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  • The Trump-Clinton Race Is Not As Close As It Looks

    05/31/2016 4:38:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 30, 2016 | Charlie Cook
    With its nomination settled, the GOP has been healing its wounds, but Democratic feelings are still raw because of the ongoing fight between Clinton and Sanders. The latest round of polls re­leased pri­or to Me­mori­al Day week­end, which showed Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump in a vir­tu­al tie, set off in­tense hand-wringing among Demo­crats, Clin­ton back­ers, and Trump de­tract­ors alike. They much pre­ferred the polls from a month earli­er giv­ing the former sec­ret­ary of State a double-di­git lead over the real-es­tate mogul. What’s lost on many people is that any tri­al heat between Trump and Clin­ton today is like com­par­ing...
  • Both nominating and not nominating Trump will now doom the GOP

    12/13/2015 8:47:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Hot ^ | December 13, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    There were several more polls which came out this week in the wake of Donald Trump’s latest gaffe which was sure to finally doom him. Most of them were covered here, but they all delivered essentially the same news: nothing had changed, except possibly for The Donald expanding his plurality in the GOP primary. (Iowa is still the possible exception.) The lack of changes, however, was only in the poll numbers. By the time the weekend had arrived I was seeing a shift in the coverage and analysis of the race. One of the telling editorials I found was from...
  • A Crack in Trump’s Armor? [Another hit piece?]

    09/16/2015 1:19:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 46 replies
    National Journal ^ | 9/16/15 | Ronald Brownstein
    As the sprawl­ing, brawl­ing Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial field gath­ers for its second de­bate here to­night, the new ABC/Wash­ing­ton Post na­tion­al poll may point to a crack in the ar­mor of con­front­a­tion­al front-run­ner Don­ald Trump. While the poll found that Trump con­tin­ues to hold a com­fort­able lead among Re­pub­lic­ans na­tion­wide, de­tailed res­ults provided to Next Amer­ica show that large num­bers of white-col­lar GOP voters doubt that he has the qual­i­fic­a­tions, per­son­al­ity, or tem­pera­ment to suc­ceed as pres­id­ent.
  • Will opposition to gay marriage disappear from the GOP’s party platform?

    03/30/2015 2:30:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/30/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Only the most vicious partisans on either side of the aisle care a whit for the party platform. The outdated practice of defining a political party’s ideals in writing so that they can be ignored by the institution’s elected officials serves only the opposition’s purposes. For Republicans, the platform’s codification of the GOP’s support for banning of all legal abortion practices and legally defining marriage as an institution that exists only between a man and a woman have provided their Democratic opponents ample opportunity to frame the party as “extreme.” The Democrats, too, stumbled into a public relations nightmare...
  • Republicans are quietly strategizing to delete gay marriage from the party's 2016 platform.

    03/30/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2015 | Alex Roarty
    Late last summer, with midterms consuming the attention of the political class, a group of GOP activists spent two days in Des Moines trying to convince their fellow Republicans that change was coming to their party. With eyes on 2016, they attended the Iowa State Fair, talked with newspaper editorial boards, and even ventured onto conservative talk radio. To cap it off, on the last evening, supporters gathered at 801 Chophouse, the upscale watering hole of the city's political elite, as if to announce their movement had gone mainstream. That it couldn't be dismissed as fringe any longer. Their issue,...
  • Rand Paul’s Big, Risky Bet on Youth

    03/29/2015 10:15:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    MSN / National Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | Shane Goldmacher
    When Sen. Rand Paul makes his first visit to Iowa as an official presidential candidate next month, he will head to the campus of the University of Iowa. The location—one of the state's biggest liberal strongholds—seems unusual for a Republican, but Paul is headed there in the hopes of appealing to a different constituency. As Paul prepares to formally enter the 2016 arena, younger conservatives are emerging as a backbone of his campaign strategy: a source not only of volunteers and energy but votes. A youth-fueled campaign, his team hopes, will also help brand him as a fresh face for...
  • Fournier: Democrats ‘Scared to Death’ over Hillary Clinton [Video]

    03/16/2015 4:40:01 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies ^ | March 16, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    National Journal Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director Ron Fournier said that Democrats are “scared to death” over the scandals regarding donations to the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton’s emails on Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel. “Don’t buy the spin, they [Democrats] are scared to death. And there’s a lot of them who are already starting to think ‘is she really the best candidate for us?’…Their bench, compared to the Republican bench is awfully, awfully thin. And there’s a lot of Democrats, by the way, who are saying ‘follow the money.’ A lot of Democrats are really worried...
  • Exclusive: The Education of Jeb Bush

    02/05/2015 4:53:25 AM PST · by stevie_d_64 · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 4, 2015 | Ron Fournier
    Shedding a new skin is Bush's euphemism for national transformation: purge public institutions of what doesn't work and ingest the fruits of radical connectivity to inspire and support innovators.
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Jeb and Hillary Are the Wrong Candidates for 2016

    05/08/2014 1:14:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | May 6, 2014 | Josh Kraushaar
    Donors are overrating brand-name contenders and missing the vulnerability their insider credentials will carry. Far too often, political coverage is based on the thinking of consultants and donors, and doesn't pay enough attention to what the voters are actually thinking. It's why we focus on presidential horse-race numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire, which couldn't be less predictive, and are often slow to pick up on the issues driving grassroots anger, like Common Core. It's why immigration reform rates as a top legislative priority in the minds of strategists over proposing an economic agenda to assuage voter anxieties. And it's...
  • Rankings put Cornyn as more conservative than Stockman

    02/21/2014 1:06:25 PM PST · by Innovative · 77 replies
    Dallas news ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman
    New rankings of lawmakers’ votes show that that Sen. John Cornyn ranks as more conservative among senators than Rep. Steve Stockman ranks in the House, despite the latter’s contention that Cornyn is too liberal: How they rank: National Journal, a public-policy magazine, ranked all members of Congress on a conservative/liberal scale based on votes on key legislation in 2013. Cornyn ranked the 14th-most conservative of the 100 senators. Stockman ranked 138th among the 435 House members. He was behind all but two of the 24 Texas Republicans and in the middle of all House Republicans. How it works: The particular...
  • National Journal wonders: Have we already hit Peak Hillary?

    07/11/2013 8:22:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    We’re still three years away from the 2016 general election and two and a half years from the Iowa caucus, but Hillary Clinton has already managed to grab top-rank political talent on the Left. Does she risk getting too far ahead of the pack and making herself into a punching bag for up-and-comers over the long haul? National Journal’s Jill Lawrence wonders if Hillary is peaking too soon for her own good: Crack organizers from President Obama’s campaigns are the latest political honchos to join the Clinton-for-President movement and, like others involved, they say they are just trying to make...
  • CBS News/NJ GOP Debate: Winners and Losers [Videos, Transcripts, Fact Checks]

    11/13/2011 10:05:50 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 32 replies ^ | November 13, 2011 12:22 AM | Brian Montopoli, Stephanie Condon, Corbett B. Daly
    The CBS News/National Journal debate Saturday night was the first to focus on foreign policy, and it generated fewer fireworks - but more substance - than many of its predecessors. For that reason we aren't going to simply list winners and losers this time around and instead discuss the candidates' performances - though we're still putting those we thought did best at the top.
  • Major Garrett Says He's 'Militantly Non-Partisan'--But Sounds Like Obama Flack

    03/25/2011 6:51:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 53 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    No wonder he left Fox News . . . On Morning Joe, Major Garrett, formerly of Fox News, now with the National Journal, claimed to be "militantly non-partisan" . . . then proceeded to offer a passionate defense of Pres. Obama's Libya policy. As an hors d'oeuvre during the discussion of the need for the media to acknowledge their leanings, Katrina vanden Heuvel risibly refused to admit that her Nation magazine is left-wing. View video here.
  • National Journal leaks SOTU early (White House 'furious' over leak)

    01/25/2011 8:21:46 PM PST · by Qbert · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/25/2011 | Carol E. Lee & Keach Hagey
    So much for all of the White House’s efforts to keep the details of President Barack Obama’s second State of the Union address under wraps until delivery. At 7:14 p.m. – almost two hours before Obama was scheduled to speak in the House chamber – The National Journal posted a draft of the speech, making the secrecy, calculated leaks and embargoed background briefings seem quaint. The White House, furious over the leak, responded by releasing an un-embargoed copy of Obama’s speech. It landed in reporters’ in-boxes shortly before 8 p.m. National Journal editor in chief Ron Fournier told POLITICO he...
  • Major Garrett leaving Fox News for National Journal

    08/25/2010 10:30:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | August 25, 2010
    Major Garrett, the Fox News White House correspondent whose recently acquired front-row seat has been the source of so much controversy, is leaving the network for print, Mediaite reports. White House correspondents Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will take over the beat for Fox News. From the release:MAJOR GARRETT RETURNS TO PRINT JOURNALISMLeaves FOX News Sept. 3 FOX News’ Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett announced today that he will leave the network effective Sept. 3 to return to his roots in print journalism. White House correspondents Wendell Goler and Mike Emanuel will assume joint coverage of the beat....
  • Majority Would Vote Against Obama (One year in office, only 39% would reelect The Won)

    01/14/2010 9:30:11 AM PST · by kristinn · 13 replies · 1,435+ views
    Hotline Oncall/National Journal ^ | Thursday, January 14, 2010 | Reid Wilson
    A year into his tenure, a majority of Americans would already vote against Pres. Obama if the '12 elections were held today, according to a new survey. The Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll shows 50% say they would probably or definitely vote for someone else. Fully 37% say they would definitely cast a ballot against Obama. Meanwhile, just 39% would vote to re-elect the pres. to a 2nd term, and only 23% say they definitely would do so. Obama's first year in office has been marked by an unemployment rate that surged to 10%, an increased commitment of troops to...
  • Another media outlet sells access to lobbyists [National Journal]

    07/21/2009 8:22:45 AM PDT · by · 1 replies · 222+ views
    Following The Washington Post’s public shaming for selling lobbyists access to administration officials, newspaper editors, and reporters for $25,000 and up, National Journal has created a private ‘pay-to-play’ web site for members of Congress. The whole amazing story is documented by The Washington Examiner and should be read in its entirety here. The website known as 3121 is described as “a new feature on that will become available exclusively to Capitol Hill staffers in September.” Only individuals possessing an email address that ends with or can gain access to 3121. For the modest one-time contribution of $295,000,...
  • The Award For The Most Liberal Senator Goes To .... (Obama)

    01/31/2008 1:34:26 PM PST · by jdm · 6 replies · 80+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 31, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    National Journal annually ranks Senators and Representatives for their liberal and conservative track records for the previous year. The non-partisan publication's credibility allows these rankings to carry considerable weight. This year, their choice may land them in the middle of a presidential election: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings. The insurgent presidential candidate shifted further to the left last year in the run-up to the primaries, after ranking as the 16th- and 10th-most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., the...
  • Some Fictional Horrors Of War (Mark Steyn: MSM Goes Berserk Over Low Iraq War Costs Alert)

    01/19/2008 7:45:27 AM PST · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 76+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 1/19/2008 | Mark Steyn
    In other words, we don't have their excuse. Our war has one of the lowest fatality rates of any war ever, and, when they get so low that even Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid temporarily give up the quagmire bleating, the Times invents bogus stories to suggest that the few veterans lucky enough to make it out of Iraq alive are ticking time-bombs ready to explode across every Main Street in the land. A few days before the Times series began, The National Journal published the latest debunking of a notorious survey: In 2006, the medical journal The Lancet reported...
  • Timing right for Giuliani? [Double barf bag required]

    11/14/2007 7:35:26 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 181 replies · 281+ views
    National Journal via MSNBC ^ | Nov. 14, 2007 | Amy Walter
    WASHINGTON - Politics is all about timing. A few months ago it was Fred Thompson who looked to be in the right place at the right time. But it's become apparent that the concept of Thompson was much more appealing than the actual candidate. . . . That leaves Giuliani -- the candidate who would most likely have never gotten out of the blocks in a different year -- with a strong chance of winning the nomination. Is it because he's the right candidate at the right time (i.e., terrorism trumps social issues), or has his candidacy actually reshaped GOP...
  • WEALTH OF NATIONS: John Kenneth Galbraith, Revisited

    05/16/2006 5:46:42 AM PDT · by billorites · 11 replies · 335+ views
    National Journal ^ | May 12, 2006 | Clive Crook
    "In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong." John Kenneth Galbraith, who died at the age of 97 on April 29, said that to Britain's Guardian newspaper in 1989. Was any American economist of comparable esteem so wrong -- so comfortably and contentedly wrong, and for so many years -- as Galbraith himself? Verily, I cannot think of a rival. Galbraith, let me say, was a brilliant public intellectual; an elegant (if tending to the orotund) writer; a remarkably accomplished and productive...
  • House candidates' ratings

    01/28/2006 9:07:14 AM PST · by Seattle Conservative · 13 replies · 910+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28,2006 | The Washington Times - Editoria
    The editorial page of The Washington Times has reviewed the interest-group and ideological ratings and rankings of the three Republican House members -- John Boehner of Ohio (first elected in 1990), John Shadegg of Arizona (1994) and Roy Blunt of Missouri (1996) -- seeking the post of House majority leader, which Tom DeLay permanently vacated recently. >snip Mr. Shadegg, who has compiled five 100% ratings in 10 years from the American Conservative Union (ACU), has a lifetime ACU rating of 97.6. With four 100% ratings over 14 years, Mr. Boehner's lifetime ACU rating is 93.4. Mr. Blunt, who has received...
  • National Journal 2008 Insiders Poll(Allen Mccain lead republicans, Clinton Warner led democrats)

    12/17/2005 11:35:47 AM PST · by SDGOP · 77 replies · 1,054+ views
    I can't post the actual pdf, but i'll try to summarize some of the stuff. If the moderators know whether or not i can do this please let me know(i know you have to pay to get into national journal(or if your cheap like me just go to a school library to access it for free) Republicans 2008 Insiders Rank Rank Name Points Previous Points(April 30) First Place Votes Second Place Votes 1 George Allen 365 269 39 22 2 John Mccain 337 255 38 22 3(Rising in rank)(previous rank 4) Mitt Romney 168 128 4 6 4 Rudy Guiliani...
  • Michael Schiavo thinking of his own political future when he endorsed Tim Kaine(D)? (that Schiavo)

    11/06/2005 6:14:01 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 100 replies · 1,783+ views
    National Journal ^ | Nov. 3, 2005 | National Journal
    Why did Michael Schiavo, a Floridian with Pennsylvania roots, endorse Democrat Tim Kaine's run for Virginia governor? Your guess is as good as Kaine's, whose campaign first learned the news on Wednesday after Schiavo's PR firm gave the mini-scoop to the Washington Post. The maneuver was meant to motivate base Democrats in Virginia six days before the Nov. 8 vote. Schiavo's statement said lots of mean things about Jeb Bush and Florida, and only a few nice things about Kaine and Virginia. This makes us wonder: Is Schiavo focused on Virginia's well being, or his own political future? Doesn't Florida...
  • A Matchup To Imagine (Allen v Warner in 2008?)

    08/07/2005 12:36:17 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 29 replies · 815+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 7, 2005 | Michael D. Shear
    RICHMOND There was Democrat Mark Warner, all teeth, smiling grandly. And next to him stood Republican George Allen, ruddy-faced and grinning, too. Surrounded by reporters at the Richmond Marriott hotel last month, the pair might have been taken for best buddies as they celebrated the success of Virginia's tough school standards. Allen, Virginia's junior senator, slapped his arm around Warner's shoulders and sang the governor's praises: "We may be in different parties," he said as Warner nodded, "but it's great, actually, for Virginians to know there is that commonality there." Well, sure, but how deep does it go? Picture, now,...
  • Kerry's Voting Record Reflects The Prevailing Wind More Than Conviction (96.5% in 2003)

    08/30/2004 1:13:34 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 4 replies · 608+ views
    Today's National Journal daily (no web link) reports on its ratings becoming a talking point in this election cycle, due to the top rating that John Kerry received for his voting record last year. In an experience that NJ reporter Charles Green calls "disconcerting," Journal editors have heard George Bush and Dick Cheney use the rating on the campaign trail, without giving the context of how the ratings are compiled, although the context hardly casts glory on the Massachussetts senator: When the tabulations came in for 2003, John Kerry had the highest composite liberal score of any senator. But there...
  • National Journal's DNC Convention Daily E-Mail Alert - 25 July 2004

    07/25/2004 3:07:44 PM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 1 replies · 382+ views
    National Journal ^ | July 25, 2004
    NATIONAL JOURNAL'S CONVENTION DAILY E-MAIL ALERT Presented By Business Roundtable o Plan B For Buckeye Dems o Poll Shows Solid Minority Support o News Flash: Dems "Optimistic" o Jesse Jackson's Partisan Diet =================================== Growing the economy. Our most important job. Business Roundtable =================================== THE PARTY SCENE Plan B For Buckeye Dems When it comes to tonight's delegate reception, Ohio originally seemed to be sitting pretty -- delegates were set to party at the Samuel Adams Brewery. Then the Buckeyes backed out, due to threatened police picket lines at the event. Those protests are now off, but Ohio Dems say...
  • Grading the President

    06/01/2004 12:29:22 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 277+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 1, 2004 | DAVID BROOKS
    A few weeks ago, The National Journal, the highly respected and highly expensive Washington policy magazine, asked a dozen distinguished and politically independent economists to grade the Bush administration's economic performance. The magazine surveyed people like Charles Schultze of the Brookings Institution, the longtime Federal Reserve economist Lyle Gramley, David Wyss of Standard & Poor's, among others — a pretty good sampling of mainstream economic thinking. As a group, the panel gave the Bush team a B-plus for short-term fiscal policy, a C-minus for long-term fiscal policy, a B for regulatory policy and a B-minus for trade and international economics....
  • National Journal Senate Rankings List -- Does Anyone Have Access to the Full One? (Vanity)

    04/30/2004 1:13:19 PM PDT · by NH Liberty · 2 replies · 146+ views
    April 30, 2004 | NH Liberty
    The National Journal rated John Kerry the Senate's "most liberal member." I seem to recall that Red Ted was at #12 and Hitlery was at #7, but what about the rest of the list?
  • Another Poll Shows Bush Holding Lead (Bush Up 5%)

    03/23/2004 11:30:03 AM PST · by Agrippa · 40 replies · 186+ views
    The National Journal ^ | March 23, 2004
    A survey in Poll Track gives the president a five-point edge over John Kerry, while a different poll tests both candidates' core messages. Plus: Bush gets poor ratings on energy.
  • Survey: Kerry, Edwards Named Two of the Top Liberals in the U.S. Senate

    03/09/2004 7:26:26 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 6 replies · 193+ views
    Mens News Daily web site ^ | March 1, 2004 | By Jimmy Moore
    Survey: Kerry, Edwards Named Two of the Top Liberals in the U.S. Senate By Jimmy Moore March 1, 2004 Talon News In a revealing political ideology survey released by the National Journal on Friday, Democratic presidential front-runner Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) was ranked as the most liberal member of the United States Senate in 2003. While the reelection campaign of President George W. Bush as well as the RNC have been portraying Kerry as a northeastern liberal, the reaction by the Kerry campaign has been to brand this portrayal as attacking his patriotism, as previously reported by Talon News....
  • Kerry must defend voting record, beat historical odds

    03/07/2004 10:27:25 AM PST · by kennedy · 16 replies · 229+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 6, 2004 | JULIE MASON
    BOSTON -- In nearly 20 years in the Senate, Democrat John Kerry has built a record that is proving fertile soil for President Bush's re-election campaign. Kerry's votes over the years on the war in Iraq, affirmative action and teacher pay get a detailed airing on the Republican National Committee Web site. Bush has begun targeting Kerry's Senate record in speeches. "Kerry is going to have to try to make that case that his Washington experience makes him better equipped than Bush, that his background is well-suited to run the country," said Arthur Sanders, a political scientist at Drake University...
  • How left-wing is John Kerry? (Economist)

    03/07/2004 12:26:43 PM PST · by jmstein7 · 13 replies · 189+ views
    The Economist ^ | 3-6-04 | Economist Editors
    TIME was when John Kerry looked a steady, dependable, moderate sort of chap. With screaming Howard Dean and crowd-pleasing John Edwards to the left of him, he was a man the Democratic establishment could embrace with relief. Now that he stands alone, after his near-sweep of the Super Tuesday primaries, his liberal colours suddenly seem more obvious. It may be that the Democratic nominee for president is still too left-wing for his party's good. It is not just the pictures from 1970s' anti-war rallies, or the easy slurs about Massachusetts. In conservative eyes, Mr Kerry has a long bad record....
  • Kerry as Liberal as They Come (#1 in '86, '88, '90 and '03)

    03/06/2004 9:01:11 AM PST · by quidnunc · 5 replies · 126+ views
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | March 4, 2004 | Deroy Murdock [Scripps Howard News Service]
    Try to get to John Kerry's left. Just try. If you're a U.S. senator, you cannot. According to a recent analysis of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body, the Massachusetts Democrat was the "No. 1 Senate liberal in 2003." As the archest of the Senate's arch-liberals, Kerry voted last year to the left of fellow Democrats John Edwards of North Carolina (No. 2), Barbara Boxer of California (No. 5) and Tom Harkin of Iowa (No. 10). Kerry's ayes and nays were significantly to the left of the two liberals who most conservatives would nominate for a one-way fact-finding mission to Mars:...
  • Democrats Choose Most Liberal Senator as Presidential Nominee

    03/05/2004 4:40:31 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 3 replies · 133+ views
    When Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry won 9 of 10 states on Super Tuesday, putting a virtual lock on the Democratic presidential nomination, the Washington Post greeted the news with a banner front-page headline almost worthy of a moon landing: "Kerry Locks Up the Nomination" the paper declared in massive letters. No wonder the Post was so thrilled. Just a few days earlier, the non-partisan, non-ideological National Journal had published its annual analysis of congressional voting records. The conclusion: John Kerry is the most liberal U.S. senator. "The results of the vote ratings show that Kerry was the most liberal senator...
  • The strange disappearance of the 'L' word

    03/03/2004 9:19:53 PM PST · by kattracks · 21 replies · 207+ views ^ | 3/04/04 | Larry Elder
    When did Democrats stop calling themselves "liberal"? Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., when asked whether he considered himself a liberal, treated the questioner as if she belonged to the House Committee on Un-American Activities during the McCarthy years. Elizabeth Bumiller (New York Times): The National Journal, a respected, nonideologic (sic) publication covering Congress . . . has just rated you, Sen. Kerry, No. 1, the most liberal senator in the Senate. . . . How can you hope to win with this kind of characterization, in this climate? John Kerry: Because it's a laughable characterization, it's absolutely the most ridiculous thing...
  • NBC Acknowledges Ranking of Kerry as the Most Liberal Senator

    03/02/2004 2:44:23 PM PST · by FlyLow · 4 replies · 500+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | 3-2-04 | Brent Baker
    A story on Monday’s NBC Nightly News made brief mention of how a new National Journal rating of Congress for 2003 ranked Senator John Kerry as the most liberal Senator in the entire chamber, but only in the context of how John Edwards isn’t much less liberal and so may not do much as a VP candidate to help Kerry in the South. NBC’s Tim Russert also raised the ranking in the roundtable on Sunday’s Meet the Press and Dan Rather asked Kerry about it during Sunday’s CBS News debate with the Democratic presidential candidates, but the topic didn’t make...
  • Kerry's 'liberal quotient'

    03/01/2004 10:23:08 PM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 135+ views
    <p>National Journal, the non-ideological, authoritative weekly magazine that covers Washington politics and policy, issued its congressional vote ratings for 2003 last week. Not surprisingly, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who is increasingly looking like a cinch to be his party's presidential nominee, found himself in familiar territory. Once again, Mr. Kerry has staked out the far-left fringe on the National Journal's liberal-conservative continuum.</p>
  • Kerry rated most liberal member of Senate

    03/01/2004 8:50:41 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 3 replies · 101+ views
    Kerry rated most liberal member of Senate By Richard E. Cohen, National Journal On the night of February 17, after finishing a surprisingly close second to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in the Wisconsin primary, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., made the rounds of television interviews and repeated what has become a familiar theme. Asked on CNN about his campaign strategy, Edwards replied that he planned to emphasize the contrasts between him and the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. "I think it's important for people to know the differences between us," Edwards said. "I like and respect John Kerry very...
  • [Zell] Miller most conservative [Kerry, Edwards most liberal]

    03/01/2004 6:37:39 AM PST · by madprof98 · 4 replies · 137+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 2/29/04 | Eric Stirgus
    What's another term for ''conservative''? Zell Miller, according to one prominent publication. The Georgian is the most conservative Democrat in the U.S. Senate, according to a new survey by the National Journal --- even more so than nearly half of the chamber's Republicans. The influential weekly publication for Washington insiders reached its findings based on an analysis of what it determined to be key votes made last year by Congress on economic, social and foreign policy issues. Miller has drawn criticism from many Democrats in recent years for his right-leaning votes on major issues such as Medicare and for supporting...
  • Kerry ridicules 'silly' labels, but he uses them

    03/01/2004 12:26:51 AM PST · by kattracks · 18 replies · 210+ views
    Wasington Times ^ | 3/01/04 | Stephen Dinan
    <p>Sen. John Kerry yesterday ridiculed the notion that he is the most liberal U.S. senator, a ranking the National Journal bestowed last week upon the Massachusetts Democrat, who has not been shy about using labels himself.</p> <p>"Labels are so silly in American politics," said Mr. Kerry, who also declined to say whether he considered himself a liberal. "I think it's the silliest thing I've ever heard."</p>

    02/28/2004 3:40:00 PM PST · by jmstein7 · 5 replies · 136+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 2-28-04 | Matt Drudge
    NUMBER ONE: KERRY RANKED 'MOST LIBERAL' IN SENATE ROLL CALL VOTES, TOPS KENNEDY, CLINTON NATIONAL JOURNAL on Friday claimed Democrat frontrunner John Kerry has the "most liberal" voting record in the Senate. The results of Senate vote ratings show that Kerry was the most liberal senator in 2003, with a composite liberal score of 96.5 -- far ahead of such Democrat stalwarts as Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton. NATIONAL JOURNAL's scores, which have been compiled each year since 1981, are based on lawmakers' votes in three areas: economic policy, social policy, and foreign policy. "To be sure, Kerry's ranking as...

    02/28/2004 12:59:10 AM PST · by kattracks · 42 replies · 436+ views
    New York Post ^ | 2/28/04 | BRIAN BLOMQUIST
    <p>February 28, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - Democratic front-runner John Kerry was rated the most liberal member of the U.S. Senate in an independent survey yesterday - a distinction the Bush campaign will spread in coming months. The rating for Kerry comes at a bad time - just as he has nearly clinched the Democratic primary contest - largely a battle for liberal votes - and is beginning to look ahead to the general-election campaign against President Bush, where moderate and independent voters could make the difference.</p>
  • Cold Feet [claiming press not pro-gay marriage enough]

    02/27/2004 6:19:28 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 11 replies · 102+ views
    Now here's a story for our time. Thousands of same-sex American couples flock to San Francisco to get married, and they're all over television, print, the Net. One female pair lands on the front of the New York Post, of all places, having an "I do" smooch while onlookers applaud. "GAYS WED," says the tab's giant headline. Meanwhile, the man who allowed all this to happen, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, has been in media outlets far and wide. A Google news search on his name this week produced more than 4,700 hits. Newsom often compares the gay-marriage issue to...
  • Kerry Rated Most Liberal Member of Senate

    02/27/2004 6:58:08 PM PST · by quidnunc · 13 replies · 134+ views ^ | February 27, 2004 | Richard E. Cohen [National Journal]
    On the night of February 17, after finishing a surprisingly close second to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., in the Wisconsin primary, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., made the rounds of television interviews and repeated what has become a familiar theme. Asked on CNN about his campaign strategy, Edwards replied that he planned to emphasize the contrasts between him and the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. "I think it's important for people to know the differences between us," Edwards said. "I like and respect John Kerry very much. And I think he feels the same way about me. But we have...