It's a tough year for senators named Bennet(t) from the Rocky Mountain West. First, Republican stalwart Bob Bennett of Utah was ousted by party activists at their state convention; now Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado lost at his party's nominating convention to former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff.
When I saw Mr. Conservative, a documentary about former Arizona senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, I was shocked to learn that he was half Jewish.
Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Rand Paul has issued a statement clarifying his comments on the Civil Rights Act. In it, he says, "I support the Civil Rights Act because I overwhelmingly agree with the intent of the legislation." Although he curiously pivots later from his support for civil rights to his standard talking points about the federal government being out of control through this phrase: "This much is clear: The federal government has far overreached in its power grabs." The...
The scandal surrounding Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's apparent misrepresentation of his military record has me feeling nostalgic for the Good Old Days in politics. Everything was so simple back in that innocent time of the early 1990s. Back then, politicians got in trouble for getting caught doing bad things, like dodging the draft, smoking pot when they were in college, or cheating on their spouses.
Pennsylvania is supposed to be a swing state, one of the Big Three along with Ohio and Florida that dominates election nights. It has been leaning bluer in recent years: It went Democratic in 2000 and 2004, sent conservative Republican Senator Rick Santorum packing in 2006, and 2008 saw a massive switch to the Democrats in party registration, partly to participate in the party's exciting presidential primary. 2009 saw another blow to the state GOP: fearing an intra-party challenge from the...
Viewers of Rachel Maddow on MSNBC last night might have been confused when Doug Heye, the communications director of the RNC, referred to Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee for Senate from Kentucky, as "Jack Tough." Maddow, being hip to everything, knew though: someone posted a video on YouTube mocking Conway's self-description as "one tough son of a bitch." It contrasts "tough," such as conservative hero Chuck Norris, with "Jack Tough," which is John Edwards' getting his hair styled, or...
The political press is abuzz over the fact that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (who was born in Scranton, Pa.) are not stopping in Pennsylvania to campaign for Sen.
As Eleanor Clift reported last week, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan That's too bad, because they should. The mortgage-interest deduction, which costs the national treasury an estimated $120 billion per year, is one of the most inefficient, counterproductive federal policies.
In response to Peter Beinart's essay heard round the Internet, which argues that young American Jews are being forced to choose their liberalism or their Zionism and that they are choosing the former, Spencer Ackerman writes that, taking Beinart's insight as a premise, the next question is what Israel should actually do.
The great Republican crack-up may yet cost them a very valuable seat, that of Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid in Nevada. TPM reports: For months Reid (D-NV) has seemed like a goner as each one of his potential GOP rivals held solid leads in polls.
Politico has a fascinating, informative piece about "Bush's Brain," Karl Rove, and former RNC chair Ed Gillespie, who are putting together a series of activist organizations to rival the galvanizing effect that they believe the Democracy Alliance has had on Democrats.
The Phoenix Suns announced that they will be wearing jerseys saying "Los Suns" in Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Semifinals game. (Should it be "Los Soles"?
"Drill, Baby, Drill!" Republicans have been on offense for the last few years. The public was generally supportive of their calls to drill during the election, and President Obama's recent decision to open up Atlantic waters to oil drilling was widely viewed as a concession to them and their Blue Dog Democrat allies.
If "Know Thy Enemy," is a principle of warfare, then Rush Limbaugh is failing the conservative movement as a general. On Friday we flagged the following quote from Limbaugh, with regard to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: "What better way to head off more oil drilling, nuclear plants, than by blowing up a rig?
John McCain insisted to us that he is not a maverick, and never claimed to be one. Being in a tough primary fight in his conservative home state of Arizona, McCain wanted to be sure that his constituents back home get the message that he is a loyal Republican, uninterested in working with Democrats to solve the nation's problems that he once professed to care about, such as immigration and climate change.
Conservative commentators, such as Bill Kristol and George Will, have generally rushed to the defense of Arizona's harsh new law to make local law-enforcement officers act as de facto border patrol.
On Tax Day, amidst all the right-wing rhetoric about how the poor are undertaxed, and liberal arguments about how the rich should pay more, we should take a second just to go over how the U.S. tax structure works.
Don't complain about your taxes today, they are surely less than the 44 percent of one's income that homeless New Yorkers are about to start paying. New York City, whose mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is worth an estimated $17.5 billion, has announced that it is going to charge homeless people for staying in city housing shelters.
Greg Sargent complains that CNN and MSNBC invited former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani onto their channels this week to discuss President Obama's new nuclear posture, writing: Someone needs to tell the bookers at the networks that the fact that Rudy Giuliani happened to get photographed walking through the smoke and dust on 9/11 does not give him any authority or credibility on foreign policy and national security issues.
Remember those Hillary Clinton ads with the Batphone ringing that demanded to know who you want answering a call in the White House at 3 a.m.? (The answer you were supposed to come up with is "Someone who lived there for eight years already.") Well, we don't have a complaint line to President Obama's bedroom, but Scott Rigell, a candidate for the Republican nomination in Virginia's Second Congressional District has posted his home phone number on his campaign Web site (it's 757-496-4113, just...
Politics aside, on the policy merits the Obama administration's decision to "expand oil and gas development and exploration on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to enhance our nation's energy independence" is absurd.
From Bloomberg News: The health-care legislation working its way through the Senate passed the House of Representatives March 21 in a 219-212 vote that had no Republican support.
There's nothing like a blogospheric spat about suburban sprawl. Matt Yglesias notes, and some conservatives concur, that sprawl is determined by heavy-handed government regulation requiring minimum parking requirements, large lot sizes, and segregation of uses.
After the media overhyped Democratic losses in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections in November, I argued that the real warning sign for Democrats wasn't the statewide executive races, which are often driven by voters' feelings on the candidates themselves, but by results in the New York suburbs in Westchester County and Connecticut.