Tea Party Support At All-Time Low, Even Among Republicans And Conservatives

A new poll shows that the Tea Party movement is more unpopular than it has ever been before, even among Republicans and conservatives.

John Boehner’s Parting Words For His Critics Are Spot-On

John Boehner let loose on the “false prophets” on the right yesterday, and he’s absolutely right.

FEC Sues Christine O’Donnell Over Campaign Irregularities

Christine O’Donnell has largely been out of the news since losing the 2010 Delaware Senate race to Senator Chris Coons, but the Federal Election Commission didn’t forget about her: Once upon a time there was a candidate for U.S. Senate who told voters she wasn’t a witch. But her story doesn’t end there. Christine O’Donnell, […]

Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

Sen. Charles Schumer says Democrats made a mistake by concentrating on getting health care reform passed instead of on fixing the economy.

We Won’t Have Christine O’Donnell To Kick Around Anymore

Tea Party darling, and spectacularly disastrous 2010 candidate for Senate in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell is saying she has no desire to run for office again: Christine O’Donnell, the 2010 tea party-backed U.S. Senate candidate, said Thursday she would “rather slam my hand in a car door” than run another campaign this year, calling a rematch […]

From Our “Gee, Do Ya Think?” File, Christine O’Donnell Edition

In her new book, former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell calls the infamous “I’m Not A Witch” ad the lowest point of her 2010 campaign: Christine O’Donnell reveals in her new book that the “lowest moment” of her failed 2010 Senate campaign came when the Delaware Republican made the now-infamous assurance to voters: “I am […]

Former Congressman’s Defamation Suit Against Pro-Life Group To Proceed

A somewhat surprising First Amendment decision arising out of the 2010 Elections.

The GOP Is Now Controlled By Its Conservative Base

More than any other time in the past, the GOP is now firmly under the control of its most conservative members.

So Much For “Repeal And Replace”

Whatever happened to the GOP’s promise to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act?

Quote of the Day, Ryan Plan Politics Edition

The bungled politics of the Ryan plan.

Quote of the Day – Alcohol and Politics Edition

“After the election, I sat down with my consultants, and their names were John Walker, James Beam and Jose Cuervo, my Hispanic consultant. When I finished with them I was done with that consultation.” – Florida Democratic chairman Rod Smith, declining to be specific in assessing his party’s shellacking in the recent gubernatorial elections. via Taegan Goddard

Lisa Murkowski: Getting Back at Tea Party? Or Vindicating Them?

Under the headline “MAYBE THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE NICER TO MURKOWSKI,” Steve Benen catalogs Lisa Murkowski’s spate of votes as the lone Republican siding with Democrats:  gays in the military, the DREAM Act, and New START.   And she’s now urging her colleagues to give up on trying to repeal ObamaCare and get […]

More on the Politics of Civility

More on the strategery of civility.

Michael Steele RNC Re-Election Likely?

The sitting RNC chairman is losing to a field of no-name candidates. Is he actually the favorite?

Whites Leaving Democratic Party

The Republicans are increasingly the party of white America. That’s short term good but long term bad for the GOP.

Nancy Pelosi Blames George W. Bush For 2010 Election Losses

No, she really did: “We still would have lost the election because we had 9.5% unemployment. Let’s take it where that came from. The policies of George W. Bush and the Republican support for his initiatives, tax cuts are for the wealth, recklessness by some,” Minority Leader Pelosi told CNN. Because, of course, the Democrats […]

How Christine O’Donnell Delivered A Near Fatal Blow To The Delaware GOP

Over at FrumForum, Noah Kristula-Green writes about a little talked about consequence of Christine O’Donnnell’s divisive, and massively defeated, Senate for the statewide Republican Party: O’Donnell had a consistently negative effect on the close down-ticket races in Delaware. Republican Party officials in the state who spoke to FrumForum on and off the record expressed great […]

Joe Miller Finally Concedes Alaska Senate Race

Yesterday evening while most of America was turning its attention to New Year’s Eve celebrations, Joe Miller was finally giving up: Republican Joe Miller said Friday that he is giving up his legal challenge of the write-in election win of Sen. Lisa Murkowski, even as he asserted that his fight was in the best interests […]

Lisa Murkowski Certified Winner In Alaska

It took almost two months, but Lisa Murkowski’s historic write-in victory is now official: Sen. Lisa Murkowski was officially named the winner of Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Thursday, following a period of legal fights and limbo that lasted longer than the write-in campaign she waged to keep her job. Gov. Sean Parnell and Lt. Gov. […]

Christine O’Donnell Under Criminal Probe For Campaign Spending

Three months after the allegations were first made. the FEC has opened a criminal investigation of Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell

Federal Judge Dismisses Joe Miller’s Election Lawsuit, Clears Way For Murkowski

The Federal Judge assigned to Joe Miller’s lawsuit challenging the outcome of the Alaska Senate Election has dismissed the case after Miller decided to withdraw his request that the Court bar certification of the election results: A federal judge today dismissed Republican Joe Miller’s federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the Nov. 2 […]

Alaska Supreme Court Rules Against Joe Miller In Election Lawsuit

The Alaska Supreme Court has rejected Joe Miller’s appeal of a lower court decision in his election dispute with Senator Lisa Murkowski: The Alaska Supreme Court today ruled against Joe Miller, leaving his challenge of the U.S. Senate race on life support. The court ruled the state followed the law in counting misspelled ballots for […]

Lame Duck Democrats Get Healed?

If Democrats had been this effective the previous two years, would they have lost as badly in November?

President Obama Signs DADT Repeal Bill: “It’s Done”

After seventeen years and a year of contentious political debate, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a rather swift affair: President Obama signed the landmark repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy Wednesday morning, handing a major victory to advocates of gay rights and fulfilling a campaign promise to do away […]

Ohio Congressman Sues Pro-Life Group After Election Defeat

Ohio Congressman Steve Driehaus is suing a pro-life PAC for “defamation” and “loss of livelihood” over its role in his defeat in the 2010 Elections.

Joe Miller Won’t Go Away

Joe Miller lost the Alaska Senate election by more than 10,000 votes but he’s still fighting.

Joe Miller Loses Election Recount Lawsuit

An Alaska state court judge has dismissed Joe Miller’s lawsuit challenging the results of the Alaska Senate race: A Superior Court judge has ruled on all counts against Joe Miller’s challenge of Alaska’s election for U.S. Senate. The judge on Friday found the state tallied the ballots properly and there was no evidence for Miller’s […]

Harry Reid Republicans

Reader Michael Reynolds passes along a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal‘s Ed Vogel: Preliminary figures show just 2,000 more Democrats than Republicans voted in Nevada’s general election, the secretary of state’s office said Monday. Because there were 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans at the time of the election, the figures are a clear […]

Incoming House Majority Leader Endorses Plan To Destroy Constitution

Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is speaking positively about an Amendment that would drastically alter the relationship between the Federal Government and the states, and a method of ratifying it that could do serious damage to the Constitution as a whole.

Joe Miller: From Alaska Maverick To Sore Loser

Nearly four weeks after Election Day, Alaska’s Joe Miller still won’t concede the inevitable.

Broder Misdiagnoses 2010 Election

David Broder, three weeks after the election, explains “What Murkowski’s write-in win says about the electorate.”

The Ten Worst Campaign Ads Of 2010

National Journal complies the list: 1) “Alan Grayson Saved Our Schools” — Alan Grayson, Florida 8th 2) “I’m You” — Christine O’Donnell 3) “Washington Joe” – NRSC ad against Joe Manchin, West Virginia Senate Race 4) “Why?” (aka “Aqua Buddha”) Jack Conway, Kentucky Senate Race 5) “No Mosque At Ground Zero” — Renee Elmers, North […]

Scenes From The Titanic

Politico has a devastating piece up today about the absolute incompetence of the man at the top Sharron Angle’s campaign for Senate: It’s widely recognized that in the marquee 2010 Senate race, Majority Leader Harry Reid ran a nearly flawless, textbook campaign, an operation so extraordinary that it enabled him to defy an almost certain […]

The Bizarre Sharron Angle Campaign Ad You Never Saw

If only Sharron Angle had run this ad, she’d be a U.S. Senator today. Or, you know, an even bigger laughing stock: Explanation

Federal Court Halts Alaska Ballot Certification, Sends Case To The State

As I suspected, the Federal Courts in Alaska want nothing to do with the Alaska Senate race right now: A federal judge in Alaska on Friday placed a conditional hold on the certification of the results of the contentious Senate race between Joe Miller and Senator Lisa Murkowski, telling the Miller campaign to take its […]

Joe Miller Files Suit To Prevent Certification Of Alaska Senate Results

Despite the fact that the outcome of the Alaska Senate race seems certain, Joe Miller continues to engage in legal tactics which seem designed to do little more than delay the inevitable: The Republican candidate in the Alaska U.S. Senate race asked a federal judge Thursday for a preliminary injunction stopping officials from certifying the […]

Poll: Public Evenly Divided On Whether Federal Spending Should Increase, Or Decrease

All that rhetoric from Republicans that the election returns signal the desire of the American public to cut back spending in Washington may not be true after all based on this new poll from CNN: Washington (CNN) – A new national poll suggests that cuts in federal spending are likely to be hard to sell […]

Only 46% Know Republicans Won the House

Only 46 percent of Americans know that Republicans will have a majority only in the House when the new Congress convenes in January.

AP Calls Alaska Senate Race For Murkowski

The Associated Press has declared Lisa Murkowski the winner in Alaska’s Senate race: JUNEAU, Alaska—Sen. Lisa Murkowski has become the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign. Ms. Murkowski emerged victorious after a painstaking, two-week count of write-in ballots showed she has overtaken tea party rival Joe Miller. Her […]

Quote of the Day – START Edition

“Treaty ratification is broadly popular, but there don’t seem to be that many activists working in support of it. Its ratification has been taken for granted for so long that there was never much of an effort to mobilize support for it when Republican leaders began railing against it earlier this year. One reason for […]

Murkowski Holds Insurmountable Lead, Miller Wants Hand Recount

With the numbers now completely against him, Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller is moving on the the phase of the post-election battle where the only goal seems to be to run up legal fees and delay the inevitable: Sen. Lisa Murkowski enjoys an apparently insurmountable 10,400-vote lead over Joe Miller after the weeklong review of […]

Will The Class Of 2010 Repeat The Mistakes Of 1994?

The incoming freshman of the 112th Congress say that they won’t repeat the mistakes that Republicans made when they gained power sixteen years ago, but some of the advice they’re getting virtually guarantees it will happen if they aren’t careful.

Freshman GOP Congressman Upset At Lack of Health Insurance

Newly elected Rep. Andy Harris was aghast when told his health benefits wouldn’t kick in until 28 days after his swearing-in.

John McCain Hits Rand Paul On Defense Spending

I noted several times during the election the debate taking place within the Tea Party movement over whether or not defense spending should be on the table when it comes time to discuss spending cuts. Yesterday, it became clear that there will also be a battle in the Senate: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking […]

Murkowski Officially Leads In Alaska Senate Race

With just under 10,000 write-in votes left to count, Lisa Murkowski is now officially in the lead in the Alaska Senate race: The Murkowski campaign is all but claiming victory as Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads Joe Miller by more than 1,700 votes after Monday’s review of write-in ballots. More than 8,000 write-in ballots remain to […]

The Best Campaign Of 2010

Chris Cillizza says it was Harry Reid’s re-election campaign: Reid began the cycle with one foot in the political grave. He had the worst possible situation for a politician seeking reelection: he was both universally known and not at all well liked by Nevada voters. Early attempts to change that dynamic by Reid weren’t encouraging. […]

Murkowski Victory Within Reach

One more day of counting write-in ballots is all it should take for Lisa Murkowski to be officially ahead of Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate race: JUNEAU — Sen. Lisa Murkowski retained 89 percent of the undisputed write-in votes in Alaska’s still-undecided Senate race, as the fifth day of the ballot hand count ended. […]

Heath Shuler To Democrats: It’s Time To Change Quarterbacks

Former Washington Redskins Quarterback, and current Congressman, Heath Shuler has launched a quixotic campaign against Nancy Pelosi for House Minority Leader.

Stick A Fork In Joe Miller, He’s Done

After three days of counting write-in ballots, the outcome in the Alaska Senate race is becoming rather obvious: JUNEAU — The Division of Elections has finished reviewing the write-in ballots for nearly three-quarters of the precincts, and the results show Lisa Murkowski on track to be the first write-in candidate elected to the U.S. Senate […]

Murkowski and DeMint: Bygones

Lisa Murkowski is still miffed that Jim DeMint backed Republican Joe Miller against her in the general election.

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