Elections Articles

The One That Got Away?

The surprisingly close North Carolina Senate race.
Oct 20, 2014

The U.S. Senate race in North Carolina calls to mind Henry Kissinger’s notion about the Iran-Iraq war: Could both sides actually lose? 

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E Pluribus Conservatibus

Oct 20, 2014

It's a daunting moment for conservatives.

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Fakery of a High Order

The Democrats’ strategy.
Oct 20, 2014

Along with thousands of others, I got an email from Bill Clinton last week. “Hey there,” the former president began. He was raising money for the Democratic candidates. “There’s an election around the corner, so I’ve been traveling around the country to help Democrats who are standing up for the values you and I believe in, Fred,” he continued, adding a nice personal touch.

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Poll: Voters Back Representatives Who Support Stopping Obamacare’s Insurer Bailout

12:08 PM, Sep 18, 2014

A new poll finds that 58 percent of likely voters are “more likely” to support members of Congress who vote to stop Obamacare’s taxpayer bailout of insurance companies.  Half of that 58 percent (29 percent) are “much” more likely to do so.  Meanwhile, only 15 percent of likely voters are “less likely” to support such members, with only 6 percent being “much” less likely to support them.  In other words, almost four times as many voters would reward members of Congress for voting to stop the bailout as would punish them for doing so.

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Don’t Take a Knee, GOP

Sep 15, 2014

Confident about the upcoming election, and afraid they’d fumble a handoff, House Republicans have apparently decided to take a knee until voters cast their ballots. But this timid run-out-the-clock mentality has the potential to hurt the party in both the short term and the long run.

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3:41 PM, Sep 09, 2014

Inside the numbers of an ABC poll in which the numbers are decidedly not going the president’s way, there is this interesting nugget:

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Activist Encourages Defacement of Cover of Paul Ryan's Book

7:53 AM, Aug 19, 2014

Erica Payne, founder and president of the left-wing Agenda Project, is encouraging people to deface the cover of Paul Ryan's new book, which is hitting shelves today.

"Hi Daniel," Payne writes in an email. "Just a heads up, Paul Ryan's new book comes out today and his publisher is furious! It turns out that they accidentally shipped it with the wrong cover, and they need your help to make things right.

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Free Elections for Hong Kong

Jul 21, 2014

Over half a million people filled the streets of Hong Kong on July 1, marching for democracy on the anniversary of the British colony’s handover to Chinese Communist rule in 1997. On June 29, an unofficial referendum organized by democracy activists concluded with 800,000 votes cast—more than one-tenth of Hong Kong’s population. The overwhelming majority supported a democratic election for Hong Kong’s next chief executive. 

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The Quest for a GOP Majority

11:01 AM, Jul 01, 2014

In late June, the Pew Research Center released "Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology." Breaking the nation's voting public into seven types (plus one type that does not regularly vote), Pew aims to give a more granular perspective on the nation's body politic. Pew's political map can be a helpful tool for Republicans and conservatives looking to chart a path to a sustainable governing coalition.

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Waiting for the Wave

Jun 02, 2014

If you’ve been around for a while, you know what it feels like to be in the middle of a congressional “wave” election, when the electorate is turning sharply against the party in the White House. If the wave is with you—think 1994 or 2010—you can feel the energy and sense the anticipation. If the wave is against you—think 2006—you can feel the disillusionment and sense the dread.

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Growing Pains

Britain’s UKIP raises the question: Can an anti-political party ever be a political success?
May 26, 2014

Lewes, Sussex

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Romney Goes Soft

1:33 PM, May 09, 2014

President Romney, as Marina Koren of the National Journal reports, appeared today on the television show Morning Joe and said:

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Syria Announces Presidential Elections for June

And the White House campaigns for Assad.
12:25 PM, Apr 23, 2014

Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3. The State Department dismissed the news. “The fact that you would even think you can hold free and fair elections in the middle of a civil war,” said a State Department spokesman, “is absurd.”

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Kristol Podcast: The GOP's Prospects in 2014 & 2016

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:35 PM, Apr 17, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with editor William Kristol on the GOP's prospects in 2014 and 2016.

This podcast can be downloaded here. Subscribe to THE WEEKLY STANDARD's iTunes podcast feed here.

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Obama Warns of Getting 'Clobbered'

6:41 AM, Mar 21, 2014

President Barack Obama warned yesterday at a private home in Miami that Democrats "get clobbered" in midterm elections.

"[T]he problem is not that the American people disagree with us on the issues.  The challenge is, is that our politics in Washington have become so toxic that people just lose faith and finally they just say, you know what, I’m not interested, I’m not going to bother, I’m not going to vote," Obama told donors.

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Barnes Podcast: GOP Has the Right Candidates to Win Senate in 2014

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:10 PM, Mar 19, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the republicans' efforts to win big in 2014, and whether the Tea Party will play the role of spoiler as republicans hope to take back the Senate.

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Memo to House GOP

Feb 03, 2014

Election Day is almost nine months off. But right now Republicans seem almost certain to hold the House of Representatives and are likely to take the Senate. Which raises the inevitable question: How might the GOP seize defeat from the jaws of victory?

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A GOP Year

Jan 13, 2014

A White House official once noted that the problem with the national press corps is it can only keep one idea in its mind at a time. And while that’s often true, it’s not at the moment in regard to Republicans.

Today’s media line on the Republican party is it faces irreversible decline. That’s on the one hand. On the other, Republicans have a solid shot at capturing the Senate in the midterm elections in November, are all but certain to retain control of the House, and have reasonable prospects of winning the White House in 2016.

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Barnes Podcast: 2014 Is the Year of Obamacare

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:01 PM, Jan 02, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast, with executive editor Fred Barnes on why Obamacare will remain a major issue in 2014.

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2014: The Year of Obama's Reckoning

11:50 AM, Jan 02, 2014

Two days after Christmas I found myself in a doctor's office in New Jersey at eight o'clock in the morning. As I sat in the waiting room, a middle-aged woman came in and began a discussion with the receptionist. It seemed that her daughter, who would turn 26 on December 31, was trying to figure out what to do about health insurance.

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The Battle of 2014

With the midterm elections less than a year away, the terrain looks surprisingly favorable for Republicans
Dec 16, 2013

Regularly scheduled elections are a hallmark of the American political system. In 18th-century Britain, the monarch could call new elections on a whim, and our Founders saw in that arrangement a seed of tyranny. The Constitution they designed requires elections for Congress every two years, and the next such elections are less than a year away. This is good news for conservatives as they continue to oppose the Obama administration. 

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Cost Podcast: The Great War of 2014

Hosted by Michael Graham
5:15 PM, Dec 09, 2013

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Jay Cost on his recent cover story, The Battle of 2014 on the political landscape for the 2014 elections.

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Special Report Panel on Obama Campaigning

8:08 AM, Nov 26, 2013

Steve Hayes, with Mara Liasson and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Obama: 'Sometimes People Forget I'm Not Running for Office Again'

5:42 PM, Nov 25, 2013

At a stop in San Francisco on a three-day fund raising swing along the West Coast, President Obama said during a speech that "sometimes people forget I'm not running for office again."  The president was talking about Republicans in Congress and the immigration reform that he is trying to get through the House:

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The Great Divide

Populists versus elitists in the Republican party.
Nov 18, 2013

The least interesting thing that happened in the odd-year election was Chris Christie’s reelection as governor of New Jersey. It was like a football game between Alabama and Vassar: A Republican governor with extraordinary political skills and an impressive record in his first term crushes a throwaway Democratic challenger in a blue state. This was totally expected, thus devoid of excitement or drama.

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The Christie Juggernaut

The New Jersey governor muscles his way to the front of the pack, for now.
Nov 18, 2013

Morris Plains, N.J.
On election eve, Chris Christie has come home to rally a few hundred supporters in Morris County, the place where he was first elected and now lives with his wife, Mary Pat, and their four children.

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FEC Has 4 'Essential' Employees on Staff of 339

7:11 AM, Oct 07, 2013

Only "essential" employees of the federal government are still working during the shutdown. And at the Federal Election Commission that means practically no one is coming one. 

According to a report by the Center for Public Integrity, only 4 of the employees on the FEC's staff of 339 are working through the shutdown. That's because only those 4 are considered "essential."

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Germany Moves Left

Angela Merkel’s Pyrrhic victory
Oct 07, 2013


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Germany's Alternative Ending

7:01 AM, Sep 21, 2013

"For the first time in this election I'm feeling nervous," one FDP member just confessed. And he should be. ZDF's final poll (Politbarometer) was released, and the race could not be tighter.

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The Missing Linke

6:28 AM, Sep 20, 2013

If you couldn't tell from all the red banners this was a far-left rally, you could probably tell by the smell. It was an earthy group consisting of various age groups and even more various hair dyes. They seem to like denim. And I think I've figured out how they managed to give their blue jeans that unwashed look.

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