Senate

Time for Payback

Featured image It is too early to count on a Republican Senate 15 hours from now, but haven’t you noticed all the articles in the last couple of weeks from liberals saying, “Oh, won’t it be terrible for Republicans if they have a Senate majority!  Just think of all the problems they’re going to have!”  These articles do offer their comic amusement. There is one from this genre worth noting: Jeffrey Rosen’s »

Special to Power Line: Jeff Sessions Writes, Tom Cotton Will Fight For You

Featured image Jeff Sessions, the conservative bellwether of the Senate, wrote this endorsement of Tom Cotton specially for Power Line. Needless to say, we heartily second Senator Sessions’ comments and urge all readers to support Tom’s campaign and vote for him if they can: JEFF SESSIONS: TOM COTTON WILL FIGHT FOR YOU On one of the most important issues facing voters – an issue that deeply affects our communities, our schools, our »

New poll shows Cotton 8 points ahead

Featured image A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will be no more debates between the two). The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percent. According to Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College, the survey »

The limits of reticence

Featured image The Age of Obama will not be known as an age of reticence. The president is, after all, a man of many words, including some that used to resonate widely. But there is one area in which Obama has ushered in a new reticence. Following Obama’s lead, Democratic politicians increasingly flatly refuse to tell to voters what their positions are on key matters. Obama started the trend by voting “present” »

Tillis finally pulls even in North Carolina

Featured image Late last year, when I began thinking seriously about the battle for the Senate, I assumed that North Carolina was ripe for a Republican victory. Romney had won the state, albeit very narrowly. Moreover first-term Democrat Kay Hagan lacked a strong family name and a long history of electoral success (unlike Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Mary Landrieu in Louisiana). With the “fundamentals” (to the extent that I retain any »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Focus shifts to heartland in battle for the Senate

Featured image For a while now, polls have shown three hugely important Senate races — Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana — moving in favor of the Republican candidate. Thus, Politico now asks whether these three races “are slipping from Dems.” In Alaska, the conservative base has rallied behind Republican Dan Sullivan after a contentious August primary, and Democratic Sen. Mark Begich was stung by backlash over an attack ad he later decided to »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Incapable in Kansas

Featured image The race for the Kansas Senate seat held by Republican incumbent Pat Roberts has been essentially a three-way affair among Roberts, Democrat Chad Taylor and Independent (Democrat) Greg Orman. When Taylor purported to withdraw as the Democratic nominee earlier this month, he did so in a terse letter to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach: I, Chadwick J. Taylor, Democratic nominee for the United States Senate race, do hereby withdraw »

Dueling poll results from Georgia

Featured image A new poll of the Georgia Senate race by WSB-TV/Landmark shows Democrat Michelle Nunn leading Republican David Perdue by 7 points, 47-40. If the Dems flip this seat, their chances of maintaining control of the Senate will receive a huge boost. So should Republicans be alarmed by this poll? Probably not. Two polls from just a week ago give Perdue the lead by 9 points (Survey USA) and 7 points »

Please Help defeat Mary Landrieu

Featured image A reader who travels regularly to Louisiana concurs with my assessment that Mary Landrieu, the ultimate political survivor, cannot be written off even in this year’s unfriendly-to- Democrats environment. He writes: I’ve been travelling for work lately and spending a lot of time in the New Orleans area and I have to tell you, [Landrieu] has the most effective negative adds aimed at Bill Cassidy I have ever seen. Push »

Trouble for Mary Landrieu

Featured image Mary Landrieu is a survivor. Three times the citizens of red Louisiana have elected her to the Senate, never with more than 52.1 percent of the vote. This year, saddled with the Obama presidency, Landrieu is essentially even with Republican Bill Cassidy in the polls. She fails to crack 46 percent in most of them. That kind of number often signals doom for an incumbent, but Landrieu is too good »