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  • Former Clinton Spokesman: 'Republicans Aren’t Out To Destroy Women'

    12/13/2015 5:59:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 13, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    The war on women was used as an effective rallying cry during the 2012 elections, which mobilized single, college-educated, and urban-based women to flock to the polls for Democrats. Yet, Democrats never moved beyond this fundraising ploy, which saw it backfire on them in the 2014 midterms. Now, we have a former Clinton spokesperson saying there isn't a Republican war on women, though he also reminded conservatives that there isn't a war on religion or the military; I'll let you debate the latter amongst yourselves (via Inside Sources): "I do not believe that there's any sort of Republican war on women,"...
  • Obama: ‘I’m happy to take on some of the blame’ for midterm election losses

    01/29/2015 8:25:11 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    WAPO ^ | Jan. 29, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe
    PHILADELPHIA -- President Obama urged Republicans to embrace his forthcoming budget proposal Thursday night by saying that his plan would contribute to the nation's ongoing economic recovery. The White House budget plan set for release next week is expected to cost $74 billion more in discretionary investments than is currently allowed by spending caps mandated by Congress four years ago in an attempt to reduce the federal deficit. The proposal, a 7 percent increase over levels set by what's known as "sequestration," includes $530 billion on the non-defense discretionary side, an increase of $37 billion over the spending caps; and...
  • Green Mountain State Going Red?

    12/21/2014 7:08:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Arthur Schaper
    Looking over the final voter tallies, the winners and losers for state and federal offices, there remains one undecided gubernatorial contest: Vermont. Unlike other states, if a gubernatorial candidate, whether incumbent of challenger, fails to win a simple majority, the state legislature appoints the next governor out of the top three contenders. Incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin, won by 2,000 votes, yet got less than half the total vote in the 2014 election. Presently, the legislature sits firmly in the Democratic camp, although Republican gained a few seats. Still, Shumlin has weathered some troubling controversies in Vermont. In his 2014 State...
  • McSally win gives GOP historic majority in House

    12/17/2014 1:18:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    WAPO ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Republicans clinched their 247th U.S. House seat on Wednesday when GOP challenger Martha McSally officially unseated Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), bringing to an end the final unresolved congressional election of the midterms and handing the GOP its largest majority in the chamber since the Great Depression. McSally's narrow win, which came after a recount, means that House Republicans will begin the 114th Congress with a 247-188 advantage over Democrats. It is the largest GOP majority since Republicans claimed 270 seats in the 1928 election.
  • McSally (R) Wins Recount in Arizona CD-2, Officially Delared Winner

    12/17/2014 9:59:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Christine Rousselle
    Martha McSally (R) has been officially declared the winner in Arizona's second congressional district by a razor-thin 167-vote margin over incumbent Rep. Ron Barber (D). This was the final race of the 2014 election that was yet to be decided, as Arizona law mandates a recount if an election is decided by fewer than 200 votes.Member-elect McSally released the following statement thanking everyone who worked on her campaign and the people of southern Arizona: "We're grateful to everyone who devoted their time and resources, especially during the extended vote and recount processes, to get us over the finish line," said...
  • Final Score: GOP Gains Nine Senate Seats, Will Hold 54-46 Majority

    12/08/2014 3:13:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 8, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Saturday's Louisiana runoff election closed the book on the 2014 election cycle (with one small exception noted below); as the dust settles, the GOP achieved a net gain of nine Senate seats, and will command a healthy 54-46 majority in the upper chamber come January. Republicans controlled just 40 Senate seats as recently as early 2010.  A few notes on Bill Cassidy's lopsided defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu, as well as the larger national picture, starting with a look at Cassidy's 56/44 victory margin: All votes in. #LASen Cassidy 712,330 55.94% Landrieu 561,099 44.06%— AoSHQ Decision Desk (@AoSHQDD) December 7, 2014 A visualization of Landrieu's downfall,...
  • South's Shift To Conservatism Now Complete With Defeat Of Mary Landrieu

    12/07/2014 5:30:03 PM PST · by goldstategop · 43 replies
    New Orleans Advocate ^ | 12/07/2014 | Gregory Roberts
    The values that are pre-eminent for Republican Party voters are probably freedom, independence, autonomy, limited government and self-reliance, and a strong belief in the powers of capitalism and a free market,” Cross said. “We see them in the South: the calls or less government, the call for people to take personal responsibility, the inveighing against the dependent class.” And in Louisiana and other energy-producing states, he said, the perceived antipathy of national Democrats for the oil and gas industry helps swell Republican ranks. “We’re looking at something more than just a bad year,” said Charlie Cook, the Shreveport native who...
  • Louisiana Democrat: Vote Multiple Times, You Won't Be Prosecuted

    12/01/2014 5:59:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 1, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Who's up for a fresh addition to the ever-expanding "voter fraud is a Republican myth" file?  Democratic officials and campaign operatives have been caught on tape encouraging illegal voting on several occasions in recent election cycles, and anti-voter ID activists have literally cheered a swing-state poll worker who was convicted of the practice. Our latest installment comes to us from the Bayou State and features a Democratic mayor and former State Senator, who dispensed some pro tips on voting at a rally in advance of Saturday's run-off election: Video of Opelousas, Louisiana Mayor Don Cravins Sr.'s Nov. 3 remarks show him telling a crowd in his home town that 'if you early...
  • Milbank’s Lament: Amnesty, Missed Opportunities and Lost Elections

    11/18/2014 5:06:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Brian Birdnow
    Last week Dana Milbank, the noted Op-Ed writer for the Washington Post, recovered himself admirably after the baleful events of November 4th, and picked through the post-election wreckage, presumably looking to assign blame. Milbank’s studied conclusion was that President Obama should be tagged with the blame for the electoral debacle, which is not, in itself, a particularly startling finding. Milbank, however, does not pin the onus on Obama for his lack of leadership, his wrong-headed policies, or his general disinterest in his job. He reasons that Obama brought this defeat on himself by delaying his amnesty executive order until after...
  • Slate’s Left-Handed Sleight-of-Hand

    11/18/2014 4:15:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2014 | Arthur Schaper
    Following the 2014 GOP shellacking which expanded Republican numbers in the House and gained the US Senate, left-wing contrarian William Saletan for Slate went to work dumbing down repudiation of Obama’s economic policies. The title could not be more explicit (and misleading):The US Is Moving Left Despite Republican GainsReally? The basis for William Saletan’s argument? Republicans campaigned, effectively and successfully, on income inequality, as though the issue belonged only to the Left.Excerpts defending Saletan’s untenable position include:Republicans also zeroed in on blacks and other underserved populations. In Louisiana right-wing candidate Rob Maness pointed out, “Unemployment for young black men in...
  • Where The Polls Were Wrong -- And, Maybe, Why

    11/18/2014 4:03:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 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...
  • Time to Focus on the Future

    11/17/2014 6:06:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 17, 2014 | Terry Paulson
    This mid-term election was clearly a repudiation of President Obama's"transformational" agenda. The majority of voting Americans were not pleased with the America the Obama administration has created. Americans weren't anti-incumbent; it was Democrat incumbents who felt the wave of voter anger. Democrats lost governorships in Illinois, MA, and Maryland where President Obama helped campaign. The GOP owns majorities in 70 percent of the state legislators. They control both houses of Congress in Washington. America has had enough of this Democrat nightmare.This election landslide was not a GOP endorsement but a challenge for them to lead in establishing a national agenda...
  • Obama’s Moves Defying Label of Lame Duck (NY SLIMES to the Rescue)

    11/13/2014 8:43:13 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    NYSLIMES ^ | Nov. 13, 2014 | PETER BAKER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
    WASHINGTON — President Obama emerged from last week’s midterm election rejected by voters, hobbled politically and doomed to a final two years in office suffering from early lame-duck syndrome. That, at least, was the consensus in both parties. No one seems to have told Mr. Obama. In the 10 days since “we got beat,” as he put it, by Republicans who captured the Senate and bolstered control over the House, Mr. Obama has flexed his muscles on immigration, climate change and the Internet, demonstrating that he still aspires to enact sweeping policies that could help define his legacy.
  • Elections Have Consequences 2.0

    11/13/2014 9:12:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    The words "deportation relief" jumped out at me from Greg Sargent's Washington Post blog posting titled "Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration." Those two words seem so benign compared with "amnesty" -- the preferred usage in the GOP lexicon -- but that is their meaning. President Barack Obama was dangling a promise to issue an executive order to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation before the end of the summer; the order would be so big, an aide boasted, that Republicans might try to impeach Obama. Then the White House had to revise the promise -- with...
  • The Audacity of Arrogance

    11/13/2014 3:55:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 13, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    In the week following the shellacking of his party in the midterm elections, one might think that President Barack Obama would be conciliatory and humble. Instead, he has continued to be audacious -- but with arrogance rather than hope. The day after the elections, during a White House news conference, Obama said this in response to a reporter's questions about the possibility of changing focus based on the mid-term election results: "The key is to find areas where the agenda that I've put forward, one that I believe will help strengthen the middle class and create more ladders of opportunity...
  • The best candidate of the 2014 election

    11/11/2014 3:34:08 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    The 2014 election is over! And, before the 2016 presidential race begins in earnest -- oh, who are we kidding, that's already happened -- we wanted to give out some Fix superlatives for the best (and worst) of the 2014 campaign. Today kicks off the Fix's award season with our pick for the best candidate of the cycle. Tomorrow, we "award" the worst candidate. First, the nominees (in alphabetical order by last name): * Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia Senate) * Joni Ernst (Iowa Senate) * Al Franken (Minnesota Senate) * Cory Gardner (Colorado Senate) * Ed Gillespie (Virginia Senate)...
  • Hitler Learns About the Midterm Election

    11/11/2014 1:49:51 PM PST · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 10, 2014
    Der Furher found out what happened ... and was not amused
  • Stay Classy, Liberals: Gov. Rick Perry Gets Anal Sex Questions At Dartmouth

    11/11/2014 3:32:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 88 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    This is liberalism at its finest. Get really angry with someone who holds views different from your own, and then berate that person with hyper-emotional drivel. In this case, the victim was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who received sexually explicit questions from Dartmouth's student body regarding anal sex during a visit to the college. Perry is a social conservative. According to the Dartmouth, the student newspaper, Perry was there to discuss the midterms, border security, energy initiatives and foreign policy. There was a Q&A session–and that’s when things devolved. Both presidents of the College Democrats and Republicans condemned the actions of...
  • A Massive, Humiliating And Awesome Rejection Of The Liberals

    11/10/2014 4:08:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    It's been almost a week and I am still giggling like a women-gendered schoolchild as I gaze out over the smoking ruins of the Obama dream. The voters spoke, and what they said to Obama was, “You suck.” But we need to move on from our glorious festival of schadenfreude and strike while the enemy is in disarray. This is an opportunity we must seize. This elections’ utter and complete repudiation of everything these progressive punks proclaim must be Viagra for an impotent GOP establishment. Time to run up the score on these liberal twerps. We have already seen the...
  • The Dense-o-Crats Learned Nothing

    11/09/2014 5:12:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    It’s one of life’s little ironies that the political party most often screaming about “democracy!” is also the party least likely to care what the majority of citizens actually vote for. Tuesday’s election sent a clear message: We don’t like what the Democrats have been doing. What did Democrats hear? Well, one senior Democratic aide told Politico, “As a party, we need to change. [Voters] like our policies. All this leftie [talk], the country likes, but somehow the message about us as individual members of the conference isn’t breaking through.” Yes, people love the policies of the past six years....
  • Hindsight is 20-20 but these election predictions by political pros were awful

    11/08/2014 3:17:58 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Rick Moran
    Politico has an interesting article, looking back at some of the worst mid term predictions made by political pros who should have known better, Here are a few: Senator Chuck Schumer: “Well, I think we will hold the Senate. You know, I know all the pundits are saying Republicans will take the Senate. Democrats are going to prove the pundits wrong on Election Day when we keep the Senate, three reasons. First and foremost, economic issues predominate. Ebola's in the news, ISIS is in the news, but the average voter, every poll shows far and away, cares most about economic...
  • The State Legislative Landslide

    11/08/2014 2:50:09 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 8, 2014 | Bruce Walker
    There are ninety-eight partisan state legislative chambers in our nation. (Nebraska has a unicameral and nonpartisan legislature.) Not all state legislative chambers had elections this November, but of the seventy-seven state legislative chambers that did have elections, Republicans gained seats in sixty-one, while losing seats in only ten. This translated into shifting control of ten legislative chambers from Democrat to Republican: the State Senate in Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Maine, and New York and the State House of Representatives in New Mexico, Nevada, Minnesota, West Virginia, and New Hampshire. Republican power in state legislatures is at the highest point in a...
  • White women didn’t just fail Wendy Davis — they failed the rest of Texas, too

    11/06/2014 10:41:23 AM PST · by C19fan · 114 replies
    Salon ^ | November 6, 2014 | Jenny Kutner
    I am well aware that Wendy Davis lost the Texas governor’s race by a wide margin. It’s salt in a very personal wound. Her campaign meant a lot to me, and to so many other Texas women — thousands of whom stood in line for hours to cast their ballots in support. Greg Abbott won anyway, and he won by a lot. But he didn’t win by a lot across the demographic landscape. I went to the Texas Tribune first for a dissection of the election results, and one piece of information struck me as particularly… wrong. The Tribune cited...
  • 2+2=5: Women Of Color Had Their Votes Erased In Texas

    11/08/2014 4:05:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    OK, let’s not mince words. It was abject slaughter in Texas. Republican Greg Abbott beat Democrat Wendy Davis by 21 points [59/38]. Then again, the pro-abortion Davis never really had a chance to win this election in the first place. Yet, from the darkened lair that is Salon.com, comes a horrid story of the “erasure” of votes cast by women of color in Texas, or something. Jenny Kutner, the editor who wrote about her plans to have an abortion, wrote this [emphasis mine]: I am well aware that Wendy Davis lost the Texas governor’s race by a wide margin. It’s salt in...
  • Welcome to the Great Liberal Hangover of 2014. Will anything make it go away?

    11/07/2014 7:40:07 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | November 5, 2014 | Jeb Lund
    Here we are, the day of the great liberal Facebook hangover, crushed policies, placebo-like petitions driven before you and the lamentations of men and women. Obama’s victories over the last six years aside, this is a familiar spectacle for left-leaning Americans, enough so that the breast-beating is almost as enervating as all of those defeats. Act like you’ve been here before, people. Because – to paraphrase a cable show about a bunch of elites living in a militarized society that addressed populist concerns only episodically and embarrassingly until everyone finally found themselves on a completely screwed-up planet – all of...
  • Seize the day, control the agenda

    11/07/2014 1:17:40 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 6, 2014 | Charles Krauthammer
    Memo to the GOP. You had a great night on Tuesday. But remember: You didn’t win it. The Democrats lost it. This is not to say that you didn’t show discipline in making the election a referendum on six years of Barack Obama. You exercised adult supervision over the choice of candidates. You didn’t allow yourself to go down the byways of gender and other identity politics. It showed: a gain of probably nine Senate seats, the largest Republican House majority in more than 80 years, and astonishing gubernatorial victories, including Massachusetts, Maryland and Illinois, the bluest of the blue,...
  • Democrats’ 2014 defeat is worse than it was in 2010

    11/07/2014 12:59:10 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | E.J. Dionne
    For Democrats, the 2014 election was not the 2010 Republican landslide. It was worse. Four years ago, the economy was still ailing, and a new wave of conservative activism in the form of the tea party was roiling politics. This time, the economy was better, ideological energies on the right had abated — and Democrats suffered an even more stinging defeat. They lost Senate seats in presidential swing states such as Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina. They lost governorships in their most loyal bastions, from Massachusetts to Maryland to Illinois. After a defeat of this scope, the sensible advice is...
  • Cosmo Hails Historic Number of Women in Congress…

    11/06/2014 4:11:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    Wednesday morning, Cosmopolitan magazine hailed the fact that 100 women are going to serve in Congress for the first time ever. The only problem? The magazine rooted against a fifth of them – or at least ignored them. The fashion magazine for some reason decided to jump into politics this year and endorse candidates for the 2014 midterm elections. Surprise, surprise, all of the politicians they endorsed were pro-abortion Democrats. Here were just a few: Amanda Renteria, Jeanne Shaheen, Alison Lundergan Grimes, Mary Burke, Carol Shea-Porter, Michelle Nunn, Staci Appel, and everyone’s favorite candidate, Wendy Davis. In the House races, specifically, conservative, pro-life...
  • WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH MINNESOTA?

    11/06/2014 11:13:03 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 50 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | November 6, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election:
  • WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH MINNESOTA?

    11/06/2014 11:07:15 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 49 replies
    Powerline Blog | November 6, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    This map, which originated with National Journal, has been making the rounds on Twitter. It it similar to the one that was popular a few years ago that showed the United States as red or blue, by county. But this map shows the Congressional districts based on the just-completed election: In a sense, maps like this one are misleading because the small blue areas are basically the cities, where lots of people live. But what this map does reveal is that the Democrats are no longer competitive in rural and small-town America. It is now rare for a district dominated...
  • So It Was About Obama After All

    11/06/2014 7:37:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | John Ransom
    Dear President Obama, It’s not us; it’s you. It’s all you. In the election in which you sought and gained ballot access while repeatedly disregarding pleas of the actual Democrat candidates- candidates who wanted nothing to do with you-- and just wanted you to sit down and shut up, you got beat. And now Democrats know how Chicago feels. Just like you did with your “hometown,” you used the Democrats to build a legacy for yourself. And then left them to burn and rot. How’s this for a legacy? In addition to losing Libya, Egypt (only for a time), Iraq,...
  • More Culture Wars?

    11/06/2014 4:54:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Because of the way the news business works, I am writing this column before the close of the polls in the so-called midterm elections, and hence as I write, I do not know their outcome. Will the Republicans or the Democrats control the U.S. Senate for the next two years? Will it make a difference? The two major political parties are more alike than they are different. On the two paramount issues of our day -- war and debt -- they are identical. With the exception of Democratic progressives and Republican libertarians, the two parties stand for perpetual war and...
  • We Worship Our Politicians — and We Despise Them

    11/06/2014 4:36:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    Of course it was only by happenstance that former Mayor Thomas Menino died just days before the 2014 election, and that his funeral at Most Precious Blood Parish in Hyde Park coincided with the closing hours of all the campaigns whose outcomes would be decided on Tuesday. But that unplanned juxtaposition couldn't have illustrated more vividly the emotional extremes we resort to when it comes to political figures.A newcomer watching the local TV news broadcasts in Boston early Monday morning might reasonably have concluded that the former mayor had been a hero of mythic proportions, a saint and a superstar whose goodness...
  • Now, It's About Governing, Not Politics

    11/06/2014 1:23:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Part of the allure and fascination of politics is that you don't know what's going to happen until election night is over and all the votes have been counted. It is real-life, high-stakes drama. In the 1970s, it was volunteers who would call in the vote tallies from the precincts. They would be written on the blackboard and the totals calculated as the votes were called in. Nowadays we rely on the Internet to give us information on where the races end up. Unless you know what counties come in first, it's hard to decipher the status of the races....
  • Why the GOP Blowout Is So Scary for Democrats

    11/05/2014 10:14:38 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 5, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Does Tuesday night’s GOP blowout presage anything for the presidential election that starts in earnest on Wednesday? The conventional answer is probably still no. First, as a million pundits have correctly noted, midterm voters are older, whiter and thus more Republican-leaning than voters in presidential races. Second, the key 2014 Senate races were disproportionately located in red states (although Democrats fared poorly in purple ones too). Third, the GOP trained its fire on President Obama, who won’t be on the ballot in two years. But despite all this, there is one big takeaway from tonight’s Republican landslide that should worry...
  • A good election night for marijuana legalization

    11/05/2014 9:11:15 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 121 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 5, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    The 2014 election was a successful one for marijuana legalization. Referendum initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana passed in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. Florida’s legalization amendment (which was limited to medical marijuana) failed, but only because victory required a 60% supermajority (it got just over 57% percent). A medical marijuana initiative did pass in the Pacific island territory of Guam. Coming on the heels of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington in 2012, this is a further sign of pro-legalization momentum, and perhaps of dissatisfaction with the War on Drugs more generally – even among some conservatives.
  • Electing Liberty

    11/05/2014 3:08:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2014 | John Stossel
    I watch election results to gauge whether America has become freer or more tyrannical. It's hard to know whether Tuesday's results will make much difference. Often, individual liberty erodes in ways that neither major political party much cares about. Last weekend, I suffered through the New York Marathon. I suffered not because I ran 26.2 miles but because I live near Central Park, and at Marathon time, officials turn my neighborhood into a little police state. Four thousand police officers, 20 boats and four blimps "guarded" the Marathon. Barricades, bomb-sniffing dogs and surveillance cameras were everywhere. This is new. Marathons...
  • 2014 Midterm Elections a Republican Stampede

    11/05/2014 1:47:55 AM PST · by dignitasnews · 37 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | November 5, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    While experts predicted a good night for Republicans, the 2014 Midterm Elections turned out to be a stampede exceeding even the most optimistic hopes of conservatives. In addition to taking control of the US Senate and increasing its majority in the House of Representatives, Governors mansions and State Legislatures across the country, Republicans established themselves as a legitimate "big tent party" with ground-breaking firsts from coast to coast. The GOP gained majority control of the US Senate by sweeping close races through the country, holding a 52-47 advantage as of press time, with tight contests in Alaska and Virginia still...
  • Can Non-citizen Votes Decide U.S. Elections?

    11/04/2014 4:28:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2014 | Todd Gaziano
    The heated debate over voter fraud and illegal voting has largely occurred without reliable data on the extent of the problem, but that may be changing with a new study that is gaining significant attention, including Guy Benson’s piece on Townhall. The study publicized by The Washington Post has shown that noncitizen voting may be much more common than most people probably suspect, and could have changed the result in close elections. Those findings also call into question other aspects of an electoral system that is effectively policed by the “honor system,” as Hans von Spakovsky has argued elsewhere.Federal law...
  • Obama Will Leave the Democrats in Shambles

    11/04/2014 10:01:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Before the election results are in, and keeping in mind that there may be some unpleasant surprises for one party or the other -- or both -- it's possible to assess how the Democratic Party has fared under the leadership of President Obama. To summarize the verdict: not so well. By one metric it has done very badly indeed. When Obama took the oath of office in January 2009, there were 257 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Going into this election there are 201 (including two vacant Democratic seats). Psephologists universally agree Democrats will suffer a net loss of...
  • Biden signals election defeat: White House ‘ready to compromise’ with GOP

    11/03/2014 10:57:20 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 3, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said the White House is “ready to compromise” after the midterm elections but that a Republican victory on Tuesday wouldn’t force the administration to undergo a wholesale overhaul in how it does business. He appeared to indicate that the onus would be on Republicans regardless of the outcome of the elections on Tuesday.
  • Biden Tossing In Towel on Tomorrow's Elections?

    11/03/2014 4:12:49 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    C'mon man! That's no way for a plucky VP like you to talk just two days before the elections! As a loyal member of the DNC email list, last night I received a message from Joe Biden that sounded decidedly down in the mouth; frankly fatalistic. Here's how Good Ol' Joe opened [emphasis added throughout]: "No matter what happens on Tuesday, I'm proud of you, Mark." "No matter what happens?" Not exactly a bold prediction of victory! Particularly when it was followed by this: "You've helped to keep us in this campaign." Just kept us in it? Don't you remember...
  • Vote Like Your Constitution Depends On It . . . Because It Does

    11/03/2014 4:08:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    You need to vote Tuesday, and you need to work to get your friends, neighbors and family to vote too. How should you vote? Straight-up Republican down the ballot. Is the GOP establishment packed with hacks, squishes and weasels? Yep. And that’s irrelevant. The party will fall in line with conservative values soon enough as these doddering clowns age their way out of office. We have one opponent – the progressives – and the progressives have one party – the Democrats. They must be stopped before they destroy this country. They are shredding our Constitution, bankrupting us, and turning the...
  • Senate Update: Polls Point Increasingly To Republican Senate Win

    11/02/2014 4:28:10 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 19 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    By this point in an election year, when polls are coming in by the bucketload late in the evening, you can get a sense for which pollsters are taking fresh samples of public opinion and which are herding toward the conventional wisdom. J. Ann Selzer, whose firm Selzer & Company conducts the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, is in the former group: She’s always been one to trust what her data is telling her. On Dec. 31, 2007, Selzer’s poll was among the first to show a large lead for Barack Obama in the Iowa Democratic caucuses — most other...
  • The 15 Worst Democrat Gaffes This Election

    11/02/2014 10:37:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Cortney O'Brien
    This started as a top ten list.Let's face it, with President Obama's awful approval ratings and the unfortunate consequences of Obamacare felt like a sting around the country, Democrats were already vulnerable in this year's midterm elections. These gaffes certainly won't help. Let's take a look at some of the worst mistakes Dems have made on the campaign trail so far:1.) That awful/insensitive/shameful and now infamous ad from the Wendy Davis (D-TX) gubernatorial campaign. 2.) Those colorful campaign memos from Michelle Nunn’s (D-GA) campaign, in which her own campaign referred to her as a “lightweight.” 3.) Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) saying he was...
  • KS-SEN Polls Still Within Margin Of Error

    11/02/2014 8:45:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    Another week, another poll showing the race between incumbent Republican Pat Roberts and Democrat-turned-Independent Greg Orman is too close to call - within the margin of error. Orman has maintained a small yet consistent lead recently but has only led by more than two points in a single poll. On Friday, Fox News released their latest poll of the Kansas race and found Orman up by one point. Roberts has done much to close what looked to be a sizable gap but the race has been plus or minus a few points throughout October. Fox finds 44% say they're for...
  • Some Courage Required

    11/02/2014 8:19:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Two days from now, elections across the country will produce a “new” Congress, with all 435 seats in the so-called House of Representatives on the ballot and one-third of the U.S. Senate up for grabs. The state of play in Senate contests makes it appear increasingly likely there will be a change of party control from Democrats to Republicans in that upper chamber. Elections are better than no elections, of course, even though the power of incumbency, fed by rampant cronyism, squelches the opportunity for widespread change. And certainly Republican control of the U.S. Senate could hardly be worse than...
  • Breaking Away? Ernst Leads Braley By 7 In Iowa

    11/02/2014 8:00:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    If you’re in the Joni Ernst camp, then yesterday was probably a very exciting one given that the Des Moines Register’s  latest poll showed the GOP senate hopeful 7 points ahead of her Democratic opponent Rep. Bruce Braley [emphasis mine]: 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. … Braley has lost vote share since an early October Iowa Poll (he dropped from 46 percent to 44 percent) while...
  • OK ALL to ALL of my Fellow Conservatives out there HERE is my "Message" to ALL of You!

    11/01/2014 11:30:26 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 205 replies
    01 Nov 2014 | US Navy Vet
    GET OFF YOU A$$ETS and VOTE!
  • If They Can’t Win Now, Then When?

    11/01/2014 8:48:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2014 | John Ransom
    The day of reckoning for Obama is finally here. Apparently. Or maybe not. According to some experts Republicans will win historic victories in the 2014 midterm elections, picking up more seats in the House and the Senate of any party since Dwight Eisenhower was president. Others are saying not so fast: The Democrats have shown an ability to turn out the vote under Obama in a way that has permanently altered the political landscape. While acknowledging that a GOP victory is likely, they argue that it will be closer than some think, with fewer pickups by Republicans than the massive...