Some interesting calculations are being made at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Republican-oriented business group is launching TV ads in U.S. Senate races in four states, and targeting 17 House contests across the country. According to the Associated Press, the multi-million dollar buy hits Democratic incumbents over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and the administration’s energy policies.
The only Democrat getting a boost from the chamber is U.S. Rep. John Barrow, now of Augusta:
Speaking of the endangered political center, after his defeat last night, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., issued two statements. One was a dab of pablum that thanked Indiana voters, etc. The other amounted to an indictment of a polarized political process. From the Evansville, Ind., Courier Press:
The truth is that the headwinds in this race were abundantly apparent long before Richard Mourdock announced his candidacy. One does not highlight such headwinds publically when one is waging a campaign. But I knew that I would face an extremely strong anti-incumbent mood following a recession. I knew that my work with then-Senator Barack Obama would be used against me, even if our relationship were overhyped. I also knew from the races in 2010 that I was a likely target of Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and other Super Pacs dedicated to defeating at least one Republican as a purification exercise to enhance their influence over other Republican legislators.
We undertook this campaign soberly and we worked very hard in 2010, 2011, and 2012 to overcome these challenges. There never was a moment when my campaign took anything for granted. This is why we put so much effort into our get out the vote operations.
Ultimately, the re-election of an incumbent to Congress usually comes down to whether voters agree with the positions the incumbent has taken. I knew that I had cast recent votes that would be unpopular with some Republicans and that would be targeted by outside groups.
These included my votes for the TARP program, for government support of the auto industry, for the START Treaty, and for the confirmations of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan. I also advanced several propositions that were considered heretical by some, including the thought that Congressional earmarks saved no money and turned spending power over to unelected bureaucrats and that the country should explore options for immigration reform.
It was apparent that these positions would be attacked in a Republican primary. But I believe that they were the right votes for the country, and I stand by them without regrets, as I have throughout the campaign….
If Mr. [Richard] Mourdock is elected, I want him to be a good Senator. But that will require him to revise his stated goal of bringing more partisanship to Washington. He and I share many positions, but his embrace of an unrelenting partisan mindset is irreconcilable with my philosophy of governance and my experience of what brings results for Hoosiers in the Senate. In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party. His answer to the inevitable roadblocks he will encounter in Congress is merely to campaign for more Republicans who embrace the same partisan outlook. He has pledged his support to groups whose prime mission is to cleanse the Republican party of those who stray from orthodoxy as they see it.
This is not conducive to problem solving and governance. And he will find that unless he modifies his approach, he will achieve little as a legislator. Worse, he will help delay solutions that are totally beyond the capacity of partisan majorities to achieve. The most consequential of these is stabilizing and reversing the Federal debt in an era when millions of baby boomers are retiring. There is little likelihood that either party will be able to impose their favored budget solutions on the other without some degree of compromise.
On NBC’s “Tonight Show,” former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained why he placed his endorsement of Mitt Romney, his party’s presumptive nominee, in the 13th paragraph of a note to supporters:
Former GOP presidential candidate and congresswoman Michele Bachmann is now a citizen of Switzerland, the Associated Press reports:
Bachmann’s spokeswoman Becky Rogness says the congresswoman has been eligible for dual citizenship since she married her husband of Swiss descent in 1978. Rogness [said] that some of the couple’s children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual citizenship, so they went through the process as a family.
Global Atlanta reports that Gov. Nathan Deal will be stepping out for some Turkish food over Memorial Day weekend.
The governor will lead a delegation that includes many state government heavyweights: Secretary of State Brian Kemp; Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black; Hank Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia; Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development; and Curtis Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. Trip dates are May 25 through June 2.
The Atlanta Tea Party and PeachPundit this week announced the creation of a non-scientific straw poll on the one-cent sales tax for transportation. Given the sponsorship, you might have anticipated something different – but so far, 52.73 percent of the votes have been in support of the measure.
The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at the link drawn by the Georgia Family Council between crime and casinos.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider