Nia-Malika Henderson: President Obama, desperate to get out the black vote, has revived the folk hero that is Cousin Pookie once again.
Berry Craig: McConnell is an old-time Social Darwinist who thinks employers ought to have the right to run their businesses pretty much as they see fit, and if workers don’t like it they can quit and get a job somewhere else.
Berry Craig: The election will boil down to turnout. Team Switch is confident they have built a mega-horsepower statewide grassroots, get-out-the-vote organization that’s hitting on all eight cylinders.
Tom Degan: Could it be that “the party of Franklin D. Roosevelt” can’t come up with anything better than Hillary? Have they lost their imaginations? Or have they lost their minds?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Berry Craig: Team Mitch and the Republican Party of Kentucky laugh behind organized labor’s back every time there’s an election. Why? They always expect to sucker some union members into voting Republican.
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.
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.