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October 18, 2013

Shutdown badly damaged GOP’s 2014 standing

  • 14 House races moved in Democrats’ favor since the government shutdown, according to elections forecaster Charlie Cook. source
18:07 // 6 months ago
November 18, 2010
A review of the results finds that were it not for the efforts of our candidates and the DCCC, it could have been even worse.
DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen • Sugar-coating the election results, moments after saying that “there is no sugar coating the election results.” He may be right about that counterfactual; however, “it coulda been worse” isn’t much consolation to the 60-some legislators who lost their seats. source (viafollow)
21:57 // 3 years ago

Remains from the Sharron Angle campaign

the election is over. Sharron Angle narrowly lost her bid to unseat Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada. But Jon Ralston has unearthed a few last bits of trivia about her campaign, including who played Reid in debate prep, the code used by staff to warn of media presence, and Angle’s complicated feelings on dictatorships. Oh, how we miss the election. source

20:44 // 3 years ago
November 14, 2010
I am at a loss for words to describe this new development.
Phil Bailey, director of the South Carolina State Senate Democratic Caucus • In reaction to Alvin Greene’s proclamation that he’s “seriously considering” running for President in 2012. After a surprise win in the Democratic primary earlier this year, Greene gave a bunch of interesting interviews, but lost by 34 points in the general. Donna Warren, president of the consulting firm that handled Greene’s recent failed Senate bid, reacted to the news: “Was he kidding you? Oh, wow, he didn’t tell us about that.”   source (viafollow)
16:03 // 3 years ago
November 3, 2010


Obama’s been getting railed upon from all corners for a while now, but we have to admit that he seemed to handle his party’s lack of success yesterday fairly well today. He had a measured response to the questions he got at his press conference today, and didn’t get angry or testy at any point. Which for fans of the president is heartening. Also heartening is this site which has been all over our Facebook today. “What the fuck has Obama done so far?” A lot. A defensive measure so solid that you’d think that the site was produced by Obama’s staff, until you realize that the word “fuck” is right there in the URL. sourcePost-midterms, Obama gets a big-up from the f-word

Obama’s been getting railed upon from all corners for a while now, but we have to admit that he seemed to handle his party’s lack of success yesterday fairly well today. He had a measured response to the questions he got at his press conference today, and didn’t get angry or testy at any point. Which for fans of the president is heartening. Also heartening is this site which has been all over our Facebook today. “What the fuck has Obama done so far?” A lot. A defensive measure so solid that you’d think that the site was produced by Obama’s staff, until you realize that the word “fuck” is right there in the URL. source

22:28 // 3 years ago
November 2, 2010

Democrats go down! Three races where incumbents fell flat

  • Perriello Tom Perriello was able to get Obama to rally for him last weekend, but he lost anyway. Guess that isn’t worth much.
  • Grayson Alan Grayson, the controversial hard-left “die quickly” congressman, won’t be returning for a second term.
  • Boucher Longtime Rep. Rick Boucher's vote on cap-and-trade seems to have done him in. He lost in his Virginia race.
20:52 // 3 years ago

Two key Tea Party races end just like everyone expected

  • yes Marco Rubio will be Florida’s next Senator – and like everyone thought, Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek split the vote.
  • no Christine O’Donnell didn’t win; Chris Coons coasted to an easy victory in Delaware. So why did Gawker post that story again? source
20:23 // 3 years ago

Midterms: Rand Paul wins, and he deserves respect for his win

Dear Rand Paul: Congratulations. Sincerely. You ran a better campaign than your opponent, and eventually you got past your gaffes to win in Kentucky without much trouble at all. While you’ll remain controversial to many for your small-government-heavy views, you didn’t win tonight in spite of your views. You won because you beat your opponent (see: Aqua Buddah). Sure, we had our beefs with some of your views, but as the campaign worked towards the end, we found ourselves actually respecting you a little. The way your campaign handled the head-stomper proved you’re past the point of gaffes. So, tonight, as the left accepts its fate, we’ll see more candidates lose. But let it be on the record that Rand Paul earned his victory tonight. source

20:07 // 3 years ago
Just as the conditions promising at least a pretty bad Democratic year have been with us for some time, the uncertainty has been with us all along as well, like a virus with an exceptionally long latency period; on Tuesday, we’ll see which of the polls it has infected.
FiveThirtyEight guy Nate Silver • Offering a key piece of final analysis that we should probably take into the elections today. While the polls have largely remained consistent about how many seats the Democrats will lose and the Republicans will gain, it’s good to keep at least a little bit of perspective no matter how you lean. Remember, back in 1994 the analysts were relatively consistent too, but in the end, the Republicans did way better than most of them expected – by a long shot. No matter the case, you should probably get out there and vote your heart out for both the ballot measures and the candidates – unless you live in DC and know the results of every election already. We’ll have lots of key results from our non-existent glass-enclosed nerve center at a late-night coffee shop in Dupont Circle tomorrow night. source (via)
1:22 // 3 years ago
October 31, 2010

In this clip, Sarah Palin charges ABC affiliates in Alaska with “corruption,” claiming that they “conspired to make up stories about Joe Miller.” According to her, reporters at a recent Miller rally attempted to find a child molester in the crowd in order to discredit Miller and his supporters. A tape of has been released, and Palin “can’t wait until it busts out all over the nation.” source

20:58 // 3 years ago