2014 Elections Articles


Cruz Prepares For Shutdown II

2:18 PM, Sep 24, 2015

Something has gotten into Ted Cruz. The Republican senator is known as a conservative firebrand willing to take on his own party, but in a Thursday meeting with reporters in his Capitol Hill office, Cruz was sounding almost ecumenical. Maybe it was the presence of Pope Francis.

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Did Ted Cruz Give Harry Reid One Last Victory?

5:28 PM, Dec 15, 2014

In one final ignominious act of parliamentary genius, outgoing Senate majority leader Harry Reid rolled Republican troublemaker Ted Cruz of Texas over the weekend, robbing the GOP of a chance to stop Democrats in the lame-duck session.

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Schumer: Democrats Should Not Have Pursued Obamacare

11:28 AM, Nov 25, 2014

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said Tuesday that he and his fellow Democrats made a mistake in pursuing health care legislation that eventually became Obamacare. Bloomberg Politics's Kathleen Hunter has the story:

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Schumer: 'Democrats Must Embrace Government'

7:38 AM, Nov 25, 2014

New York senator Chuck Schumer will head to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to tell Democrats to "embrace government." 

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À Plus Tard, Mary

6:22 PM, Nov 19, 2014

The United State Senate voted down the Save Mary Landrieu Act of 2014 by one vote last night.  Senator Landrieu had hoped to persuade her constituents in Louisiana that she could bring home the pork owing to her seniority and her savvy in the ways of Washington.  She would get a pipeline bill passed into law; one that had been languishing in Washington for some six years during which nobody seemed terribly aware of her clout.  The pipeline vote, though, would surely show them.

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The Largest Republican Majority Since Herbert Hoover

12:44 PM, Nov 19, 2014

No secret that the Republicans did well in the recent elections.  Though pace Josh Earnest, not all that many people voted.  Still … it has to be disturbing to him and his boss that, as David Wasserman of 538 reports:

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The Colorado Comeback

Undoing the Democrats’ blueprint.
Nov 17, 2014

Cory Gardner stunned Coloradans in February by announcing he would give up a safe seat in the House to challenge Democratic senator Mark Udall, a well-liked incumbent with no obvious weaknesses. It was a huge risk, despite a strong Republican tailwind. The energetic young congressman from the eastern plains was effectively betting his political career that he could do something no Coloradan had done since 1978: defeat an incumbent U.S. senator.

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From Success to Success

It was a banner night for the GOP.
Nov 17, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections were a referendum on Barack Obama’s performance as president. He has done a bad job, and most Americans know it. Accordingly, the American people used the only means they had of making good their disapproval: They elected Republicans. 

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President Impervious

Nov 17, 2014

At the end of his opening statement at the traditional postelection presidential press conference, Barack Obama offered this assurance: “I continue to believe we are simply more than just a collection of red and blue states,” he said. “We are the United States.” 

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Electing Federalism

States, not just senators, will check and balance the administration.
Nov 17, 2014

Tuesday’s elections reinforced constitutional checks and balances against the Obama administration’s excesses, but not just in the most obvious way. For all the attention rightly paid to the new Senate majority, there’s another important set of newly elected officials who may soon push back against federal overreach: state attorneys general. 

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Catching the Wave

Nov 17, 2014

Back before incoming senators Tom Cotton and Cory Gardner and Joni Ernst and Dan Sullivan were born, before new House members Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin and Mia Love were a gleam in their parents’ eyes, the Beach Boys said it best: “Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world.”

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Obama’s Makeover of the Judiciary

Will the new Senate slow the march of liberal judges onto the circuit courts?
Nov 17, 2014

With Republicans in control of the Senate for the first time since Barack Obama took office, the president may find it harder to appoint left-wing lawyers to judgeships. Whether he compromises on some of his nominees, including any to the Supreme Court, may depend on the willingness of the new Republican majority to engage the president on judicial philosophy. 

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Walker Wins Again

Has anyone broken more progressives’ hearts than Wisconsin’s governor?
Nov 17, 2014

Scott Walker has won every round of his long fight with Big Labor in Wisconsin, but it wasn’t until November 4 that he delivered the knockout punch. In his third gubernatorial election in four years, Walker defeated Democratic challenger Mary Burke by 6 points. It was the same margin of victory he had in the 2010 Republican wave and just a point shy of his 2012 performance in a union-funded recall.

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President Obama’s Response?

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah—for 74 minutes.
Nov 17, 2014

From time to time there comes a moment when a president is expected to say something meaningful about an event that has just occurred. President Obama faced such a moment last week after Republicans swept the midterm elections and captured the Senate. He had nothing interesting, much less meaningful, to say. But he did offer a few comments that were palpably untrue.

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Inroads in Some Very Blue States

The governors’ surprise.
Nov 17, 2014

CNN morning host Alisyn Camerota wanted to know: Where had Chris Christie been the night before, when it became clear Republicans would take control of the Senate? The New Jersey governor’s voice was hoarse, his eyes drooping. “I was in 19 states in the last five days,” Christie replied, cracking a weary smile. “So last night I was at home.” Yes, but the next morning, he was back at it, making it to CNN (and Fox News and NBC’s Today Show) to discuss the underreported story of Election 2014. Keeping the House and winning the Senate was all well and good.

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A Foreign Policy Election

4:49 PM, Nov 14, 2014

Exit polls from last week’s midterm elections challenged the conventional “it’s the economy, stupid” wisdom, as the number of voters who said the economy was the most important issue fell

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In Minnesota, Bill Maher Strikes Out

5:01 PM, Nov 12, 2014

Following the 2014 elections, Congressman John Kline remains the major and senior elected figure in the Minnesota Republican party. The powerful chairman of the House education committee, he will be a central figure in the reform measures ahead to improve the nation’s faltering public school systems.

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Dan Sullivan Wins Alaska Senate Race

12:13 PM, Nov 12, 2014

Republican Dan Sullivan of Alaska has defeated incumbent Democrat Mark Begich in one of the country's last outstanding Senate races. According to the New York Times, Sullivan has a nearly 8,000-vote lead, winning 49 percent of the vote to Begich's 46 percent.

The race between Begich and Sullivan had been too close to call in Alaska, where ballot results from the far-flung parts of the state can often take days and weeks to be counted.

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Listening to the Voters?

9:10 AM, Nov 12, 2014

The search for the meaning of last week’s election returns has yielded many theories to account for why people voted for the party out of power and against incumbents.  Sure is a mystery, there.  What could possibly be behind such random voter behavior?  There must be clues, somewhere, carved into stone.  Angry men.  Apathetic women.  Frustrated youths.  Frightened seniors … take your pick.

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'Special Post-Election Edition of Conversations With Bill Kristol'

7:05 AM, Nov 12, 2014

The latest edition of Conversations With Bill Kristol, featuring Spence Abraham and Jay Cost:

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'J Street Deceives Supporters'

10:46 AM, Nov 11, 2014

Paul Miller, writing in the New York Observer:

Before the final votes were counted on election night, the Progressive political action committee J Street was scrambling to save face. Failing to win competitive races and losing some of their strongest allies the self-declared “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group is taking chutzpah to a new level with the hope of convincing its donors and activists they still matter.

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Liberal Super PACs Spin Gold Into Straw, Declare Success

2:16 PM, Nov 10, 2014

After the 2012 presidential election, Republican donors were left scratching their heads, thinking: how could we spend all that money and fall so short?

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Waiting for Bumgarner

Nov 10, 2014

Most of us at The Weekly Standard are baseball fans. Like all human institutions we are imperfect, so we have a few colleagues who superciliously disdain sports, and a few others who vulgarly prefer football or basketball. But we ignore the naysayers and carpers in our midst. We’re proud to endorse the words of baseball pioneer Albert Goodwill Spalding:

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Epitaph for an Election

11:44 AM, Nov 09, 2014

Given the time and money that went into the recent elections, it seems there ought to be a final word. A summing up. A few words to put a period on the whole business. Something, somewhere. From somebody. There was plenty of analysis not quite instant, but close enough.

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House GOP Aide: 'Short-Term CR Off the Table'

3:24 PM, Nov 07, 2014

A Republican aide says the House of Representatives will continue to move forward on passing a long-term omnibus spending bill in the upcoming lame duck session of Congress. While some conservatives in both the House and Senate have suggested the House pass a short-term continuing resoution to fund the government until after the next Congress arrives in January, the aide said such a move is "off the table."

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Hillary Lost the Midterms

11:12 AM, Nov 07, 2014

Matthew Continetti, writing at the Washington Free Beacon, suggests Hillary Clinton was the 2014 midterm elections' biggest loser:

The 2014 election was a disaster for Hillary Clinton. Why? Let us count the ways.

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Pelosi: 'I’m Not Going Anywhere'

7:35 AM, Nov 07, 2014

Nancy Pelosi is staying right where she is -- minority leader of the House of Representatives. And she emailed supporters last night to let them know she wasn't "going anywhere."

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Hayes Podcast: Obama Doesn't Understand What Just Happened

Hosted by Michael Graham.
5:45 PM, Nov 06, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer Stephen F. Hayes and why President Obama's rambling post-election press conference reveals that he has no idea what just happened.

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'Massacre on J Street'

5:33 PM, Nov 06, 2014

Adam Kredo reports:

Political candidates backed by the controversial Middle East advocacy group J Street were trounced at the polls on Tuesday, with J Street’s endorsees losing in almost every competitive race.

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Conservative Christians Still Key to Republicans

3:15 PM, Nov 06, 2014

It is often claimed that conservative religious voters, especially white evangelicals, are going the way of the dinosaur, consigned to demographic irrelevance. But they were a key component of the Republicans 2014 midterm victories. According to exit polls, Conservative religious voters made up as big a percentage of the electorate as ever, and they backed Republicans at least as strongly as ever.

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