Tag: midterm elections

Pundits Have a Terrible Track Record of Predicting Midterms a Year in Advance

In the 2014 elections, the Democrats continued their slide by losing another 13 House seats and nine Senate seats. Looking at the exit poll questions that year, there were no references to either the government shutdown or the computer glitches that marred the rollout of the Affordable Care Act website. But 78 percent of the […]

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Everyone Is Reading Too Much Into Virginia’s Race for Governor

Virginia’s off-off year elections also tend to favor whichever party isn’t occupying the White House, moreover. Between 1973 and 2009, Virginia elected someone from the opposite party that held the White House in each gubernatorial election—it was McAuliffe, who narrowly beat then-attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who broke the streak. Even with Virginia’s shifting demographics, winning […]

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Nobody Gives a Rat’s Ass Whether the Debt Ceiling Gets Folded Into Reconciliation

McConnell’s strategy failed because people were starting to notice that the Republicans were playing Russian roulette with the economy. If the debt ceiling weren’t lifted, the Treasury would default on the various bonds, notes, and bills that it must float to cover the nation’s bills. Taxes aren’t sufficient to cover those bills because the budget […]

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Corporate Democrats Are Killing Biden’s Agenda

And, as The Week’s Ryan Cooper documented at length, a similar effort is underway for the Family Act—a simple, straightforward, and universal parental family leave measure that would “provide 12 weeks of paid leave per year for new parents, people caring for family members, or people with serious illness.” Thanks to Representative Richard Neal, the […]

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What Will Democrats Tell Voters If They Screw This Up?

Some cases in point: As Grace Segers recently reported, the expansion of the child tax credit has proven to be an incredibly effective policy and a political slam dunk with massive public support. But there aren’t enough Democrats who support maintaining it, so it will probably expire. Last week, a plan to allow Medicare to […]

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“Build Back Better” Is an Awful Catchphrase

But try selling a plan to voters as the “Only Way Around Mitch McConnell for Years to Come Act.” Only on Capitol Hill does it makes logical sense to combine in the same legislation a climate change plan and a massive expansion of health care coverage.  In his speech on the economy, Biden also made […]

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