2014 Election

Meet Mike McFadden

Featured image Tonight we recorded a special edition of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience: an interview with Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden. McFadden is challenging Al Franken in Minnesota. This morning he and Franken had their first debate of the campaign, in Duluth. McFadden turned in an energetic performance against a tired incumbent who is a soulless, dispirited defender of the status quo. Even if you haven’t subscribed to HWX, you should listen to »

Is Al Franken In Trouble?

Featured image As regular readers probably know, I have been skeptical of Republican Mike McFadden’s chances of unseating Al Franken in this year’s Senate race. This is not because Franken is invulnerable; on the contrary, Franken has never been very popular and has been a cipher during his six years in Washington. But an incumbent with a D next to his name is never an underdog in a state-wide race in Minnesota, »

Mary’s Prayer

Featured image Louisiana’s black citizens represent Mary Landrieu’s best hope for reelection to the Senate seat Landrieu holds. They are Mary’s prayer. “I made such a big mistake when I was Mary’s prayer,” go the words of the Danny Wilson song. Bayou State Republican state senator Elbert Guillory has some powerful words for Louisiana’s black citizens in the video below. Don’t make the same mistake again! Via Glenn Reynolds/InstaPundit. »

Please Give! Please! We’re Begging You!

Featured image Today is the last day of the quarter, the final FEC deadline before November’s election. So every candidate on both sides of the aisle is bombarding potential donors with emails. I have gotten several hundred today, from both Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats are following their invariable playbook: pessimism bordering on the suicidal, until–miracle of miracles!–it turns out that they have out-raised the Republicans by $40 or $50 million, again. »

In Minnesota’s 7th, Torrey Westrom

Featured image While not one of our official Picks, Torrey Westrom, the Republican candidate for the House in Minnesota’s 7th District, is more than worthy of your support. Torrey is challenging Collin Peterson, one of the most senior Democrats in Congress. Peterson has long been entrenched, but this year, he can be had. The 7th is a GOP-leaning district that consistently votes for Republican presidential candidates. Peterson has survived by posing as »

Are Democrats Poised for a Senate Comeback?

Featured image Republicans are optimistic about the Senate these days, on account of recent polls that show their candidates pulling ahead, or pulling even, in a number of battleground states. Oddsmakers are now saying there is a strong probability the GOP will re-take the Senate in November. However, there is a catch: as usual, the Democrats’ fundraising this cycle has vastly outpaced the Republicans’. And the Democrats are focusing their resources where »

In Iowa Senate debate, Braley’s neighbor’s chickens come home to roost

Featured image Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley held their first debate last night. Immigration was front-and-center, which is probably not a bad thing for Ernst. Braley tried, however, to spin the issue into an advertisement for his “bipartisanship.” He invited Ernst to “join John McCain and Marco Rubio in calling on Speaker Boehner to bring this immigration bill to the floor of the House so we can pass it.” Ernst declined the »

Bill Maher and Me (with Comment from Steve)

Featured image As Scott wrote here, TV comedian Bill Maher decided to try to flip one Congressional district from the GOP to the Democrats this year. And, as Scott put it, of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, Maher chose our district–Minnesota’s Second–to try to unseat a Republican incumbent. That incumbent, of course, is our friend John Kline, who, before Maher’s money entered the picture, appeared to »

An embarrassment of Democrats: Braley edition

Featured image Raising money from Texas trial lawyers for his current campaign, Rep. Bruce Braley (D, IA) disparaged Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley as a benighted farmer who had not received the enlightenment afforded by a law school education. Braley conjured the nightmare scenario that would attend a GOP Senate majority: that boob Grassley would chair the Senate Judiciary Committee. Horrors! The disparagement took place behind closed doors. It wasn’t intended for public »

Kay Hagan’s husband received stimulus cash

Featured image Kay Hagan has managed to maintain a lead in the North Carolina Senate race even as her fellow Obama-supporting Southerners Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have fallen slightly behind. The latest poll, by CNN/Opinion Research, has her leading Republican Thom Tillis 46-43. This is consistent with the Real Clear Politics average in which she leads by 3.5 points. Why is Hagan ahead in a state President Obama failed to carry »

The Election That Could Have Been

Featured image 2014 is shaping up as a pretty good year for the GOP, and I haven’t given up hope on the proverbial “wave.” But the conventional wisdom is that the opportunity for big gains is slipping away. I share that sense. To some extent, the cause is the Democrats’ overwhelming money advantage. But the Democrats always have more money, and it doesn’t always bail them out. Pundits say that the Republicans »

A Democrat by any other name…

Featured image …is just as rank. Maybe more so. In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, Jay Cost conducts an anatomy of this year’s model of the Democrats’ usual “sneak it past the Rubes” deception. This year’s model comes out of Kansas and his name is Greg Orman, Independent (for the gullible): In Kansas…where Republican Pat Roberts is up for reelection, the Democrats are trying a different form of deception. It »

Support Elise Stefanik; defeat a tax cheat

Featured image Elise Stefanik is running for Congress in New York’s 21st district, an open seat. She is Power Line pick. Her credentials are outstanding. Stefanik’s opponent is Aaron Woolf, a wealthy Democrat whose major claim to fame is that he produced and directed a documentary called “King Corn.” The film is a critique of federal subsidies for American corn farmers. We pointed to the hypocrisy of the venture when we noted »

How To Break Up With Obama

Featured image Remember Obamagirl from back in 2008?  She later had a change of heart—much like the rest of the electorate.  (I’ve seen one recent poll showing Obama’s approval rating as low as 35 percent, but I think they all overstate his support.)  Anyway, here’s a delightful one-minute video with step-by-step instructions on how to break up with Obama: »

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 »

Democrats Are Winning the Money War

Featured image I am uneasy about November’s election, partly because I don’t think Republicans have succeeded in nationalizing (or even drawing much attention to) the election, partly because any coherent themes are being drowned out by various “squirrels” (Ray Rice and the NFL, for instance), and partly because the Democrats are raising an astonishing amount of money to defend the dysfunctional status quo. Politico headlines: “Democrats relying on big donors to win.” »

Beyond Catalist, perhaps

Featured image Last week J. Christian Adams posted an important and informative column on “‘CATALIST’: The Democrats’ database for fundamentally transforming America.” This was all news to me, I confess, and I am grateful to have it brought to my attention. Please check it out. Catalist, as I understand it, is the database that, among other things, helps Democrats microtarget voters. Adams points out that Mitt Romney won independents in the 2012 »