4:19 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
A candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, after a debate with his opponent, said that:
… he’d like to substantially downsize or eliminate the federal Education Department, giving more power to the states. He’d like to see less testing in the K-12 space. And on higher education, [he] wants to see student loan rate reductions or refinancing and better disclosure by private loan companies to borrowers. “We need to address the overall costs of higher education,” he said, adding that Randolph-Macon tuition has doubled since he started working there.
That candidate, as reported in Politico, is a Democrat who is given little chance of winning the race for the seat Eric Cantor expected to be occupying before he was so rudely upset in the primary. Hard to say which is more surprising. The fact that Jack Trammell is a Democrat or that he is a college professor. As is his opponent, for that matter. Both teach at Randolph-Macon.
Whatever white wine they are serving at the faculty soirees there, send a tanker truck of the stuff around to all the colleges and universities.
9:15 AM, Oct 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis was called "Uncle Tom" at a recent Senator Kay Hagan rally in North Carolina. Hillary Clinton was also on hand to help rally Democrats in support of Hagan--and the possible presidential candidate specifically praised the speaker who made the questionable comments.
The remarks were from Alma Adams, who is running for Congress from North Carolina's 12th Congressional District. Here's audio:
7:05 AM, Oct 28, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Without offering an alternate theory for President Obama’s 42 percent approval rating — which was about the same even before it became obvious his foreign policy had tanked — the mainstream media is insisting that Obamacare isn’t driving this election. But Republican ads in Senate races say otherwise.
Hosted by Michael Graham.2:35 PM, Oct 27, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on the state of play, eight days out from the midterm elections.
12:06 PM, Oct 24, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
With less than two weeks to Election Day, the Democrats are bringing out Gloria Steinem to help rally their troops.
"The outcome of this election will be determined by one factor," Steinem writes to email recipients of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "Women."
Only a year ago, there were Democratic fantasies of retaking the House. Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
"Republicans could lose their House majority because of the shutdown,” blared the headline of a story published at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog by Princeton professor Sam Wang on October 8, 2013, midpoint of the 16-day shutdown.
The Democrats’ three big weapons: money, money, money.Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By FRED BARNES
Democratic senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina was pounded last winter and spring in TV ads by conservative groups for having voted for Obamacare and echoed President Obama’s false claim that people could keep their current health insurance. “They had her on the ropes,” says Marc Rotterman, a Republican consultant in North Carolina.
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:15 PM, Oct 22, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on the 2014 elections.
7:31 AM, Oct 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wouldn't "predict" a Democratic takover of the House:
"So is there a chance for Democrats to pickup the House of Representatives?" asked the MSNBC host interviewing her.
"You know, I think the best thing that I could predict is that we have an opportunity to pick up seats. Beyond that I wouldn't make any other predictions," said Wasserman Schultz.
'They have supported my agenda in Congress. … These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me.'7:04 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the election and how "all" the Democrats running away from him "have supported my agenda" in an interview with Al Sharpton earlier today:
2:35 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Democrats "are completely out of ideas." That line isn't from the head of the Republican National Committee; it's what the Democrats are saying in their latest fundraising pitch.
"We are completely out of ideas," reads the opening of an email from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
10:20 AM, Oct 17, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
Orange County, N.Y.
Tucked away in the bedroom community of the Hudson Valley lies a late-breaking sleeper race between Democratic Rep. Sean Maloney and former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth. The competition has received little national attention, with most prognosticators giving Maloney a decided edge.
Oct 27, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 07 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
"Protocols.” You can’t turn on your TV without hearing about them. The last time the word featured so prominently in American public discourse was when Henry Ford took it upon himself to pay for and distribute half a million copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion almost a century ago. History, of course, isn’t repeating itself. The publication of those Protocols was designed to foster fear and loathing of Jews.
8:01 AM, Oct 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In speeches designed to fire up Democrats to vote in midterm elections, President Obama has at times described voters in his party as having a "congenital defect." Wednesday, First L