State regulators approved significant premium hikes on the Louisiana and Iowa Obamacare exchanges this week. Sarah Hurtubise of the Daily Caller reports that premiums will rise by double-digits in both states. This is bad news, I assume, for Mary Landrieu and Bruce Braley, the struggling Democratic Senate candidates in the two states. In Louisiana, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, the exchange’s largest insurer, is hiking prices between 18.3 percent »

The question Alison Grimes won’t answer

Featured image It’s a straightforward question: Did you vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012? But Alison Grimes, the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Kentucky, won’t answer it. You can watch below as Grimes repeatedly refuses to answer the question, posed to her today by a member of the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board. My favorite evasion? “I respect the sanctity of the ballot box.” I think that means she voted »

How Unpopular Is Barack Obama? More Unpopular Than You Think

Featured image National approval/disapproval polls have shown President Obama consistently under water for some time, but the numbers are even worse when viewed state by state. Liberals–generally speaking, Obama’s last defenders–are heavily concentrated in a few large states; in fact, within certain urban areas in those states. When those states are taken out of the picture, the result is truly bleak for Obama and the Democrats. The NY Times/YouGov poll breaks down »

Landrieu sacks her campaign manager

Featured image Less than a month before the November election, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has replaced her campaign manager, Adam Sullivan. Sullivan will stay on as an “advisor” to the campaign. The new campaign manager is Ryan Berni who ran the successful re-election campaign of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Senator’s brother. Berni is a protege of James Carville. Landrieu is also beefing up her campaign team by adding Norma Jane Sabiston, her »

With Rich Richman

Featured image President Obama has not let our various national crises distract him from his favorite political pastime. He is staying focused on what matters to him. On Tuesday he made yet another appearance in New York for a private fundraiser. Beyond satire, we enter another dimension: a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. We’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and »

Hagan’s ghost

Featured image President Obama is no more popular in North Carolina that he is in other purple states, yet incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan has hung on in her race for reelection against Republican Thom Tillis. The folks at Crossroads GPS seem to think that disseminating information about Hagan’s record of stalwart support for Obama might turn the tide, and they have created a powerful ad to get the word out. In »

AFP Stands Up For Millenials

Featured image Americans For Prosperity has launched a new initiative aimed at millenials. The campaign, focused particularly on Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana and North Carolina, emphasizes youth unemployment. It includes a web site called Defend Their Dream, as well as this short but effective ad: Unemployment and underemployment among young adults should be a huge issue for conservatives. Europe has chronically high–astronomical, in some cases–levels of youth unemployment. The reason is »

Pryor analytics, cont’d

Featured image A reporter from MSNBC stumped incumbent Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor with a question plucked from the headlines of the past week’s news: Do you think Obama has done an appropriate job handling the Ebola crisis? In the video below, Pryor appears to be stumped. He must know what he thinks; he must have an opinion. He’s asking himself what would Bill do? That is, he’s quickly trying to compute »

The lying game, part 2

Featured image James O’Keefe follows up on yesterday’s video featuring the Democratic operatives working on behalf of Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Grimes with a look at her financial supporters. O’Keefe writes: In our video released yesterday, you heard from Grimes’s own campaign team. Today’s video, below, is far more blatant than the last. The revelations are coming from a man, Niko Elmaleh, who with his family, has donated more than two hundred »

The lying game [With Comment by John]

Featured image Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes has expressed vehement opposition to Obama administration energy policy in the histrionic style to which we have become accustomed when Democrats need the votes of red state rubes. In his latest undercover project — the first of a series — James O’Keefe dispatched a team to Grimes campaign offices to seek out the truth of her opposition to Obama administration policies (video below). O’Keefe’s »

Obama is wrong: Republican candidates are talking plenty about Obamacare

Featured image In a recent speech at Northwestern University, President Obama claimed that fewer Republicans are running against Obamacare because “while good, affordable health care might seem to be a fanged threat to freedom on Fox News, it turns out it’s working pretty well in the real world.” But are Republican candidates actually backing away from criticizing Obamacare? Not in the real world. Check out the websites of GOP candidates in key »

Does Obama Secretly Hate His Own Party?

Featured image What to make of Obama’s head-scratchingly counterproductive statement that while he is not the on ballot next month, his policies are—every single one of them? Every red state Democrat is running for the hills, because they all know they are in trouble more because of Obama’s policies than Obama himself. If Obama’s approval ratings were based solely on his policies alone rather than the residual respect many Americans wish to »

Obama: It’s All About Me! Dem. Senators: No! No! [Updated]

Featured image This short video, compiled by Washington Free Beacon, is an amusing companion to Scott’s post this morning about Barack Obama’s insistence that the 2014 election is a referendum on his policies–a thought that strikes horror into the hearts of those Democrats who are actually on the ballot: Speaking as a Republican, I agree with Scott–for once, Obama is on to something. UPDATE: This didn’t take long! With luck, it might »