11:34 AM, Mar 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
This weekend’s hymn appears to be “Democrats in Trouble.” Follow along with Jonathan Martin and Ashley Parker of the New York Times:
Democrats are becoming increasingly alarmed about their midterm election fortunes amid President Obama’s sinking approval ratings, a loss in a special House election in Florida last week and millions of dollars spent by Republican-aligned groups attacking the new health law.
Appearing in the chorus:
With the health care sign-up period coming to an end this month, Democrats in Congress are looking over at the White House and realizing that the president is not only incapable of saving them, but he looks like a big anchor tied around their necks.
The president is still a good fund-raiser for Democrats. But while the Koch brothers are pounding the party’s Senate candidates and a few House candidates around the country, congressional Democrats are wondering when Obama’s vaunted powerhouse national advocacy network, Organizing for Action, will finally step in with some money to offset the wave of outside spending by the Republicans.
“We have a turnout issue,” Plouffe said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “This is a screaming siren that the same problems that afflicted us” in 2010 when Democrats lost control of the House “could face us again.”
“It’s going to be very hard to hold the Senate — I think the Senate goes,” MSNBC's Chris Matthews said on Thursday morning's edition of 'Morning Joe'. “I think we heard from the Ghost of Christmas Future this week. They’re going to lose the Senate.”
Most of the doom is attributed to the damage done to the party’s brand by Obamacare’s troubles and (all together now) those horrible Koch brothers and all of their money. There is talk of going for turnout and scaring voters with stuff about how the Republicans are coming for their Medicare and Social Security. And surely this will happen, along with warnings of wars on women, the young, and the climate.
More interesting, perhaps, is what is not mentioned. Namely, the economy. As another Times reporter noted, earlier this week, some 57% of Americans believe the country is still in a recession. One doesn’t want to go too far out on a limb here, but might that not incline a lot of voters to think it is time for a change. Been six years and, still, things don’t seem to be getting much better.
With a robustly growing economy, even Obamacare (whatever it is, this week) might seem affordable.
6:38 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who defeated Republican Scott Brown in 2012, has sent out a fundraising email to encourage supporters to donate to New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown announced Friday he is forming an exploratory committee to run against Shaheen for her U.S. Senate seat. Warren's email urges people to "beat Scott Brown again."
Read the email below:
4:49 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Scott Brown is officially exploring a run for U.S. Senate from the state of New Hampshire, he announced today. "I’m going to stop complaining and get involved again. So I am announcing that I have formed an exploratory committee to prepare a campaign for the U.S. Senate," Brown will say at a New Hampshire Republican gathering, according to prepared remarks sent out by his explorator committee.
1:54 PM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican David Jolly won Tuesday's special election for an open House seat in Florida over Democrat Alex Sink, a former chief financial officer for the state and a 2010 candidate for governor. Jolly, a lobbyist and one-time congressional staffer, is succeeding his former boss, the late Bill Young, a 43-year House veteran and Republican. Young died in October of last year, opening up the St. Petersburg-area 13th district for the first time in decades.
7:42 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Colorado senator Mark Udall, a Democrat first elected in 2008, is in a statistical tie with Republican challenger Cory Gardner, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports.
The survey of likely voters in Colorado found 42 percent support Udall, while 41 percent support Gardner, a two-term congressman. Thirteen percent remain undecided.
5:43 PM, Mar 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas's Democratic senator Mark Pryor won't say why he believes Tom Cotton, the Republican congressman who is challenging him this year, "gives off" a "sense of entitlement" to the Senate seat because of Cotton's military service. In a recent interview with NBC News, Pryor said, "I think that's part of this sense of entitlement, that he gives off, that almost is like, 'I served my country, therefore let me into the Senate.' That's not the way it works in Arkansas."
Cotton, a first-term congressman, is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, serving as an Army captain.
5:56 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Paul Broun is leading a field of five Senate candidates in Georgia, a new poll has found. Broun has 27 percent of the GOP primary vote, according to a poll commissioned by liberal group Better Georgia. Broun's competitors came in relatively far behind, with fellow congressman Phil Gingrey in second with 14 percent, congressman Jack Kingston with 13 percent, and businessman David Perdue with 12 percent. Former secretary of state Karen Handel registered 9 percent support.
Remains open to 2016 presidential run.7:00 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Perry is in a good mood, and it’s not just because it’s his 64th birthday. Tuesday is primary day in Texas, and for the first time in what seems like forever, his name’s not on the ballot. The office he’s made his own—with paintings of the Texas landscapes and framed photos of recent war heroes from Texas—for the last 13 years will belong to someone else next January. But Perry doesn’t sound wistful in the twilight of his term.
12:27 PM, Feb 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political action committee associated with Arkansas Democratic senator Mark Pryor received a maximum donation from Koch Industries, despite the fact that Pryor, as well as many other Democrats, has frequently criticized the influence of the Koch brothers in an attempt to raise funds.
According to the most recent FEC filing for Pryor's Priority PAC, Koch Industries Inc. PAC gave $5,000 in September 2013. View the entire filing here, and a screenshot of the donation below:
9:01 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the longtime Republican congressman from Georgia and a U.S. Senate candidate, is out with his first TV ad of the primary season. The 30-second spot will introduce Kingston, a South Georgian based in Savannah, to the rest of the state, particularly the Atlanta media market. The message of the ad is that Kingston is a principled conservative who shares values with the state's Republican voters. Watch it below:
6:00 AM, Feb 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political committee for former Montana senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, wrote a large check to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just days before being confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to China. According to the DSCC's public filings, Friends of Max Baucus made a donation of $475,000 to the organization on January 31. Read a copy of the filing here, where Baucus's donation is listed on page 6.
6:33 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama told Democratic governors that "we know how to win national elections." But, he said, Democrats need to win state elections and focus on this year's mid-term elections.
"But all too often it's during these mid-terms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble because, I guess we don't think it's sexy or something," Obama said.
Obama was speaking the governors at a Democratic fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington.
Via the pool report:
5:01 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia remains effectively tied up among the five top candidates, according to a new poll. Businessman David Perdue, a first-time candidate and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue, has the lead with 12.7 percent, the Daily Caller reports.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:45 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with Sean Trende, a Senior Elections Analyst at RealClearPolitics on what the 2014 landscape looks like for Republican senate hopefuls.
10:04 AM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
One Republican candidate hoping to replace Oklahoma's Tom Coburn in the U.S. Senate is out with a new ad introducing himself to voters statewide. T.W. Shannon, the 35-year former speaker of the state house, has a 60-second television spot highlighting his biography as a "sixth-generation Oklahoman" who is "guided by his faith" and instilling the values of his parents and grandparents in his own children.