Campaign

Sarah Palin and Andrew Jackson

Last night, I was happy to be interviewed on the Lee Davis Show about my essay on Sarah Palin earlier this week and several points are worth repeating. The first is that Sarah Palin is an archetypal figure who challenges the existing establishment.

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Sharron Angle, Rand Paul and Harry Reid in a landslide

Big news: The new poll from the Las Vegas Review Journal shows Harry Reid ahead of Sharron Angle 44-37. Mark the Nevada Senate race as leaning Reid, no longer a toss-up, and my guess is that Reid wins in a landslide. Here's why:

Let’s compare Rand Paul to Sharron Angle. The Kentucky race may be showing signs of tightening between Paul and his opponent Jack Conway, but Kentucky clearly leans to Paul.

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Political seismic shift for women

Upon reflection, it should not be surprising that women’s political views may be shifting to the right and converging with men’s views. Women are at least as well-educated, have the same opportunities in the workplace and are responsible for creating a significant portion of America’s income and wealth. They also participate in increasing numbers in the political leadership of the country.

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Sharron Angle, Karl Rove's candidate, is no Ron Paul

Honorable Tea Party voters might ask why Karl Rove has thrown his corrupt, Bush-style politics behind the Sharron Angle campaign for Nevada senator. Honorable Tea Party voters might also ask why Angle comes to Washington, in virtual secrecy, hidden from Nevada voters, to meet with old-style Bush-friendly Republican insiders to study the tricks of the dirty political trade.

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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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