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  • What Executive Orders Will You Impose? Should This Now Be The #1 POTUS Debate Issue?

    11/22/2014 11:03:13 AM PST · by zencycler · 43 replies
    self | 11/22/2014 | self
    Maybe the best way to fight the Obama power grab is to show how it opens up the floodgates. So maybe all the GOP candidates should now start talking about what executive orders they would impose. After all, if we establish the precedent that the POTUS can flout the will of Congress by using EO's, then we would naturally start expecting presidents to use that to pursue their agenda, and we would want to know in advance for which issues they would likely consider using that new found power. So let's put that out there! If this precedent gets established,...
  • The Mystery of Millionaire Donor Steve Mostyn: Why Charlie Crist, Why Florida?

    11/22/2014 5:25:41 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | 11/21/14 | Nancy Smith
    The biggest mystery that never unraveled in Florida Election 2014 has to be super-uber trial attorney Steve Mostyn. Why would a Houston multimillionaire with no current business in the Sunshine State out-donate billionaire George Soros, giving it to Democrat Charlie Crist's Florida gubernatorial campaign and the Florida Democratic Party? We never did get to the bottom of it. Crist and Mostyn didn't really know each other before the campaign. What did Mostyn want? Soros, founder of the far-left Open Society Institute, who advocates bringing European social democracy to the United States, only gave Crist a smidgen over $1 million. But...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Where the 2014 Polls Went Wrong: Pollsters did a better job of finding Democrats than Republicans.

    11/18/2014 5:36:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/18/2014 | Michael Barone
    Were the polls wrong? It’s a question asked after every election. Sometimes, as in 1948, the answer seems as obvious as the answer to the question, “Why did Custer lose at Little Bighorn?” Sometimes the answer is less obvious, as it is this year. “The polls were skewed toward the Democrats,” writes Nate Silver, who as proprietor of FiveThirtyEight has earned the distinction of being the nation’s most assiduous polling analyst. Silver gives short shrift to partisans — Democrats this year, Republicans in 2012 — who complained that polls were systematically biased against their side. The skew varies unpredictably, he...
  • Begich concedes Alaska U.S. Senate race to Sullivan

    11/17/2014 6:52:12 PM PST · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 25 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 17, 2014 | Casey Grove
    ANCHORAGE First-term Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has conceded his race against Republican challenger Dan Sullivan, the former Alaska natural resources commissioner who has led in his first run at elected office since Election Day on Nov. 4. According to a Division of Elections update Monday afternoon, Begich trailed Sullivan by more than 6,200 votes, about 2.2 percent. Spokespersons for the Begich campaign had said repeatedly since Election Day that every vote deserved to be counted and hinted that uncounted votes from rural Alaska might put Begich ahead. The Associated Press called the election for Sullivan on Nov. 11. Nearly...
  • Bill Clinton Says He's Surprised by Midterm Loses

    11/15/2014 8:40:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | November 15, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that Democrats lacked a "national advertising campaign" in the recent midterm elections and that he's surprised many Senate races were not closer. Clinton said in an interview with Politico that Republicans were helped by a larger bloc of voters who felt more strongly about the elections than members of his party. Democrats could have benefited from a national message that reinforced the party's positions on refinancing student loans and promoting equal pay for women, he said. "The people who were against us felt more strongly than the people who were for us. The people...
  • The Demise of the White Democratic Voter

    11/13/2014 12:53:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 11, 2014 | Thomas B. Edsall
    It has not escaped the notice of political analysts that 72 percent of whites without college degrees a rough proxy for what we used to call the white working class believe that the U.S. economic system generally favors the wealthy. Or that on Nov. 4, these same men and women voted for Republican House candidates 64-34. Similarly, the overwhelmingly white electorates of Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota voted decisively in referendums to raise the minimum wage while simultaneously voting for Republicans, whose party has adamantly rejected legislation to raise the minimum wage. There is an ongoing debate...
  • Something Funny Happened In Iowa, And It May Hurt Democrats In 2016

    11/12/2014 2:55:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 11, 2014 | Harry Enten
    Republican Sen.-elect Joni Ernst easily won her race in Iowa last Tuesday, beating Democrat Bruce Braley by 8.5 percentage points. Her victory wasnt shocking, but its size was (to everyone except pollster Ann Selzer, that is). The final FiveThirtyEight projection had Ernst winning by just 1.5 percentage points. What the heck happened? Heres one explanation: White voters in Iowa without a college degree have shifted away from the Democratic Party. And if that shift persists, it could have a big effect on the presidential race in 2016, altering the White House math by eliminating the Democratic edge in the electoral...
  • Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014

    11/12/2014 10:21:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 10:02 AM PST 1/30/2014 | by THR Staff
    THR pays tribute to Hollywood figures who died this year. Slideshow at link. We lost a lot of old-time stars this year, and some I hadn't heard about...................
  • Republicans will now taste their bitter harvest

    11/11/2014 6:53:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher, The Nation
    In the early 3rd century B.C., after King Pyrrhus of Epirus again took brutal casualties in defeating the Romans, he told one person who offered congratulations, “If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined.” In his more sober moments, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), about to achieve his lifelong ambition of becoming Senate majority leader, may wonder whether he, too, has achieved a pyrrhic victory. Republicans are still crowing about the sweeping victories in 2014 that give them control of both houses of Congress. They will set the agenda, deciding what gets considered, investigated...
  • Democratic Candidates Spent At Least $700K To Fly In Clintons

    11/11/2014 8:00:37 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 11/11/14 | Ruby Cramer
    The first estimate of the costs of bringing in the Clintons to campaign. The final total will likely top $1 million by the time more filings become available.... ....Supporters estimate that, together, the Clintons headlined 75 rallies and fundraisers and logged roughly 50,000 miles jetting from state to state.....
  • Scott Walker to GOP: You know where to look for 2016 talent, right?

    11/10/2014 2:21:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The ink was barely dry on Scott Walker’s ballots in his third statewide win in four years when Chuck Todd asked him about his pledge to serve out four more years. That’s understandable; everyone assumes the two-term Governor of Wisconsin has national aspirations, and his invitation to Meet the Press was not offered to discuss Badger State water policy, after all. Walker didn’t give much away about his own plans, of course, but he offered the GOP some advice on 2016 that may well be self-serving eventually:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is staying...
  • David Brooks: Its Palin spasm over, GOP is a responsible party again

    11/09/2014 9:42:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | November 9, 2014 | David Brooks, New York Times columnist
    Every party in opposition goes a little crazy. For Republicans in the early Obama era, insanity took the form of the Sarah Palin spasm. Veteran politicos took the former Alaska governor seriously as a national figure. Republican primary voters nominated the likes of Todd Akin, Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle. Glenn Beck seemed important enough to hold a big rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Fortunately, serious parties eventually pull back from the fever swamps. Thats whats happening to the Republican Party. It has re-established itself as the nations dominant governing party. Republicans now control 69 of 99 state legislative bodies....
  • Bible Belt Republicans to rule Congress, push far-right agenda

    11/09/2014 9:00:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy. The results put Southern Republicans at the forefront in Washington from Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to a host of new committee chairmen. Those leaders and the rank-and-file behind them will set the Capitol Hill agenda and continue molding the GOPs identity heading into 2016....
  • Influence of Sens. Cornyn, Cruz soars but in different ways

    11/09/2014 5:19:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 8, 2014 | Todd G. Gillman
    John Cornyn is the even-keeled insider. Ted Cruz is the brash, ambitious bomb-thrower. The GOP takeover of the Senate last week puts the two Texas Republicans in a white-hot spotlight and potentially a collision course. As deputy majority leader, Cornyns main task will be to keep the party unified behind an agenda and strategy set by the incoming majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Cruz, by contrast, wouldnt even pledge to support McConnell for the leadership post, before or after Tuesday nights sweeping victory. Teds going to be a leader. Hes not just going to be an agitator, said...
  • National vote totals for 2014 Senate & Governor elections

    11/09/2014 6:51:47 AM PST · by ReaganThatcherJohnPaul2 · 23 replies
    Nice maps and colors at the site. http://uselectionatlas.org/2014.php
  • Wasserman Schultz: Democrats have midterm problem but we know were right on the issues

    11/09/2014 6:16:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11/09/14 | George Bennett
    Let the soul-searching begin. Our party has a problem, says Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Broward County congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chairwoman, in a new video responding to her partys midterm shellacking by the GOP. **SNIP** We know were right on the issues. The American people believe in the causes were fighting for. But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make the case to the country as a whole doesnt translate in other elections. Thats why we lost in 2010. And its why we lost on Tuesday. Weve got to do better.
  • Scoring the McLaughlin Group's US Senate picks

    11/09/2014 5:36:30 AM PST · by relictele · 17 replies
    Self | 09 Nov 2014 | Self
    Hadn't watched the McLaughlin Group in quite some time as they had lost or jettisoned some of the more interesting panelists (and no, Jay Carney wasn't one of them!). The lineup seems to have stabilized although these poor folks are looking O-L-D...perhaps because they are. Felt bad for McLaughlin who apparently was wearing someone else's suit, so baggy was it on his frame. I'm not condemning anyone for aging or illness but it was a bit alarming. In the days before cable news and the internet, the McLaughlin Group were one of the few doses of political candor and a...
  • NYT: GOP ESTABLISHMENT GEARS UP FOR CIVIL WAR AGAINST TEA PARTY

    11/08/2014 6:22:18 PM PST · by Viennacon · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/8/2014 | Breitbart News
    WASHINGTON As most Republicans were taking a victory lap the morning after the elections, a group of conservatives huddled anxiously in a conference room not far from Capitol Hill and agreed that now is the time for confrontation, not compromise and conciliation. Despite Republicans ascension to Senate control and an expanded House majority, many conservatives from the partys activist wing fear that congressional leaders are already being too timid with President Obama. They do not want to hear that government shutdowns are off the table or that repealing the Affordable Care Act is impossible two things Republican leaders...
  • Political milestone: US Congress now has 100 women (RAT Alma Adams elected 100th woman)

    11/08/2014 6:19:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/07/14 | Catherine Cloutier
    For the first time, the number of women in Congress has hit triple digits. Alma Adams, a Democrat from North Carolina, was elected representative for the 12th Congressional District on Tuesday. Because it was a special election, she will be sworn in immediately and join the 113th Congress. Before Adamss election, there were 20 female senators and 79 female representatives in Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
  • Maddow Blasts Dems For Allowing GOP to Control 30 States; Do You Guys Have a Catch-Up Plan?

    11/08/2014 4:10:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/07/14 | Curtis Houck
    **SNIP** At that point, the liberal host held little back in showing her disapproval for Democrats falling remarkably short at the state level: Complete Republican legislative control in 30 states and we've only got 50 states. Elections, consequences. Democrats, do you guys have a catch-up plan for the states here or what? Because the trend here is obliterating. Earlier, Maddow erroneously put the measly number of state legislatures run by Democrats at eight Oregon, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware when its really nine as Marylands legislatures remains controlled by Democrats (but will have a Republican Governor...
  • Where Obama went wrong: How failing to seize the radical moment explains his terrible week

    11/08/2014 1:09:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | November 8, 2014 | Elias Isquith
    As his presidency once again teeters on the brink, it's time to look seriously at how it became undone. For reasons largely beyond his control, Barack Obama has experienced more adversity and upheaval during his five-plus years as president than most of his predecessors. (In fact, when it comes to governing during crisis, you could argue that only a few others, like Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, had it worse.) Still, even though the president has already had more than his fair share of bad weeks, the past seven days or so have to rank among the administrations very worst....
  • Tuesday was Revolutionary (Saturbray)

    11/08/2014 7:29:43 AM PST · by bray · 12 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 11/8/14 | bray
    John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. So America has woken up to the fact that the President has no clothes. They finally realize he was a figment of the Three Pillars of Marxism (the media, academia and the DNC) imagination and ran his Party out on a rail. The only ones too arrogant to realize it are Odumbo and the Three Pillars. They seem to think after America has two years of capitalistic oppression they will gladly turn their lives back over to their Marxist overlords, good luck with that plan as...
  • In Iowa, GOP's Joni Ernst broke a gender barrier on her own terms

    11/08/2014 10:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 7, 2014 | Maeve Reston
    Joni Ernst's feat this week was one that many thought was impossible: a Republican victory in a blue state that Obama won twice, and the first woman ever elected to Congress from Iowa. Not only did Ernst win a U.S. Senate seat, she clobbered her Democratic opponent by an 8-point margin.. So how did she pull it off in a state that has so long resisted making women its top leaders? A weak opponent, a breakthrough ad in the hog barn that went viral, and a carefully cultivated image that female politicians from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Sarah Palin have...
  • GOP Leaders Shouldn't Forget That They Won Because Obama Sucks, Not Because They're Great

    11/08/2014 4:08:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2014 | John Hawkins
    For the American people, voting in the 2014 election was like choosing whether they'd rather get Democrat Ebola or the Republican flu. Just because they chose the flu doesn't mean that Republicans should start assuming that people love them. They don't. Hell, I'm a conservative and even I don't love the Republican Party. Our leadership teams in the House and Senate are comprised of inarticulate country club Republicans who are to politics what the Waffle House is to fine dining. Many of the Capitol Hill staffers and consultants are out-of-touch lickspittles who hold flyover country conservatives in contempt because theyve...
  • Rand Paul, Rob Maness among Republicans to rally for Bill Cassidy on Monday

    11/08/2014 9:30:31 AM PST · by abb · 21 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cole Avery
    Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness is joining forces with Rep. Bill Cassidy in an effort to seal a win for Republicans over Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Maness will formally endorse Cassidy during a star-studded Republican rally in Baton Rouge on Monday that will feature presumed presidential candidates Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Gov. Bobby Jindal. U.S. Sen. David Vitter, state Sen. Elbert Guillory, state Rep. Paul Hollis, 6th Congressional District candidate Garret Graves, former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, and LAGOP chairman Roger Villere will also attend the "Unity Rally." Maness finished third behind Landrieu and Cassidy in Tuesday's primary. He...
  • Why Alaska Election Results Are Taking Sooooo Long

    11/08/2014 7:23:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    ABC ^ | 11.6.14 | SHUSHANNAH WALSHE
    Neither the Alaska Senate race nor the Alaska gubernatorial race have been called -- and both may take a while. ...we may not have an answer to the questions of who is the new Senator and Governor from the Last Frontier for weeks because there are still votes to be counted and that wont start until next week....there are 23,271 early and absentee ballots deemed eligible for counting. These are already received and reviewed as eligible. They sent out another 12,541 absentee ballots and if postmarked by November 4th, ballots can arrive legally 15 days after the election and still...
  • Conservatives Turn on McConnell And Anoint Ted Cruz The Leader Of Congress (Laff riot)

    11/07/2014 11:13:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 7, 2014 | Rmuse
    It is a fairly safe bet that next to the Koch brothers, Heritage Foundation, Senate Conservative Fund, and the Club for Growth, no-one in Washington was as excited with the results of the midterm elections as corrupt Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. It is also likely that McConnell has yearned to be Majority Leader throughout his political career, and although he may end up winning that coveted title, he will be Majority Leader in name only because pure conservatives at Heritage Action, Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservative Fund already have anointed Texas Ted Cruz as de facto leader of...
  • A Blip: Bill Maher Blown Out as Kline Doubles Victory Margin (EPIC FAIL !!!)

    11/07/2014 3:40:37 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 8 replies
    Minnesota Star Tribune ^ | 11/06/2014 | Tom Steward
    ---SNIP-- In real time terms, Mahers flip-a-district gimmick flopped as Kline coasted to his seventh term in the US House of Representatives. True, Maher wasnt on the ballot in Klines race, but then neither was President Obama. Just the same, Kline doubled his victory margin over challenger Mike Obermueller in a rematch of the 2012 racean 18 percent win compared to 8 percent last time.
  • Scott Walker Embarrasses Labor UnionsAgain

    11/07/2014 2:57:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Politically, are labor unions finished? It appears that might be the case. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker once again humiliated organized labor with his comfortable re-election last Tuesday. While polls showed a close race, Walker beat his Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, by a 6-point margin 52/46. Labor unions had put Walker in the cross hairs ever since his 2010 gubernatorial victory, failed to oust him in the 2012 recall (Walker received more votes in this election than in the 2010 race), and came up short again in this contest. Walker is now a definite 2016 contender, with a reputation...
  • Gall: Washington will work better if Obama has his way(Yeah right..Not)

    11/07/2014 1:50:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    I was prepared to offer a sympathetic interpretation of the White Houses preemptive attempts to assuage liberal anxiety ahead of the midterms by dismissing them as mere bravado. The administrations claim that it would mount a counter offensive in the wake of likely midterm losses struck me as posturing the president, I reasoned, surely could not be so self-absorbed that he believes he will poses enough political capital after the midterms to press for, much less enact, his agenda. This was surely a message aimed at a particularly narrow audience. But the presidents post-shellacking presser on Wednesday was a...
  • Political pull? Border figures posted, removed month before election

    11/07/2014 10:17:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 7, 2014
    Staggering statistics that show nearly a half-million people were caught trying to enter the U.S. illegally -- and more than half were not Mexican, a number far higher than in 2013 -- reportedly were posted on a U.S. government website for just a few hours last month before being taken down. According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the numbers were posted on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website on Oct. 10 for roughly five hours. The dramatic numbers raised questions over whether they were yanked to protect the administration before key midterm elections. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told...
  • Wendy Davis Campaign Blames Loss on Ebola

    11/07/2014 1:41:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 7, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was steamrolled in her bid to become the state's next governor, and it appears that her staff believes Ebola has something to do with the failure of her campaign. Speaking on behalf of Davis' campaign, Communications Director Zac Petkanas told the Wall Street Journal, "The losses that you are seeing in very blue states are simply amplified in states like Texas where there is already a structural advantage for Republicans," he said. The Journal added that, "Another challenge, [Petkanas] said, was that Texas was at the center of two issues immigration and the Ebola...
  • Ed Gillespie concedes Virginia Senate race

    11/07/2014 12:57:41 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2014 | Eric Bradner
    -- Republican Ed Gillespie conceded the Virginia Senate race Friday to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Gillespie said at a Friday afternoon news conference that he had called Warner "congratulating him on his re-election" in a race that turned out to be one of the midterm election's biggest surprises. Polls had shown Warner, a popular former governor who'd been endorsed by his Republican predecessor, ex-Sen. John Warner, with a hefty lead. But Gillespie led Warner for much of the night as returns trickled in Tuesday -- and ultimately ended up trailing by less than one percentage point. Get ready: 2016...
  • It is all still about race: Obama hatred, the South and the truth about GOP wins

    11/07/2014 1:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Salon ^ | November 4, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    All the conventional wisdom you'll hear tonight is wrong: Republican gains are really proof of age-old ugliness. In 1964, there were five black members of the House of Representatives barely over 1 percent compared to the 11 percent of the population who were black. But the American people were evenly split, 30 to 31 percent, on whether blacks should have more or less influence, with 28 percent saying things were about right as they stood. Whats more, those opposed to government social spending programs were three times more likely to say blacks should have less influence compared to...
  • Bye-bye, Sandra Fluke. Hello, Joni Ernst

    11/07/2014 12:02:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Charlotte Hays
    While the War on Women rhetoric may have contributed significantly to President Obamas gaining a second term in 2012, in 2014 it couldnt even get Sandra Fluke, the former Georgetown Law student who crusaded to make Jesuits pay for birth control, elected dog catcher. Well, she was really running for a seat in the California state Senate, but, given her retro campaign (she still lives in the halcyon days when Rush Limbaugh called her a naughty name), she probably couldn't have won the county dog catcher slot. No word yet on the actual dogcatcher races run on a "War on...
  • Has the Tea Party been tamed?

    11/07/2014 11:02:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | November 6, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe and Ben Kamisar
    Establishment Republicans are crowing that their resounding wins Tuesday night repudiated the Tea Partys insistence that ideological purity is key to electoral success. But dont tell that to conservatives, who arent admitting defeat. In fact, theyre claiming victory on the issues, if not for the candidates themselves, and pledging future fights to hold the GOP-led Senate accountable if senators stray from their campaign promises. Every single Republican ran as a conservative, Brent Bozell, chairman of ForAmerica, told The Hill. Name me one moderate issue that won. Moderation was defeated everywhere. The numbers dont bear that out. The national party made...
  • Congrats, South Florida, You Re-Elected Gov. Rick Scott by Not Showing Up to Vote

    11/07/2014 8:50:02 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 57 replies
    The Miami News Times ^ | Nov. 5, 2014 | Tim Elfrink
    There's a meme that's been going strong on Reddit's Florida page all summer. It shows Rick Scott and Charlie Crist side-by-side with the caption "Giant Douche Versus Turd Sandwich." That South Park reference seemed to resonate especially in Democrat-rich South Florida. As Riptide noted yesterday, local Facebook feeds and Twitter updates were rich with cynical "Why bother?" messages because of the matchup. Sure enough, Miami-Dade had the worst turnout in Florida yesterday, with Broward not far behind. In a razor-tight election, the result of that voter apathy in those left-leaning bastions became clear by around 10:30 last night: Gov. Rick...
  • Were Women a Factor in the Democratic Shellacking of 2014?

    11/07/2014 7:42:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/7/2014 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Stung by the Democrats who abandoned him during Campaign 2014 by telling voters that President Obama wasnt on the ballot, the president insisted that his policies were and that those Democrats voted consistently for his policies. At that point, Im sure, those senators and representatives cringed, but voters recognized the truth of what the president said and voted a resounding repudiation of both the president and his policies. That said, a burning question remains: What about those unmarried women who put him in office in 2008 and kept him there in 2012? My assessment of the CNN exit poll data...
  • More Non-White Voters for the GOP in 2014: Republicans Need to do even better in 2016

    11/07/2014 7:29:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/7/2014 | John Fund
    Republicans made historic gains across the country on Tuesday, including significant progress with minority voters. Republican Tim Scott became the first elected black senator from the South. Mia Love became the first Republican woman of African-American descent to be elected to the House, and the GOP Hispanic Caucus gained new members from West Virginia and Florida. But marquee names aside, the effort Republicans made has to be intensified if they are to become more competitive in higher-turnout presidential-election years. One of Mitt Romneys great failures in 2012 was that he won only 29 percent of Latino voters and a pathetic...
  • 2014: A Victory for Social Conservatives

    11/07/2014 3:29:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 7,2014 | Jay W. Richards
    The Republicans trounced the Democrats in Tuesdays elections. The GOP took the Senate, picked up three governorships in deeply Democrat states, staged several high-level upsets, and came close to victories in races that were supposed to be Democratic blowouts, such as the still-undecided Senate election between Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie in Virginia.
  • Terrorists had a friend in Clinton White House called Robin

    09/28/2001 4:18:10 PM PDT · by knak · 164 replies · 3,286+ views
    Our Political Bureau NEW DELHI MANY functionaries of the United States State Department, who handled South Asia under the Clinton Administration, may have to face embarrassment when the Bush regime gets down to locating the factors that made it easier for terrorists to carry out the September 11 carnage. These functionaries, it is reliably learnt, ignored the warnings about the activities and intentions of the terrorist groups operating out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of such reports had come from Michael Sheehan, the head of counter-terrorism wing of the State Department. Sheehans report also listed the measures that the ...
  • The Worst Predictions of 2014

    11/07/2014 2:15:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/05/14 | ADAM B. LERNER
    **SNIP** Barack Obama at a DNC fundraiser: Were gonna make one last push in these last several weeks. Weve got a lot of just nail-biter racesIf we do what were supposed to do, then Im actually confident that we can get it done. **SNIP** DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on This Week: I think were going to hold the Senate and the reason that were going to hold the Senateis because we have a ground game that, I know [RNC Chairman] Reince [Priebus] would take ours over theirs any day of the week. Rick Scott is going to go...
  • Do the Republicans just understand voters better?

    11/06/2014 8:00:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Toronto Globe and Mail ^ | November 6, 2014 | Margaret Wente
    Remember Wendy Davis, the champion of womens rights? She was the Texas state senator who spent all night on her feet to protest a law that would ban late-term abortions. The U.S. (and Canadian) news media turned her into a hero, then cheered her on as she ran for governor, looking to strike a huge victory against the Republican war on women. Ms. Davis got clobbered on Tuesday. She lost by 20 points. Texas voters had many issues on their minds, but it turned out that late-term abortions wasnt one of them. Democrats (and much of the media) were stunned...
  • My American exceptionalism fantasy is over: How these midterms sealed the deal (Delicious tears)

    11/06/2014 7:43:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Salon ^ | November 6, 2014 | Andrew Cotto
    When I lived abroad, Id proudly defend this country and extol its virtues. Heres what changed my entire worldview. Elections often hurt. Especially when they make you feel like a fool. I was one of the few who had held out hope that the electorate in key states would favor Democrats in respective races for Senate seats and governorships. As the map turned red over the course of Tuesday evening, the unraveling of my faith in the American political system begun just about a decade ago during a lengthy trip abroad completed its spiral. Over 2003 to 2004,...
  • How did the Tea Party actually perform in the House (Updated for accuracy)

    11/06/2014 4:53:45 PM PST · by Viennacon · 36 replies
    Me | 11/6/2014 | Me
    As an accompanying piece to my Midterm analysis located here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3223860/posts I wanted to maybe give some positive news to those real conservatives who, while happy the Dems have been kicked to the curb, are annoyed that the establishment seems to have 'won the day'. Yes, the establishment robbed us of many high profile primary races, with Mike Simpson hanging on in Idaho as the most liberal Republican of that delegation, Boehner stooge James Lankford winning the senate nod from Oklahoma, and of course the despicable ruination of Chris McDaniel in Mississippi to save the dribbling Cochran. But in the...
  • Elizabeth Warren's Supporters See Vindication in Dems' 2014 Debacle

    11/06/2014 2:13:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/6/2014 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    Don't blame Elizabeth Warren for the Democrats' midterm defeat. Follow her back to victory. That's the message progressives have for their fellow Democrats after Tuesday's widespread losses. Warren's supporters say the party fell short because it failed to emphasize the Massachusetts senator's message of economic populismand that pushing that message is the road back to congressional control. "Elizabeth Warren was the most popular Democrat on the campaign trail this cyclein red states, purple states, and blue states," said Adam Green, cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. "And that's because her economic populist message ... resonates everywhere." It's just an...
  • 2014 fallout: Democratic officeholders jumping ship for the GOP

    11/06/2014 2:11:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/6/2014 | Noah Rothman
    In the wake of Tuesdays drubbing, soft Democrats in Congress are pledging to stand with the presidents party for now. So-called independent Sen. Angus King (I-ME) backed off his pledge to caucus with the majority party in the 114th Congress on Wednesday. He was joined by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) who represents a state which is shifting rapidly from blue to red without the requisite stopover into purple territory. The story is not the same on the state-level. As the fallout from the 2014 tsunami settles, a wave of party jumpers is sapping the Democrats of authority on the...
  • National Dems cut ad buys for Landrieu

    11/06/2014 12:04:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexandra Jaffe
    National Democrats are canceling a portion of their planned advertising buy in Louisiana for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) runoff battle with Rep. Bill Cassidy (R ). A Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee aide confirmed the committee canceled buys starting Monday and running through Dec. 6, the date of the runoff, in the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets. It's unclear how much of the committee's initial $2 million-plus reservation remains. The move underscores, and likely exacerbates, her underdog status in the race. But with Senate control no longer up for grabs, after Republicans gained a 52-seat majority in Tuesday nights...
  • The Democratic Partys Civil War Is Here

    11/06/2014 10:26:55 AM PST · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | 11-6-2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    There are really two Democratic parties. One is the old corrupt party of thieves and crooks. Its politicians, black and white, are the products of political machines. They believe in absolutely nothing. They can go from being Dixiecrats to crying racism, from running on family values to pushing gay marriage and the War on Women. They will say absolutely anything to get elected. Cunning, but not bright, they are able campaigners. Reformers underestimate them at their own peril because they are determined to win at all costs. The other Democratic Party is progressive. Its members are radical leftists working within...