Tea Party

Tea Party Influence: Separating Fact from Fiction

Is the Tea Party as conservative, or as effective as its most vocal adherents claim? Perhaps the better question is, was the Tea Party ever the hard-core, unyielding group of ideologues some pundits, and most in the media, would have us believe? One thing is certain though: The rise of the grassroots movement that began as a tax revolt in 2009 and became known as the “Tea Party,” has inspired an enduring narrative that the Tea Party has been highly more »

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Will Wasserman Schultz be the Democrat’s Scapegoat?

The DNC Chairwoman is under increasing scrutiny as midterms approach. There’s an adage in politics that consistently proves true: If you’re explaining, you’re losing. DNC Chair and sitting Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) has been doing a lot of explaining lately. For someone whose job is to win – in this case, Democratic seats in the midterm election – this doesn’t bode well. President Obama needs his party to win this fall, retaining their Senate majority at the very least. more »

Flat Income Tax

A Very Flat Income Tax Makes Sense, the FairTax Does Not

Republicans should support tax reform that stands a chance at passing, and working. Congress may soon consider meaningful tax reform. Paul Ryan, the expected next Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee has suggested in his budget, that both a flat income tax and the FairTax® should be considered. I am a proponent of the flat income tax solution, and in this brief article I’ll set forth my summary comments. We are discussing tax laws, which by their very more »

GOP Buttons

GOP Senate Odds Drop But Remain Favorable

Kansas entering the mix and four rating changes knock the odds down, for the moment. The latest Practical Politicking Report (PPR) places the odds of a Republican senate in the next Congress at 74%, down 4% from a month ago. The probability of an eight-seat pickup now stands at 57%, down 5% from August. Several rating changes and the addition of Kansas to the “states in play” list were responsible for the small decrease. Overall the likelihood of the GOP more »

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 »