Politics

Some People are Really “Ready for Hillary”

By on 11.3.14 | 3:03PM

Hillary Clinton is spending the day in New Hampshire, stumping for herself and, tangentially, for Jeanne Shaheen who is locked in a tight battle with Scott Brown, who no one even knew was from New Hampshire until just a few short months ago. But as she picks up steam for a potential 2016 White House bid, support for Hillary Clinton overall has been largely lukewarm. Even Jon Stewart has expressed reservations over the "hawkish" former First Lady and New York Senator.

But that's not to say that Hillary doesn't have her super-fans in target demographics, like CNN documentary filmmakers, people who design and construct couture pantsuits, and America's community of Scrunchie enthusiasts. And, according to Politico which found them, there's an underground culture of Hillary Superfans

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Poll of the Day: Joni Ernst Up 7 in Iowa

By on 11.3.14 | 1:30PM

The Republican contender for Iowa Senate, Joni Ernst, has pulled ahead of her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley in the latest Des Moines Register poll, despite indications that Braley had a strong (but unsurprising) lead in early voting. 

Joni Ernst has charged to achieve a 7-point lead over Democrat Bruce Braley in a new Iowa Poll, which buoys the GOP’s hope that an Iowa victory will be the tipping point to a Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate.

Ernst, a state senator and military leader, enjoys 51 percent support among likely voters. That’s a majority, and it’s her biggest lead in the three Iowa Polls conducted this fall. Braley, a congressman and trial lawyer, gets 44 percent, according to The Des Moines Register’s final Iowa Poll before Tuesday’s election.

“This race looks like it’s decided,” said J. Ann Selzer, who conducted the poll for the Register. “That said, there are enormous resources being applied to change all that.”

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First Republican Presidential Debate is Less than a Year Away

By on 11.2.14 | 5:59PM

If you were looking forward to your post-Tuesday reprieve from the endless campaign, this should give you something to be depressed about. The first Republican Presidential primary debate has been set, and it's less than a year away

 The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California's Reagan Library in September 2015.

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Poll of the Day: McConnell Up 5 on Grimes

By on 10.31.14 | 2:21PM

Last week, they were in a statistical dead heat according to this same poll. This week, McConnell is one point in the safe zone, outside the margin of error. Since no one actually believes Mitch McConnell is serious about his plan to thwart Obamacare if the Republicans retake the Senate, either Kentucky Republicans are feeling a new sense of warmth and unity, or everyone's just actually terrified they could end up with Alison Lundergan Grimes representing them in Congress.

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has opened up a five-point lead over Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes and appears well positioned to win a sixth term, according to the final Bluegrass Poll before Tuesday's election.

McConnell leads Grimes 48 percent to 43 percent in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, with Libertarian candidate David Patterson pulling 3 percent.

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Mary Landrieu Says She’s Losing Because Everyone is Racist and Sexist

By on 10.31.14 | 1:29PM

Mary Landrieu is neck and neck with her Republican challenger for Louisiana's Senate seat, and it seems to be the first time she's faced any sort of a serious challenge. For that matter, it seems to be the first time she's ever accidentally wandered into her home state, which, she seems to forget, is responsible for pulling the lever for her next Tuesday. 

In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd, Landreiu, who has been elected to serve as Louisiana's Senator three times, suggested that the reason she's doing so poorly now is that everyone in the South, including Louisiana, is a big, fat, powerful woman-hating sexist. Oh, and if we're really going to parse out the details, they're also a bunch of racists.

“I’ll be very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present [Barack Obama] in a very positive light as a leader.”...

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Milton Wolf Endorses Pat Roberts

By on 10.31.14 | 11:51AM

Good for Milton Wolf.

The man who made the conservative case in the Kansas Senate primary against incumbent GOP Senator Pat Roberts has now endorsed his one-time rival. This is a good thing. Everybody from Sarah Palin to Ted Cruz and Rand Paul has been in Kansas to close ranks behind Roberts, who is locked in mortal combat with a so-called “independent” who is really an Obama supporter. Every Senate seat now counts — big time. Dr. Wolf gets it, and has made a point of saying so. Here’s his statement:

Dr. Milton Wolf

My fellow patriots, in regards to the United States Senate race in Kansas...

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Poll of the Day: Cory Gardner Up 7 on Mark Udall

By on 10.30.14 | 1:48PM

Yesterday, the news broke that Scott Walker had pulled way ahead in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race, as either independents broke for the Republican or Wisconsin simply gave up on believing Mary Burke was ever a viable candidate, given that even her family tried to oust her from a position of leadership in their own company. Today, comes news that upstart Republican Cory Gardner may finally break the back of The Blueprint - the plan by high-level Democratic donors to turn Colorado blue and keep it that way - as he pulls seven points ahead of Sen. Mark Udall in the latest Quinnipiac poll.

The clock is ticking on Democratic incumbent Mark Udall as another poll shows him behind Republican challenger Cory Gardner in Colorado’s important U.S. Senate race.

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The Obama Watch

Progressives in the Dock

By 10.30.14

As always, the progressive utopia sounds just ducky. Utopia arrives. And then…shocker!…it doesn’t work. Now? Americans have soured on President Obama — and progressives are in the dock.

One poll after another says Americans are a pretty unhappy lot this election year, and are set next Tuesday to deliver a smackdown of some considerable size to the president's party. But why? Let’s review, beginning with this famous passage from Obama's speech the night in 2008 that he clinched the Democratic nomination:

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

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The Most Overwrought Ad This Year?

By on 10.29.14 | 10:27AM

Democrats and liberal organizations have put out a lot of hyperbolic, hyperventilating ads this year...almost all related to birth control, since they don't actually have a positive agenda to run on. This matches my predictions of several months ago...{patting self on back}.

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They See Greg Abbott Rollin’, They Hatin’

By on 10.28.14 | 2:15PM

By the weekend, I fully believe that someone in the Wendy Davis campaign (or at least affiliated with the campaign) will announce that Greg Abbott is not actually paralyzed, but has been using the wheelchair as a prop since the mid-1980s to garner sympathy for his oppressive Republican positions, not merely just as a way of hypocritcally punishing the disabled of Texas by supporting tort reform (even though Abbott himself didn't take any of the punitive damages he sought to limit). 

After all, they have pretty much nowhere else to go. On Friday, at a Wendy Davis rally in Pflugerville, Texas, a charming state representative named Dawnna Dukes attached Greg Abbott for his dastardly habit of having to "roll around" everywhere.

To wit:

“And then we have this guy who kind of just rolls around thinking that he can get tort reform for himself but take it away from everybody else in the state of Texas."

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