He who has the gold makes the rules. And so it is under the new campaign finance system that those funding politicians have increasingly decided they want their influence to extend to campaign strategy. Without the old restraints campaign consultants and strategists have no choice but to heel to a donor-centric campaign system that puts [...]
|By: DSWright Monday March 3, 2014 2:33 pm|
|By: DSWright Monday November 25, 2013 10:45 am|
In 2012 Karl Rove stated to the IRS that his group, Crossroads GPS, was a social welfare organization and would use part of the money the group raised for grants to assist other social welfare groups for non-political purposes – “not for political expenditures, consistent with the organization’s tax-exempt mission.”
|By: DSWright Monday September 23, 2013 6:41 am|
Last week the Republican controlled House passed a continuing resolution that funded all parts of the federal government minus Obamacare. The bill is likely to be killed in the Senate and even more likely to be vetoed by President Obama. But as the bill moves to the Senate, two Senators – Mike Lee and Ted Cruz – have apparently bucked Senate GOP leadership and promised to filibuster any bill that would strip out the defund Obamacare provision of the House bill. Needless to say GOP leadership in the Senate was not thrilled and according to Fox News Host Chris Wallace GOP leaders are sending out opposition research on Cruz.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday August 15, 2013 8:00 pm|
Wonder of wonders, every once in a while, the Free Market gets off its nattily-clad ass and renders judgement where judgement is way overdue, and this appears to be one of those times. You see, NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the longest running political show on TV, has come in dead last in the ratings, reaching less than 1% of US households, an astonishingly pathetic number which includes, presumably, the crummy motels and Pine-Sol scented nursing homes with which such shows are most commonly associated.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 20, 2013 7:01 am|
In the past the Tea Party has been fond of featuring President Obama as Hitler. But now one prominent Tea Party group has dolled up one of America’s most prominent Republicans in fascist regalia.
|By: DSWright Friday February 15, 2013 5:55 am|
Karl Rove could have called it a day after successfully re-electing George W. Bush in 2004. It could have been the capstone on one of the most successful and substantive careers in modern American politics. Rove would have left a master strategist feared by his enemies, admired by his friends, and mythologized by observers of all persuasions.
Instead Rove hung around too long and embarrassed himself.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday February 5, 2013 11:45 am|
If Rep. Steve King enters the race for the open Iowa Senate seat he would start out as an early favorite in the Republican primary. A Wenzel Strategies poll found King would have a 15 point lead over Rep. Tom Latham in an eight-way contest. Similarly, Public Policy Polling found King with a large lead in every possible primary field combination they tested.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday December 27, 2012 8:00 pm|
In any normal country, there would be no particular reason to expect 2013 to be an awful year. The right-wing Presidential candidate, who preached austerity, family values, and military adventurism, was soundly defeated by the center-left candidate, who favored, well, austerity-lite, personal freedom, and a fiscally convenient “peace dividend.” Overconfident and overfunded Republicans were similarly trounced in the House and Senate, losing seats in both despite stunning structural advantages.
It seemed that the Right’s perennial hobby horses, from favoring the wealthiest above all others and demonizing minorities of every type, to demanding that every non-military expenditure be slashed to the bone, had clearly been sent to the glue factory by the electorate. Alas, things are never what they seem in Washington.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday December 13, 2012 8:00 pm|
One of the deepest divides in our alarmingly escalating Class War is one of mutual misunderstanding between the two sides about what money is for: The Job Creators can’t comprehend why the Lower Orders should have such fripperies as food, housing, and medical care (or worse, cell phones and TV’s), while those being steadily ground into mush under their well-shod heels can’t understand why people with enough money to buy their own states don’t at least buy states where the weather is better.