Barney Frank: The Community Reinvestment Act Was a ‘Republican Failure’
In today’s Wall Street Journal:
Asked who was to blame for the 2008 financial crisis and whether any bankers should have been prosecuted, Mrs. Bachmann and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich put the onus on the federal government, with Mr. …
By This Standard, John Edwards Was a Fantastic Job Creator
Connecticut Republicans who aspire to the U.S. Senate, like Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon, are incredulous about the latest statement from Richard Blumenthal, the lawsuit-happy state attorney general who stepped in for Chris Dodd: “Our lawsuits, our legal actions …
Were Non-Texan Lefties More Enthused About the Perry-Hutchison Primary Than Righties?
From today’s Morning Jolt:
Everything’s Bigger in Texas
Today is primary day in Texas. The big show is the governor’s race, which may come down to a runoff between incumbent Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and . . . …
Arlen Specter’s Comeback? I Still Think He’s Toomed
I generally think of Quinnipiac as reliable, but this poll out this morning really surprises me:
Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter leads Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak 53 – 29 percent and has pushed ahead of Republican Pat Toomey 49 – 42 …
Funny Thing About Those New Blue States, the Azure Washes Off Quick
Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling observes:
Barack Obama now has a negative approval rating in every state he flipped from the Bush column to his in 2008. In each of those places his level of support is now in the 44…
The Name You Know, With an Exciting New Gender!
Here’s an interesting slogan, perhaps taking shape in Kansas’s 3rd congressional district: “Stephene Moore for Congress . . . because, you know, her husband Dennis Moore was in Congress for a long time.”
Usually when a wife runs for her husband’s seat, it’s …
Will This Be a Tough Year to Be a Mississippi Democrat?
Today is the filing deadline for federal candidates in Mississippi. Neither Senate seat is up, and it may surprise you to learn that three of the four U.S. House seats are currently held by Democrats.
In the 1st district, …
Reactions to Primary Challengers Aren’t Always So Predictable
MSNBC’s First Read:
While Arkansas isn’t Pennsylvania — where Joe Sestak’s primary has pushed Arlen Specter to the left — [Bill] Halter’s challenge probably ensures that [Blanche] Lincoln ends up voting for reconciliation, assuming that Lincoln wants …
Obamacare Opponents Do Not Want to Deal With This
Apparently Rep. Nathan Deal (R., Ga.) thinks he can help his gubernatorial campaign by being known as “the House Republican who helped pass Obamacare.” If he resigns, as rumored, the Democrats will only need 216* for a majority.
Moments ago, he …
Democrat With No Chance of Losing Her Seat Urges Others to Sacrifice Their Seats
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End Her Time as Speaker, She’s Cool With It
The gauntlet is down: “House Speaker Nancy …
Okay, Menendez Is Absolutely Certain the Third Connecticut Democrat Won’t Drop Out of the Race
The NRSC chuckles at this…
The allegations are considered extremely damaging for Blumenthal’s candidacy, but Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said that the Connecticut attorney general would remain in the race. “I am sure that he will continue to …
‘Mr. Ford, Senator Feingold on Line Two.’
Harold Ford Jr. may not be running for Senate, but he wants to make sure every New Yorker knows that the Democratic party bosses in that state stink:
WHEN it was reported two months ago that I was thinking seriously …
I Always Thought I Was a Happy Warrior
In the eyes of The Atlantic, I “hiss” and “fume.” I’ll try to keep the even-tempered tone of their most famous contributor on the Palin Fallopian Tube beat.
Baron Hill, Earl Pomeroy . . . Tough Year for Guys With Names That Are Nobility Titles
You’re Earl Pomeroy. You’ve been representing North Dakota in the House of Representatives since 1993. It’s such a sparsely populated state that your district is the entire state. A Democratic senator who represents the same geographic territory, Byron Dorgan, suddenly retired, …
It Has Been a Long Time Since Republicans Led in Michigan So Consistently
There’s a new gubernatorial poll out in Michigan, where seemingly several thousand are running for that office on both sides. The short version is, if you have an “R” after your name, you’re in the lead in a general-election matchup. …
None of These GOP Incumbents Expect a ‘Cornhusker Kick-to-the-Curb’
Today is also the filing deadline for federal office in Nebraska. Neither Senate seat is up this year, although obviously Ben Nelson is already sweating his reelection bid in 2012. There is a governor’s race this year, matching incumbent Republican Dave …
More Menacing Than a Jabberwocky
Chuck DeVore, GOP senatorial candidate from California, is sponsoring a “Demon Sheep hunt” fundraiser, jumping off the infamous Carly Fiorina web ad.
Tragically, I understand three donors have been already eaten this morning. Rough prey, that Demonsheep.
You don’t hunt …
‘The [Charlie] Rangel scandal is starting to register with the public.’
Hmmm. Peter Beinart reports:
A Democratic source says party pollsters are picking up rumblings that the [Charlie] Rangel scandal is starting to register with the public. If Pelosi and the White House wait until the ethics committee hands down its …
A Primary Against Lincoln Is Threatening the Already-Doomed
Some lefty blogs are somewhat enthused about Arkansas’s lieutenant governor, Bill Halter, a Democrat, challenging Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic primary. It appears he’s aiming to challenge her from the left: “I cannot stand by while jobs are shipped …
Jobs Saved, Created, or Destroyed
The cutbacks at NASA may be worthwhile, they may not; I’ll let the space-policy wonks hash that out. What’s indisputable is that here’s an area of government spending that is often innovative and productive, and has a big economic impact …