10:13 AM, Nov 5, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Even before President Obama declared that all his "policies are on the ballot" in Tuesday's midterm elections, he told Chuck Todd in September's Meet the Press appearance that "if democrats hold the Senate," Republicans should get the message that "their strategy of just obstructing and saying no... is an agenda that the American people reject." The president said that "people want to get stuff done," and a defeat of Republicans would "[give] us room, hopefully, to find some compromises."
Here's the exchange between Todd and Obama regarding the midterms:
CHUCK TODD: ... A lot not accomplished here... immigration, overhauling the tax system, raising the minimum raise. You brought up these issues yourself. That was with a Democratic Senate. So that's why you look at this. And you sit there and say, "How do things change?" And do you think your presidency is in bigger trouble than if you have a Republican Senate?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, here's the issue. I think elections matter. I think votes matter. And given the fact that the punditry overwhelmingly felt that this was going... to be a good year for Senate Republicans, because the seats that were up were in states that were tilting or significantly with-- with significant Republican majorities. If we-- if democrats hold the Senate, I think that should get Republicans to once again--
CHUCK TODD: You think that sends a national message?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think what it does is-- is to-- to send a message to Republicans that people want to get stuff done. Their-- their strategy of just obstructing and saying no to every piece of legislation that might help middle class families, that might create ladders of opportunity, that that is an agenda that the American people reject.
And that then gives us room, hopefully, to find some compromises. I've-- I've said this before, Chuck. You know, if you asked me back in August what I want for my birthday, I'd say, "Give me a loyal opposition that has some common sense and is willing to work on some basic issues that didn't used to be partisan issues."
It didn't use to be that building roads, bridges, improving our airports, improving our water systems, reducing traffic, those didn't used to be partisan issues. They have become partisan issues, because you've got a small portion of the Republican party that is fixated simply on dismantling government or making sure that we don't get anything done around here. And that's why elections matter.
As the president said to Todd, "I think elections matter. I think votes matter." If the president was sincere, his attitude at Wednesday's scheduled press appearance should be rather conciliatory. But given that the New York Times reported that an anonymous presidential aide said Tuesday night that President Obama "doesn’t feel repudiated" by the elections results, conciliation does not seem likely.
2:02 PM, Oct 29, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A Monmouth poll from two weeks ago showed O'Donnell trailing Coons, 38% to 57%. But a new Monmouth poll, released today, shows Christine O'Donnell trailing Chris Coons by just 10 points, 41% to 51%.
12:02 PM, Sep 27, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
It is possible that a write-in campaign by Congressman Mike Castle could hurt Democrat Chris Coons more than Republican Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware campaign for U.S. Senate.
11:19 AM, Sep 21, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Via Allahpundit, a new Fox News poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted September 18, shows Christine O'Donnell trailing Chris Coons 39 percent to 54 percent in the Delaware Senate race. Voters express support for smaller government, and they also want to repeal Obamacare--50 percent to 43 percent--a position Mike Castle held but did not highlight in the GOP primary.
10:49 AM, Sep 16, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Democrat Chris Coons holds a double-digit lead over Republican hopeful Christine O’Donnell in the first Rasmussen Reports post-primary survey of the U.S. Senate race in Delaware.
Coons earns 53% of the vote to O’Donnell’s 42%, with leaners included. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
He didn't learn the lessons of earlier primaries.9:45 AM, Sep 15, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
Mike Castle might have been a wonderful general election candidate in the Delaware Senate race. But he ran a terrible campaign in the Republican primary, which is why he lost to Christine O’Donnell, a Tea Party favorite.
Talk radio host won't say if he's troubled by Christine O'Donnell's unsubstantiated claims of burglary.12:52 PM, Sep 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Talk radio host Mark Levin is not very happy with my report yesterday on Christine O'Donnell's $6.9 million gender discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, a conservative group called the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. In the 2005 lawsuit, O'Donnell alleged that ISI caused her to suffer severe "mental anguish" by demoting and firing her. O'Donnell also falsely implied in the lawsuit that she was taking master's degree classes at Princeton.
Moderate Delaware GOP Senate candidate talks Obamacare, Bush tax cuts, judges, and more.1:59 AM, Sep 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
About an hour before the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released a new poll Sunday night showing moderate congressman Mike Castle trailing conservative activist Christine O'Donnell, 44 percent to 47 percent, in the Delaware GOP Senate primary, Castle predicted, in a most understated way, that he would win on Tuesday.
...and falsely implied she was taking master's degree classes at Princeton.11:50 AM, Sep 12, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Court documents obtained Saturday by THE WEEKLY STANDARD reveal surprising new details about the gender discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Christine O'Donnell in 2005 against her former employer, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative non-profit based in Delaware.* O'Donnell, who is now challenging moderate congressman Mike Castle in the September 14 Delaware GOP Senate primary, sought $6.95 million in damages. In a court complaint, she extensively detailed the "mental anguish" she suffered after allegedly being demoted and fired because of her gender. And, although she didn't have a bachelor's degree until this year, O'Donnell implied she was taking master's degree classes at Princeton University in 2003.
Palin's batting average is .667.5:18 PM, Sep 9, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In light of Sarah Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Senate primary, it's worth recalling that she hasn't always endorsed winning candidates. According to the Washington Post's Palin Endorsements Tracker (TM), 20 Palin-backed candidates have won, 10 have lost, and 13 haven't faced voters yet.
But Palin has weighed in six times in GOP Senate primaries.*