Senate Dems hitting the panic button after Tuesday on midterms?

posted at 2:41 pm on June 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this from The Hill a measure of the rising desperation among Senate Democrats over the upcoming midterm elections. The horizon looks so bleak that Democrats hoped that Republicans would lose the race, since they saw no chance of winning it for themselves with Barack Obama an albatross around their necks and the economy going nowhere except down:

This sober realization came to Democrats on Wednesday, as Tuesday night’s primary results showed they cannot count on Tea Party candidates upsetting more-electable incumbents.

And Democrats are increasingly realizing that President Obama’s approval rating will probably remain mired at 45 percent or lower until Election Day, giving Republicans ammo.

As their difficulties mounted, Senate Democrats met with the president at the White House on Wednesday evening. … But it is clear Democrats are nervous. After Republicans flopped in the last two Senate election cycles, the GOP establishment fought and frequently defeated the Tea Party candidates that Democrats hoped to face.

Even that slender reed of hope was … very slender. Even if Chris McDaniel won the runoff this week, the odds of Mississippi electing a Democrat to the US Senate were somewhere between Powerball and space-alien invasion. And the odds of winning enough seats to keep Harry Reid as Majority Leader are not exactly growing, either, as National Journal’s analysis shows:

The campaign for control of the Senate has changed, somewhat, since The Hotline last ranked the 2014 Senate races in February. The top nine pickup opportunities still belong to Republicans, more than enough for them to win back control of the Senate. But some of the most threatened Democratic incumbents have stabilized since winter, when things looked particularly dire for their party, and they could yet manage enough red-state victories to keep the Senate in Democratic hands. Incumbents like Arkansas’s Mark Pryor still have very difficult campaigns ahead, but they aren’t done yet. …

At some places in the list, the differences between the states are infinitesimal; at other points, there are wide gaps. We think about the Senate landscape in tiers: Democrats are highly likely to lose the top three races; the next four are toss-ups; the six after that are highly competitive campaigns where we think the incumbents still hold the upper hand; and the races at the bottom are against-the-odds upset possibilities.

The top nine slots in this list of potential flips are Democrat-held seats. So are two of the are seats that moved up into the top 10 in likelihood of flipping since their last analysis (Iowa and Colorado). In places 10 and 11 are Mitch McConnell and the open Georgia seat, which assume an awful lot about the political skills of Alison Lundergan Grimes and Michelle Nunn. After that, the next five seats are all Democrat-held too, including a possible pickup in deep-blue Oregon. All Republicans need to do is hold serve and take six of the 14 races rated as competitive by NJ.

Even in a fairly neutral political environment, that wouldn’t be an impossible task in a sixth-year midterm. However, it’s not a neutral political environment, in part because Democrats are losing the enthusiasm gap — and badly:

The history-making coalition that delivered the presidency to Barack Obama in 2008 and reelected him in 2012 has a distinct attitude toward the 2014 election: Meh.

new poll from Democratic pollster Democracy Corps finds that just 68 percent of African Americans, Latinos, young people and unmarried women who voted in 2012 and are “likely” to vote in 2014 — the four key parts of Obama’s coalition — say they are “almost certain” to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

The enthusiasm deficit for key members of the Obama coalition (68% who say they are almost certain to vote) versus other voters (85%).

That’s up four points from April, when 64 percent said the same. But it’s still lagging far behind other voting groups, a combined 85 percent of whom say they are almost certain to vote. The new 17-point gap is up from 15 in April and 11 in March of last year.

demcorps-enthusiasm-chart

Any polling that doesn’t take this into account is likely to miss the building wave. The succession of scandals and failures has voters angry, and they’re not going to take that anger into the voting booth to pull levers for the party of incompetence. It’s the reverse of 2006 (and 2008). That’s why Democrats like Dianne Feinstein and Mary Landrieu want to distance themselves from the President and the cascade of incompetence.

Update: What a difference a missing word makes. I’ve fixed the headline by adding “on” where it belongs.


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Dems don’t seem to panic. They simply double down.

freedomfirst on June 26, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Have Weasel, Turtle, Karl and Haley Barbour switched parties yet?

viking01 on June 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

This is 100 percent Karl Rove BullSh*t he’s putting out on Twitter. You have to be kidding me. The RNC put at a minimum tens of thousands of their grass roots in fake showers and turned the gas on this past Tuesday, and the DEMOCRATS are now worried?!

Marcus on June 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Let ‘em panic, they OWN the Kenyon King…

hillsoftx on June 26, 2014 at 2:47 PM

A new poll from Democratic pollster Democracy Corps finds that just 68 percent of African Americans, Latinos, young people and unmarried women who voted in 2012 and are “likely” to vote in 2014 — the four key parts of Obama’s coalition — say they are “almost certain” to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

Is anybody else confused by this sentence?

VegasRick on June 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

The graph is misleading.
It shows Obama coalition and others. I guess the assumption is that each will vote within their corner. It may turn out true, but based on the way the establishment has been treating conservatives, those red bars are likely not to be voting for squish republicans. There may be rebellious lesson-teaching in the works.

freedomfirst on June 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

They shouldn’t because the Rs don’t deserve to win.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Any polling that doesn’t take this into account is likely to miss the building wave. The succession of scandals and failures has voters angry, and they’re not going to take that anger into the voting booth to pull levers for the party of incompetence.

You’ll never realize how truly angry the conservatives are after Tuesday. Cochran is short lived and the D will win in Miss.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I guess there’s many people who take lightly Levin Limbaugh and Hannity stating they don’t care if the Republicans take the Senate, their leaders stink to high heaven. They may just consider turning McConnell and Cochran into legitimate targets and lessons to be taught. Limbaugh has now been going on this for his 6th hour.

Marcus on June 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Senate Dems hitting the panic button after Tuesday midterms?
posted at 2:41 pm on June 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Ed, don’t you mean primaries, not midterms?

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Hot Air’s attempt to distract you

Look, there’s the Democrat boogeyman over there

Why?

Because you’ve been just betrayed by the GOP

Pavlov’s dog

The GOP will betray you

True_King on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Panic? They should be dancing in the street, they just bought a republican senator from Mississippi.

traye on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Cochran can not pee on his own any more.

All you Cochran-goats deserve him in full. I hope he loses.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Then we’re cleared hot to dump McConnell and Cochran. Make them own their big government cronyism. It doesnt mean you vote for the Democrat, it means you vote for someone who truly represents the Republican platform, which is a conservative platform.

Meat Fighter on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Obama, with his pen and his phone, still will refuse to accept that he’s a lame duck who cratered his party’s position in Congress. It will always be someone else’s fault.

The goal remains enacting ‘fundamental change’ by any and all means possible…and those not supporting him doing so are traitors to the cause.

Expect to see Obama lead an all out purge of those ‘undesirables’ in the Party who ‘distance themselves’ that will make the TP vs GOPe battle look like a pillow fight. Not only is it the Chicago way, it’s the fascist way.

Athos on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

In places 10 and 11 are Mitch McConnell

Yeah right. Even Huffpo has McConnell up over Grimes in their latest poll. The last Rasmussen from May 22 has McConnell up by 7 points just two days after the Primary.

Johnnyreb on June 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

In return, they will probably get their doddering moderate senator elected instead of adding another grassroots conservative in D.C. But, the cost will be millions of turned-off conservatives, fund raising hits for the already failing NRSC, and even more animosity and venom between Tea Partiers and the establishment.

What was it King Pyrrhus said after his “victory” over the Romans that cost him many of his best officers and troops?

“One more such victory and we are lost.”

How many more “victories” like the one Thad Cochran won yesterday can the GOP stand without shattering to pieces?

I hate you DIABLOs more than Kucinich.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Hardly. It just means they won’t get to the 59 they need to be able to refuse to seat any future non-Rats.

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The dems need only increase voting irregularities. Sure, it’s a hassle, but they’ve gotten pretty good at it.

ROCnPhilly on June 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Make sure all of your “low information” Democrat friends & family are aware of the invasion of ILLEGAL aliens happening on our southern border.

Then ask them how they “feel” about welcoming the young ILLEGALS to their school districts.

Do they really support the Democrat policies on ILLEGAL immigration when the ILLEGALS are sent to their communities?

wren on June 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Should the Rs win, in spite of themselves, the frogman who’d be in charge would go back to “being polite” with Harry Reid, 60 votes and all that crap.

YOU don’t deserve to win. Period.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Cochran can not pee on his own any more.

All you Cochran-goats deserve him in full. I hope he loses.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Why should the democrats panic??

Republicans, Democrats same thing…..

Chris McDaniel needs to see what he needs to do to be a write in candidate.

I know he could win. The democrats will go all in for their candidate and
Thad won’t be able to rely on cross overs in the general.

redguy on June 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Forgive me in advance for reposting this content here, but it is relevant to the fact that winning control of the Senate and keeping control of the House would mean that 1/3/2015 would be the first time in EIGHT YEARS that Republicans held majority control…

Republicans who want to win Senate seats in November should spread this comparison far and wide.

=========

Using data published by government web sites, compare the following two time periods:
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2007 (when GOP held majority)
January 3, 2007 – Present (when DEMS have held majority)
(Majority = controlling 2+ out of 3 of the House, Senate, and Presidency)

Average GDP Growth
1995-2006 GOP Majority: 3.3%
2007-2014 DEM Majority: 1.1%
(GDP growth three times better under GOP majority)

Average Annual Deficit
1995-2006 GOP Majority: 0.8% of GDP
2007-2014 DEM Majority: 6.4% of GDP
(Annual deficits eight times worse under DEM majority)

Average Employment-Population Ratio
1995-2006 GOP Majority: 63.3%
2007-2014 DEM Majority: 59.7%
2009-2014 Obama administration: 58.7%
(Over 11 Million more people would be employed if we had GOP-level employment right now)

=========

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Senate Dems hitting the panic button after Tuesday midterms?

Why, are they afraid the GOP is about to start playing hardball? You know, like they only do against conservatives?

Don’t get your panties in a twist, fellas, the GOPe still luvs ya.

Midas on June 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Good stuff.

Midas on June 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

From what I have seen across the Internet, Republicans should be hitting the panic button after “Tuesday in Mississippi.” Lots of people are saying that they are no longer voting straight Republican, that they plan to send contributions to McConnell’s of Cochran’s opponents, etc., etc., etc.

Lots of people have finally figured out that the only way conservatives aren’t going to be treated like crap by the GOP is if Republicans start losing more races.

I have voted straight Republican all my life, but no more. I found an old postage-paid reply envelope the RNC sent with a “feel good” survey. It will cost the RNC at least $5.00. Didn’t think the Post Office would accept a cinder block.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Republicans will not win the Senate. They will win SD, MT, and WV. And one other, probably NC. That’s +4. Then they will lose either KY or GA. So that’s a net 3. No dice!

And they don’t have the Tea Party to blame.

kevinkristy on June 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

Make sure all of your “low information” Democrat friends & family are aware of the invasion of ILLEGAL aliens happening on our southern border.

Then ask them how they “feel” about welcoming the young ILLEGALS to their school districts.

Do they really support the Democrat policies on ILLEGAL immigration when the ILLEGALS are sent to their communities?

wren on June 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

No the democrats start screaming bloody murder when the feds want to settle the illegals in their communities. The feds plan is to introduce the illegals into blue areas. The feds cannot afford for the illegals to re-settle in conservative areas.

redguy on June 26, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I guess there’s many people who take lightly Levin Limbaugh and Hannity stating they don’t care if the Republicans take the Senate, their leaders stink to high heaven. They may just consider turning McConnell and Cochran into legitimate targets and lessons to be taught. Limbaugh has now been going on this for his 6th hour.

Marcus on June 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

If the GOP retakes the Senate this fall, it will be in spite of themselves. I don’t know how depressed(if at all) turnout will be amongst the Republican base this fall, but I’ve never heard Rush, Hannity, Palin, or even Levin talk this way before. We could be getting close to the point where a significant chunk of the base tells the Republican Party to go kiss off.

Doughboy on June 26, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Then we’re cleared hot to dump McConnell and Cochran. Make them own their big government cronyism. It doesnt mean you vote for the Democrat, it means you vote for someone who truly represents the Republican platform, which is a conservative platform.

Meat Fighter on June 26, 2014 at 2:51 PM

In the end, it may take voting for a dem just to get the gop hack out of office.

ROCnPhilly on June 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Let’s see Obama and the Dems have achieved all of their objectives…socialized health care, raised taxes, expanded government, destroyed our military, normalized gay marriage, and created a foreign invasion of future democrat voters.

Now, they will panic because the GOP establishment eked out a last second victory by playing the race card in MS and tarring its conservative base as neo-confederate racists?

sauldalinsky on June 26, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Republicans will not win the Senate. They will win SD, MT, and WV. And one other, probably NC. That’s +4. Then they will lose either KY or GA. So that’s a net 3. No dice!

And they don’t have the Tea Party to blame.

kevinkristy on June 26, 2014 at 2:57 PM

I suspect MS is on the table for the Democrats now too.

forest on June 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

It may turn out true, but based on the way the establishment has been treating conservatives, those red bars are likely not to be voting for squish republicans. There may be rebellious lesson-teaching in the works.

freedomfirst on June 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

The lesson they’ll learn is that the “my way or the highway” thinking will keep them in the minority.
I’ve been around for a long time and have seen it happen to both parties. Coalitions win, purity with no flexibility loses.

oldernwiser on June 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Chris McDaniel needs to see what he needs to do to be a write in candidate.

I know he could win. The democrats will go all in for their candidate and
Thad won’t be able to rely on cross overs in the general.

redguy on June 26, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Write ins are tough – he should run as an indie. I want the DIABLOs to lose, even to the D. It’s now or never. The thugs are worse than the D-latrines with their impertinence. Karl Rove has been uneasy since Tues. night. I hope he loses many more millions and then loses in NOv.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

You’ll never realize how truly angry the conservatives are after Tuesday. Cochran is short lived and the D will win in Miss

I’m so pissed at the RNC I may vote for Hagan.

goatbod on June 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

If the GOP retakes the Senate this fall, it will be in spite of themselves.

Very true. Unlike the Democrats, the Republican Party goes out of its way to alienate its loyal followers. It’s bad enough the unethical way the GOPe conducted the Cochran campaign, but many Republicans were taking a “victory lap” or saying stupid things (e.g. Rand Paul).

Mark Levin said last night that 1/3 of the funding against conservative candidates in 2014 has come from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

ITguy brings it, I have zero enthusiasm for the GOPe though. McCornyn will see me as an undercount.

DanMan on June 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Yeah, African-Americans are so unlikely to vote this election cycle that they came out in droves for a MS Republican primary runoff.

Wigglesworth on June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Harry Reid could commit murder on live TV and still have the chair.

Turtle317 on June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Marcus on June 26, 2014 at 2:50 PM

You forgot Ingraham.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Harry Reid could commit murder on live TV and still have the chair.

Turtle317 on June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

The DIABLOs deserve to lose.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I’m so pissed at the RNC I may vote for Hagan.

goatbod on June 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Don’t even think of voting for Hagan if her opponent is a genuine Conservative.
We will need as many of those to save us from Weasel and Turtle as save us from the Dims.

viking01 on June 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Even if Chris McDaniel won the runoff this week, the odds of Mississippi electing a Democrat to the US Senate

Ed, did you watch the same primary I did?

If the Democrats really wanted McDaniel to face… why did they let Cochran reach out to their voters to put him over the top? Unless I missed some serious protestations by the Dems over these shenanigans?

If they really wanted McDaniel to win, they could have quickly squelched the R outreach to D voters. That they didn’t says something- I won’t overplay the hand, but it ain’t what was written here…

cs89 on June 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I suspect MS is on the table for the Democrats now too.

forest on June 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM

In my dreams. But I doubt it. Cochran usually wins with 70% of the vote. It may be closer with the disaffected conservatives on the sideline. But a Dem in that state has a huge uphill climb – even against a semi dementia patient.

kevinkristy on June 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Yeah, African-Americans are so unlikely to vote this election cycle that they came out in droves for a MS Republican primary runoff.

Wigglesworth on June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Just think of it as an O.J. verdict against McDaniel….

/

viking01 on June 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Mark Levin said last night that 1/3 of the funding against conservative candidates in 2014 has come from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

I think it would be very telling analysis to graph small, grassroots donations to general RNC funds over the past decade, personally.

cs89 on June 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Mark Levin said last night that 1/3 of the funding against conservative candidates in 2014 has come from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

They want amnesty and they’re willing to pay through the nose for it. What’s ironic is that the Chamber of Commerce was a major target of Obama and the Dems 4 years ago. Now they’re one of their biggest allies(albeit unwittingly).

Doughboy on June 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

If the GOP candidates spit fire about reforming the IRS, the VA, the NSA, the DOJ, the EPA and etc. they will crush the dems.

Republican candidates have many clubs to beat the dems senseless with.

Let’s not forget the Economy, Jobs, and everything else. My word! the list is long and the dems OWN IT.

dogsoldier on June 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Totally owned

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM

If they really wanted McDaniel to win, they could have quickly squelched the R outreach to D voters. That they didn’t says something- I won’t overplay the hand, but it ain’t what was written here…

cs89 on June 26, 2014 at 3:08 PM

yep, that’s way I see it too. Ed is very much GOPe though so it makes sense coming from him.

DanMan on June 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I think it would be very telling analysis to graph small, grassroots donations to general RNC funds over the past decade, personally.

cs89 on June 26, 2014 at 3:09 PM

This is a helpful article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/02/us/politics/rebel-conservatives-lead-way-in-gop-fund-raising.html?_r=0

The GOP hates conservatives so much now, they don’t want this money anymore. I guess they’re getting more from the CoC and super-rich donors.

Doomberg on June 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

How could I forget this? We are being invaded thanks to King Putt:

wren on June 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

dogsoldier on June 26, 2014 at 3:15 PM

You’ll never realize how truly angry the conservatives are after Tuesday. Cochran is short lived and the D will win in Miss

I’m so pissed at the RNC I may vote for Hagan.

goatbod on June 26, 2014 at 3:01 PM

ITguy brings it, I have zero enthusiasm for the GOPe though. McCornyn will see me as an undercount.

DanMan on June 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Thanks for the kind words, DanMan, but the issues I have with either not voting in the Senate race, or voting for the Democrat, are:

1) Overall control of the Senate. You just might be a part of keeping Senators like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul in the MINORITY PARTY. I know that Cochran and McCornyn deserve our ire for what they’ve done, but the real conservatives in the Senate will be able to do far more if they are in the MAJORITY party.

2) Supreme Court & other judicial nominations. There is a fair chance of Obama getting to nominate 1 to 2 more Supreme Court justices. Do you want their confirmation vote to be by a Democrat majority Senate?

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

more-electable incumbents

where have I heard that term before?
if anything the dems should be glad as the constant insults the gop tosses on its racist members may lead them to not vote.

dmacleo on June 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

These polls and graphs are meaningless as they don’t take into account the Democrats’ two largest voting blocs–the dead and those who vote more than once. Dems will not lose the Senate.

Yankee Doodle on June 26, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Brilliant side by side pictures. Well done.

faraway on June 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Don’t even think of voting for Hagan if her opponent is a genuine Conservative.
We will need as many of those to save us from Weasel and Turtle as save us from the Dims.

viking01 on June 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

In their infinite wisdom (open primaries) we get Thom Tillis as the rino candidate instead of a conservative.

Think I’m gonna do it it, may be the only way to purge the rino’s once and for all. 2006 wasn’t enough of a message.

goatbod on June 26, 2014 at 3:19 PM

If the GOP candidates spit fire about reforming the IRS, the VA, the NSA, the DOJ, the EPA and etc. they will crush the dems.

Republican candidates have many clubs to beat the dems senseless

dogsoldier on June 26, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Republicans held the Presidency and BOTH houses of Congress 2002-06. What did they accomplish?

Remember the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers are 100% for amnesty and now they are liking ObamaCare because they have discovered it can reduce their benefits costs.

Whose interests will the GOP support – the nation’s or the Chamber of Commerce’s? I think we all know that answer.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The DIABLOs deserve to lose.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Ok…….whats a Diablo?

BobMbx on June 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

They want amnesty and they’re willing to pay through the nose for it. What’s ironic is that the Chamber of Commerce was a major target of Obama and the Dems 4 years ago. Now they’re one of their biggest allies(albeit unwittingly).

Doughboy on June 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM

The Chamber is backing more Democrats. In Michigan’s Senate race the Chamber has endorsed Democrat Gary Peters – a complete hack – over Terry Lynn Land, a very competent former Secretary of State.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

From reading this thread, it would seem that the ‘pubs will have orchestrated some surprise Dem victories in Nov. How ironic. In fighting against the conservative base, they lose to the statist left. Jerks!

freedomfirst on June 26, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Ok…….whats a Diablo?

BobMbx on June 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Democrat
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Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM

2) Supreme Court & other judicial nominations. There is a fair chance of Obama getting to nominate 1 to 2 more Supreme Court justices. Do you want their confirmation vote to be by a Democrat majority Senate?

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

How many judges appointed by the Bushes, Ford and even Reagan have turned out to be major disappointments? Stevens, O’Connor, Kennedy, Souter Roberts and many more at lower levels. So many times when a judge makes an unbelievably bad decision, I Google him/her only to discover he/she was a Republican appointee.

The last time the Democrats made an appointment that didn’t work out for them, it was 1961 – Whizzer White.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

freedomfirst on June 26, 2014 at 3:26 PM

The GOP Leadership and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which controls the GOP Leadership, loathes conservatives far more than liberals.

Remember, the main thing the Chamber of Commerce wants is corporate welfare. Welfare, at any level, is not a conservative value.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Democrat
In
All
But
Label
Only

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Steyn apparently coined it.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

From now to 1/3/2017, any judicial nomination is going to be made by Barack Obama, so you can count on it being a far-left progressive.

But do you want a Harry Reid Senate to rubber stamp those nominees, or a McConnell-led Senate which might (might) have enough Republicans opposing the nomination to force a more moderate pick by Obama?

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

The Tea Party actually made the GOP delegation in DC more ethnic, with people like Cruz, West, Tim Scott and many others winning over whites. We’ve also supported people like Mia Love and Katrina Pierson over white Dems and Repubs.

It’s an outrage to be smeared as racist by anyone, especially by our own old white guys.

I would do almost any legal thing to get a GOP takeover of the senate, so the fact that I’m angry enough about this to be against Cochran is evidence that they have really stepped in it.

juliesa on June 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2014 at 3:39 PM

But do you want a Harry Reid Senate to rubber stamp those nominees, or a McConnell-led Senate which might (might) have enough Republicans opposing the nomination to force a more moderate pick by Obama?

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Point of order – did a Republican Senate between 1995 and 2001 actually force Bill Clinton to moderate his judicial selections?

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Calling 155,000 Mississippi Republicans racist for the desire to oppose this President might give Dems a shot in MS they didn’t have before.

MWC_RS on June 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

May I ask a simple question to the HotAir brass and commenters alike?

The republicans currently have full and complete control of the House. And with that ENOURMOUS power, they have done nothing to stem the tidal wave of cesspool overflow crashing at our feet. Time and time and time again, the repubes have sold out, stabbed in the back and generally thrown in with the most vile elements of the putrid left.

Should we once again work to provide them the Senate on a silver platter as we did the house, will it really matter? Does anyone actually believe the spineless repubes have been holding back until they get the senate?

The two “leaders” of the repubes have made it crystal clear that they are far to cowardly and corrupt to lift one damn finger to save our collapsing country. They are all more than happy to watch silently as our futures disappear. Will giving these creeps another chamber make any difference? I say no.

With that said, I have decided to vote for all Demoncrats to help get rid of the parasites infecting the right.

acetylene420 on June 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

yeah I get it ITguy. I also get that John Cornyn deliberately lied to us on more than one occasion. Openly, proudly and against this nation’s interest. I get that Cochran is being propped up so one of the Barbours can get appointed to that seat. I get that when we gave control of the house to the GOP they allowed one of the most pathetically weak members to be their leader.

I no longer know what the GOP stands for but I have watched them stand polar opposite of what they used to stand for when I was more enthused. I am warming up to the idea of letting this place burn down and getting to what waits on the other side. I’m not getting any younger and continuing this slow slide is not in my interest.

I’m basically down to two issues. Fiscal responsibility and sovereignty. The GOP has abandoned both.

DanMan on June 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Even if Chris McDaniel won the runoff this week, the odds of Mississippi electing a Democrat to the US Senate were somewhere between Powerball and space-alien invasion.

When I read that and LOL’d, I had to double-check to see if this was Ed or Allahpundit. Bravo, sir.

LiberalWasteland on June 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

But do you want a Harry Reid Senate to rubber stamp those nominees, or a McConnell-led Senate which might (might) have enough Republicans opposing the nomination to force a more moderate pick by Obama?
ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

They only need 51 remember? What difference, at this point, does it make?

acetylene420 on June 26, 2014 at 3:55 PM

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Yes Sir. Who knows what could happen in the SC over the next few years, we lose one more and its over.
And I would much prefer having those conservatives that are in the Senate playing from a position of power.
I’m about as conservative as it gets, but let’s not cut off our nose here…

JusDreamin on June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

2) Supreme Court & other judicial nominations. There is a fair chance of Obama getting to nominate 1 to 2 more Supreme Court justices. Do you want their confirmation vote to be by a Democrat majority Senate?

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Your first point may be the case, but this one is a wash.

When has the GOP ever blocked a Dem nominee? They would need complete agreement to do so and the RINOs aren’t ever going to vote against Obama’s choice.

makattak on June 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

(nominee to the Supreme Court, that is.)

makattak on June 26, 2014 at 3:58 PM

What difference does it make if the Republicans win the senate. They are the same as the Democrats. A bunch of them will stop pretending to be Repubs and turn Dem so they still have the advantage.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

But do you want a Harry Reid Senate to rubber stamp those nominees, or a McConnell-led Senate which might (might) have enough Republicans opposing the nomination to force a more moderate pick by Obama?

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

The following GOP senators voted to confirm Eric Holder as Attorney General: Alexander, Bennett, Bond, Chambliss, Collins, Corker, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Isakson, Kyl, Llugar, McCain, Murkowski, Sessions, Snowe and Specter.

Eric Holder was hardly an unknown quantity.

Some are gone, but do you see Kirk or Flake voting any differently?

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

What difference does it make if the Republicans win the senate. They are the same as the Democrats. A bunch of them will stop pretending to be Repubs and turn Dem so they still have the advantage.

crankyoldlady on June 26, 2014 at 4:06 PM

The majority of Republicans will do whatever the Chamber of Commerce and Sheldon Adelson want them to do.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Yes Sir. Who knows what could happen in the SC over the next few years, we lose one more and its over.
And I would much prefer having those conservatives that are in the Senate playing from a position of power.
I’m about as conservative as it gets, but let’s not cut off our nose here…

JusDreamin on June 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Yes, John Roberts has really been a tremendous asset for us.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Yes, John Roberts has really been a tremendous asset for us.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 4:15 PM

A disaster, yes. But the reality is it could get worse. Much worse.

JusDreamin on June 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Can folks in Mississippi vote for Chris McDaniel as a write in candidate in November? If yes then why in the he// would you vote fir the Dem as a protest? If enough angry conservatives voted McDaniel then maybe he would win over Cockroach and whatever Dem got nominated. I’d rather protest that way then give the Dem the vote.

neyney on June 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

neyney on June 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

McDaniel was on Mark Levin’s Program last night. The only way write-ins are permitted in Mississippi are if the candidate is unavailable (e.g. Cochran croaks, which isn’t beyond the realm of possibility). He could run third party, however.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Why should the Dems panic? They just received an untold number of undocumented voters.

zoyclem on June 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Funny that the Democrats and some on the right want the same guys nominated.

cimbri on June 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Well Mississippi just went from strong republican to leans republican.

Pretty sure that the democrat lite party will screw the pooch just because they are that stupid. Romney killed in the independents but lost because of the elite in the gop pissing on their base. The donks piss on the independents but cater to the moonbats and win.

jukin3 on June 26, 2014 at 4:38 PM

…what are Dems worried about?…they have McSenile…CockRan…Hatch…Lindsey…BoneHead and countless other liberals…things will go as normal.

JugEarsButtHurt on June 26, 2014 at 4:49 PM

This is 100 percent Karl Rove BullSh*t he’s putting out on Twitter. You have to be kidding me. The RNC put at a minimum tens of thousands of their grass roots in fake showers and turned the gas on this past Tuesday, and the DEMOCRATS are now worried?!

Marcus on June 26, 2014 at 2:46 PM

And you are not the only one who takes that kind of personally.

VorDaj on June 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

The majority of Republicans will do whatever the Chamber of Commerce and Sheldon Adelson want them to do.

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

And they now have them trained, and paid, so well they don’t even have to issue a command for them to perform.

VorDaj on June 26, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Beck fired a rifle out of anger due to Tuesday’s election results. What do you call that?

antisense on June 26, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The GOPe will do everything in their power to screw this up.

Bmore on June 26, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Here in Kansas they used to pay a bounty, fixed price per ear, for varmint control. It cut the population a bit.

Dunno what made me think of that just now.

Demonized on June 26, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Point of order – did a Republican Senate between 1995 and 2001 actually force Bill Clinton to moderate his judicial selections?

Steve Eggleston on June 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Back then, Republicans voted to confirm based on qualifications, not ideology.

But after Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both voted against both Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, based not on a lack of qualifications but rather on pure partisan resistance to their perceived ideology, it is time for Republicans to play by the same rules as Obama and Clinton.

(I know, I know, McConnell is more likely to “play nice” and vote in favor of qualified but far-left Obama judicial nominations, and would also likely give Democrats back the ability to filibuster a future Republican President’s judicial nominees, even after Harry Reid went “nuclear” on the filibuster in this session of Congress.)

“Mr. Transparency” Barack Obama,as a Senator, said:

Let me also say that I remain distressed that the White House during this confirmation process, which overall went smoothly, failed to provide critical documents as part of the record that could have provided us with a better basis to make our judgment with respect to the nomination. This White House continues to stymie efforts on the part of the Senate to do its job.

-Remarks of Senator Barack Obama on the Confirmation of Judge John Roberts

Mr. pResident Obama, you have failed to provide critical documents as part of the record that could have provided us with a better basis to make our judgment with respect to high crimes perpetrated by your White House and the IRS.

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 5:57 PM

The following GOP senators voted to confirm Eric Holder as Attorney General: Alexander, Bennett, Bond, Chambliss, Collins, Corker, Graham, Grassley, Hatch, Isakson, Kyl, Llugar, McCain, Murkowski, Sessions, Snowe and Specter.

Eric Holder was hardly an unknown quantity.

Some are gone, but do you see Kirk or Flake voting any differently?

bw222 on June 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM

You make an excellent point. Nomination confirmations may very well be a lost cause in the full Senate, but if Republicans have the majority, it’s possible that conservatives could control the Judiciary committee and who makes it out of that committee.

ITguy on June 26, 2014 at 6:04 PM

I don’t consider the TEA movement losing as cause for cheer. If the Pubs do win this way, it will be for the wrong reason.

paul1149 on June 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Heard anything lately from Boner about repealing Ocare? Me, neither. Guess it’s past the 2 year old expiration date.

Kissmygrits on June 26, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Well, given the hype from the GOPe and the ‘conservative’ blogosphere and media, regarding how big 2012 was going to be, I’ll wait and see…especially after the antics in Ms.

avgjo on June 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

I’m always late to the party but want to report on my little county on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (I know – who cares about The Peoples Republic of Maryland – LOL). We had our primary Tuesday and turnout was about 2-1/2 to 1 R/D – and there are about 150 more D’s than R’s registered. Of course only 20% of the electorate turned out, but still, you can see where the LACK of enthusiasm resides.

Turn MD Red on June 26, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Many of you seem to be forgetting that whoever wins these Senate races will be in the Senate for more than 2 years — some of them lot more. There will be Republican presidents affected by this.

Pythagoras on June 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Update: What a difference a missing word makes. I’ve fixed the headline by adding “on” where it belongs.

Please fix this sentence as well, Ed:

So are two of the are seats that moved up into the top 10 in likelihood of flipping since their last analysis (Iowa and Colorado).

You do a great job of pumping out a lot of clever writing every day.
We’ll give you a pass on this one. :)

itsnotaboutme on June 27, 2014 at 2:32 AM

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