United States Senate

McCain in fight for his political life

McCain in fight for his political life

A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency. But the four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He’s facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to […]

Senate passes financial industry overhaul

Senate passes financial industry overhaul

In a major victory for President Barack Obama, the US Senate has passed the most sweeping overhaul of financial industry rules since the Great Depression of the 1930s. By a 59-39 margin, lawmakers approved Thursday an ambitious effort to curb Wall Street excesses blamed for fueling the 2008 global economic meltdown, amid smoldering voter anger […]

Obama endorsement not worth much

Obama endorsement not worth much

President Barack Obama may end up playing a rather hands-off role in this fall’s elections, a surprising turn for a political phenomenon who excited millions of voters just two years ago. Recent elections have tarnished Obama’s luster a bit, and Democratic candidates are likely to be selective in seeking his help. Sen. Arlen Specter of […]

Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Washington establishment gets kick in the ass from voters

Voter anger crossed party and ideological lines Tuesday, tossing out Democratic and Republican incumbents and establishment candidates while cementing the message that they are mad at the whole damn mess in Washington. Voters issued fired Republican-turned-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, forced Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas into a runoff and rejected Republican Senate […]

Warning to incumbents: You got trouble

Warning to incumbents: You got trouble

Go home. Stick to your guns. Keep your nose clean. Distance yourself from Washington, or even better, your own party. That’s the advice political operatives are giving incumbents and establishment-backed candidates after voters delivered a harsh message to insiders Tuesday night: Enough! One Senate incumbent, Arlen Specter, lost his seat in Pennsylvania. A second, Blanche […]

Obama sings his old “blame Republicans” song

Obama sings his old “blame Republicans” song

With his administration and policies in disarray and his party’s fortunes falling, President Barack Obama returned Thursday to his familiar theme of blaming Republicans for his problems. Obama claimed any failures to jumpstart the economy is all the fault of his predecessor and the current GOP minority in the House and Senate and claimed his […]

Jim DeMint: Tea Party hero, GOP problem

Jim DeMint: Tea Party hero, GOP problem

Jim DeMint is becoming something of a tea party hero, even a potential conservative kingmaker, a status that is not making the freshman senator many friends among fellow Republicans in Congress. A backbencher known for his eagerness to challenge the Republican establishment, DeMint is becoming one of the most influential voices of the conservative rebellion […]

GOP Right-wingers dump Utah Sen. Bob Bennett

GOP Right-wingers dump Utah Sen. Bob Bennett

Once-popular Sen. Bob Bennett fell victim to a growing national conservative movement with his stunning defeat at Utah’s GOP convention. Delegates voted Saturday to bar the 76-year-old senator from seeking a fourth term, making him the first congressional incumbent to be ousted this year and demonstrates the challenges candidates face from the right in 2010. […]

Palin’s Facebook fans turn fickle

Palin’s Facebook fans turn fickle

Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has outraged some of her fans with an endorsement of former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the GOP’s U.S. Senate primary in California. The former Republican vice presidential candidate made the endorsement on her Facebook page, saying Fiorina’s experience running a major corporation is sorely lacking in Washington. In the Thursday […]

Bennett begs Republicans: ‘Save my job’

Bennett begs Republicans: ‘Save my job’

Sen. Bob Bennett abandoned Washington this week, spending his days in Utah pleading with Republicans until he was hoarse to let him keep his job — in Washington. The three-term conservative is in serious danger of losing at a GOP state convention Saturday, tripped up by anti-incumbent sentiment and Utah’s quirky nomination system. His only […]