Defeat does strange things to a political coalition. It can send a political party out into the wilderness for generations, or it can lead to fierce internecine fighting that destroys a political movement altogether. Sometimes it can lead to a resurgence and a return to power that no one could have predicted. Read More
Or at least that’s the headline I would have put on this Mark Halperin item, “Obama Losing Patience“:
The President and his top advisers have betrayed visible annoyance at the Republicans’ failure to rally behind the White House’s latest plans to goose the economy: proposed tax incentives for companies to make capital expenditures and do more R&D. Read More
Nate Silver, the New York Times’ decidedly liberal election data wiz, takes a look at the election messaging from the two parties. What he finds is that the Democrats may actually have a more incoherent message than the GOP: Read More
Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on all 10 of the important issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports [education, health care, Iraq, the economy, social security, government ethics, national security, Afghanistan, taxes and immigration]. Read More
From the AP:
The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle has won the GOP nomination in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.
Ben Quayle led the field of 10 Republicans by nearly 5 percentage points late on election night. He had 23 percent of the vote, and his nearest competitor, businessman Steve Moak, had just under 18 percent.
The crowded field also included three former Arizona lawmakers. Read More
Republicans currently enjoy a 50 percent to 43 percent advantage over Democrats among registered voters, the highest yet in Gallup’s weekly tracking of the 2010 midterm elections. But a Republican victory in November will mean nothing if it means more GOP business-as-usual. Read More
In a nine point swing, Republicans find themselves running five points ahead of Democrats in this week’s generic ballot question at Gallup: Read More
According to The Hill, earmarks are down 40 percent this year — thanks mostly to a self-imposed ban by congressional Republicans: Read More