You have to have a heart of stone not to have been moved by American Pharoah’s elegant, historic performance on Saturday. One nice thing is that nearly everyone (some gamblers aside) was rooting for him. This was that rare …
House Democrats, Out on a Limb for Obamacare, Hear a Snapping Sound
Endangered House Democrat Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, now running for the Senate in Indiana, justified his vote for the health-care bill by declaring:
In addition to meeting my pro-life principles, the plan reduces costs, improves access to affordable insurance options, …
No Faustian Bargains Needed to Take on Alan Grayson
Dan Webster, former state senator, is joining the teeming masses of Florida Republicans running against Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Intermittent Explosive Disorder).
Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee have already endorsed Webster.
If he wins the primary, we finally will get …
It’s Like ‘Pawlenty Idol’
Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s PAC is holding a “favorite 2010 candidate” contest. At stake:
Co-Hosting a Facebook Town Hall featuring the winning candidate and Governor Pawlenty
Sending an email on behalf of the winning candidate to the Freedom First PAC list
With Their Hearts in the RightNetwork’s Place
Over on the home page, a chat with one of the minds behind RightNetwork, a new, conservative-oriented media company that aims to start appearing on your computer, mobile devices, and eventually television, starting later this year.
If You Need ID, Bring Your Birth Certificate, Since Hawaiians Love Questions About Those
Voter registration for the special election to fill Hawaii’s vacant U.S. House seat ends today.
The Republican in the race, Charles Djou, raised more than $111,000 in the past day or so.
For Mark Critz, Democratic Enthusiasm Is the Pits
Mark Critz, the Democrat running in Murtha’s old district, has a little less than a month to change this:
As the party tries to hold onto John Murtha’s old Congressional seat here are some numbers that don’t bode very well …
Tough Year to Be a Democrat in New Hampshire, and/or America
PPP lays out the grim prospects for New Hampshire’s two House Democrats:
Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has an upside down approval with 50% of voters disapproving of her job performance to just 41% giving her good marks. Hers is the more conservative of …
Russ Carnahan’s Reelection Bid May Be Taking on Water
Democratic congressman Russ Carnahan’s boat, Attractive Nuisance, lives up to its name:
[Republican Ed] Martin sent out a release accusing Carnahan of attempting to dodge taxes by parking his boat across the river in Illinois.
If the vessel — …
This Is a Pretty Meek Result for Florida Democrats
By Rasmussen’s measure, Charlie Crist would lose the Florida Senate race in an independent bid; Rubio leads, 37 percent to 30 percent.
But that’s actually the second-most-surprising result of this poll. Could Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek really get only 22 percent in a …
You Think You Had a Bad Quarter?
You know who had a rough fund-raising quarter? The Democratic committee in Burlington County, New Jersey: “The Burlington County Democratic Committee is deep in debt and raised no money during the first three months of the year, according to the …
Mark Critz Doesn’t Want to Be Facebook Friends With Joe Biden
This web ad from the NRCC, thinking about the Facebook-esque page of Pennsylvania special House election candidate Mark Critz, made me laugh:
(Notice that “Barack Obama” posts the message, “I haven’t been to Western Pennsylvania lately . . . let’s hold …
Republicans Haven’t Closed the Sale . . . Yet.
Hmmm. Gallup informs us:
The advantage in public support the Democratic Party built up during the latter part of the Bush administration and the early part of the Obama administration has all but disappeared. During the first quarter of 2010, 46 percent …
Now We All Live in ‘Sharia Park’
From this morning’s Jolt:
This Looks Like a Job For Team America
I played Devil’s advocate to Cam last night: Pretend you’re the Comedy Central official who makes the call on what gets bleeped on South Park. You …
Those Brave Bureaucrats, Enduring the Dangers of the Battlefields of Europe
Republican Lou Barletta notices that his opponent, incumbent Democrat Paul Kanjorski, has an exceptionally broad definition of “bureaucrat.”
Kanjorski, on Steve Corbett’s radio show:
KANJORSKI: I know it’s nice to campaign against lobbyists, its . . . in the same way it’s nice …
Don’t Inflate One for the Gipper
A Republican congressman from North Carolina has proposed legislation that would replace the image of President Ulysses S. Grant on the fifty dollar bill with that of President Ronald Reagan. Do Americans want this change to occur? Most do …
Adventure? Excitement? A Congressman Does Not Crave These Things
The retirement of Kansas Democrat Dennis Moore — you know, the lawmaker who didn’t read the health-care bill and voted for it anyway — was one of those early indicators of trouble for Democrats, as Kansas isn’t exactly the easiest …
Asking a Question in the Jolt Could Save Me 15 Minutes or More of Research
In the Morning Jolt, I asked why GEICO is written in all capital letters. Many, many readers are informing me it used to stand for “Government Employees Insurance Company.”
As for that axed announcer, I’ll bet that right now he’s …
Can Someone Take David Paterson to Court?
Earlier today, I noted New York governor David Paterson appears to be refusing to hold a special election in the district that was represented by Eric Massa until March 8. If no election is held, the seat — a Republican-leaning district …
To E.J. Dionne, Democratic Fortunes Are Always Looking Up
E.J. Dionne, today, writing about the financial-reform proposal:
Suddenly, it’s Democrats — and, in particular, the often conflict-averse Obama — who are relishing a fight. This raises what might be the essential question for November: Can Democrats finally put …