The Ring at Practical Politicking

The Ring at Practical PolitickingIn the immortal words of Michael Buffer, “Let’s get ready to rumble” … The Ring is where you’ll find our concise, frequently contentious, and always informative blog posts.

Occasionally you will even catch a few jabs we’ll throw at each other because, while we do agree at fundamental levels, we do not always agree on issue specifics, the correct political strategy or the most effective campaigning tactics. Civil discourse is just reality.

If you read or see something you disagree with then climb into The Ring with us and leave a comment. We’ll most likely “punch back” but we’ll keep the gloves on. Debates here are encouraged and welcome but like boxing, no low blows and “keep it clean”.

Good and Bad News for the GOP in the Race for the Senate Majority

Tom Dougherty on September 30, 2014
The latest Practical Politicking Report has both good and bad news for the GOP. We’ve made three rating changes – one favorable and two not so much. The odds of a Republican majority in the Senate remain statistically unchanged with a 75% probability of a six seat gain, and a 57% chance of an eight seat pick up. We hold to our projection of an actual seven seat gain that would yield a 52 to 48 majority for the GOP. more »

Don’t Promise We Won’t Send Troops, Promise We’ll Take No Prisoners

Deb Fillman on September 30, 2014
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry keep reassuring the American people, and our troops, that the fight against ISIS will not be our fight alone, and that we will not commit “boots on the ground” in a combat mission. As the president said: “They will support Iraqi military” only. But the president is under mounting pressure to put boots on the ground against ISIS, with a wide variety of people coming forward to explain why air strikes alone more »

Mitt Romney Endorses Marilinda Garcia in the #NH02

Tom Dougherty on September 23, 2014
Former Governor Mitt Romney announced his endorsement of state representative Marilinda Garcia in the New Hampshire Second Congressional District race this morning. “I would like to congratulate Marilinda Garcia on her impressive victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary earlier this month, and formally announce that I am supporting her campaign for Congress in New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District,” said Governor Romney. “Marilinda is a thoughtful and independent leader, and she is the best choice to defend New Hampshire’s interests more »

Ann Kuster, the Disconnected and Impersonal Incumbent in the #NH02

Tom Dougherty on September 23, 2014
If Ann Kuster is connecting with, or really listening to, her constituents in the New Hampshire Second District she must be using magical or telekinetic powers. She certainly has never taken the time to sit down with them in an open forum like a townhall meeting, and her record clearly demonstrates all she really cares about is supporting Barack Obama’s failed policies. Nevertheless, Kuster apparently wants people to think she cares about them. On Sunday, she sent out an email more »

“Undecideds” Push Odds of a GOP Senate Majority Higher

Tom Dougherty on September 23, 2014
The Practical Politicking Report’s probability of a Republican Senate majority edged higher this week and now stands at 76% to win the minimum six seats. The odds of an eight seat pickup rose to 60%. The map remains unchanged from last week’s report, but an analysis of specific polling data increased the actual odds, and we continue to project a seven seat gain on November 4. Looking at polling of likely voters conducted within the last 30 days, and excluding more »

Boehner Delivers the Right Message at the American Enterprise Institute

Tom Dougherty on September 21, 2014
I recently wrote in There Are No Real Republican Victories in the Echo Chambers: Control of both chambers will be meaningless without an effective legislative agenda, and could actually damage the party’s brand come 2016 if the Congress fails to do anything substantive to improve the average American’s quality of life. This past Thursday, Speaker John Boehner delivered a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, where he set spoke directly to that legislative agenda I mentioned. And it addressed the more »

Why Is White House Fence Jumper Still Alive?

Tom Dougherty on September 21, 2014
Apparently the Secret Service has adopted policies as indecisive and ineffective as the President’s policies, but this is not about the man in the White House, it’s about national security and global market stability. And it’s about an epic failure on every front by the Uniform Division of the Secret Service. The White House, among its many roles, is a military command and control center, and should be protected as such. The events of Friday night at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue more »

Georgia Mid-Term Races Could Head to Overtime

Jeff Quinton on September 19, 2014
Earlier this week, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on three recent polls conducted in the Peach State that showed the elections for Governor and U.S. Senator might not be over at the end of Election Day on November 4. Georgia requires a majority of votes, not just a plurality, in general elections for the win. If runoffs have to be held, the one for Governor will be on December 2 while the Senate one would be held on January 6, 2015. more »

President Obama’s D-Grade Strategy to Degrade Islamic Terrorism

Earl Westmoreland on September 18, 2014
I guess killing Osama bin Laden (who was hiding out and isolated from his organization) didn’t accomplish much to “degrade” the threat of Islamic-inspired terrorism and revolution throughout the world. Nor has the wonderful CIA-developed strategy of “targeted drone strikes” against identifiable “leaders” of terrorist groups operating off the beaten path in places like Yemen succeeded in stamping out, or even reducing, the threat these Islamic nuts pose to peace on the planet. As this primer of sorts from Bloomberg more »

Have a Question or Just Want to Chat? Then Join Us Tonight at 10PM EST

Tom Dougherty on September 15, 2014
If you have questions about the 2014 elections, or just want to chat about campaigning and politicking, or maybe you want an alternative to Monday Night Foo-Foo Ball, then join our Editor-In-Chief, Tom Dougherty, tonight at 10PM EST. Tom will be the guest on Their Finest Hour with Allan Bourdius tonight. Tom and Allan will be discussing the political landscape for the rapidly approaching midterm elections, the transformation of the Tea Party over the last 5 years, and much more. more »
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