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Why Republicans Won’t Lose The House

 You probably haven’t read much commentary about this year’s elections to the House of Representatives. There’s a good reason for that: The majority in the Senate is up for grabs, but it’s clear to everyone who follows these things that Republicans will continue to control the House. But there are lessons to be learned from […] Read More →

YouTube, Beware: Election-spending regulator sets sights on political Internet videos

 Politically themed YouTube videos could be the next target of federal regulators. The top Democrat on the Federal Election Commission strongly suggested Friday that regulators look at extending their authority to election-themed Internet videos – an area that for years has been largely hands-off for the government. The statement from Vice Chairwoman Ann Ravel, who […] Read More →

Restoration of the Senate’s dignity rides on “Mitch McConnell” ?

George Will,  Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about reelecting the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the […] Read More →

Sore Liberal Losers: The Democrats’ Coming Blame Game

 Less than two weeks before Election Day, Democrats are bracing for losses — and are already quietly trying to shift the blame. Years of disappointment and tension between Democrats and their president are now on open display as politicians, party leaders and strategists worried about their chances in the midterm elections begin casting about for […] Read More →

Wastebook 2014: Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys

 When I wrote about the insane sums of taxpayer money paid to federal employees who weren’t even working yesterday, and noticed Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) was on the case, I figured the paid administrative leave scandal would make it into his annual Wastebook – that indispensable chronicle of absurd government spending, the cudgel you should […] Read More →

The Man Who Invented the Republican Internet

 Vincent Harris’s digital talents helped put Ted Cruz on the map (and his lambasting of the Romney campaign made him enemies). Now he’s embarked on his toughest challenge—making Mitch McConnell cool. Vincent Harris, 26-year-old GOP digital savant, wheels his black 2014 BMW 381 away from the curb of my Austin hotel, Lana Del Ray blasting […] Read More →

Ben Shapiro: Why Republicans Don’t Get It

The Republican Party simply doesn’t get it.  A new poll this week shows 2012 presidential nominee and 2008 primary candidate Mitt Romney leading the field of potential 2016 Republican candidates. According to ABC News/Washington Post, 21 percent of Republican voters would vote for Romney in the primaries; Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee tie at 10 […] Read More →

Liberal Clintons, the Democrats’ 2014 super surrogates

 Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall, attending fundraisers and get-out-the-vote rallies for a long […] Read More →

Teddy Roosevelt v. Citizens United

 How is it possible that, given overwhelming public concern about the direction of the country, we could be facing historically low turnout in the midterm elections on Nov. 4? The question isn’t new. As trust in government has swung up and down in the past half century, turnout for midterm races, as in presidential years, […] Read More →

GOP faces House loss after incumbent loses primary, nominee branded ‘foreclosure king’

 House Democrats are not expected to make big gains in the midterms, but they are optimistic about winning a Republican-held seat in Michigan in the aftermath of a nasty GOP primary in which a “foreclosure king” defeated an incumbent portrayed as a “Santa Claus impersonator.” Lawyer and businessman Dave Trott trounced incumbent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio […] Read More →

Hispanics Seem to Be Souring on Obama Democrats

Michael Barone,   It’s looking like a tough off year election for Democrats, with their Senate majority at serious risk and their chances of gaining House seats down toward zero. Every party has a bad offyear sometimes; Republicans did in 2006. Sooner or later they recover. But in the crosstabs of polls and in party strategists’ moves […] Read More →

Dem. approval rating lowest in 30 years

Trouble Looms for Obama, Democrats with Election Day 2014 Approaching  Barack Obama and his political party are heading into the midterm elections in trouble. The president’s 40 percent job approval rating in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the lowest of his career – and the Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling […] Read More →