Late last night, Democratic old bull Jim Oberstar was defeated in MN-08 by Chip Cravaack. Surprisingly, the extremely flawed GOP nominee Raul Labrador managed to ride the wave and beat incumbent Walt Minnick in ID-01.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:10 am|
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 1, 2010 8:00 am|
If these races break exactly as PPP polling dictates, the Democratic caucus would be reduced to only 51 members. On the other hand, if the three toss-up races each brake for the Democrat instead of the Republican, the Dem caucus would be down to 54 members–still a substatial margin by historical measures.
|By: Jim White Thursday October 28, 2010 6:40 am|
A remarkable theme echoing through much of the political press Thursday morning is the realization that Tea Party candidates who are running for office as Republicans are hurting the party’s chances in a year that otherwise has been predicted to be a huge Republican landslide. The Washington Post headlines its story on the topic “Tea party antics could end up burning Republicans“, while Reuters declares “Tea Party-backed Republicans spur party switches“. The Guardian brings out the best headline and best line, however, with the headline “The GOP’s coming Tea Party hangover” and the line “Tea is the Republican party’s cocaine: thrilling for a moment, but ruinous over time.” Tea Party candidates have won nominations in Republican primaries by channeling unfocused rage, but as that rage now erupts into a combination of genuine violence and a complete inability to articulate a platform (as demonstrated by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in this video, where she can’t even deliver an opening statement in a debate), even Republicans are moving away from “the crazy” and looking for candidates who are interested in good government rather than good theater.
|By: Teddy Partridge Sunday October 17, 2010 7:00 pm|
The Human Rights Campaign, reliable lapdogs for the Obama White House and their lack of progress on LGBT issues, bothered to chastise GOP Senate candidate in Colorado Ken Buck — on Sunday! — for his remarks on NBC’s Meet the Press that being gay was a “choice.”
|By: Jon Walker Monday October 4, 2010 2:04 pm|
In the CO governor’s race, Democrat John Hickenlooper holds a large lead, thanks to a divide on the right between American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo and Republican Dan Maes. Maes’s numbers have been dropping so fast, it could possibly even cost the Colorado Republican party their “major party” status.
|By: Jon Walker Sunday September 19, 2010 4:00 pm|
The lesson of Christine O’Donnell’s primary win in Delaware may be this: In politics you don’t elected officials to agree with you, just too afraid to vote against you.
|By: Jon Walker Friday August 13, 2010 1:20 pm|
It appears that “undecided” voters this year are primarily a group of people who really dislike both parties and the candidates put forth this election.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 10, 2010 12:30 pm|
Tonight is one of the biggest nights remaining on the primary calendar, with primaries in Colorado, Connecticut, and Minnesota. There also is a primary runoff in Georgia. All four states feature important contests at the top spots on their ballots.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday August 4, 2010 10:20 am|
There has been much hope — or dread, depending on which party you support — that the embrace of arch-conservative and Tea Party-backed candidates in contest primaries could seriously cost the Republican Party several Senate seats this November. The economy may be the key to Republican outcomes.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 2, 2010 9:42 am|
A new poll shows challenger Andrew Romanoff pulling ahead for the first time over appointed Democratic Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, who has held the lead for most of the campaign. In the Republican Senate primary, Establishment choice, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, is still trailing Tea Party favorite Ken Buck.