Tag: senate

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to a Washington Post report suggesting the 2018 Senate map gives the Republicans a chance to hold a 60-seat majority.  They also shudder as German authorities confirm they’re looking for a Tunisian asylum seeker as the one responsible for the Berlin terrorist attack.  And they scratch their heads over the reasons some Democrats are giving for opposing Keith Ellison as the next DNC chairman, instead of the really glaring reasons he would be a terrible choice.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America correct the record on Tuesday’s faithless elector story and how the new information makes his actions far worse.  In today’s martinis, they react to a Time magazine piece suggesting people stop paying taxes if a president is ever elected again without winning the popular vote.  They also debunk the liberal fantasy that Democrats can somehow confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court before the senators elected last month get sworn in on Jan. 3.  And they slam Pres. Obama for his incredibly misleading statement about terrorism on U.S. soil during his administration.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America prepare for Thanksgiving by each listing three things they’re politically thankful for this year.

We were wrong.  Very wrong.  Greg Corombos of Radio America and Ian Tuttle of National Review discuss Donald Trump’s convincing win in the 2016 presidential election and why he won.  We also discuss Republicans defying the odds to keep majorities in the House and Senate.  And they observe how liberals in the media came to grips with Tuesday’s surprising results.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America offer their predictions for Election Day 2016.  Jim and Greg state their final electoral college results and go over each of the key swing states.  They also predict the final balance in the U.S. Senate come January and go through each of those key races.  And they discuss what the numbers in the U.S House of Representatives will look like.

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First, to get it out of the way: yes, McMullin has the potential to play spoiler for Trump. It’s absolutely possible he will cost Trump the plurality in an otherwise solidly red state, leading to some own-goal electoral votes going to Clinton and handing her the election. I really don’t care that much if this […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate at least one prominent Democrat facing justice as former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sentenced to jail.  They also wince as the Cook Political Report predicts Democrats will win back the U.S. Senate.  And we unload on a new PSA showing schoolkids berating a classmate because his dad didn’t vote.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see Pat Toomey and Marco Rubio in stronger positions in their key Senate races.  They also shred Pres. Obama’s patently dishonest speech calling Obamacare a great success, proposing more government involvement, and demonizing Republicans.  And they groan as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump can’t even do humor well at the Al Smith dinner.

This week on OppCast, host John Hart talks in-studio with senior OpportunityLives writer Izzy Ortega, breaking down everything from the upcoming VP debate, to the reason why the best way to make something expensive is for Washington to make it “free.” Later we continue last week’s conversation with anti-violence leaders Antong Lucky and Omar Jahwar.

For the second episode of OppCast, we break down the importance and the likely outcomes of some of the most crucial Senate races in the country.  Later we bring you the first part of our conversation with Antong Lucky and Pastor Omar Jahwar, two urban specialists fighting gang violence and poverty on the ground in Dallas, Texas.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America marvel at the 17-point lead Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is amassing in his re-election bid.  They also shake their heads as Donald Trump promises a medical report on Dr. Oz and then abruptly changes course.  And they react to Colin Powell’s hacked emails that include frustration he was denied a speech at a university because of the criticism the school received for paying Hillary Clinton a huge sum.

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We have 34 senate races this year. 11 are rated by various people as competitive. 10 of those are currently held by the GOP. There is only 1 current democratic-held seat that is competitive — Nevada. The current senate makeup is 54 GOP to 46 DEM (including the two independents that caucus with the democrats). […]

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Donald Trump doesn’t care about selecting conservative nominees to the Supreme Court. That’s right the one argument that gets posited in favor of Donald Trump for conservatives is false. Ben Shapiro, the editor of the Daily Wire typed up a very comprehensive and accurate article of why Donald Trump will not select conservative nominees for the […]

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Sure, you have all been watching the presidential campaign like no one’s business because unlike the rest of Americans, we Ricochetti eat this stuff for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and maybe for a midnight snack followed by a shot of Scotch. Of course, there’s other races going on, and as anyone notes, the Senate and […]

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Based on what I’ve seen him accomplish, and this: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/139541975641/the-trump-master-persuader-index-and-reading-list and this: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/143431313681/the-unfavorability-illusion I assume Trump will win in a landslide. For the moment, if you doubt that please put aside your skepticism and let’s look at the consequences for the Republican Party, especially in the House of Rep. and the Senate. Preview Open

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1280px-Sleeping_asian_elephantLast week, Mona Charen published a post on Ricochet, defending the Republican establishment. She began by observing that “The Republican Party is choosing an odd time to commit suicide,” and she rightly drew attention to the fact that “in the Obama era the Democrats lost 13 US Senate seats, 69 House seats, 910 legislative seats, 11 governorships, and 30 legislative chambers.” The only thing that “stood between Republicans and real reform at the federal level was the White House,” she observed, “and the Democrats were sleepwalking toward nominating the least popular major player in American politics.” Then, she rightly noted that the Republicans had “managed to find someone who is even less acceptable,” and she added a few choice words about Donald Trump – all of them, alas, plausible, but (and this may turn out to be important down the road) not all of them, as they pertain to the future, certain.

For the most part, I share Mona’s misgivings. I have followed Donald Trump in the tabloids for decades, and I am no admirer of the man. But I think her analysis of the situation that catapulted him into prominence unsound. Here is what she had to say:

And what sin has brought down this despoiler upon the Republican Party? Why are so many self-styled conservatives complacent about his success? Failure to stop Obamacare? Please. That was never possible with Obama in office. It would have been possible, in fact it was probable, that it would have been replaced if Republicans held majorities in Congress and got an agreeable executive. Now? No. Failure to get control of the border? Illegal immigration from Mexico has slowed to a trickle and, in fact, more Mexicans are now leaving than coming. Failure to defund the Export-Import Bank? Yes, crony capitalism is disgraceful, but . . .