Judging the Judges November 2014

Judging the Judges

Sharon Kyle: The California 2014 General Election has 14 candidates running unopposed for various judicial offices. As these are not competitive races, the only way any of these candidates could be defeated is if by some miracle someone were to get enough voters to write-in the opposing candidate’s name and office.

How Mitch Got Rich

How Mitch McConnell Got Rich

Berry Craig: So arise and get peppy. But it’s easier work just talking about self-reliance while living it up on an inherited fortune.

A Swift Boat Load of Lies

Deceptive Campaign Ads

Walter Brasch: With three weeks left before the biennial midterm elections, Americans can expect to continue to be carpet-bombed by print and electronic advertising, much of it deceptive or outright lies, all of it protected by the First Amendment.

‘Mad Mitch’

McConnell Blows Lead

Berry Craig: It’s like we’re in the fourth quarter of a smash-mouth, slobber-knocking grid grudge match. Alison Lundergan Grimes has quarterbacked her underdog eleven to a slim lead over powerhouse Team Mitch.

Bluegrass State Barn Builder

Grimes Beating Mitch

Berry Craig: Bluegrass State union volunteers are phone banking, wearing out shoe leather canvassing neighborhoods, passing out fliers and doing all else they can to help Grimes “send Mitch McConnell back to Alabama,” his native state, as she likes to put it.

Senate Shaping Up 50-50

Who Controls Senate

Brent Budowsky: Republican hatred of Obama does not a Senate majority make. Right-wing anger, vindictiveness, dog whistles and derision do not create one job, make life better for one woman or make one American town safer.

Can Bubba Save Dems?

Bill Clinton Campaigning

Brent Budowsky: In contrast with unpopular politicians and a dysfunctional Congress, Clinton offers the living legacy of a presidency that was highly successful and is fondly remembered.

Obama’s Immigration Calculation Hurts Colorado Dems

Colorado Latino Democrats

Mario Solis-Marich: As the “in the Beltway” crowd speculates about how practical and politically necessary it was for Obama to have delayed the immigration action, the political boots on the ground in Colorado may be experiencing a different reality.

Mitch the Cynic

Cynical Mitch McConnell

Berry Craig: Whatever their shortcomings, Cooper and Barkley were earnest servants of all Kentuckians, not just the well-heeled and well-connected folks whose dollars McConnell happily takes and whose bidding he gladly does.

Michelle: Democratic Base Whisperer

Michelle Obama Campaigning

Nia-Malika Henderson: Michelle Obama’s biggest attraction and biggest strength is that she is essentially the keeper of the Obama 2008 flame for the Democratic base; she even begins some of her speeches with the “fired up” line from 2008.

McConnell’s Neo-Know-Nothings

Mitch McConnell Race Baiting

Berry Craig: The Know-Nothings are long gone. But their bigotry thumps in the chests of white Kentuckians of the send-’em-all-back-to-Mexico persuasion. Accordingly, Team Mitch and its buddies have shined up the dog whistle.

Did GOP Peak Too Soon?

GOP Overconfidence

Brent Budowsky: The chorus of predictions of GOP victory have led swing voters to more carefully consider how to vote and Democratic base voters to more urgently consider whether to vote.

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