Haley Barbour PAC Connected to Racially Charged Ads In Mississippi Senate Race as Vote Buying Allegations Surface

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 11:00 am

The GOP civil war in Mississippi continues as Chris McDaniel’s campaign to force a special election targets not only Senator Thad Cochran for voter fraud but former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour’s PAC for using misleading racially charged ads against a fellow Republican. The ads from “Citizens for Progress” claim Chris McDaniel, among other things, wants to take African-Americans back to the “good ole’ bad days.”

Though cynical, what Barbour did is not illegal. What is illegal is another allegation made by supporters of Chris McDaniel concerning “vote buying.”

 

Republican Flip-Flopping on Akin Is a Sign of Romney’s Failure

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00 am

With Todd Akin standing firm in his decision to remain on the Missouri ballot as the GOP candidate for US Senate, it falls to the rest of the Republican party leadership to flip-flop on their condemnations and fall into line.

And they have.

What’s curious, though, is that one of the flip-floppers is former MO senator and current Romney security affairs advisor Jim Talent, who is rumored to be in line for a possible cabinet post should Romney win. Either Romney will soon flip-flop on Akin as well, or Talent has decided that there will be no Romney administration come Jan 21, 2013, and he’d better help the GOP take the Senate. (Or, of course, both.)

Here’s the GOP’s current political calculus, courtesy of Todd Akin: The more Romney’s fortunes founder, the more the GOP needs to pull out all the stops to win the Senate, and if principles like “women are human beings, too” need to be sacrificed to the cause, so be it.

With Akin Staying In, NRSC Says They’ll Withhold Funds to His Senate Race

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 1:00 pm

Just to carry over from the last post, Todd Akin will stay in his Senate race in Missouri, saying that he’s received “tremendous grassroots support” over the last 48 hours. That will have to suffice for the time being, however. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been leading efforts to force Akin out, said in a statement about Akin that “if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”

Akin Says He’s Staying In As Republicans Seek to Distance From Him, Not His Policies on Abortion

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 11:20 am

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, attempting to beat the clock with about five hours to go before the first hurdle of getting Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri passes, released a list of conservative pundits who have asked Akin to step down. But that’s apparently not enough: Todd Akin says he will stay in the race for Senate in Missouri; he just announced it on Mike Huckabee’s radio show.

Note to GOP: Voters Don’t Like Being Called Hicks [Update: Ad Pulled from Web]

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 9:01 am

In case the National Republican Senatorial Committee never got the memo, I think now is a good time to remind them that working class Americans don’t like it when people call them hicks behind their backs, especially when the epithets come from out-of-state political operatives.

Following the Money from the Campaign Committees

By: Saturday October 2, 2010 5:00 pm

One of the better ways to judge where the people paid to maintain seats in Congress think things are going is by monitoring the campaign spending by the leading political committees. Their judgments are not always correct – the $3 million to Tammy Duckworth in 2006 is a good example – but because candidates often need the outside support, where the money is going, and especially where it’s NOT going, makes a difference.

Follow the Money: Campaign Committees Try to Pick Winners – And Losers

By: Friday October 1, 2010 1:25 pm

One of the better ways to judge where the people paid to maintain seats in Congress think things are going is by monitoring the campaign spending by the leading political committees. Their judgments are not always correct – the $3 million to Tammy Duckworth in 2006 is a good example – but because candidates often need the outside support, where the money is going, and especially where it’s NOT going, makes a difference.

WV Sen: NRSC Brings the Heat with $1 Million Ad Buy Against Manchin

By: Friday September 24, 2010 3:00 pm

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching in $1 million ad buy in the West Virginia Senate race in a serious attempt to expand the Senate playing field; they must now see this state as winnable.

DE Sen: GOP Deserts Primary Victor O’Donnell, Democrat Coons Takes Big Lead

By: Wednesday September 15, 2010 8:47 am

The Tea Party triumph of Christine O’Donnell in a small pool of conservatives in Delaware over moderate Mike Castle has led the bulk of the Republican Party to run screaming in the other direction while the first set of post-primary polling shows Democrat Chris Coons up big.

Late Night: GOP Joins in Campfire Rendition of “Those Were The Days”

By: Monday July 19, 2010 8:00 pm

The GOP should just step away from the peyote. George Bush will never be popular. Ever.

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