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  • Obama's home congressional district in play

    04/24/2010 11:25:29 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies · 577+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 24, 2010 | MARK NIESSE
    HONOLULU (AP) -- Republicans believe they've seen this movie before: Campaign ads blanketing the airwaves. Money from national political parties flowing in. And polls showing their candidate virtually tied with the competition.
  • Starbucks Same Store Sales Up 7% in Defiance of Brady Campaign Attacks

    04/23/2010 7:10:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies · 552+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | 21 April, 2010 | Don Earl
    For months the Brady Campaign has engaged in a relentless attack against Starbucks. The reason? Starbucks refused to cave in to the Brady Campaign demand that Starbucks violate the civil rights of law abiding citizens. At the height of the worst Depression since the 1930s, with unemployment at 17.9% (when all categories of unemployment are included), in a business driven solely by discretionary consumer spending, Starbucks stellar results for the quarter say a lot about its ethics and business practices. In standing up for its customers' Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, its customers stood up for Starbucks privilege...
  • Why are white men leaving the Democrats?

    03/31/2010 10:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1,432+ views
    The Week ^ | March 30, 2010 | The Editors
    White male voters are increasingly turning away from the Democratic party, according to a recent Gallup poll, and the shift could prove decisive in November's midterm elections. Here, a brief primer on why white men are making the move, and how the change affects the electoral math: How many white male voters are leaving the Dems? According to a recent Gallup poll, only 35 percent of white males said they would back the Democrats in the fall election. That figure has dropped 8 percentage points since July 2009. White male support for President Obama has dropped, too -- from 41...
  • Boxer: Dems need to match Tea Party energy as midterm elections near

    04/17/2010 12:34:21 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 992+ views
    Boxer: Dems need to match Tea Party energy as midterm elections near By Sean J. Miller - 04/17/10 02:07 PM ET Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) warned that Democrats must match the Tea Party's energy and enthusiasm or face the consequences in November. "At this point, I think the polls are showing that there is more enthusiasm with the tea party party," Boxer said before taking the stage at the California Democratic Party's convention in Los Angeles Saturday. "I think it is absolutely a fact that we have to match that enthusiasm." According to the Sacramento Bee she added, "I'm just...
  • Goldman Sachs to Harry Reid: Back Off

    04/15/2010 10:37:11 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 19 replies · 1,319+ views
    http://www.politico.com/ ^ | 4/13/10 | By MANU RAJU
    The Senate Majority leader, who’s getting pounced in the polls over his support for president Obama’s health-care plan and is now facing an uphill battle for re-election in his home state of Nevada, thought he was coming to friendly territory. He is, after all, a Democrat and a recent fundraiser in New York City was set up by Gary Cohn, president of Goldman Sachs (GS: 184.865, -0.097, -0.05%) and himself a long-time Democrat. But the reception Reid received from Goldman was anything but friendly. According to people with direct knowledge of the incident, during the event, which was held in...
  • Haley Barbour 2010 Mid-Terms: Political Environment Better Today For Republicans Than 1994 (Video)

    04/11/2010 3:43:21 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 6 replies · 366+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 4/11/10 | HAP
    This is coming from the man who was RNC chairman during the 1994 Republican Revolution, Haley Barbour gives his assessment on the 2010 mid-terms on CNN State of the Union (Video)
  • 2010: Highlighting the GOP's Prospects at the SRLC

    04/10/2010 5:08:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 350+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2010 | Jillian Bandes
    The three themes of SRLC are: repeal the health care bill, remain The Party of No, and repair the Republican brand. Oh, and, win every election in sight. "People are starting to wake up," said Texas Governor Rick Perry. "Thank God, we have come out of that fog, and we haven't landed yet, but we see the airport." Again and again, speakers referenced the importance of the 2010 mid-terms. Strategy, money, policy, outreach, personality, women, bourbon - you name it, and it was cited as a possible factor in influencing November. But repealing health care, saying no - preferable, "heck"...
  • Independent voters turn from hopeful to angry--Democrats no longer ride tide of support

    04/01/2010 5:45:15 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies · 1,581+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 2, 2010 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    President Obama and congressional Democrats face an uphill climb to reclaim the support of independent voters who vaulted them to the White House and huge majorities in Congress in 2008. At the end of the bitter, intensely partisan battle to pass Mr. Obama's health care overhaul plan, independent voters, once captivated by hopeful campaign promises, are feeling burned and appear eager to oust Democrats in November's midterm elections. "There is an overall sense of frustration that no one is listening," pollster Scott Rasmussen said about a problem that has plagued the political party in power for decades. Mr. Rasmussen said...
  • [WA AG] McKenna already dealing with funding backlash

    03/25/2010 12:38:00 PM PDT · by Clint Williams · 15 replies · 735+ views
    The News Tribune ^ | 3/24/10 | Jordan Shrader
    Quietly, Democratic lawmakers have already moved to make it harder for Attorney General Rob McKenna to spend money suing the federal government over health care. The reaction to the Republican lawman joining a 13-state attack on President Obama's health care bill has come swiftly. Not only are Democrats considering a budget proviso blocking the lawsuit, but McKenna already faces new controls on his spending. Office of Financial Management Director Victor Moore sent a letter Tuesday revoking McKenna's blanket exemption to a freeze on state contracts. The exemption, which Moore had granted days earlier, allowed the attorney general's office to pay...
  • Election 2010: North Dakota House of Representatives [Berg leads Pomeroy]

    03/25/2010 12:45:19 PM PDT · by UAConservative · 9 replies · 535+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 25, 2010
    Democratic Congressman Earl Pomeroy’s vote Sunday for President Obama’s national health care plan seems to have had little impact so far on North Dakota’s U.S. House race. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state, taken Tuesday night, shows Republican Rick Berg leading Pomeroy by seven points, 51% to 44%. Just one percent (1%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided. Last month, in Rasmussen Reports’ first Election 2010 survey of the race, Berg led Pomeroy by six, 46% to 40%. Incumbents who earn less than 50% of the vote...
  • LET THE FIRE OF YOUR ANGER BURN BRIGHT AND LONG!

    03/25/2010 9:53:44 AM PDT · by Dawebman · 10 replies · 343+ views
    While the Democrat Socialists gloat about their victory over the majority will of the people, let their smirks burn deep into your memory. These Enemies of Freedom expect us to now act as they do when confronted and challenged. You know, the Old Cut-and-Run Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkey Drill. These dictators really do believe they can "control" Americans and dictate what kind of cars we drive, what kind of light bulbs we use, where we get student loans, where and IF we get health care. THIS WILL NOT STAND! These Enemies of Freedom have NO CLUE about the depth of the...
  • They saved Obama's bill; can he save their seats ? (The answer is NO)

    03/24/2010 11:45:44 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 16 replies · 638+ views
    Breitbart ^ | MARCH 22, 2010 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Their votes helped deliver President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Now, dozens of Democrats are politically imperiled in a contentious environment where emotions are raw and likely to remain so. Obama plans to use his political heft—and the momentum of victory—to try to prop up lawmakers who stuck with him during the final days that turned the controversial legislation into the law of the land. They'll surely need his help. Despite euphoria in some quarters after Tuesday's bill signing, opponents kept up their vehement objections to Obama's plan and those who supported it. A Virginia blog published...
  • The backlash: Reform turns personal

    03/24/2010 10:08:52 AM PDT · by Nachum · 210 replies · 4,084+ views
    politico ^ | 3/24/10 | JAKE SHERMAN & MARIN COGAN
    Louise Slaughter and Bart Stupak have received death threats. A tea party participant published what he thought was Thomas Perriello’s home address and urged disgruntled voters to “drop by” for a “good face-to-face chat.” Vandals broke windows at Slaughter’s office in New York and Gabrielle Giffords’s office in Arizona. And angry voters are planning to protest this weekend at the home of Steve Driehaus — who’s already seen a photograph of his children used in a newspaper ad published by reform opponents. The vitriolic health care debate has become personal — too personal, say House Democrats who voted for the...
  • Nasty rhetoric could backfire on bill's foes

    03/23/2010 7:47:02 AM PDT · by SmithL · 77 replies · 1,476+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/23/10 | Joe Garofoli
    The verbal nastiness that has shadowed the health care reform debate peaked as the bill rumbled to a finish, with opponents shouting racial epithets and spitting at members of the Congressional Black Caucus while yelling anti-gay slurs at Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. Members of Congress were hardly more civil to each other, with one anti-abortion GOP congressman decrying the legislation by shouting "It's a baby killer" on the floor of Congress. While the remarks were repugnant to many people, First Amendment experts say the outbursts were protected speech because they didn't inspire immediate violence, said David L. Hudson Jr., a...
  • Bricks Shatter Glass at NY Democratic Offices

    03/22/2010 8:06:04 AM PDT · by y6162 · 166 replies · 4,676+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 22, 2010 | Associated Press
    <p>ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities are trying to find out who threw bricks through windows and doors at two Democratic Party offices in western New York before Sunday's health care vote.</p>
  • Today We Are One: Photos from the Tea Party’s First Anniversary

    02/28/2010 2:04:01 PM PST · by AJKauf · 3 replies · 413+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Feb. 28 | Zombie
    President Obama: A uniter, not a divider! Zombie has a must-see round up of photos taking during the past year, including this weekend, documenting the one year anniversary of the Tea Party movement......
  • Women barred from Cairo clubs as backlash stirs against the hijab(business killer?)

    02/26/2010 5:25:54 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 835+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/27/10 | Ashraf Khalil
    February 27, 2010 Women barred from Cairo clubs as backlash stirs against the hijab Many Egyptians feel alarmed and besieged by the tilt towards religion Ashraf Khalil in Cairo Yasmine al-Mehairy did not even really want to be there. She had been invited to a friend’s birthday party at an upmarket nightclub called 35, in the Four Seasons hotel. She was parked illegally but only planned to hand over a bouquet and spend ten minutes inside. But when the bouncer pointed at her headscarf as the reason she could not enter, Ms al-Mehairy decided to fight. “I ended up arguing...
  • Doctors threaten Medicare backlash

    02/25/2010 3:31:22 PM PST · by MamaDearest · 36 replies · 1,027+ views
    CNNMoney.com ^ | February 25, 2010 | Parjia Kavilanz
    Excerpt Snips: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- With a 21% cut to Medicare reimbursement rates set to take effect Monday, the nation's largest physician organization has informed its members about their options -- which include shutting off practices to new Medicare patients.In the meantime, physicians are asking the AMA to prepare handouts they can give patients to prepare them for the worst-case scenario: getting dropped completely. And a new report on the AMA's Web site tells doctors how they can help their patients find other doctors if they decide to no longer accept Medicare.
  • Doctors threaten Medicare backlash

    02/25/2010 11:33:24 AM PST · by Signalman · 18 replies · 819+ views
    CNNMoney ^ | 2/25/2010 | Parija Kavilanz
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- With a 21% cut to Medicare reimbursement rates set to take effect on March 1, the nation's largest physician organization has informed its members about their options -- which include completely opting out of a Medicare contract. "To our physicians, we are providing information on how to remove themselves from the Medicare program," said James Rohack, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), whose more than 250,000 members include doctors, medical students and faculty members. Federal law requires that Medicare physicians' payment rates be adjusted annually based on a sustainable-growth rate that's tied to the health...
  • Tea Party Backlash Unites CPAC 2010

    02/23/2010 10:53:52 AM PST · by Fenix Guy · 23 replies · 611+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | February 22, 2010 | Rachel Alexander
    The few controversial parts of CPAC 2010 were outweighed by the momentum driving the various factions on the right together - opposition to the federal government's spending, bailouts, and attempted takeover of healthcare. 10,000 turned out for CPAC 2010 this year, 1500 more than last year. With Republicans out of power in Washington and Tea Partiers revolting against the Obama administration's massive spending and bailouts, conservatives are coming together stronger than ever. Although there was a National Tea Party convention earlier this month in Nashville featuring Sarah Palin, attended by 1500, it was clear that Tea Partiers were unified with...
  • Measuring The Coming GOP Tsunami (Very bad news for the Rats alert!)

    02/23/2010 10:52:18 AM PST · by Zakeet · 33 replies · 1,818+ views
    New Republic ^ | February 23, 2010 | Jonathan Chait
    Harry Joe crunches the numbers and, based on the generic balloting right now, says the House is all but gone for the Democrats: With current polling in conjunction with Bafumi et al.'s paper predicting a Republican national vote between 53.6% and 54.7%, the Republicans could easily gain 50-60 seats from their current 178. Gains of greater than 60 seats also look quite possible. Even in the best case scenario for the Democrats, it would seem that holding the House would be very, very difficult. The whole post is worth reading -- he's not just pulling numbers out of his ass....
  • Tea Party sociology -- a shift in the culture

    02/13/2010 11:52:22 AM PST · by UAConservative · 7 replies · 552+ views
    The Times of Trenton ^ | February 13, 2010
    The emerging groundswell of what Berkeley Professor of Public Policy Robert Reich recently referred to as the "mad-as-hell" political party reached a tipping point last week in its inaugural national convention in Nashville. Coalescing from a fractious and haphazard collection of right-wing tax-haters, the rapidly evolving Tea Party now includes big-business-hating Democrats and the increasingly powerful independents who are suffering from a significant case of buyer's remorse. Tea Partiers are meeting in homes and church basements from New Jersey to Oregon. In fact, according to the Liberty First PAC website, there are already 10 confirmed Tax Day Tea Party rallies...
  • In California, Sen. Boxer Has a Fight on Her Hands

    02/13/2010 8:10:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 51 replies · 1,379+ views
    WSJ ^ | 02/12/10 | JIM CARLTON
    FEBRUARY 12, 2010, 9:31 P.M. ET In California, Sen. Boxer Has a Fight on Her Hands GOP Hopes Voter Unease Will Translate Into an Upset Win Over Liberal Democrat By JIM CARLTON SAN FRANCISCO—California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer comfortably sailed to re-election in 2004, thanks to her state's reliable liberal voter bloc, but she faces headwinds this year as Republicans seek to tap the kind of voter sentiment in California that was behind the GOP's upset win in another left-leaning state. The three major Republican candidates vying to unseat Ms. Boxer have been buoyed by Republican Scott Brown's surprise victory...
  • Kansas proclaims its sovereignty

    02/12/2010 9:29:27 AM PST · by kingattax · 35 replies · 1,138+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 11, 2010 | David Klepper
    TOPEKA | Legislation giving Washington D.C. a firm tongue lashing was approved Thursday by the Kansas Senate. The resolution calls on the federal government to “cease and desist” from passing onerous mandates on the states. If passed by the House the resolution would be sent to the President and other federal leaders. It demands that Washington repeal existing mandates and respect Kansas’ sovereignty under the 10th Amendment, which reserves for the states rights not delegated to the federal government. Supporters note that while the resolution can’t force Washington to do anything, it sends a message for Kansans upset with overreaching...
  • N.Korea Climbs Down Over Anti-Market Reforms(Premier made apology at offical meeting)

    02/11/2010 3:04:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 198+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 02/11/10
    N.Korea Climbs Down Over Anti-Market Reforms A North Korean source has shed more light on an apology by Premier Kim Yong-il on Feb. 5 which apparently acknowledged that the currency reform in late December went disastrously wrong. The source said Kim, not to be confused with leader Kim Jong-il, read out an hour-long statement before village chiefs and other party officials at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on Monday morning. "I sincerely apologize for having caused great pain to the people by recklessly enforcing the latest currency reform without making sufficient preparations or considering the circumstances," the source...
  • In poll, Republicans gaining political ground on Obama (Stick to your guns GOP, you're winning)

    02/10/2010 4:21:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/10/2010 | Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
    Republicans have significantly narrowed the gap with Democrats on who is trusted to deal with the country's problems and have sharply reduced several of President Obama's main political advantages, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The survey paints a portrait of a restless and dissatisfied electorate at the beginning of a critical election year. More than seven in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing, and as many say they're inclined to look for new congressional representation as said so in 1994 and 2006, the last times that control of Congress shifted. Asked how they would...
  • The unheralded significance of the Audi ‘green police’ ad

    02/09/2010 5:32:56 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 103 replies · 2,478+ views
    http://www.grist.org ^ | 2/8/10 | David Roberts
    Is it me or were the Super Bowl commercials this year unusually ugly, misogynistic, and, worst of all, unfunny? Some of America’s biggest corporations seemed to be trying to play to Teabag America, and the results were as bitter as the teabaggers themselves. Amidst the dreck was a commercial from Audi featuring the “green police.” Here it is:
  • Bob Shrum: All politics is national-Dems fretting over midterm elections; start fighting back

    02/05/2010 6:38:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 996+ views
    The Week ^ | February 5, 2010 | Robert Shrum
    Whenever you hear a party say our candidates will do fine because midterm elections are just a series of local contests, you know there’s trouble. And we’ve been hearing that from too many Democrats. All politics now is national. The Republican strategy for 2010 has been both conscious and clear for months. The GOP wants Obama to fail and the economy to fail. At every turn they are determined to obstruct. This reached the point a week ago where seven Republicans in the Senate, including John McCain, voted against a bill they had cosponsored -- simply because Obama had endorsed...
  • Is Toyota Paying Price for Not Supporting Obama?

    02/05/2010 10:26:57 AM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 33 replies · 744+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-5-10 | Bob McCarty
    Is Toyota Motor Company paying the price today for their executives' failure to support Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential campaign? One might draw that conclusion after examining campaign contribution records on the Federal Election Commission web site.
  • N.Korea eases market curbs as anger grows: Seoul(market defeats Chia Head)

    02/04/2010 6:57:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 285+ views
    AFP ^ | 02/04/10 | Jun Kwanwoo
    N.Korea eases market curbs as anger grows: Seoul By Jun Kwanwoo (AFP) – 10 hours ago SEOUL — North Korea is relaxing restrictions on private markets because of mounting anger at a chaotic currency change that worsened food shortages and sparked unrest, South Korea's spy agency said Thursday. "North Korean authorities have been easing restrictions on markets. Such signs have been detected in various places," a spokesman for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) told AFP. "They may not have been able to keep ignoring people's demands." The communist regime had launched a progressive crackdown on street markets in recent years...
  • Discontent in N.Korea Turns to Anger After Currency Debacle(openly calling Kim a nutjob)

    02/04/2010 6:52:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 575+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 02/04/10
    Discontent in N.Korea Turns to Anger After Currency Debacle The fallout from North Korea's disastrous currency reform is mounting, with public discontent at skyrocketing prices reportedly growing into serious unrest in places. Radio Free Asia reported Wednesday that an anti-regime mood is growing among people who are prevented from earning a living by a crackdown on the use of foreign currency and closure of open-air markets. Quoting sources in North Korea, the exile radio station said North Koreans now call leader Kim Jong-il simply by his name without using any honorific, which is unprecedented in the North. One Korean Chinese...
  • Vulnerable Dems seek distance from Obama

    02/03/2010 4:02:53 PM PST · by Baladas · 10 replies · 390+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 3, 2010 | Janet Hook and Christi Parsons
    As Congress begins picking through President Obama's vast election year budget, many Democratic incumbents and candidates seem to be finding something they love — to campaign against. A Democratic Senate candidate in Missouri denounced the budget's sky-high deficit. A Florida Democrat whose district includes the Kennedy Space Center hit the roof over NASA budget cuts. And an endangered Senate Democrat denounced proposed cuts in farm subsidies. A headline on the 2010 campaign website of Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), blares her opposition to Obama's farm budget: ``Blanche stands up for Arkansas farm families,'' it says. Heading into an election season in...
  • North Korea 'struggling against civil unrest'

    02/03/2010 7:11:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies · 695+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 02/03/10 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    North Korea 'struggling against civil unrest' The revaluation of the won has led to rampant inflation and civil disorder Richard Lloyd Parry, Asia Editor The North Korean dictatorship is struggling to contain civil unrest and runaway inflation caused by a drastic revaluation of its won currency, which is threatening new food shortages in the already hungry nation, according to reports in South Korea. /snip Agents of the People’s Safety Agency (PSA), which is conducting a so-called “Fifty Day Battle” against illegal enterprise, were reported to have been attacked and driven away as they sought out market activity in the city...
  • N.Korean Finance Chief Sacked Over Currency Debacle(fall guy for panicked regime)

    02/03/2010 12:07:29 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 336+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 02/03/10
    N.Korean Finance Chief Sacked Over Currency Debacle Pak Nam-gi, director of the planning and fiscal affairs department of the North Korean Workers The North Korean regime apparently sacked the Workers' Party's Finance Director Pak Nam-gi, letting him take the fall for the failed currency reform late last year. Pak was appointed finance director in July 2007 to oversee North Korea's economic policies and has spent the past few years trying to root out a nascent market economy. "Right now, North Korean officials are busy blaming each other for the failed currency reform and Pak, who spearheaded the revaluation, is believed...
  • Could The GOP Take The House In 2010 Elections?

    01/27/2010 2:58:56 PM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 338+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | January 27, 2010 | Steve McGough
    Could we be seeing a major shift come this November midterm election? For the last few days, there has been quiet discussions concerning a shift in the U.S. House of Representatives, so significant that Republicans could take back control one year from now. Personally, I think it is a long shot, but I guessed wrong (Jim was correct) on Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts.
  • Silver: Dems likely to lose seven Senate seats, gain none

    01/24/2010 11:27:20 PM PST · by kingattax · 12 replies · 1,145+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/23/10 | Michael Barone
    Nate Silver has unveiled his algorithms for rating the chances of each party in this year’s Senate races. This replaces his seat-of-the-pants ratings which seemed to me to be unduly optimistic for his side (the Democrats). Silver’s numbers attempt to show the percentage likelihood of each party winning the seat, taking into account poll results, candidates’ ratings and the likelihood of candidates to win their parties’ nominations
  • Big Picture Ideas For Why Dems Are In Major Trouble In '10 & '12.

    01/24/2010 3:27:08 PM PST · by paul in cape · 22 replies · 1,524+ views
    1-24-10 | self
    Individual races are starting to be looked at as winnable for the Rebublicans, but let's look at the big picture.Here are some long term trends that ought to have the Democrats really sweating.
  • Main Street's Message

    01/24/2010 5:08:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 484+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | January 24, 2010 | Salena Zito
    In a political year in which voters want to “throw the bums out,” the last thing any candidate should do is run as the bum. That’s why Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, lost his seat in New Jersey in November. It’s why candidates such as Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Republican Dede Scozzafava in New York’s congressional race and, yes, Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts all lost. They ran as bums – slang for incumbent. One can only imagine President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, saying to anyone within shouting distance last Tuesday night: "The people...
  • Both Parties Seek Ways to Channel Populist Ire (Rats clinging to power, Pubbies want to co-opt)

    01/24/2010 9:26:48 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 400+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-01-20 | Carl Hulse
    WASHINGTON — The remarkable Republican victory in Massachusetts demonstrated convincingly that the deep populist anger fueling the Tea Party movement has migrated from the political fringe to the mainstream, forcing both parties to confront how to channel a growing mood of public resentment to their own ends. Scott Brown’s improbable win was a vivid example of how a candidate with traditional Republican backing — coupled with a strong appeal to activists in the trenches of a grass-roots rebellion — can win even in territory that had been considered out of reach. As the Massachusetts results reverberated on Capitol Hill on...
  • Don’t Call Me Ma'am, Boxer and Feinstein Speak Out On The Impossible, Losing Their Senate Seats

    01/23/2010 2:41:43 PM PST · by Starman417 · 28 replies · 1,610+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-23-10 | Skookum
    Feinstein and Boxer have enjoyed Senate Seats they consider as sacrosanct as the Kennedy Senate seat. After the Democrat defeat in Massachusetts, the fear and panic is becoming obvious. Boxer is willing to concede that Democracy is still alive and well in America. "I think every state is now in play," Boxer said Wednesday. "Every race is a choice. ... You have to make the case that you're the one on the people's side, and you have to feel it in your heart, and people have to get it." It is reassuring that still considers that the election process...
  • Unsafe in Any State (fallout of Scott Brown's victory)

    01/22/2010 1:12:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 956+ views
    City Journal ^ | 01/20/10 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Daniel J. Flynn Unsafe in Any State The Massachusetts Senate shocker puts Democrats on notice nationwide. 20 January 2010 On Tuesday, Martha Coakley lost to Scott Brown in their race for a Senate seat once held by Lodges and Kennedys. Other losers were Barack Obama, Ted Kennedy’s legacy, the Democratic Party’s stranglehold over Massachusetts, and, most consequentially, perhaps health-care reform. To put the victory into local perspective: every statewide officeholder, as well as every Massachusetts representative in Washington, is a Democrat. Of the Bay State’s ten seats in the House of Representatives, Republicans contested just four in 2008—not breaking 30...
  • He’s Got That Midas Touch… Obama Makes It 0 and 3 With Coakley (Video)

    01/20/2010 4:13:03 PM PST · by ColdOne · 15 replies · 499+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 20, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Down goes Corzine. Down goes Deeds. Down goes Coakley. Obama brings that midas touch to Massachusetts. Fails. Cuffy Meigs has the video:
  • Pelosi in Total Denial about the Bay State Backlash

    01/19/2010 10:42:10 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 49 replies · 2,094+ views
    Politico ^ | Jamuary 20, 2010 | Carrie Budoff Brown and Patrick O'Connor
    Republican Scott Brown’s upset win in Massachusetts Tuesday threatened to derail any hopes of passing a health reform bill this year, as the White House and Democratic leaders faced growing resistance from rank-and-file members to pressing ahead with a bill following the Bay State backlash. Democratic leaders insisted they planned to press ahead with health reform, and met late into Tuesday night in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. But they made no decisions about how to proceed, now that Brown has swept away the Democrats’ filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate. Their options are few, and extremely complex, mostly involving legislative...
  • Why The Great And Growing Backlash? (Victor Davis Hanson On The Scott Brown Win Alert)

    01/20/2010 2:17:26 AM PST · by goldstategop · 50 replies · 2,553+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/20/2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Dream up a gargantuan backlash against Barack Obama’s left-wing gospel, and you still could not invent the notion of a relatively unknown, conservative Scott Brown knocking off an Obama-endorsed, liberal, female attorney in liberal Massachusetts — in a race to fill the seat once held by Ted Kennedy. If a liberal senatorial candidate can be defeated in Massachusetts, eleven months after the Obama hope-and-change blitzkrieg, it is hard to believe that any liberal seat is necessarily safe anywhere. So the real story is not a populist backlash, but a growing populist backlash, whose ultimate nature and magnitude are as yet...
  • True-Blue Massachusetts Is Red Alert to Obama: Margaret Carlson

    01/18/2010 6:31:58 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 34 replies · 1,664+ views
    Business Week ^ | January 18, 2010 | Margaret Carlson
    Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- If Massachusetts, that bluest of blue states, goes Republican, say goodbye (or good riddance) to health-care reform and any chance that the Democrats will be able to pass much of anything in the Senate. Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold will struggle to overcome a filibuster just to get National Cheese Week proclaimed.
  • 2010 as 1994? Relax, Democrats (Los Angeles Slimes in denial)

    01/18/2010 6:33:08 PM PST · by PawtucketPatriot71 · 16 replies · 843+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 17, 2010 | Nancy L. Cohen
    This year's midterm elections won't be a repeat of the GOP's surge to power in 1994. Why? Because almost everything we think we know about that election is wrong. Two Democratic senators and one governor announced their retirements earlier this month, and days later, the smart money has Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts Senate seat falling to the GOP for the first time in nearly 60 years. Suddenly, the Republicans are crowing and Democrats are trembling -- everyone says the Democratic Party is doomed in 2010. What is the source of this breathless hysteria? Memories of the 1994 Republican midterm landslide. But...
  • Chris Matthews on Mass. Election: People Are Averse To Obama's Program

    01/18/2010 4:51:02 PM PST · by Justaham · 33 replies · 1,520+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 1-18-10 | Noel Sheppard
    Barack Obama appears to no longer be giving Chris Matthews a tingle up his leg, for the MSNBC host thinks Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts might end up being a reflection of how people are very averse to the new President's program. With a visible frown on his face, Matthews told "Daily Rundown" co-host Chuck Todd Monday that recent polling data "has to do with reality of a terrible economy, of this new burden that people feel being put on their shoulders of bigger debt, perhaps taxes coming down the road." Matthews continued, "And the fear that the burden of...
  • Is Mass. Senate Race a Referendum on Obama policies? Poll

    01/18/2010 1:36:01 PM PST · by DBlake · 8 replies · 838+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 01-18-2010 | washingtonpost
    Scott Brown is surfing a wave...
  • Chris Matthews Tells Andrea Mitchell: Brown Win Will be "the Shot Heard Round the World" - Video

    01/18/2010 12:23:46 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 40 replies · 1,889+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 18, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of MSNBC's Chris Matthews this afternoon talking to host Andrea Mitchell about the Massachusetts Senate Race, where he said he believes a Scott Brown win would be "the shot heard round the world." Matthews mentioned that pollster David Paleologos of Suffolk University told him Brown is leading by "double-digits" in the Bellweather areas of the state. Matthews said it would be "Lexington and Concord. It's going to be the shot heard around the world." Andrea Mitchell said if Brown wins, Democrats "won't be able to say this is Virginia or New Jersey, this is the canary in...
  • The Backlash Is Coming! The Backlash Is Coming!

    01/16/2010 8:06:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 1,361+ views
    Jon Keller ^ | January 16th 2010
    JANUARY 15, 2010 The Backlash Is Coming! The Backlash Is Coming! People in Massachusetts think they're at the leading edge of politics. That's not good news for Democrats. By JON KELLER With characteristic hubris, people in this state like to think they've been at the leading edge of American politics since the "shot heard 'round the world" in 1775. And in the past few years, we've given the nation a preview of Barack Obama's presidential campaign with Deval Patrick's successful 2006 bid for governor; provided a critical boost for Mr. Obama's candidacy in the form of an endorsement by Edward...