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Midterms: It all comes down to oil

A.B. Stoddard answers viewer questions on whether the GOP will suffer in the midterms because of their support of deregulation of the oil industry following the Gulf oil spill.

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Fearless: The return of initiative and excellence

Possibly the pictures are making a difference: Carly Fiorina, Nikki Haley, Meg Whitman. There is something about these women. Energy; positive, rising ambition. Their kung fu is strong. They have a different aura than Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. They are cheerful and like Taylor Swift they are, as Haley has proven herself to be these last weeks, fearless.

Fiorina and Whitman carry a “true West” aspect. They speak to initiative, enterprise and self-reliance, while Pelosi and Boxer are transplants from the East and carry its burden. They only moved West for the view, but they brought the political cultures of Brooklyn and South Boston and Fishtown with them.

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GOP women shaking up elections

A.B. Stoddard discusses with John Feehery and Chris Kofinis what the outcome of Tuesday's primaries mean for the GOP and the elections in November.

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Harry Reid, Sharron Angle and the end of the Tea Party myth

Will voters favor a candidate who supports saunas and massages for criminals, opposes Social Security and Medicare for seniors and fights against jobless benefits and jobs programs for workers? Don’t bet on it, in Nevada or any other state. Mark the Nevada Senate campaign as leaning blue. The fad of the polyester populists of the right, who will vote like bank lobbyists in Congress, will soon come to an end.

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A sea change: Nikki Haley’s opposition to concede

South Carolina’s Nikki Haley, a Tea Party favorite, held a double-digit lead over four contenders taking 49 percent of the vote. But Republican Party officials, including Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol, said they expected significant pressure on her leading opponent, Rep. Gresham Barrett, to drop out of the race.

As Charlie Speight of The Garnet Spy, a conservative blog in South Carolina, reports: “Kristol’s point, and, presumably that of his Republican sources, is that the Haley vote total (205,000+: 49 percent) in the primary was more than double that of Barrett (91,000+: 22 percent). Further, Haley carried 42 of 46 counties — the remaining four going to Barrett, all of them in his current congressional district. Neither Attorney General Henry McMaster nor Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer carried any counties. That means neither of them can help Barrett in a runoff. His only hope would be that more than half of Haley’s voters would stay home and all of his, plus some would stay with him. Not gonna happen.”

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Sex in South Carolina: A non-performing issue

Who could have ever imagined this happening in the old puckered-up Dixie, where even the mildest swear word would bring pursed lips and warnings about Judgment Day?

And who in a thousand years — actually, make that 145 years, since the end of the Civil War — who could have imagined that South Carolina, which still holds fond memories of a plantation life, would be on the verge of making the GOP nominee a woman who isn't lily-white?

Rep. Nikki Haley is of Indian descent; in fact, an opponent called her a "raghead.” It used to be, nobody would have even noticed such racist comments. Now they have caused an uproar, and mainly oozed all over the idiot who used the word. Call that progress.

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The Negotiator, Bill Clinton

President Clinton's involvement alone tells anyone with a pulse the White House was trying to move Mr. Sestak off a very nice perch. 

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Campaign fiction

A.B. Stoddard talks about politicians embellishing their military resumes in campaign races, and looks at what Democrats and Republicans will have to do to win votes in future midterm and presidential elections.

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Will Matt Drudge report about the Comeback Kid, Harry Reid?

Look who's coming on strong in the Nevada Senate campaign: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) has virtually caught up with Republican Sue Lowden in the latest Mason-Dixon poll, and he has pulled ahead of Sharron Angle, the Tea Party candidate in the race.

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