4:45 PM, Nov 11, 2010 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Ben Smith has a good piece on John Thune’s vulnerabilities as a 2012 presidential candidate. Smith’s post raises the central question: Is Thune too “establishment” for the current political environment?
Three Senate seats the GOP coulda shoulda won, but didn't.12:07 PM, Nov 5, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Republicans scored smashing victories in the House on Tuesday night, but their six Senate pick-ups--while matching the Democrats 2006 haul--left many in the GOP disappointed. Politico's Jonathan Martin and Manu Raju capture the inevitable round of recriminations over GOP losses in Nevada, Delaware, and Colorado:
12:48 PM, Oct 27, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Jim DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund has posted a $7 million haul to date--70% of the money was raised online. From an SCF press release:
The SCF invests in candidates by making direct PAC contributions, bundling candidate contributions from grassroots donors, and making independent expenditures. The average contribution to the SCF is under $45 and over 70 percent of its contributions are made online.
12:23 AM, Sep 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A National Republican Senatorial Committee tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD in an email it's very unlikely that national Republican party organizations will be spending money on Christine O'Donnell's Senate bid in Delaware:
3:58 PM, Jun 25, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
There's an old axiom from the intelligence community, "admit nothing, deny, counter-accuse," that can be as useful in politics as it is in the shadowy espionage world. Faced with a high-level summit bound to scrutinize President Obama's much-touted "reset" policy with the Soviet Union, that unimaginative tact ended up serving as the administration's primary defense for a widely publicized engagement strategy which has accomplished little.
The curious case of Alvin Greene.4:45 PM, Jun 14, 2010 • By VICTORINO MATUS
To this date, South Carolina Democrats are still confounded by their candidate for Senate, Alvin Greene. The unemployed veteran, currently using a public defender to deal with an obscenities charge, not only mustered the filing fee of $10,400 but also won handily with 58 percent of the vote. Although Republican incumbent Jim DeMint is expected to cruise to reelection, Greene is garnering more publicity than he could have imagined. Unfortunately for him, the attention has been brought on by other Democrats suspicious of Greene's story.
2:15 PM, Jun 9, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's surprise Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is facing a pending felony charge.
Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.
Greene said he had no comment when asked about the charge Wednesday and hung up on a reporter.
Last night's election may be more complicated than you think.10:28 AM, May 19, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Well, Rand Paul trounced Trey Grayson, Mark Critz beat Tim Burns, and Joe Sestak defeated the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history, while Blanche Lincoln will face Bill Halter in a runoff election. Are these races connected? The first law of punditry says you have to find a theme. But every time I go searching for a theme, I come up short.
It's insiders versus outsiders in the Bluegrass State.12:43 PM, May 11, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
One week from today, Kentucky Republicans will choose their nominee to replace retiring GOP senator Jim Bunning. The results will tell us a lot about the electorate's dyspeptic mood.
The campaign pits secretary of state Trey Grayson against Rand Paul, an eye doctor and son of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Grayson has the blessing of the GOP establishment: Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, Rep. Harold Rogers, Mitt Romney, and Rudy Giuliani. Paul has the support of passionate outsiders: his father, Sarah Palin, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.
10:08 AM, Apr 22, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In an interview with David Brody, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina, a favorite of movement conservatives and Tea Partiers, doesn't rule out a 2012 presidential run. DeMint says the presidency is "not something I desire," adding that not really desiring the presidency is an essential requirement for the next president.
4:12 PM, Apr 2, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Hill reports:
Lawmakers living at the C Street House are violating congressional gift rules, a watchdog charged Thursday.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint Thursday with the Senate Ethics Committee and the House Office of Congressional Ethics, charging members residing at C Street with paying below-market rent.
The complaint lists Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.) as well as Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) as allegedly receiving improper housing benefits.
The GOP lacks a standard-bearer for 2012—but the list of contenders will be growing in the fall.Mar 15, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 25 • By FRED BARNES
Texas governor Rick Perry’s impressive primary victory over Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is a signal. After the midterm election this November, the field of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 (or later) is going to get bigger and possibly better.
Michael Williams's bid to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison.Dec 28, 2009, Vol. 15, No. 15 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
After the 2010 elections, there's a good chance the only African American in the U.S. Senate will be a conservative Republican from Texas named Michael Williams. Though he's been running for over a year and is something of a rock star on the tea party circuit in the Lonestar State, you probably haven't heard much about Williams's bid for the Senate. That's because he's been stuck in a holding pattern, waiting for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to retire.