2014 Election

The Trouble with Early Voting

John Fund, National Review Online

When Election Day becomes Election Month, voters cast ballots before they have all the relevant info. Nationwide, some 2 million people have already voted, even though scheduled debates haven’t even finished in many states. And we haven’t even mentioned the potential for fraud.

Why You Should Heed What the Polls Say

Sean Trende, Real Clear Politics

The only thing we can say with any sort of certainty is that in some years the polls have had a slightly pro-Republican skew, while in other years they have had a slightly Democratic skew, while in still other years they’ve had no skew.

Get Ready for McConnell vs. Conservatives in Lame Duck Session

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) wants to get all must-pass legislation completed in the lame-duck session, but likely would face opposition from conservative lawmakers who want to block any nonemergency measures until 2015.

Ron Klain and Solyndra

Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Online

The administration’s point man on a solar fraud is now in charge of Ebola. Rest assured that Klain will keep us promptly apprised of all Ebola developments without ever glancing at a calendar or a poll.

If GOP Blows Election, Blame Its Anti-Conservative Strategy

Brent Bozell, Fox News

The Republican Party needed only to choose any one of a number of national issues and campaign on them, offering the voters a clear conservative alternative. But the tepid GOP leadership has not chosen not to do so, fearing any debate over their party’s own policies.

GOP Needs More Than a Win – It Needs a Mandate

Jenny Beth Martin, The Hill

Reagan did not win 49 of 50 states in 1984 by laying low.  Republicans did not register historic congressional gains in 1994 and 2010 by keeping quiet.  These landslides were won because conservatives proudly announced their ideas for a better, stronger America.

Is GOP’s Chance to Retake the Senate Really 96%?

Garth Kant, WND

The liberal Washington Post puts GOP chances of retaking control of the Senate at 96%, but a closer look at the races indicates the margins in several are still very thin. Conservatives must continue to push the GOP candidates to adopt a strong national agenda to get voters excited.

David Perdue and a Georgia Runoff

Erick Erickson, Red State

Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue could have avoided a runoff in Georgia simply by accepting assistance from other prominent party members in the state, writes Erickson, but arrogance and a go it alone attitude may deprive him of what should have been an easy win.

Democrats and the DCCC are Fearing a Wave

Alex Isenstadt, Politico

Democrats have pulled resources from top offensive targets in order to buttress besieged incumbents, putting them almost entirely on defense. Of the 28 races seen as most seriously in contention, all but seven are held by Democrats.

Rush: The Republican Party isn’t Presenting an Alternative

Rush Limbaugh, RushLimbaugh.com

Voters never, other than Reagan, the lone example, never affirmatively vote for conservatism because it's never really presented to them.  It's presented to them by me and Fox News on some occasions and other so-called new media, but it's not presented to voters by the Republican Party.

Polls Driving Even Dems to Denounce Amnesty

Jonathan Strong, Breitbart

Behind the scenes, campaigns evaluating the polling are seeing unbelievable numbers on the issue that belie popular narratives about how popular comprehensive immigration reform is. How much longer will Republicans resist the urge to fully embrace the issue?

Boehner and McConnell Must Lead on Ebola

Erick Erickson, Red State

This should be a no brainer. In an election year when the GOP will not even offer the hint of an agenda because they are playing it safe, this is a safe play. They should show leadership on this issue where Barack Obama is failing to lead.

Ted Cruz and the Real ‘War on Women’

Steve Deace, Townhall

Ted Cruz is a master at reversing the Left’s premise and using it against them.  Detailing what Obama’s policies have done to women and families, and then discussing the powerful relational impact of the most important women in his own life.

Republicans Find Winning Issue in Opposing Amnesty

Ryan Lovelace, National Review Online

Republicans across the country are defying the RNC’s post-2012 dictum that GOP candidates must soften their tone on illegal immigration and line up behind comprehensive immigration reform. No surprise -- it's working for them.

Obama Says Opposing Amnesty is “Suicide;” Voters Disagree

Chris Chmielenski, NumbersUSA

At a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Pres. Obama said it would be political "suicide" for Republicans not to embrace a mass amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Polls in several key Senate races indicate the president is wrong again.

Republicans Nationalize While Democrats Stay Local

Beth Reinhard, Wall Street Journal

The messaging war between Republicans trying to nationalize the election and Democrats attempting to localize it has become a central feature of the battle over which party will control the Senate come January.

Bracing For Fraud – Or A Win – In Colorado

Aaron Gardner, Red State

A number of conservatives have voiced concern over Colorado’s new all mail voting system, but state resident – and voting judge – Aaron Gardner thinks the worries are mostly unfounded. As a result, Gardner is expecting a win for the Republicans in the key Senate race on Election Day.

Yes, A Vote for a Democrat IS a Vote For Obama

Editors, Washington Examiner

Due to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s tyrannical abuse of Senate rules, a vote for any Democratic Senate candidate is effectively a vote for someone who will go to the Senate and vote for Obama’s priorities almost without exception.

Ted Cruz on 2016: Who is Standing Up and Leading?

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

The Texas Senator is on the road trying to turn out conservatives in November, but he says the litmus test for GOP voters in the presidential primaries should be whether a given candidate has led on the battlefield of ideas against the left and political establishment as a whole.

Tillis Now Tied With Hagan in North Carolina

David Sherfinski, Washington Times

A new poll shows a tie in North Carolina between incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis. Ms. Hagan has had small leads in other recent polls and has a 1.5-point lead over Mr. Tillis in RealClearPolitics’ latest average of polling on the race.