Akin: McCaskill Not “Ladylike” in Debate

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 12:18 pm

As the Republican establishment returns to the fold in the Missouri Senate race, it’s worth reminding everyone that one of the major problems with Todd Akin is the simple fact that he’s Todd Akin. It’s not like the “legitimate rape” comments sprung out of the blue; they exist on a continuum of other extremist comments. [...]

Another Republican Gets Tripped Up on Rape and Abortion

By: Monday August 27, 2012 12:58 pm

The specter of Todd Akin, which has hovered around the GOP for a full week, has struck again. This time, Tom Smith, a first-time candidate for US Senate in Pennsylvania, who will probably lose his race to the well-situated Bob Casey, has been nicked. Smith was asked about the rape exception for abortions, and he [...]

Senate Visibility Helped Democrats; House Invisibility Hurt Them

By: Tuesday November 2, 2010 7:08 pm

We’re seeing some interesting races in the US Senate. Alexi Giannoulias is up by about 100,000 votes in Illinois with half the vote in. Joe Sestak is up by a similar amount with half the vote in. Michael Bennet has 50,000 votes up on Joe Buck in Colorado with a quarter of the vote in. [...]

Durbin on Tax Cuts, Deficit – No Deficit Reduction Until Unemployment Rate Lowers

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 10:29 am

If the defense authorization bill stalls out today, as expected, the Senate could move directly to taxes. Dick Durbin vowed that the Senate would work on the Obama tax plan in this work period, and he said that Democrats have the upper hand in that debate in his chamber: Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Durbin said [...]

Sestak Opposes Any Benefit Cuts to Social Security

By: Thursday September 16, 2010 9:36 am

Joe Sestak is in a tough race in Pennsylvania for US Senate, with the Club for Growth’s Pat Toomey, a former derivatives trader, in a small but measurable lead. Lately Sestak has been going after Toomey’s extreme positions, particularly his idea to privatize Social Security. Sestak has held press events and rallies with seniors contrasting [...]

The Tempest Over the Sestak Job Offer

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 1:56 pm

What the continuing story over Joe Sestak receiving an undefined “job offer” from the Obama White House shows is that the right wing still has the ability to turn whatever they want into a front-page headline. While he was in the White House, Karl Rove practically had a map of the 50 states and a [...]

Primary Wins Signal New Phase Of 2010 Election

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 5:30 am

Just a quick word on the primaries last night, because most of what needed to be said has been said, and it all happened while I was watching the astonishing crumbling of financial reform (more on that in a minute, and how it ties into all this). By now you know the basics: Joe Sestak [...]

Specter Says “Re-Elected” Video Taken Out Of Context: Then He Takes It Out Of Context

By: Friday May 14, 2010 7:06 am

Arlen Specter’s campaign is hopping mad that an ad run by his opponent Joe Sestak was taken out of context. The now-famous clip shows Specter telling reporters “My change in party will enable me to be re-elected.” But his campaign supplies this video from the local station who took the footage, to prove that he [...]

PA-Sen: Specter’s Troubles Are About His Character

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 9:27 am

Chris Bowers makes a solid point about Arlen Specter, which is probably what Democrats in the state are thinking at this point, too: Last night on Hardball, Arlen Specter said that he knew his days in the republican party were numbered after his stimulus vote: “When that vote came up on the stimulus, I knew [...]

PA-Sen: New Polls Show a Toss-Up

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 8:05 am

If you average out the new polls from today, with less than a week to go in the Senate primary in Pennsylvania, the race is basically tied. The tracking poll from the Allentown Morning Call and Muhlenberg College has a 45-45 dead heat between Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak. Quinnipiac shows Specter up 44-42. And [...]

Specter’s Closing Argument in 2010, Presidential Validation, An Exact Mirror of Closing Argument in 2004

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 1:08 pm

Several people have commented on this already, but you do have to marvel at the fact that Arlen Specter’s media team created a closing ad for his 2010 primary that is an exact copy of his closing ad for the 2004 primary, only with a new President and a new political affiliation. Today in Pennsylvania [...]

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