GOP Senate

Polling The Wisconsin Recall
March 10, 2011

Greg Sargent has some polling data on possible recall elections in Wisconsin: I've got an advance look at some new polling by Survey USA that finds solid majorities in two GOP senate districts support the recall of their senators.

The Revolution Eats Karl Rove
October 25, 2010

Karl Rove put himself on shaky ground earlier this year when he sided with near shoo-in Mike Castle over no-shot Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware GOP Senate primary, then compounded his mistake on election night by conceding the obvious reality that O'Donnell has no shot.

Hot Mess
October 06, 2010

One interesting fact heading into the mid-term elections: Almost none of the GOP Senate candidates seem to believe in the idea that humans are heating the planet. A few hedge their bets—John McCain says he’s no longer sure if global warming is “man-made or natural.” (In 2004, he told me: “The race is on. Are we going to have significant climate change and all its consequences, or are we going to try to do something early on?”) Most are more plainspoken.

Rand Paul Forthright About Lack Of Forthrightness
July 14, 2010

Talking to National Review, the Kentucky GOP Senate nominee essentially admits he's hiding his ideology: “No one [in the GOP] is forcing me to do anything.

Sharron Angle Interprets The Establishment Clause
June 15, 2010

Maniacal Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, learning from Rand Paul's lesson, is confining interviews to friendly right-wing outlets. Here she is talking to National Review: — On her primary win: “It became focused with the Tea Party Express endorsement,” she says. “The first endorsement that we got that was of great consequence was from Gun Owners of America. We knew that was of great consequence because it reached across party lines in Nevada. We’re pretty much a 90 percent Second Amendment state.

Crist Hoping For Resurrection
April 05, 2010

I've been saying for a long time that Charlie Crist won't win, and probably won't even run, in the Florida GOP Senate primary. Stu Rothenberg today explains why Crist might run anyway: he's delusional: But savvy observers cite a number of reasons why they are skeptical that Crist will switch from the GOP contest to mount an Independent bid in the fall. First, one insider said, Crist doesn’t yet believe that he will lose the Republican race. “Charlie still doesn’t think he’s in trouble.

Requiem For A Maverick
April 01, 2010

Good column from Jill Lawrence: Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican nominee John McCain called himself a political maverick with "the record and the scars" to prove it, in contrast to a rival he portrayed as a spineless party man who never challenged Democratic leaders or interest groups.

The Libertarian-Libertine Connection
February 05, 2010

From a Washington Post feature on Rand Paul, GOP senate candidate in Kentucky and son of Ron Paul: According to his mother, Carol, he was, like his father before him, a talented athlete (a defensive back in football) and more ambitious than his two brothers, whose names both begin with the letter R. During swim meets in high school, "he wanted his name on the board," she said. "He didn't want just R. Paul, because they are all R. Paul. Who are the other R. Pauls? Could it be:  

Four Legs Good, Taxes Baaaad
February 03, 2010

Carly Fiorina, running for the GOP Senate nomination in California, attacks Tom Campbell: The funny thing about this ad, aside from the clumsy over-the-top quality, is the metaphor. The message of the ad is that Campbell is an ideological deviant. All the other Republicans signed Grover Norquist's no-taxes-ever pledge, but Campbell refused. Campbell went off on his own and made a budget deal in order to prevent a fiscal collapse. And what's the metaphor the ad uses? Sheep. But not in a disparaging way. The good politicians are sheep, doing what Grover Norquist tells them to do.

The Party's Over For Charlie Crist
January 27, 2010

A new poll has Marco Rubio ahead of Charlie Crist in the Florida GOP Senate primary. The trajectory here is pretty obvious: Crist built an early lead based on name recognition, but Rubio is obviously the candidate Florida Republicans prefer and are going to nominate. As I've said before, I don't even expect Crist to be running in the primary when it happens. He has no chance. The question is, what will Crist do next? As I see it, he has two options.