Time to hang up the teabags?

Sarah Palin couldn't deliver New York's 23rd district for Republicans with her endorsement of Conservative third-party candidate Doug Hoffman, but candidates across the country are still scared of the power of Palin, Tea Parties and the Club for Growth combined.

The morning after Hoffman went down and a Democrat was elected in NY-23 for the first time since 1870, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) got to work soliciting an endorsement from Palin for his campaign to win President Barack Obama's old Senate seat next year.


Election results indicate seething discontent with Obama's policies

The GOP’s sweep of gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey yesterday sent clear signs of fermenting discontent with the Obama administration.

In New Jersey, the Republicans recaptured a seat that has been Democratic for over a decade. The GOP sweep of statewide races in Virginia represented a sharp departure from a year ago when the state voted for a Democratic president for the first time since 1964.


The alternative now looks a lot more attractive

One question that all the reporters are asking: What long-term impact will this election have?

Does it mean that President Barack Obama will be one-termer? Does it mean that the Republicans will storm back into the majority next year?

Will it keep the globe from getting warmer (or cooler)?

OK, that last one was a joke, but this election can’t be very funny for the Blue Dog Democrats.


Revenge of the middle class

The elections today should send a simple message to the Obama administration and congressional Democrats: You lost the middle class, and you won’t get them back until you fundamentally change your legislative agenda.

During last year’s campaign, President Barack Obama consistently stressed how his policies were going to help the middle class. He talked about his middle-class tax cut. He promised that any new spending would be paid by the rich. He attacked his opponent, John McCain, continuously for his plan to raise taxes on the middle class. He promised change the middle class could believe in.


Elections: Pulling Dems’ HC plug?

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard and Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis consider what the future will hold for the Democratic agenda on Capitol Hill and in the White House after the 2009 elections if the majority party starts slipping in numbers.


What Election Day 2009 means

Forget the Democrats for a moment. Today presents an important litmus test for the Republicans.

Several major cities are electing mayors, two states are electing governors, and special elections are being conducted in Northern California and upstate New York. Yes, some voters will be traveling to the polls today as a mini-referendum on the current Obama administration. But not many.


Election Day 2009: Less than meets the eye

Election Day 2009. One year after Barack Obama was elected president, and everybody’s going to be watching three elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — in New York, New Jersey and Virginia — to see what it means for Obama’s political power.

Which is, let’s face it, way, way overblown. There is a lot less happening in those three contests than meets the eye. And a lot less than pundits would have you believe.


Dede proved her GOP critics correct

Republican candidate in NY-23 Dede Scozzafava's had it rough, to be sure, and it comes as no surprise she has dropped out of the race after so many high-profile Republicans endorsed the Conservative Party candidate, Doug Hoffman. Many Republicans who do, in fact, embrace the big-tent structure the GOP needs to succeed, simply could not embrace Scozzafava. She sides with Democrats on literally all of the major issues, to the point of making folks wonder just why she bothers with an R after her name. As big as the tent may be, Scozzafava barely had even a toe in it. 


GOP rout looming

Looks like the Democrats are facing a tough night tomorrow; they could lose both gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia and the special election in New York's 23rd district. While they will be able to credibly explain away each loss, those explanations will drown in the big story of a GOP rout and the foreboding the Democratic Party should feel about next year's midterm elections.


Sarah Palin and Rick Perry should bring a Conservative Party challenge in 2012

Whatever happens tomorrow in the NY-23 race will be anticlimactic. Now that Dede Scozzafava, the Republican candidate, has dropped out, there has already been a clear and historic victory for the Conservative Party.

The Republican Party is now a third party in NY-23. The Conservative Party of New York was formed in 1962, but is the focus now of national interest. And it cannot be denied that Sarah Palin was the first major national political figure to cross the river to NY-23. The new energy heading to NY-23 is formed out of the Tea Party and Town Hall movements. We can possibly see now the fledgling beginning of a third major party in America, the Conservative Party.