Senate

Waiting for the election (or something like the results)

Featured image As I write in the early morning hours of November 7, the Senate races in Arizona and Montana remain too close to call. Republican candidates Martha McSally and Matt Rosendale hold narrow leads over their Democratic opponents, hippie dippie left-wing flake (and phony moderate) Kyrsten Sinema and incumbent Jon Tester, respectively. In Arizona, “easily hundreds of thousands” have yet to be counted, according to a spokesman for the Arizona Secretary »

The Senate races I’ll be watching most closely

Featured image Tonight, as the election returns come in, I’ll be focused the most on three Senate races: Missouri, Arizona, and Nevada. These are the three contests that seem to be true toss-ups. Indiana appears to lean towards the incumbent Democrat, but if so, only barely. Thus, I’ll keep an eye on that race too. If the Democrats sweep the three toss-up races (and win in Indiana), this will mean a net »

McSally’s sally

Featured image I have no predictions regarding tomorrow’s elections. I mostly have hopes and fears. I hope Republicans do better than predicted in the House and the Senate. I fervently hope that Rep. Martha McSally defeats hippie-dippie leftist Kyrsten Sinema in the contest for Arizona’s open Senate seat. I should like to think that her hitting the high notes and the low notes and the notes in between as she performed the »

The Kavanaugh Report

Featured image Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has released a 28-page memorandum summarizing its investigations of numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford et al. Attached to the memorandum are nearly 400 pages of exhibits. Committee investigators interviewed more than 40 witnesses, monitored social media and news reports and reviewed evidence provided by Kavanaugh and his accusers. The memorandum and exhibits are posted here. They are »

The not Jane Doe referral

Featured image By letter to Senator Kamala Harris during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation proceedings on Brett Kavanaugh, the committee received an allegation of rape committed by Judge Kavanaugh (as he then was). The handwritten letter was signed by “Jane Doe” of Oceanside, California. Kavanaugh was asked about the Jane Doe charge and a transcript of his testimony denying the allegation was released. Justice Kavanaugh testified: “[T]he whole thing is ridiculous. Nothing »

Libertarian drops out of Montana Senate race, endorses Republican

Featured image Republicans have been hopeful about defeating Jon Tester of Montana, thereby wresting that seat from the Democrats. The polls haven’t been too encouraging, though. Tester leads his Republican opponent Matt Rosendale in the Real Clear Politics average by 4.2 points. He leads by 3 points in the only recent survey I know of ( by Gravis, of 782 voters). Until now, there has been a libertarian third candidate in the »

Three Senate race polls

Featured image CBS News/YouGov is just out with surveys of the following Senate races: Indiana, Florida, and Arizona. All three are neck-and-neck. In Indiana, where YouGov surveyed 975 likely voters, Republican businessman Mike Braun leads Sen. Joe Donnelly 46-43. A third candidate is at 3 percent. With that poll result, which is just inside the margin of error, Braun takes a razor-thin (and, I assume, meaningless) 0.5 percentage point lead in the »

Arizona Troopers Association withdraws Sinema endorsement

Featured image The surprise here isn’t so much that the Arizona State Troopers Association has withdrawn its endorsement of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in the Arizona Senate race; it’s that the organization endorsed this hippie-dippie leftist in the first place. Sure, Sinema cast herself as a moderate and friend of law enforcement. But no one who was paying attention should have been fooled. Sinema was simply positioning herself for a Senate run in »

Save the Senate: Loose ends

Featured image While Paul Mirengoff was on vacation, I attempted to fill his accustomed role with a look at critical Senate races in three posts: Save the Senate: Takeaway opportunities, Save the Senate: On defense, and Save the Senate: Long shots. John has written several times in support of Karin Housley’s challenge to appointed incumbent Minnesota Senator Tina Smith. I want to revisit one race and note two that I should have »

Polls suggest Braun might be pulling ahead of Donnelly in Indiana

Featured image Sen. Joe Donnelly has been running slightly ahead of his Republican challenger, businessman Mike Braun, throughout the campaign season. But now two polls show Braun with a 4 point lead over Donnelly. One of the polls is an internal survey released by the Braun campaign. It shows their guy ahead 44-40. I tend to discount this type of poll. However, the second poll is an Indy Politics survey conducted by »

Cory Booker: No comment

Featured image This is an update on my post #WhatAboutMeToo?. I called Senator Booker’s office yesterday morning to ask his communications staffer for comment on the story discussed in the post. I was told that she (Kristin Lynch) was in a meeting but was given her name, email address and office telephone number. I forwarded a copy of my post with this message to her (including the post URL at the top »

Housley debates empty lectern

Featured image In my comments on the Minnesota Senate race between appointed incumbent Tina Smith and GOP challenger Karin Housley, I have routinely described Tina Smith as a vacuous metro liberal. How vacuous is she? She declined to debate Housley yesterday evening, letting an empty lectern stand in her place (video below). Smith was a no-show. The lectern improved on Smith’s customary performance. That is pathetic. Will Minnesotans elect an empty lectern »

Standing up to the mob (2)

Featured image The interview of Senator McConnell by Laura Ingraham below dates back to October 5, in the immediate aftermath of the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Senator McConnell explicitly discusses the mobs opposing confirmation that Republican Senators faced at their homes prior to the vote. It is worth pausing over this interview and reflecting further on the Democrats and their supporters. This is the new Democratic normal. Quotable »

Bobby’s big bucks

Featured image We last checked in on incumbent Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s race against Bobby O’Rourke in “Query the Kavanaugh effect (2).” The most recent poll at that time showed Cruz with a 9-point lead (54-45). Since that post a New York Times/Siena poll of likely voters surveyed the electorate during the period October 8-11, entirely in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh confirmation. It shows Cruz with an 8-point lead (51-43), within »

Josh Hawley for Senator

Featured image In the past three congressional election years, Power Line has presented a slate of six candidates for whom we tried to raise money. I’ve selected five of the six candidates, with the advice and consent of my colleagues, and John has rounded out the list with a Minnesota pick. This year, I did not make any picks, evidence, I think, of the much-discussed enthusiasm gap among conservatives. But now, following »

McConnell’s price

Featured image With Election Day fast approaching and vulnerable Senate Democrats eager to leave town, Majority Leader McConnell had the Democrats right where he wanted them — pining so badly to get out of Washington that they would finally agree to confirm a host of Trump administration nominees they have long been obstructing. On Thursday, the deal was reached. Democrats agreed to unanimous consent on 15 judicial and 21 executive branch nominees. »

Quotations from Kyrsten

Featured image Arizona’s Democratic senatorial candidate is a flake of the far-left leftist variety by the name of Kyrsten Sinema. She represents Arizona’s Ninth District in Congress. She thinks she deserves a promotion. Her back pages, however, should pose a problem of some kind in a contested election. Taken together – Ed Driscoll collects them here, Michelle Moon collects them here — Quotations From Kyrsten might form the nucleus of a new »