I don’t know a lot about McAuliffe, but I do know a lot about Cuccinelli, and I don’t want him to win.Mickey, a Virginian voter not affiliated with any party. This pretty much sums up the Virginian gubernatorial race, in which Democrat Terry McAuliffe is on track to crush Republican Ken Cuccinelli, despite the fact that McAuliffe isn’t particularly well-liked himself. Cuccinelli rose to prominence along with the Tea Party in 2009 and was considered an early favorite for this race, but his hard-right positions on social issues—particularly abortion—have resulted in a collapse in support, with women voters in particular going for McAuliffe by 24 (!) points. This article also says that Cuccinelli, at a recent rally, “used playful voices to encourage supporters," which is something we’d really like to know more about. source
We broke the great race barrier with President Obama but it’s time that we also really ask ourselves deep down what it’s going to take to elect a woman president. And I will certainly do what I can when that time comes to elect somebody – whoever that somebody might be.Hillary Clinton teases the American public at a Miami speech, continuing to sideline a definite answer on whether or not she’s running for United States presidency come 2016. Here’s a more direct answer from Clinton herself.
As a result of the relative lack of interest in state elections, we now have the most polarized political system in modern American history. It’s also the least functional. […] Nate Silver wrote in the The New York Times after the 2012 election that while there had been earlier periods of great partisanship, in particular between 1880 and 1920, ‘it is not clear that there have been other periods when individual members of the House had so little to deter them from highly partisan behavior.’ Under these circumstances, it’s harder than ever before to put together bipartisan coalitions to pass major legislation, as had long been done for civil rights bills and other major changes in economic, social, and even environmental policy.Journalist Elizabeth Drew writes on the upcoming November midterm elections and the current state of the United States political sphere in Washington.
We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven’t before…Simple ‘outreach’ a few months before an election will not suffice. In fact, let’s stop talking about ‘reaching out’—and start working on welcoming in.Planned remarks by Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus for the group’s upcoming winter meeting. Since November, we’ve heard a lot from the GOP about “re-calibrating" its message to appeal to demographics it lost in 2012 (Hispanics, women, young people, African-Americans, LGBT folk, and others). What we haven’t yet heard is how, if at all, those recalibrations will manifest themselves policy-wise. Will Priebus, or anyone else at this RNC meeting, be able to articulate what policies the GOP has to offer the people who voted to reelect President Obama last year and expand the Democratic majority the the Senate? Or will they insist that it’s just a matter of messaging? Speaking of messaging, Priebus probably isn’t too happy about Republican darling Allen West’s latest. source