Archive for the 'Senate' Category

Taiwanese animation, Christine O’Donnell, U.S. media, and an old joke.

By mw | Related entries in Comedy, Congress, Delaware, Media, Senate

We know why NMA selected her for this treatment. It is because watching our media, NMA determined she must be a big story. The real question – Why is she such a big story here? Why is she getting so much new and old media attention that she pops up on the NMA meme radarscope?

October 15th, 2010 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

Updating “10 in 10″ on 10-10-10 at 10:10

By mw | Related entries in Congress, News, Politics, Polls, Senate

What better day and time to update our “10 in 10? election prognostications? Last we checked in – Nate Silver (our polling analyst of choice) showed that 9 of the 10 seats most likely to change parties were all held by Democrats and he was forecasting a net 6-7 seat Republican gain in the Senate. One month later, with less than a month to go – 10 of the top 10 seats most likely to change parties are all held by Democrats and Nate is forecasting an 8-9 seat gain by the GOP. So – despite the nomination of a GOP clown candidate in Delaware (virtually guaranteeing a Democratic victory in that state) the odds of a GOP Senate takeover continue to improve.

October 10th, 2010 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Murkowski Declares Write-In Campaign For Alaska Senate Seat

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Elections, Republicans, Senate, tea party

Looks like the Tea Party folks are getting a lot more push back from the GOP then they were expecting. First Mike Castle won’t endorse Christine O’Donnell in Delaware and now Lisa Murkowski is literally trying to win while not being on the ballot. From Anchorage Daily News: Murkowski said she agonized over the decision […]

September 18th, 2010 | Permalink| 18 Comments »

Boxer vs. Fiorina

By mw | Related entries in California, Senate

t. Carly Fiorina and Barbara Boxer met for their first (and potentially only) debate of the election season. It is one of the “dirty dozen” bubble contests that will determine whether the GOP retakes the majority in the Senate.

September 3rd, 2010 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

10 in ’10

By mw | Related entries in Democrats, House, Republicans, Senate

My 2010 election prediction: The GOP wins 8 or 9 more Senate seats outright, then takes majority control by flipping Lieberman and/or Nelson. They fall a few seats short in the House and Nancy Pelosi continues as Speaker of the House.

August 30th, 2010 | Permalink| 20 Comments »

Rand Paul’s Sad, Slow Implosion

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Elections, Energy, Libertarian, Oil, Regulations, Republicans, Senate, Video

First it was the wishy-washiness of the civil rights act repeal and now it’s criticism of the administration being tough on BP? Watch the video… Here’s the thing…yes, accidents happen on offshore oil rigs. However, most damage is mitigated by appropriate safety measures being put in place to keep spills to a minimum. However, recent […]

May 21st, 2010 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Evan Byah Gives Obama Cover During Exit

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Obama, Senate

Yes, he said that partisanship was out of control on both sides… “There’s just too much brain-dead partisanship, tactical maneuvering for short-term political advantage rather than focusing on the greater good, and also just strident ideology. The extremes of both parties have to be willing to accept compromises from time to time to make some […]

February 16th, 2010 | Permalink| 32 Comments »

Rachel Maddow & Ezra Klein are not careful what they wish for.

By mw | Related entries in Dodd, Health Care, Senate

Should Ezra Klein’s notion of limiting the use of the filibuster actually find support on the Senate floor, it raises the specter of a simple majority of Republicans in 2015 undoing the Health Care plan that required a 60 vote Democratic plurality in 2009. Definitely in the “be careful what you wish for” category.

December 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 20 Comments »

HUGE: Democrats Have 60 Votes For Health Care Bill

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Health Care, health care reform, Legislation, Nebraska, Senate

They got Ben Nelson. From Wash Post: Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), the final Democratic holdout on health care, announced to his colleagues Saturday morning that he would support the Senate reform bill, clearing the way for final passage by Christmas of President Obama’s top domestic policy priority. Asked if he had secured the 60 votes […]

December 19th, 2009 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Sales 101 – A primer for the Salesman in Chief

By mw | Related entries in Barack, Democrats, Health Care, House, Republicans, Senate

If I were to guess what the American people are looking to buy, it would be something that can be articulated pretty simply and emerges from some basic American values of fairness and common sense. I’d say it is really about these three things:

1. Every American gets a baseline level of solid health care. No one is left behind.
2. No American need be at risk of financial ruin or bankruptcy because they get sick.
3. The program is manageable and fiscally responsible. Americans want to feel reasonably certain we won’t see mushrooming costs like with Medicare and the prescription drug plan.

That’s it, Mr. President. We don’t need “Free! Free! Free! Preventive Care!” or a set of Ginsu steak knives to sweeten the deal. Put together a package that does these three things, pitch them clearly and simply, and you’ll close the sale.

August 14th, 2009 | Permalink| 12 Comments »