2018 Election

After last night

Featured image The interesting races in Minnesota’s primary yesterday took place on the DFL (Democratic) side. I commented on all of them and anticipated the results yesterday morning before the polls opened in “Primary day in Minnesota.” John provided his observations on the results after the polls closed in the adjacent post. I find what is happening here in Minnesota illustrative of national themes. I want to add 12 observations in the »

Lessons From Minnesota’s Primaries

Featured image Minnesota is the eye of the hurricane this year, with two Senate seats at stake, at least four competitive House elections, and the governorship up for grabs. As much as any other state, it is a barometer for our current politics. Minnesota’s primary election was today, and the results are interesting. 1) Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson defeated former Governor Tim Pawlenty for the GOP governor nomination. This is the »

Lefty Maryland Dem trails GOP governor by 16 points

Featured image I wrote here about the governor’s race in Maryland between the incumbent, Republican Larry Hogan and his radical challenger, Ben Jealous former head of the NAACP. I argued that Jealous’ struggle to gain the strong backing of establishment Democrats was evidence of a Democratic fault line. Now, a new poll reveals that Jealous trails Hogan by 16 points. This, in a deep blue state that has only elected a Republican »

A Blue Wave? Heh. Let’s Hope Not

Featured image We hear competing predictions of blue and red waves for November’s midterm elections. My guess at present is that there won’t be a wave in either direction, but that the Democrats will probably net enough seats to take control of the House. They won’t capture the Senate, but it is likely that Republican gains will be minimal, given the favorable landscape this year, which could set the stage for a »

How to help Ilhan Omar

Featured image Ilhan Omar really doesn’t need help in her quest to win the DFL primary this Tuesday. She’s the endorsed DFL candidate in a contest that was wired to give her a leg up to succeed Keith Ellison in Congress. To the extent they have followed her at all, the local media have followed Omar respectfully, failing to raise any uncomfortable questions or explore unresolved issues. Yesterday one Laura Loomer disrupted »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, airhead

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, girl socialist, may know what the Gini coefficient is, but she doesn’t know much else. The Washington Post fact checked a series of recent claims by Ocasio-Cortez and found all of them to be false. Let’s look at each claim: 1. “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.” »

Eye of the Hurricane

Featured image Minnesota could be the decisive battleground in November, and the national media are beginning to notice. The Associated Press reports: “Democrats’ hopes to take House could stumble in Minnesota.” For all the talk of a blue wave sweeping Democrats back into the House majority this fall, their efforts could be thwarted in one of the nation’s bluest states. I would say, formerly one of the nation’s bluest states. Minnesota is »

A less than encouraging win for the GOP [With Comment by John]

Featured image As John noted last night, Republican Troy Balderson appears to have defeated Democrat Danny O’Connor in the special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. The result isn’t official because there are a large number of provisional and absentee ballots to consider, but it looks very good for Balderson. If one views this election as an indicator of Republican prospects this Fall, however, the result looks less good. The Washington Post’s »

GOP Win In Ohio [Updated]

Featured image In a much-watched special election, Republican Troy Balderson has beaten Democrat Danny O’Connor by around one point. Is it a big win? In one sense, no. The same candidates will square off again in November. But the Democrats poured huge resources into this race, thinking they could burnish their narrative of a highly-motivated Democratic base, and a potential blue wave, going into the fall. However, as we saw tonight, Republican »

VDH: For Elizabeth Heng

Featured image After John noted the suppression of Elizabeth Heng’s Facebook ad for her congressional campaign yesterday (video embedded below), Victor Davis Hanson wrote us to enlist the support of Power Line readers for Ms. Heng. Alexandra DeSanctis profiled her here for NR and Jack Fowler updated the story with the Facebook angle yesterday here. Heng’s campaign site is here; contribute to her campaign here. Dr. Hanson writes: Elizabeth Heng is the »

Key to the Keystone State

Featured image President Trump traveled to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to speak at one of his patented campaign-style rallies last night. In this case he spoke in support of Senate candidate Rep. Lou Barletta, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Bob Casey on the ballot in November. Barletta is the former mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Read all about it in the devastating City Journal essay by Bob McElwee, “Chain migration comes to Hazleton.” Barletta made »

Maryland governor’s race reveals Democratic fault line

Featured image Although Maryland is one of America’s bluest states, it has a Republican governor. In 2014, we elected Larry Hogan. It was only the second time in 48 years a Republican had won that office here. We haven’t had a Republican Senator since 1987. This year, the Democrats nominated Ben Jealous to run against Hogan. Jealous, formerly the head of the NAACP, is a hard leftist. He favors debt-free college, a »

The Polls Are Crazy

Featured image You want to know where the American voter is headed, and what is likely to happen in November? Good luck. Some omens are good. Thus, the Washington Times cites the NBC/Wall St. Journal poll for the proposition that Americans increasingly see Democrats as extreme: In a new poll conducted by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, just 33 percent of those surveyed think the Democratic Party is “in the »

CNN: The Oppo Research Arm of the Democratic Party

Featured image Everyone knows that CNN is maniacally devoted, 24/7, to trying to destroy the Trump administration. But it doesn’t end there. CNN is all in for the Democratic Party, and is doing its part to help the Dems capture the House in November. See, e.g., the KFile, billed by CNN as “the leading investigation team for the social, mobile generation.” KFile features content by Andrew Kaczynski, pretty much all of which »

Kemp trounces Cagle in Georgia runoff

Featured image Just two months ago, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle ran 14 points ahead of Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the GOP primary for governor of Georgia. Cagle captured 39 percent of the vote, Kemp just 25 percent. But in the runoff election today, Kemp bested Cagle by 39 points. The vote was 69.5 to 30.5. The race turned against Cagle when a candidate who finished out of the money in »

A wild one in Georgia

Featured image Today is the runoff election in Georgia to select the GOP nominee for governor. It’s a fascinating and hugely contentious race between Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The winner will face Stacey Abrams, a state legislator who is African-American. If Abrams wins, she will become the first African-American female governor in U.S history. Cagle was considered the front-runner on the GOP side. He raised several »

The Ocasio-Cortez Highlight Reel

Featured image The good people at the Washington Free Beacon have compiled a highlight reel of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s greatest hits, framed by DNC chairperson Tom Perez praising Ocasio-Cortez as “the future” of the Democratic Party. I certainly hope so! Occupy the Democratic Party! Enjoy: Chaser, from the Miami Herald: Centrist Dems begin arguing against far-left agenda as 2020 play Leading moderate Democrats forcefully argued this week that the party can embrace a »