Senate 2010

Special Report

A Religious Test for Rand Paul

By 10.20.10

Even liberals can't abide by Jack Conway's attack on his Republican opponent's religious faith.

Tea Party Express to Murkowski: ‘You Lost’

By on 10.5.10 | 9:58AM

Following last month's ad from Let Freedom Ring that painted Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski as Daddy Frank's little princess who thinks she's entitled to her seat, Tea Party Express came up with their own effort to take down the incumbent's write-in campaign:

Establishment: ‘Do Ya Mind, DeMint?’

By on 9.29.10 | 6:00PM

Politico today has another story in the formerly mainstream media's year-long series about division within the Republican Party. The theme throughout this journalistic endeavor is to interview Beltway GOPers about how divisive those candidates are who are supported by grassroots outsiders.

Today's story is yet another whinefest about South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, who criticized party colleagues over their refusal to demote Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski because she is waging a write-in campaign after losing the GOP primary to Joe Miller. And in this year of uprooting "the way we've always done things around here," the establishment Republicans are upset that DeMint publicized aspects of the debate over Murkowski's fate in a fundraising letter.

Dutiful reporter Manu Raju first questioned Status Quo Republican Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri:

“I personally think it’s very counterproductive.”

AP: Johnson’s Calamitous Comment on Climate

By on 9.10.10 | 4:41PM

The Associated Press yesterday focused on the Wisconsin Senate race between incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold (I thought his name was McCain Feingold?) and Republican challenger Ron Johnson, in which the three-termer declared himself the underdog. The article addresses Johnson's wealth, his willingness to spend on his campaign, and his message, which seems to have helped him attain a tie in polls.

But reporters Scott Bauer and Dinesh Ramde say there have been missteps! For example:

Johnson's campaign has stumbled on occasion. He drew scorn last month when he said he "absolutely (does) not believe" in the science of man-caused climate change.

"It's far more likely that it's just sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time," he said.

Oh my! Can he possibly overcome such a blunder?

Two Years, Two Turnabouts

By on 9.9.10 | 9:58AM

Okay, so they're just actors. Two years ago these elderly gents were featured in a popular ad that helped Democrat Kay Hagan of North Carolina defeat Sen. Elizabeth Dole:

Now they're back, this time in support of Republican Richard Burr, who is challenged by N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall:

Times, (Political) Temps Have Changed

By on 8.18.10 | 1:19PM

Politico's Darren Samuelsohn reports that many Republican candidates this year boldly proclaim their skepticism about the dangers of global warming.

West Virginia, Carbon Caps and Lame Ducks

By on 7.20.10 | 12:24PM

Robert Byrd's Senate replacement Carte Goodwin, who was chief counsel to Gov. Joe Manchin and will now be his seatholder until the Democrat executive can complete his transition to Washington, announced Friday he would not support energy legislation that includes carbon caps.

Carly Commits Cardinal Sin

By on 6.7.10 | 3:58PM

That would be former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Carly Fiorina, Republican candidate for Barbara Boxer's senatorial seat in California, by calling "climate change" the "weather," that is, in the eyes ofUSA Today (and presumably ABC's Bill Blakemore).

At Least One Dead Person Voted Yesterday

By on 1.20.10 | 9:28AM

In Springfield, Mass., thanks to bad advice handed down from the Secretary of State.

Coakley Supporters Try to Intimidate

By on 1.18.10 | 10:30PM

At a Teamsters hall rally in Springfield today for Democratic Senatorial candidate Martha Coakley, two of her supporters tried to run off a reporter and a videographer who were recording footage outside the event.