Archive for the ‘2010 Midterm Election’ Category

What About A Party Change – Joe?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Late October 25th in a Political Tidbits posting on we wrote Manchin was running like a Republican.  It was suggested in the tightening election “what about a party change Joe.” offers early intel that “GOP Sweetens Its Offer to Manchin.”  Don’t expect such a move by Governor Manchin but its fun to know what’s going on behind the scenes.

One can only hope.

Republicans Are on Probation

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Karl Rove, The Architect, has guided Republicans to office from the courthouse to the White House.  His weekly column in The Wall Street Journal offers an overview of this week’s midterm election.  Then numbers are fascinating.  More importantly he tells his follow Republicans it’s “Time To Deliver.”

Postpone The Next Two Years

Monday, October 25th, 2010

With only eight days until we know the outcome (we hope) of the 2010 midterm elections the national news organizations are beginning to discuss Obama’s days after the election.  The Caucus, a politics and government blog of The Times, suggest President may want to postpone his return to the United States from a 10-day trip to Asia.

Rather than postpone his return a better suggestion is that he postpone any new initiatives and spend the next two years creating jobs, building a strong economy and correcting the course he set since taking office in January, 2009.

It is hard to believe that he would run from the results of this national election on his performance and policies.

Obama’s Untraceable Donations

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Think back two years when the Barack Obama presidential campaign allowed donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards to contribute.  See this 2008 link to get the details. 

After reading the 2008 story you would wonder why President Obama would bring up anything related to campaign money as he did last week.  He even continues today as reported in The Washington Post.

The New York Times did a story on Friday saying “…White House officials acknowledged Friday that they had no specific evidence to indicate that the chamber had used money from foreign entities to finance political attach ads.”

How Big A Government?

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

If your not a Washington Post Sunday reader this piece may be of interest as November 2nd and the 2012 election approaches.

Gallup Finds Times Changing

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Earlier I wrote about these not being normal times.  Our “moving vacation”, as I like to call it, has ended.  Today I spent catching up on my political newsletters.  I found an item on POLITICO from a Gallup weekly tracking report.  It reports an historic midterm advantage for Republicans.

Only in recent years have West Virginians voted for Republicans when it comes to national races.  If somehow those seeking to enter the United States Congress in November can turn their race into a national one the Gallup outlook may be meaningful here.


BIGGEST GOP MIDTERM ADVANTAGE SINCE 1942 —, “GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot: Republicans also maintain wide gap in enthusiasm about voting,” by Frank Newport: “Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP’s largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup’s history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress. These results are based on aggregated data from registered voters surveyed Aug. 23-29 … The Republican leads of 6, 7, and 10 points this month are all higher than any previous midterm Republican advantage in Gallup’s history of tracking the generic ballot, which dates to 1942. … Republicans’ presumed turnout advantage, combined with their current 10-point registered-voter lead, suggests the potential for a major ‘wave’ election in which the Republicans gain a large number of seats from the Democrats and in the process take back control of the House. One cautionary note: Democrats moved ahead in Gallup’s generic ballot for several weeks earlier this summer, showing that change is possible between now and Election Day.”

Money Poll

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Polls are where you look to see how a candidate is doing.  Inside political observers “follow the money”.   Below is my Saturday morning reading.  You decided how it looks at this point in the mid-term election.


“RNC has just $5m for final push,” by Jonathan Martin: The RNC “has just over $5 million in the bank for the final stretch of the 2010 mid-term election campaign, according to an unannounced filing with the FEC disclosed Friday night. The report also indicates that the national party headed by embattled chairman Michael Steele is carrying just over $2 million in debt. … It indicated that the committee brought in slightly more than $5.5 million in July – less than half of what the DNC raised – while spending $11 million. The RNC’s money woes have many party leaders and operatives deeply worried about whether the GOP will be able to take full advantage of an otherwise promising election cycle. Of most concern are get-out- the-vote activities that are typically funded by the national committee. … The DNC released its July fundraising numbers earlier this week, reporting that it had just over $10.8 million on hand while also carrying $3.5 million in debt.

The RNC’s struggles come as other Republican committees show signs of momentum. The National Republican Congressional Committee outraised its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, $8.5 million to $6.2 million in July. The DCCC, however, has just under $36 million in the bank while the NRCC has about $22 million. The National Republican Senatorial Committee appears to be closing the cash gap on its Democratic counterpart, raising $4.2 million to the Democratic committee’s $4.4 million in July. These committees each have more than $20 million heading into the fall. Meantime, the Republican Governors Association has about $40 million to spend on the fall elections, significantly more than its Democratic counterpart.

OUTSIDE MONEY – The dogged KENNETH P. VOGEL reports that American Crossroads “pulled in more than $2 million from last month, and this week spent $454,000 on ads supporting Republican Rob Portman’s Ohio Senate campaign … American Crossroads accepted $1 million each from the trust of former Univision chairman Jerry Perenchio and from an agricultural interest controlled in part by Texas billionaire Harold Simmons. But the FEC reports reveal only half of the effort being waged under the American Crossroads umbrella, which includes the Crossroads PAC and … American Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, or GPS … Together they have raised $17.6 million … Crossroads GPS announced Friday that it had launched more than $2 million worth of so-called issue ads criticizing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Missouri democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan during their campaigns. … The Crossroads groups, part of a vast effort by political and interest groups on the right to offset the overall financial advantage held by Democrats and their allies, have set an ambitious fundraising goal of between $50 and $60 million.”

It’s August

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Everyone knows the media searches for an August story.  Well Obama gave it to them.  He just cannot stand to take a vacation or be quite when others are resting and playing in August.  Guess that is why he stirred up the mosque story.  You may want to read more from today’s Washington Post.

Wholesale Change Coming?

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The primary in four states earlier in the week signaled a big win for Washington outsiders.  A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll does not paint an optimistic picture of voter mood.  It leads one to believe the country is in for an unpredictable midterm election in November. 

West Virginians normally turn to the predictable when electing their representatives to Congress.  A sign state voters are turning unpredictable occurred in the May primary when incumbent Rep. Allan Mollohan was turned out. 

Wonder if the special primary August 28th will provide an insight that West Virginians are in a grim mood and turning grimmer as found in the new poll?

Pennsylvania 12

Friday, May 21st, 2010

The morning after Pennsylvania 12 it was suggested here in Political Tidbits that Republicans needed a new approach.  This was the one race on Tuesday pitting a Republican and Democrat against each other.  The GOP fell short. 

In a postmortem memo prepared by a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) pollster he joined some pundits who say the high-profile Senate primary brought forth a surge of Democratic voters.  That may be.

This setback may be a blessing.  Expectations have been too high for a GOP takeover of the House in November.  It’s time for the reassessment that appears underway by the NRCC.  Any review should remember what House Speaker Tip O’Neill said, “all politics is local”.

Lessons from the rout in Pennsylvania 12 were addressed in a WSJ “Review & Outlook” commentary.  They addressed a greater concern that being if Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is up to the job.  It’s worth a read.