Democratic Party (United States)

Right-wing extremist Cantor claims tea party is not extreme

Right-wing extremist Cantor claims tea party is not extreme

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican and darling of the party’s extreme right wing, claims tea party supporters are not extremists. As compared to what? Cantor told CBS’s “The Early Show” today that tea party activists “are people who are concerned about the fiscal state of this country.” If Republicans recapture the House, […]

Obama returns to old themes to close out election

Obama returns to old themes to close out election

Closing out a perilous election season for Democrats, President Barack Obama‘s final argument sounds like this: Do you want to stick with progress or return to failure? He’s talking about control of Congress, not himself, but there is no escaping his imprint on this election. With every echo of the spirited 2008 campaign, every mention […]

Are Blue Dogs an endangered political species?

Are Blue Dogs an endangered political species?

In the conservative farm state of South Dakota, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin‘s best chance of winning re-election rests on her ability to remind voters just how often she disagrees with her fellow Democrats. Football fans staring at bar room TV sets see ads touting her ‘no’ votes on the healthcare overhaul, the auto-industry bailout and […]

Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Nevada Senate debate: Many disagreements, no common ground

Sixty minutes, two candidates and not a single moment of agreement. Instead, Republican Sharron Angle taunted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to “man up” Thursday night in their only debate of a close, caustic and costly race. Speaking more softly, Reid called her extreme, an ally of the special interests and advocate for jettisoning government […]

Obama struggles to recapture old election magic

Obama struggles to recapture old election magic

President Barack Obama tried to recapture some of the big-stage excitement of his 2008 campaign Sunday, imploring voters not to reward what he called Republican cynicism and incompetence by sitting out the Nov. 2 elections. The president delivered one of his most stinging indictments yet of the GOP record to several thousand people under blue […]

No COLA again for Social Security recepients

No COLA again for Social Security recepients

As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits. It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for […]

The worse Obama gets, the better Bush looks

The worse Obama gets, the better Bush looks

Is President Barack Obama as bad a leader as his predecessor — the universally despised George W. Bush? A growing number of Americans believe so. In fact, the number of Obama doubters has grown so dramatically in recent months that Americans are now almost evenly split over which President is worse — Bush or Obama. […]

Other factors, not voters, could determine control of Congress

Other factors, not voters, could determine control of Congress

The nation may be waiting well beyond Election Day this year to find out who won control of Congress. It’s a troubling ballot-box scenario that has hundreds of lawyers from both parties preparing for battles that could drag on days, weeks or even months past the Nov. 3 day-after. Some states don’t count substantial amounts […]

Is change simply for change’s sake worth the risk?

Is change simply for change’s sake worth the risk?

With just under a month to go before pivotal midterm elections, the campaign landscape is as muddled as any I’ve witnessed in 45 years of either covering politics as a journalist and working inside the system as an operative. Will Republicans recapture control of the House and/or the Senate? Will Tea Party candidates triumph over […]

Stop the presses: Establishment candidate wins primary

Stop the presses: Establishment candidate wins primary

In the last turn of a tumultuous primary season, former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte narrowly won her state’s Republican Senate primary, to the relief of party officials in Washington who were struggling to adjust to the demise of their preferred candidate in another big race in Delaware. Seven weeks before Election Day, Senate […]