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Obama, Udall and What 2014 Was Really About

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on November 10th, 2014 12:08 am by HL

Obama, Udall and What 2014 Was Really About
Carl M. Cannon, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON – To understand what went wrong for Democrats in the midterm elections, we can look to the Senate race in Colorado, where Barack Obama was first nominated for president. The state went for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012—and until Tuesday it had a Democratic governor and two Democratic senators. Now it will have one Democratic senator, as well as a chastened and only narrowly re-elected governor in a state where the president’s job approval has slipped below 40 percent. Similar results occurred from Georgia to Alaska. This was inevitable because the…

In Need of a Rebuilding Plan
Eugene Robinson, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — All right, all right, I didn’t see the wave coming. All those margin-of-error polls seemed to suggest that Democrats would likely hold their own — probably not keep the Senate but make a respectable showing overall. Wrong. All the caveats are true. It was a midterm, when the incumbent president’s party usually gets a comeuppance. The Senate losses were within historical norms. In other races, some of the high-profile Republican victories involved incumbents who managed to survive after the scare of their political lives, such as Govs. Rick Scott of Florida, Scott Walker of…

Early Forecast: More Gridlock
Ruth Marcus, RealClearPolitics
WASHINGTON — Is the government’s gridlock about to be dislodged? Imagine the capital as a giant set of pulleys and levers, operating at cross purposes. In the end, the forces tugging President Obama and Republican leaders apart may be more powerful than the ones pushing them together. Obama and the incoming Senate leader, Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, said nice things about cooperating in the election’s aftermath. You could call this predictable posturing, with the goal not necessarily to accomplish results but to ensure that voters blame the other side when gridlock as usual…

Rick Perry’s N.H. Trip to Kick Off ’16 Campaign Season
Scott Conroy, RealClearPolitics
Just when you thought we were finally out of campaign mode, Rick Perry is coming to New Hampshire. The outgoing Texas governor and likely 2016 Republican presidential contender will travel across the state on Sunday and Monday with a jam-packed schedule that includes a half-dozen public events. After his political action committee contributed $61,500 to the New Hampshire Republican Party and various GOP groups and candidates there this fall, Perry is eager to emphasize his commitment to competing vigorously in the first-in-the-nation primary state, should he launch a second White House…

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