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October 19, 2010
My philosophy has always been very simple: We win, you lose.
Senate Candidate John Raese (R-WV) •  Discussing foreign policy in the West Virginia Senate debate. It sounds more like something you’d hear from a gang of schoolyard bullies than from a candidate seeking a Senate seat.  source (via)
15:19 // 3 years ago
October 18, 2010

Joe Miller bleeding support in Alaska

  • 7% decrease in Joe Miller’s support over last month source

» For a while, Joe Miller had it in the bag. But things have changed. It started when incumbent Lisa Murkowski, having lost the Republican primary to Miller, announced that she’d run a write-in campaign. Polls then began showing erosion of Miller’s popularity, with his negatives increasing by 6% in the last month. Then, news broke last night that Miller’s private security detail handcuffed and detained a reporter at a town hall meeting. Now, Nate Silver says that “any ordering of the top three candidates is possible.” This is a race to watch on November 2nd.

15:30 // 3 years ago
October 17, 2010

Sharron Angle spends a lot, raises a bit more

  • $14 million amount raised by Sharron Angle’s Senate campaign last quarter. Sounds like a lot, right?
  • $12 million amount spent on fundraising by Sharron Angle’s campaign in the same quarter. Whoops! source
22:04 // 3 years ago
October 12, 2010
Based on his anti-gay rant, any advice that I’m giving this guy is no longer having any effect.
Carl Paladino’s advisor, Roger Stone • On Carl Paladino. Also in the article: Stone has a “very large” tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back. source (via)
11:23 // 3 years ago
October 9, 2010

Hey, the deficit’s actually getting smaller! Yay!

  • $125 billion decrease in the deficit over the last year source

» Of course, if you listen to a lot of conservative candidates this year, you probably wouldn’t know it. For example, Alaska’s Joe Miller proclaims, “the federal budget deficit was $1.4 trillion last year and is on track to be that, or more, this year.” Then again, Miller has already proved himself to be not the most responsible voice on fiscal issues, so perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise. Miller’s financial qualms aside, perhaps keep this number in mind next time a Republican decries Obama’s reckless government spending.

17:51 // 3 years ago
October 8, 2010

Parallels: Obama’s careening to midterms just like Ronald Reagan

  • reaganHaving inherited a recession and sporting a 10.4 percent jobless rate, the GOP managed to only lose 24 seats in the House and hold a 54-seat majority in the Senate during the 1982 midterms.
  • obama Under similar circumstances – and a much lower jobless rate – many analysts are predicting that Dems will lose the House and may lose the Senate come November. How about that for parallels? source
3:21 // 3 years ago
October 6, 2010

National Rifle Association endorses Dems, angers Repubs

  • 14 Democrats in competitive districts endorsed by the NRA source

» The National Rifle Association normally breaks for the Republicans. However, they have an endorsement policy that’s giving insurgent GOP candidates a headache: if the incumbent and challenger in an election are equally gun-friendly, the NRA will endorse the incumbent. The GOP hopes to win seats from moderate Democrats in conservative districts; however, since those Democrats are incumbents who support gun rights, they’ll be the ones receiving the NRA’s support. The result? Republican challengers who could benefit most from the NRA’s endorsement won’t be getting it.

17:12 // 3 years ago
October 5, 2010

Christine O’Donnell is just like you! At least, that’s the theme of her newest ad. She’s had a rough time since winning the Delaware Senate primary, with a seemingly endless supply of self-incriminating quotes surfacing week after week. With her latest ad, she clears things up: just because you dabble into witchcraft, that doesn’t automatically make you a witch. Our feeling is that as soon as a politician has to speak the phrase, “I’m not a witch” in order to improve their PR, that politician probably isn’t going to get elected. source

14:06 // 3 years ago
October 4, 2010

Despite enthusiasm gap, lots of Dems donating to re-election effort

  • $16 million raised by the Democratic National Committee in September
  • 2002 last time the DNC raised this much during the midterms source

» The DNC is in charge of re-electing Democrats. Although conventional wisdom says that Democrats are in big trouble this November, that hasn’t stopped them from pulling in record amounts of cash for their national re-election effort. Fun fact: 80% of the money came from low-dollar donors online and through the mail, as opposed to high-priced fund-raising dinners, George Soros, or anti-American communists intent on keeping Obama in power. The Republicans’ counterpart organization, the RNC, has not yet revealed its September totals.

15:18 // 3 years ago