Horse Race Start

The Field is Set, and The Sprint to the Finish Is On

The final primaries are over, the field is set and the eight-week sprint to Election Day is at full-speed. With the last of the primaries now behind us, we know who is running head-to-head and the data from polling will become more plentiful, and more meaningful. The ad buys are ramping up even more and the Super PAC’s are shuffling their dollars into the most competitive races. Things can change very quickly from now until November 4, and we’ll be more »

William F. Buckley

There Are No Real Republican Victories in the Echo Chambers

Without civil debate, a cohesive legislative agenda, and compromise, any GOP 2014 gains will be short-lived. There is no doubt the Republicans have the upper hand in this year’s midterm elections. However, the ongoing internecine battle could render those gains moot in just two short years. After all, despite the likelihood the GOP will regain control of the Senate, Barack Obama will still occupy the White House. Control of both chambers will be meaningless without an effective legislative agenda, and more »

No To ObamaCare

ObamaCare is Still Toxic for Democrats

The healthcare law remains unpopular among a majority of Americans. Democrats appear to be doing their best to fight and claw to the finish line in their efforts to maintain the U.S. Senate. However, with strong candidates running this year, just about every source predicting the election has placed their bets on the Republicans. The Practical Politicking Report currently places the odds of Republicans picking up the minimum of six seats to regain the senate majority at 78 percent. With more »

Gary Lambert

Gary Lambert has No Code and No Honor, Just Desperate Lies

In the GOP primary for the New Hampshire Second District, Gary Lambert’s despair is producing bald-faced lies. Maybe it’s bad staff work, or consultants that are convinced the only path to victory for Gary Lambert is to repeatedly pummel his opponent, state representative, Marilinda Garcia, with ads that are patently false. But Lambert, who sits at the top of his campaign team, is ultimately responsible for calling the shots. And though, as he is wont to ballyhoo, he spent a more »

Mary Landrieu

Landrieu: Born on the Bayou, But Living on the Potomac

Residency requirements may not derail her candidacy, but Mary Landrieu still has some explaining to do. Most voters in Louisiana thought she was one of them, a Louisiana resident that is, not just a Louisiana native. The native part is indisputable. She is a “Landrieu” after all, and the Landrieu name has been synonymous with Louisiana politics since the early 1970s. Mary’s father Moon was mayor of New Orleans from 1970 – 1978, and brother Mitch followed in daddy’s footsteps more »

Tax Reform

Campaigning Against Tax Inequality

Republicans can, and should “own” the issue of tax reform in this election cycle. Aisle-Right politicians seem way too comfortable losing elections. Many are still writhing in confusion and frustration wondering how the majority of the electorate is blind to the negative impact of liberal economic policies and how they hurt many low-income wage earners, women and minorities. Rather than offer up real policy choices, Republicans tend to throw out retreaded proscriptions that often seek to deliver a solution without more »

Sen. Al Franken (AP Photo)

Democratic Senate Incumbents: Incompetent, Lazy or Both?

If we analyze their legislative records since 2009, the answer is clearly BOTH. The current crop of ten Democratic incumbents running for reelection to the US Senate have virtually nothing to stand on in the way of legislative records. Although much has been said already about their voting records, and the “Do Nothing Congress” in general, detailed analysis of their records shows these senators have elevated legislative ineffectiveness to a whole new level. Only a fraction of the total number more »

ISIS / ISIL Crucifiction

Mr. President, Don’t Punish ISIS/ISIL, Obliterate Them

ISIS/ISIL are not children in need of punishment, they are the worst miscreants, worthy only of annihilation. President Obama is treating ISIS/ISIL like a delinquent teenager who bullies a parent. They provoke threats by the dozen, thinking the parent will bow down and do what they want, and they’ll be able to continue behaving badly with impunity. In this analogy, the United States, due to Obama’s fecklessness, and the rest of the “free” world, are the parents, and ISIS are more »

GOP Senate Odds

78% Probability of GOP Winning the Senate Majority

Two favorable GOP rating changes in Georgia and Iowa, plus the odds of an 8 seat pick-up are now 62%. The latest Practical Politicking Report (PPR) places the odds of Republicans picking up the minimum of six seats to regain the senate majority at 78%, with the odds of gaining eight seats jumping to 62%. The last report on July 18, had the odds at 75.0% and 57.5% respectively. We recently made two rating changes; Georgia moved to Likely Republican more »

Ben Carson at CPAC 2014

Is Ben Carson a Serious Candidate in 2016?

If he wants to be more than a highly paid speaker and author, Dr. Carson needs to polish his act, and fast. Dr. Ben Carson has been making headlines lately. First, after he challenged Al Sharpton to a debate, then again after he formed a Super PAC as part of a potential run for President in 2016, and appointed Terry Giles – the Houston attorney who represented disgraced Enron head Ken Lay – to lead it. Finally, there’s the news more »