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.


Dark day for Dems in Virginia?

The spin has started. The Democratic pundits and Democratic strategists have begun their march to sophistry with this: Whatever happens in the 2009 elections is really not important.

This is baloney, and even worse, it is very dangerous baloney, because delusion is never a good political strategy, and deception is never a good communications tactic.

If Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia, loses by a significant margin, it should send Democrats to an ice-cold shower.


2009 election — The Republican Party’s ‘lose, lose, lose’ scenario

With just days to the 2009 election, we can prepare for ourselves an avalanche of media reports, blog posts, tweets, e-mails (OK, you get the idea) of what the results in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races mean for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.

Truth to be told, it won’t mean much no matter what happens. Why, you say? First, with about a year to the 2010 midterm elections and three years to the presidential elections, the results of what happens in Virginia (McDonnell will win, unfortunately), and New Jersey (Corzine will win, fortunately) will be long forgotten. Second, as much as people want to make state races in an off-year about the incumbent president’s popularity or lack thereof, they really come down to state issues (not national ones), and how candidates and campaigns ran against each other. That being said, nothing will stop the avalanche of stories and comments by the political intelligentsia, who will try to extract national meaning from two state races that at best can be described as traditionally blue (New Jersey) and purple (Virginia).


VA candidate Q-and-A: Part III

In highly contested elections, candidates are rarely asked questions that pertain to their personal lives, as their political agendas command all the attention. It is in this regard that Kathy Kemper stands apart. Kemper not only gets answers to the most pertinent of issues, but also explores the candidates’ tastes and preferences. This is Part III of a series.

Q: What do you do to relax? How do you stay fit? What are you most proud of? What book are you reading now? What is your favorite sport to watch on TV? What is on your Ipod these days?

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D): I enjoy spending time with my family—especially outdoors.

As a baseball fan, I was excited to hear that they’re bringing minor league baseball back to Richmond. I think that’s a great thing for the community and for everybody in Richmond who loves baseball. I look forward to getting out to cheer on the home team next year.


Third-party candidates and the GOP

The Hill's A.B. Stoddard answers a viewer question about congressional term limits and looks at how Tea Party Republicans and other third-party candidates may help Democrats in several upcoming elections.


Taking the Heat

It is easy for Democrats with healthy majorities in both houses of Congress and a president riding high in public approval to laugh at the site of the former president's brother, the House minority whip and a defeated presidential candidate sitting on stools at a pizza parlor in a Virginia suburb of Washington, trying to start a comeback for the GOP. Though the National Council for a New America hasn't exactly come up with any new policy proposals, I applaud Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) for acknowledging that when you find yourself in a hole the first thing you must do is stop digging.