Senate

Why is this ghost smiling?

Featured image Yesterday, Harry Reid told the Senate that Ted Kennedy is going “to smile at all of us” next Friday when the Senate passes amnesty legislation. Kennedy will, indeed, smile, just as he must have done when Obamacare passed. Kennedy will be particularly gratified by the impact of chain immigration, which he championed almost 50 years ago. This phenomenon will ensure that the Schumer-Rubio amnesty legislation has a huge multiplier effect, »

Rubio to continue “dancing with the one that brung him”

Featured image The Washington Post reports that “as the full Senate engages in intensive deliberations over a landmark immigration bill this week, proponents are scrambling to maintain crucial bipartisan support in the face of Republican demands to strengthen border security.” To me, though, the Senate goings-on look more like dancing than scrambling. Marco Rubio understands that, in the words of the Post’s Democratic sources, his “effectiveness as a conservative supporter of the »

Chris Christie does it again

Featured image The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg left Chris Christie in a difficult spot. Christie’s national party now would want him to appoint a Republican to serve out Lautenberg’s term, which doesn’t expire until the end of 2014. By doing so, Christie presumably would provide the GOP with a non-liberal vote in the Senate for a year-and-a-half. Through this course, however, Christie might alienate New Jersey voters at an inopportune time »

Getting 60 votes for amnesty is “pretty easy,” says Reid

Featured image For some reason, the MSM wants to create suspense over the fate of the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill in the Senate. Much was made, for example, of Sen. Menendez’s statement on Univision that supporters didn’t yet have the 60 votes. But Harry Reid knows that the votes are there. “I think we have 60 votes,” the Majority Leader says. “Remember, we start out at 55 Democrats. I think the most I’ll »

Senate Dems prepare to throw Obama under the Obamacare bus

Featured image We’ve been saying for some time that Obamacare will be a central issue in the 2014 election, and that it offers Republicans the hope, if they nominate solid candidates, of taking control of the Senate. Now, Senate Democrats have figured this out, as well. Ron Wyden is latest example. He frets: There is reason to be very concerned about what’s going to happen with young people. If their (insurance) premiums »

Another one bites the dust

Featured image Sen. Max Baucus has announced that he will not seek reelection. Baucus has served in the Senate since December 1978. Clearly, his retirement should improve the prospects for a Republican pick-up in Montana next year. »

John Thune, live from Gate 21

Featured image Returning from a business trip to Washington, D.C., tonight I was delighted to find Senator John Thune waiting to board the 7:15 p.m. flight to Minneapolis-St. Paul at Reagan National Gate 21. As I said hello, Senator Thune could not have been warmer. I asked him about his trip home. If I understand correctly, he said he was going home for the induction of his father, age 93, to the »

The Week’s Least Compelling Scandal

Featured image Washington is abuzz over Mother Jones’s publication of secretly-recorded audio of a meeting between Senator Mitch McConnell and a small group of his campaign advisers. McConnell and his aides are heard discussing the potential candidacy of actress Ashley Judd, and suggesting ways in which she could be vulnerable. (Judd has since announced that she will not seek the Democratic nomination to run against McConnell.) Politico, like many other outlets, tried »

Is the U.S. becoming a sham democracy?

Featured image Eliana Johnson reports that four Republican members of the Senate Judiciary — Jeff Sessions, Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz — are calling for transparency from their GOP colleagues in the “Gang of Eight” that is drafting immigration reform legislation. In a letter to John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Jeff Flake, the four Judiciary Committee members express concern that an immigration reform bill will be rushed through »

Rep. Bill Cassidy to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu

Featured image Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Baton Rouge doctor elected to Congress in 2008, is set to announce his candidacy for the Senate. He will become the first major Republican challenger to Sen. Mary Landrieu. As a Democratic Senator from a Red State, Landrieu is inherently vulnerable. However, according to a PPP poll from February, she currently leads all prospective Republican challengers. Her lead over Cassidy in the PPP poll was 10 »

Big business and big labor give immigration reform go-ahead to Rubio and gang

Featured image As of late last week, an impasse between business and labor over work visas appeared to be all that stood in the way of a Senate bill on comprehensive immigration. And, as we noted, since this dispute pertained only to dollars and cents, not principles, resolution seemed likely. Now, it has occurred. “Labor and business reach deal on immigration issue” reads the headline of this article in the New York »

Report: Sen. Tim Johnson to retire

Featured image Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) does not plan to run for re-election in 2014, according to this report by Reuters. Johnson has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow. Mitt Romney carried South Dakota by 18 points last year. But we shouldn’t assume that, therefore, the South Dakota Senate seat will be an easy pick-up. Romney carried North Dakota and Montana comfortably, yet the Dems elected Senators in both states, including a »

Sixth-grader status might not seem so bad to Dianne Feinstein now

Featured image When Ted Cruz raised with Dianne Feinstein the question of the constitutionality of legislation she was proposing, the Senator from California reacted testily, stating that she is not a sixth-grader. I would have thought that, if anything, Cruz’s attempt to engage her in a discussion about the Constitution showed respect for Sen. Feinstein. Too often, Feinstein (a non-lawyer) has marginalized herself as a Judiciary Committee member by opting to play »

Dems Say: Balanced Budget? We Were Just Kidding!

Featured image The Senate continues to debate the Democrats’ budget, which features massive deficits as far as the eye can see. Tonight Jeff Sessions moved to recommit the budget in order to produce a budget that balances sometime in the next ten years. This is the language of Sessions’ motion: Mr. Sessions moves to commit S. Con. Res. 8 back to the Committee on the Budget with instructions to report back no »

How about some more good political news?

Featured image A poll released Tuesday by the Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund finds that our friend Rep. Tom Cotton leads Sen. Mark Pryor by 8 points in a projected 2014 contest for the Pryor’s Arkansas Senate seat. The poll also finds that Pryor is viewed favorably by only 36 percent of Arkansas voters. I should add that Tom has not made a decision about whether to run for »

Geraldo Rivera for Senate? As a Republican?! Vote Here!

Featured image Geraldo Rivera says he is excited about the prospect of running for the Senate from New Jersey. As a Republican! Who knew? Geraldo says he feels the need to give back by serving the people. Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. So what do you think about the prospect of Rivera running for the Senate? »

Washington Leviathan

Featured image The New York Times and other newspapers have devoted a large number of column inches to the Senate investigation of the multibillion dollar losses incurred by JPMorgan Chase in its so-called London Whale trades. See, for example, Jessica Silver-Greenberg’s Saturday Business article and Gretchen Morgenson’s Sunday business column. Why should we care about the bank’s trading losses? Morgenson gets around to the question at the end of her column, but »