Or does it?7:14 AM, Aug 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Do Washington Republicans smell blood in New Jersey? The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP's Senate campaign apparatus, issued a press release Wednesday knocking New Jersey's Democratic senator Cory Booker for being a "tax & spend liberal."
The release groups Booker with another incumbent Democrat, Alaska's Mark Begich, as two former mayors (of Newark and Anchorage, respectively) with liberal records. Here's an excerpt:
In 2010 on Mayor Cory Booker's watch, Moody's placed Newark's bond rating "on review for possible downgrade as the city has less than three months to close a $70 million current-year budget deficit." In Anchorage, Mark Begich left a near $17 million budget deficit for his successor. Mark Begich and Cory Booker are experts at spending their hardworking constituents' money (and more), mortgaging their futures by leaving families, seniors, and middle-class workers with an even bigger bill.
A Republican group criticizing a Democratic candidate—no surprise, right? Except that the NRSC up to this point hasn't said much of anything about the Senate race in New Jersey or the party's own candidate, Jeff Bell. For a while, the organization seemed to be accepting the conventional wisdom that Booker is untouchable in New Jersey. The NRSC hadn't even met with Bell before his primary victory in June, and a search of the group's website and release archive doesn't reveal a single mention of him. There don't appear to be any plans to help the vastly underfunded Bell campaign raise money, and a spokesman for the NRSC declined to comment on what the organization would (or would not) be doing for the Republican candidate.
Nevertheless, a steady stream of weak polling for Booker has put Bell within striking distance. A conservative activist and the 1978 Republican Senate nominee (he lost to Bill Bradley that year), Bell is running an unorthodox campaign in 2014 focused on the deleterious effect of current monetary policy on the middle class. His candidacy is even rankling Booker's Senate staff, one member of which said the 70-year-old Republican can "suck it."
8:01 AM, Aug 26, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The National Republican Senatorial Campaign has developed a multi-level online computer game. The game, called "Mission Majority," is programmed to look like an 8-bit-era video game and features an elephant named Giopi (sounds like "GOP") as a playable character. The player runs and jumps, collecting "keys" to Republican victory and vanquishing bad guys like "taxers" and "mudslingers." A successfully destroyed baddie emits an embarrassing audio clip from Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Mark Pryor, and Bruce Braley.
Majority don't trust Fed to fix it.1:01 PM, Aug 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Things are getting more expensive, and the American people know it. A new poll from Rasmussen Reports found three-quarters of Americans say they are concerned about inflation, with 81 percent saying they are paying more for groceries and 71 percent saying they expect to pay even more for groceries a year from now. Here's more:
"A rout?"11:01 AM, Aug 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Shelley Moore Capito leads her Democratic opponent Natalie Tennant by 17 points, according to a new poll of the West Virginia Senate race from Rasmussen Reports. An even 50 percent say they support Capito, the congresswoman and daughter of former governor Arch Moore, while just 33 percent say they support Tennant, the secretary of state.
Jeff Bell’s unorthodox Senate campaign. Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By ANDREW FERGUSON
"Welcome to our campaign headquarters,” Jeff Bell said to an out-of-town reporter the other evening, standing in the lobby of a convention hotel here, hard off the Interstate. He wasn’t kidding: This is indeed the headquarters of the Jeff Bell for U.S. Senate campaign, for the moment anyway. He could do worse. The lobby is airy and spacious, the bathrooms are clean and commodious, and the location can’t be beat.
9:01 PM, Aug 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
How does a Democratic Senate candidate running in a conservative state in 2014 try to win? There are many strategies, from Louisiana’s incumbent senator Mary Landrieu emphasizing her ties to the energy industry to Michelle Nunn of Georgia running as a business-friendly moderate willing to work with Republicans. Behind the various strategies is an underlying principle: These Democrats should distance themselves as far as possible from their unpopular party and its head, the increasingly unpopular Barack Obama.
10:17 AM, Aug 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Thom Tillis of North Carolina says the Senate needs "more people who had to sweat for a living" in a new TV ad. The 30-second ad features the Republican Senate candidate speaking directly to the camera inside a diner.
"Washington has completely lost touch with working Americans," Tillis says. "The federal budget's a joke, and senators never pay the price." Tillis, who is challening incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan, says he's worked as a paper boy, a short-order cook, a warehouse clerk, and "eventually, a partner at IBM." Watch the ad below:
3:52 PM, Aug 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn experienced a week of embarrassment late last month when National Review's Eliana Johnson published a leaked memo from Nunn's Senate campaign. The memo was essentially Nunn's plan for how to win her race in Georgia, a state her Democratic father represented in the Senate until 1997 but that had grown more Republican in the ensuing years.
"There's no towel service!"10:18 AM, Aug 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The race to replace retiring Democratic senator Tom Harkin of Iowa was considered to have favored the Democrat. At first, Republicans didn't appear to have an obvious candidate, and the state has been trending toward the Democrats for years. But the current GOP nominee, state senator Joni Ernst, has surprised many to become one of the best Senate candidates of the 2014 cycle. Ernst is now tied, according to the Real Clear Politics poll average.
4:01 PM, Aug 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Jeff Sessions says Americans should be asking where their elected representatives in Washington stand on "executive amnesty," which the Alabama Republican says "could be increasingly imminent and broad in scope." Here's an excerpt from his statement:
2:38 PM, Aug 13, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican senator Pat Roberts of Kansas may be in trouble for reelection, if a new poll from Rasmussen Reports is to be believed. The survey of likely voters found just 44 percent said they would support the incumbent Roberts, with 40 percent saying they would support his Democratic opponent, Shawnee County (Topeka) district attorney Chad Taylor.
5:05 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The campaign of Democratic senator Jeff Merkley turned away three people from a "private event" in Hillsboro, Oregon, despite the fact that the people said they were invited to the event. A tracker with the campaign of Merkley's Republican opponent, Monica Wehby, captured the exchange between the three people and a representative of the Merkley campaign. Watch it below:
3:01 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner is going after Democratic senator Mark Udall for voting for Obamacare in a new TV ad. The 30-second spot shows the GOP congressman holding up a cancellation letter he received from his health insurance provider.
"When Mark Udall voted for Obamacare, he promised us if we liked our health care plan, we could keep it. Well, you know how that worked out," Gardner says in the ad. "I got a letter saying that my family's plan was canceled. 335,000 Coloradans had their plans canceled, too."