The Lasting Impact of 2010 Election: Redistricting Cementing Republican House Majority

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Whether you think that Democrats lost the House and a majority of state legislatures in 2010 because of a lack of improvement in the economy, the natural cycle of out-party gains in a midterm election, the clever use of Republican obstructionism to dampen economic performance, those damn liberals who didn’t clap loudly enough, or whatever, [...]

Romney Runs 2010 Playbook, Attacks Obama on Medicare Cuts

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 12:30 pm

The first Presidential candidate to capitalize on the Medicare conversation with advertising is Mitt Romney. In an ad that gives more face time to his running mate Paul Ryan, Romney attacks Barack Obama for including $716 billion in cuts to Medicare in the Affordable Care Act, which will go “to a massive new government program [...]

Electability and the GOP Presidential Primary

By: Thursday September 8, 2011 7:04 am

I’ve only been able to catch snippets of last night’s GOP primary debate in Simi Valley, particularly Rick Perry’s double down on the “Social Security is a monstrous lie and a Ponzi scheme” argument. This has led to an interesting argument about electability and Presidential primaries. Some, like Nate Silver and Matt Yglesias, think that [...]

Hoyer: Medicare Up for Discussion in Grand Bargain Talks

By: Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:52 am

Steny Hoyer confirmed today what was already reported by several outlets, that the Biden debt limit talks today will take a look at Medicare. After arguing that Democrats made significant headway toward extending Medicare’s solvency with the health care law, Hoyer said, “Do I believe that there are other things we can do related to [...]

Koch Industries Sent Political Mailers to Employees, Telling Them Who to Vote For

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 11:20 am

A new investigative piece by The Nation exposes the pre-election activities at Koch Industries, which instructed its 50,000 employees who to vote for and why in an election packet full of right-wing propaganda. The packet (they were mailed to employees in all states; the linked example is the one from Washington state) included Koch-endorsed and [...]

Republicans Abandon Winning 2010 Strategy with Medicare Privatization Plan

By: Monday April 4, 2011 10:43 am

As many on the blogosphere have been noting for months, the only policy item Republicans used to win election in November 2010 was an odd defense of Medicare. They accused Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act of cutting $523 billion in Medicare funding to “pay for Obama-care.” They positioned themselves as the defenders [...]

White House Will Continue Afghanistan Strategy Regardless of the Data

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 6:54 am

McClatchy wrote yesterday that the Obama Administration has gradually moved away from the 2011 transition point for Afghanistan, and toward a transition in 2014. Robert Gates used the 2014 date this week, and next week at a NATO conference the US will publicly present a timeline including that figure. That would mean that the war [...]

Obama Press Conference Open Thread

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:50 am

I’d expect some olive branch to the right, though on what I don’t really know. There’s really not a whole lot the President can say, other than demanding that Ben Bernanke immediately purchase $2 trillion in Treasury securities and that he would propose an immediate payroll tax holiday in the lame duck session. This model [...]

The Youth Vote: Still Pro-Democratic, Turnout Average for a Midterm Election

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 8:20 am

I mentioned this before, but a lot of losses for Democrats were baked into the cake last night simply because of the relative age of a midterm electorate. In the modern, non-Boll Weevil Democrat era, we’ve seen two midterms for a Democratic President that were absolute slaughters. The midterms for Republican Presidents were occasionally bad, [...]

Denver Post Calls CO-Sen for Michael Bennet

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 7:53 am

Michael Bennet has won the Colorado Senate race, according to the Denver Post. Bennet, the replacement for Ken Salazar when he moved to the Interior Department, won his first-ever election. Right now, Bennet leads by about 7,000 votes, but the remaining votes left to count are in Boulder County, where he did quite well. If [...]

For Once, a Post-Mortem Really Feels Like a Post-Mortem

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 6:29 am

Stopping by Boxer HQ was a mistake from the standpoint of Election Night coverage but the right thing to do for a wider perspective. It was absolutely surreal to be in an atmosphere of jubilation and victory for a Democratic politician on a night like last night. This map tells you everything you need to [...]

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