Elizabeth Warren had what by all accounts was a solid debate performance last night, punctuated by a pivotal moment where Warren ripped aside the moderate mask Scott Brown has been trying to wear this whole campaign. He tried to come across as a staunch defender of women’s rights, but Warren would have none of it, highlighting Brown’s votes against equal pay and women’s health.
|By: David Dayen Thursday October 11, 2012 3:05 pm|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:00 am|
When you put out an ad that has to state clearly, up front, that “rape is an evil act,” I’d say that should be the end of your political career, but in this case, Todd Akin is clearly making a play for hanging in there in Missouri, with just hours before he needs to make a decision on whether to withdraw.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 19, 2012 12:10 pm|
A new poll from the National Journal shows that the principle of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans by letting the Bush tax cuts expire remains extremely popular, even as some Democrats show trepidation about the idea.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:30 am|
Wisconsin goes to the polls today in recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state Senators. If successful, it would be only the third gubernatorial recall in American history. More money has been spent on these races than on any election in Wisconsin ever, and as Tom Barrett said today, the large majority of that money was on Walker’s side, coming from special interests outside the state.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 31, 2012 11:40 am|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 30, 2012 12:00 pm|
There has been a split between the public polling and the internal polling in the recall of Scott Walker. As you can naturally expect, internal polling on the Democratic side shows a closer race. And that continues today with a poll from Celinda Lake showing a dead heat between Walker and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, which each candidate getting 49% of the vote.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 25, 2012 11:46 am|
Any objective look at the Wisconsin recall right now, with a little over a week to go, would suggest that Scott Walker’s in a good position, and that Tom Barrett and the forces that engineered the recall are in trouble. Walker and his allied outside groups are outspending Barrett and his allies by 3:1 on TV ads, and by who knows how much on mailers and other campaign work. The DNC has solicited funds from their supporters in an email blast, but has yet to put their own money on the line, which has angered labor officials.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 18, 2012 10:20 am|
The powers that be in Wisconsin don’t have much time to get things back on track, and I still don’t see the change in strategy that could bring that about.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 17, 2012 12:00 pm|
The public has a thirst for a real crackdown on Wall Street. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, in the 48 hours since it went out with a petition in support of a new Glass-Steagall Act to separate commercial and investment banking received 60,000 signatures, and counting. But it’s not just arcane subjects about permitted practices by financial firms that has animated people. Eric Griego, a Democrat running for the House in New Mexico, released an ad this week with the line “I won’t stop until Wall Street bankers who broke the law go to jail.” The ad starts with the story of Alan and Melinda Witt who lost a good deal of their life savings in the stock market during the 2008 crash, right as they had planned to retire.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 16, 2012 4:15 pm|
After some controversy, the Democratic National Committee has agreed to help efforts with the Wisconsin recall. However, this will not include any of the DNC’s war chest of funds, which they are husbanding for the general election, which means outside funding for Walker will simply overwhelm the recall effort.