2014 Election

The “disenfranchisement” myth

Featured image After much soul searching, the left has found the explanation for the walloping suffered by Democrats last week — “disfranchisement” of likely Democratic voters. Wendy Weiser of the left-wing Brennan Center for Justice argues that “in several key races, the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement.” The race between Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan is the only Senate contest Weiser discusses in which the »

Dan Sullivan prevails

Featured image In the department of today’s good news, the AP reports that Republican challenger Dan Sullivan has defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Begich in last week’s midterm elections. Among other things, Dan Sullivan is a Marine combat veteran. He is now another member of the strong entering class of Republican members that stands to make an important contribution to our country in the next Congress. Sullivan’s victory bumps up the Senate Republican »

A Night of Schadenfreude In a Minute and a Half

Featured image When things are going badly for the Democrats, many conservatives like to watch MSNBC. The pain of the network’s anchors and personalities is so palpable, so…enjoyable. If, like me, you didn’t tune in to MSNBC on election night–it would take more than schadenfreude to get me to watch Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews–you can enjoy this distillation of MSNBC dismay, prepared by Washington Free Beacon. It takes just »

Mayday Sends Out an S.O.S.

Featured image The other day in “Less, Lesser, Lessig” we outlined the embarrassment that is Harvard’s Larry Lessig and his super-ironic strategy of having a super-PAC to end all super-PACs. We noted that this media/academic diva was suddenly clamming up on his Mayday PAC election faceplant. Now he’s out with a defense of his strategy, as reported on recode.net, which notes: Not surprisingly, the Harvard Law professor got a tad upset earlier in »

More Yummy, High-Fat Election Schadenfreude

Featured image The last two paragraphs of the New York Times story today on how Tom Steyer’s campaign spending was a bust are worth savoring with a nice glass of single-malt, or whatever is your favorite beverage to restore the tissues: Just as liberal groups run ads linking candidates to Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers, and the their opposition to climate change policy, conservative groups have now started »

Hitler Learns About the Midterm Election

Featured image Okay, I said I was going to quit doing these, but c’mon—the election just provided too much good material not to do one. So without further ado, “Hitler Learns About the Midterm GOP Landslide.” (If an ad pops up and blocks the subtitles, just go to full screen and it will shrink down. I tried to get rid of them, but YouTube seems to insist.) »

Cruising with NR

Featured image I’m off early tomorrow morning to join the National Review post-election cruise in Fort Lauderdale. It kicks off with an event featuring Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Bolton at the hotel tomorrow. If any of them says anything newsworthy, I hope to report it before the ship launches on Sunday morning. I’ll be tagging along with my daughter Eliana and hope to recharge my batteries. If any Power Line »

What’s in the Washington Redskins name? Plenty for local politicians

Featured image Most of those who followed the election campaign carefully are aware that Ed Gillespie ran an ad about the Washington Redskins name-change issue during the broadcast of the Monday Night Football game between the Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. I missed the ad because I was in Italy. But my daughter, who analyzes public opinion for a living, told me about it when I returned. She thought it was a »

Less, Lesser, Lessig

Featured image If Tom Steyer has a rival as the biggest loser from the Democratic funder/advocate class in this election, it has to be Lawrence Lessig, perhaps the most puffed-up pompous professor among the many prodigious pomposities who inhabit Harvard. Lessig is a famous scold of campaign spending, whose solution (like nearly all academic solutions) would conveniently empower people like himself. Lessig deplores money in politics, and set out in this election »

Is the GOP “America’s Party”?

Featured image I rarely disagree with John, and I consider this a good sign for me. However, I don’t believe that the GOP is America’s Party, in the sense of being ascendant nationally, or that the Republican brand is strong. I view the two elections that made Republicans ascendant in the Senate and House — 2010 and 2014 — as referenda on President Obama, not as evidence that the electorate trusts Republicans »

Watch the Kool Aid Bowl at Salon

Featured image Of course the punditocracy is already war-gaming the 2016 election, and the reliable latte-liberals of Salon are pointing out the obvious in “Mitch Is On Borrowed Time“: that the GOP will be defending many more Senate seats in 2016 than this year, and would easily lose the Senate.  Well, at least taxpayers aren’t paying for analysis this astute. But it’s worth reading all the way to the end for perhaps »

Waves of future passed

Featured image We’ve come a long way since the pundits (and they were legion) declared the imminent death of the Republican Party in 2008. Reports of the party’s death were, to borrow the phrase from Mark Twain, greatly exaggerated. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? is more like it. In his brief retrospective on Tuesday night’s results, Michael Barone observes the retrograde nature of the Democratic Party in theory and practice. »

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 »