Tag: 2022 Midterms

What Joe Biden Could Learn From Harry Truman

Like many Democrats these days, Biden feels beholden to the wealthy. At a Manhattan fundraiser Tuesday night, Biden made a brief jab at Republican economics as he said, “I’m not a big trickle-down guy.” But then looking out at the wealthy crowd in a midtown apartment during an event that raised about $2 million for […]

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Are State Governments Too Powerful?

Alex: One of the questions I want to put to you is why it has taken a while for liberals and left-of-center organizations to catch up. We’ve been talking about the nationalization of local politics, and it has a lot of different ways it manifests itself. What’s interesting is that, from my perspective, the nationalization […]

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Attacking MAGA Is as “Meat and Potatoes” as It Gets

That our democracy held provides no guarantee that it will hold again. And across the country, Trump and his allies are nominating election deniers—democracy rejecters—up and down the ballot. This week alone, election denier Don Bolduc was nominated by Republicans to run for Senate in New Hampshire to face off against incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan. […]

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Biden approval rating jumps from 36 to 45 percent in AP-NORC poll

President Biden’s approval rating jumped 9 percentage points in an Associated Press-NORC poll released Thursday as he and Democrats ride a wave of legislative wins and a drop in gas prices ahead of November’s pivotal midterm elections. The poll found Biden’s approval rating sits at 45 percent, a spike of 9 percentage points from July. […]

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Is This When Democrats Finally Learn How to Message?

Add to that the concurring opinion of Clarence Thomas, who wrote that the court “should reconsider” other decisions—including the decriminalization of same-sex relationships; the right to gay marriage; and 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut, which held that married couples have a right to contraception. The two major parties “do not operate as simple mirror images,” the […]

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Mitch McConnell’s Refusal to Seat Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court Is Coming Back to Haunt Him

McConnell’s background suggests that he only cares about abortion as a box that all conservative Republicans need to check. According to Alec McGillis’s 2014 biography, The Cynic, McConnell was a staunch defender of abortion rights during his early career in local Kentucky politics. Only after McConnell was elected to the Senate in the 1984 Ronald […]

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Republicans Are Spreading a Bogus “Rainbow Fentanyl” Panic Ahead of the Midterms

“The destruction and loss seen in our communities due to America’s raging opioid epidemic is only growing worse as the crisis created by President Biden’s failed policies on our southern border continues,” said Florida Senator Rick Scott, the head of the Republican group trying to win control of the Senate, when he introduced the Stop […]

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Biden on GOP touting projects they didn’t back: ‘They ain’t got no shame’

President Biden on Thursday slammed Republicans for what he called taking credit for legislation that they opposed during an appearance at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting. “They ain’t got no shame!” Biden said after impersonating some Republican lawmakers touting bills they voted against. “They don’t have any shame!” Biden discussed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law […]

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Why Candidates Get More Bang for Their Buck Than Super PACs—Starting Now

Party groups such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee also are not entitled to the candidate discount. This fact puts a different spin on the well-publicized squabble between McConnell and Rick Scott, the Florida senator who heads the NRSC. According to the New York Times, the NRSC blew though 95 percent of its $180 million […]

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Why North Carolina in 2022 Could Cost Biden Dearly in 2024

The expectation is that Republicans would do that, and more, all over again. “The entire Republican effort on redistricting was to gerrymander Senate districts so that they can turn to a supermajority,” said state Senator Dan Blue, a Democrat.  “If you look at the past decade, the Republicans in North Carolina were on the cutting […]

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Republicans blast Biden as ‘divider-in-chief’ after primetime speech

Republicans are blasting President Biden’s prime-time address Thursday evening, which portrayed former President Trump and his supporters as a threat to democracy, casting the speech as condescending and at odds with uniting the country. “Divider-in-Chief at his finest tonight,” Rep. Mark Green (R-Tenn.) wrote on Twitter. “President Biden took to the airwaves tonight to divide […]

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Biden condemns ‘sickening’ attacks on FBI after Mar-a-Lago search

President Biden on Tuesday forcefully condemned attacks on the FBI from some Republicans in the wake of the bureau’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.   Speaking at an event on public safety in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Biden vowed his own support for law enforcement while casting conservatives as anti-police due to their stances on […]

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Meet the Man Fighting to Keep Arizona Honest in 2024

Arizona was also one of the major battlegrounds about which Trump and his allies cast doubt about the election results. The state may have two Democratic senators (even if snarky Democrats like to question whether Senator Kyrsten Sinema really is one of them). But the state could easily elect yet another Republican governor and install […]

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White House liaison to Black voters leaves post

The White House’s liaison to Black voters, Trey Baker, left the administration on Monday, the White House confirmed. Baker was a senior White House adviser for public engagement and left the administration to work at law firm Barnes & Thornburg as a partner. He will be based in the Washington office. Bloomberg first reported the news. […]

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Tim Ryan: Right Man, Right Place, Right Time

Indeed, except for trade and some griping about inflation, the Republicans’ pitch to the working class bypasses bread-and-butter issues entirely. Consider a memo Representative Jim Banks sent House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in March 2021, proposing that the GOP “permanently become the Party of the Working Class.” What substantive positions, apart from trade restrictions, did […]

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QAnon Goes to Washington, Again

Back in 2020, when QAnon candidates first came to national prominence, someone like Greene seemed like a long shot, let alone someone who would move to the forefront of the Republican Party. Not long after she won her election that November, messages from the person or persons who make up the Q of QAnon ceased, […]

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Jamie Raskin Vows That Liz Cheney Will “Follow Trump to the Gates of Hell”

Raskin argues that the value in such friendships lies in the way they can play a larger role in sustaining democracy. “Look, January 6 is as close to fascism in my lifetime, and I did some research about coups all over the world,” Raskin said. “Democracies fail because of the lack of forbearance and the […]

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Tom Emmer Is the Republican Party’s Stealth Bomber

Following Trump’s election, Emmer rose in the NRCC ranks, becoming chair in late 2018, after Republicans lost their majority in the House. At the time, chairing the NRCC looked like a thankless task, as Trump was expected to further depress the GOP’s margins atop the ticket in 2020. But controlling the money begets relationships and […]

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Whatever Happened to Climate Change on the Campaign Trail?

“If we had more people voting and we had youth turning out as other generations do and increased those numbers, we would be able to get more progressive legislation,” Hargreaves told me. “That progress is not going to continue if we sit at home and don’t vote. What you have to do is vote. Get […]

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The Abortion Elections All Across America

In some states, abortion itself will be directly on the ballot. California voters will consider a constitutional amendment that would enshrine abortion rights in the state constitution. “This is absolutely a viable option for other states—and one that lawmakers and advocates elsewhere are also working on,” Timmaraju told me. In Michigan, to take one example, […]

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Biden on his own low approval ratings: ‘I think you’re going to see a lot change’

President Biden on Monday, when asked about his low approval ratings and for a response to the notion that his polls were “terrible,” said he foresees a change. “It’s a long way home. The fact is that we’ve been divided for so long, and it’s only recently that we have any kind of movement, and […]

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Welcome to Georgia, Where the Democrats’ Electoral Dreams Live or Die

The state’s changing demographics help explain its political shifts. Georgia’s non-Hispanic white population dropped from 70 percent in 1980 to 50.1 percent in 2020, per the census. The Atlanta metro area has the fourth-largest Black immigrant population in the United States, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; its metro holds more than half of the state’s […]

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The Rapid Rise of Elaine Luria, the Boldest Moderate in Congress

Unlike almost all endangered incumbents, Luria has regarded politics as secondary during the first half of this year. Instead, she’s been understandably preoccupied with her day job—documenting Trump’s role in directing a coup attempt to overturn the 2020 election. On a typical workday over the Fourth of July congressional recess, Luria was up at 5 […]

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The Democrats’ Surprise Chance to Snatch Victory From the Jaws of Defeat

But those winners were largely wiped out in 2020 (Horn lost). Now, if you look at the list of the 26 tossup Democrats, there are only two in those kinds of districts: Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd, which is R+6, and Matt Cartwright in Pennsylvania’s 8th, which is R+4. Most of them are in districts […]

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It Looks Like Slimy Eric Greitens Is Too Much Even for Missouri Republicans

Greitens’s loss in this primary would mark the end of his stratospheric rise in politics by crafting a résumé you’d expect to see in a trashy action thriller. Greitens was born a Democrat. His education was first at Duke University, and then at Oxford for a master’s and a Ph.D. From there, he served in […]

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The Arizona Republican Primary Is Ground Zero for America’s Hysteria Over Critical Race Theory and Drag Queens

The broader narrative of moms under attack was gaining some national heft. Pizzagate promoter Jack Posobiec claimed that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland had “authorized the FBI Counterterrorism Division to target parents at schoolboard meetings,” and Lake chimed in, tweeting, “If I was governor right now I would pull any funding that was being used […]

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Ron Johnson Can’t Crawl Out of the January 6 Hole He Dug for Himself

The Democrats vying to oust Johnson from his Senate seat have called for him to appear before the January 6 Committee and even to resign. His movements concerning January 6 have come up in Democratic debates and fundraising—so far, not to an overwhelming degree, but that’s likely to change in the general election, said Wisconsin […]

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Ron Johnson Can’t Crawl out of the January 6 Hole He Dug for Himself

The Democrats vying to oust Johnson from his Senate seat have called for him to appear before the January 6 committee and even to resign. His movements concerning January 6, 2021, have come up in Democratic debates and fundraising—so far not to an overwhelming degree, but that’s likely to change in the general election, said […]

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