Politics & Policy

Monday Morning Medley

House:

• The GOP continues to widen the House playing field with solid fundraising numbers.

• The NRCC hit the airwaves with 39 new ads over the weekend.

• Michael Barone writes at NRO about Democrats whose votes for Obamacare could end up killing their careers.

Politico takes a look at the 12 hottest House races.

• James Carville said Nancy Pelosi could be out as speaker next year, even if Democrats retain the House.

• Meanwhile social conservatives aren’t entirely thrilled about the prospect of a Speaker John Boehner.

Senate:

AK — The editor of the Alaska Dispatch was arrested yesterday by Joe Miller’s private security detail. Miller released the following statement under the title “Liberal Blogger ‘Loses It’ at Town Hall Meeting:

“While I’ve gotten used to the blog Alaska Dispatch’s assault on me and my family, I never thought that it would lead to a physical assault. It’s too bad that this blogger would take advantage of a “Town Hall” meeting to create a publicity stunt just two weeks before the election.”

Which is, not surprisingly, rather odds with the Dispatch’s account.

KY — The uproar over Jack Conway’s latest ad, essentially attack Rand Paul for his college behavior (a pretty clear sign of desperation), is no partisan affair. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) called the ad “very dangerous” and said it “came close to the line” of being inappropriate:

“Candidates who are at behind at the end reach and sometimes they overreach,” McCaskill said. “This ad is a very dangerous ad because it reaches back to college… I think the ad came close to the line.”

Here’s the ad in question:

A here’s Taiwanese animated retelling of the controversy:

• Meanwhile, Paul’s campaign trounced Conway’s in third quarter fundraising. Paul took in $2.7 million for the three month period ending Sept. 30, roughly $1 million more than Conway. Paul reported having more than $1.4 million in the bank heading into the final weeks, while Conway reported about $1 million cash on hand.

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Dan Lewis, the debate moderator asked: “…Where would you cut “And if I may, when I’ve asked this question before of the candidates, I often get the response – ‘everything will be put on the table, we’ll go through it and then we will make those tough decisions.’”

Sen. Patty Murray said: “Again, we have to make very tough choices in front of us. We need to put everything on the table, and we need to look at everything including defense, and we need to make those tough cuts…”

• This race has so far been unique in that it has largely become a contest over actual policy. This may make it seem a bit boring when compared to Senate races in Alaska, Nevada, Illinois, Delaware, etc. But now that both candidates have outlined and defended their respective positions in the debates — Murray: defender of Obama agenda, fighter for state interests (i.e. unabashed earmarker), and Rossi: a “fiscal conservative with a social conscience” who wants to repeal much of what Obama has produced — this race is shaping up to be a real bellweather for both parties. Can the GOP take back the Senate? Can Democrats stop them? Can the Republican brand succeed in the Northwest? We will find out soon enough.

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Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...