Pay attention to New Hampshire

In the 2000 Presidential election, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in New Hampshire by a fraction of the Nader vote. New Hampshire's four electoral votes would have put Gore over the top. In just 15 months, N.H. the only swing state left in the northeast -- will hold its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. While the Senate and Congressional races here lack the fire of other states (none of the candidates here has run ads to deny being a witch, nor has anyone suggested that supporters might take up arms should they lose the election), what happens here matters.


Wyoming will remain steadfastly Republican

Wyoming has few peers as a “red” state.  Republicans have carried the state in eleven consecutive presidential elections.  Wyoming’s two U.S. Senators and lone U.S. Representative have been Republicans since the 1978 election.  A September Rasmussen Reports poll showed Republicans holding roughly a two-to-one advantage over Democrats in party identification, two-thirds of the populace disapproving of Barack Obama’s performance as president, and a quarter of the electorate identifying with the Tea Party movement—all numbers above national figures. Against this backdrop, it is not surprising that Republicans are favored in this year’s elections.


For Latino and immigrant voters, it's not too late (Rep. Luis Gutierrez)

Last Wednesday, the front-page of the New York Times (and news reports all over the country) blared that there is a mass of Latino registered voters who are not particularly motivated to vote this year. The story was based on a Pew Hispanic Center poll and I have spent a good part of the last few days debating with fellow Democrats (who, like me, want to see our Party win this November) the meaning of the poll's findings.


The Big Question: Can Dems win by running away from Obama?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest questions burning up the blogosphere today.

Today's question:

Can Democrats like West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin survive by distancing themselves from Obama?


My vote is not for sale (Rep. Alan Grayson)

(A) "Conservative outside groups" have now spent more than $9 million "slamming vulnerable House Democrats," and (B) the total against me will reach "at least $1.7 million by the end of next week."

Think about that. I am only one member of the U.S. House of Representatives, out of 435. I represent one-quarter of one percent of America. And yet roughly TWENTY PERCENT of spending in the entire country by these shadowy right-wing groups has been spent to


Is Jim DeMint’s hate speech about teachers a teachable moment?

There’s a daily ritual in George Orwell’s book 1984 called the “Two Minutes' Hate,” in which citizens are whipped into a violent frenzy against those who are too different, or too democratic. I was reminded of this scene when I heard what Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) told a church rally recently about who should be barred from teaching in public schools.


Vetting of the president: What political buzzwords tell us about the vote

Recently, the Global Language Monitor (GLM) announced the “Top Buzzwords of the Midterm Election”. GLM found that the buzzwords portrayed a strongly negative narrative that has increasingly entangled the president and his party.

The top ten buzzwords included “narrative”, “lower taxes”, “Obama as a Muslim”, “conservative”, “climate change”, “liberal”, “recession (linked to Obama)”, “Hillary Clinton (related to Obama)”, “Tea Partiers”, and “Obama as aloof, detached, or professorial”. In the interim, GLM has found that “Obama as a smoker” will break into the top ten when the list is updated two weeks hence.


The Big Question: What does The Hill/ANGA poll mean?

Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today.

Today's question:

What does The Hill and ANGA poll mean for control of the House?

See the poll here.


Letter to Congress: change in rhetoric important for upcoming election

Dear Candidate for Congress:

We are all former Members of Congress - and all partisans. We do not recoil from the term, or from the concept of partisanship.

Although political parties were not mentioned in the Constitution or considered directly by the Framers, they have been a core part of American democracy from the beginning and are central to every democracy. Parties are the way we organize to debate our differences; the way we organize Congress to do its work; the way we organize to offer citizens choices in elections. They pave the way for the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.


There is still more work to do with Vietnam (Rep. Jeff Fortenberry)

Last week, the U.S. government highlighted the compilation by State Department historians of a comprehensive record of U.S. Southeast Asia policy from 1946-1975, including policy related to our long and complex relationship with Vietnam.  As Secretary of State Clinton noted in her address to an assembly of distinguished diplomats and scholars, “the lessons of that era continue to inform the decisions we make.”