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Miss USA waves 2010 good-bye

The year is nearly over – time to review what’s happened in 2010 while we look forward to a superb 2011.  I’ve picked a few posts we’ve done each month this year…some were more enlightening, some were more argumentative, and some were just more entertaining.  We took all of December off, but look forward to getting back at posting more in 2011.  Thanks for visiting the site this year, and wish y’all a Happy, Blessed, and Prosperous New Year.  (more…)

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Rand Paul and Daddy Paul

Ok, calling it Super Tuesday is a bit of an exaggeration. But there were several primaries held across the nation that defined (or left ambiguous) the major players that will be on party tickets come this November. Although only few elections were held, there were some interesting developments and information we can carry into the mid-term elections this Fall. Below, I’ve picked out my Top 5 Races from last night and explain their significance to the national scene.
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{ED. NOTE: Click here for SOTU recap, Part I or here for SOTU recap, Part II}

Newly inaugurated Virginia governor Bob McDonnell gave the Republican response to the State of the Union. Of course we caught a few of the ole Republican talking points, “Top-down, one-size-fits-all decision-making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market” “No government program can ever replace the actions of caring Americans freely choosing to help one another.”

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A new conservative celebrity has been born seemingly overnight in one of the unlikeliest of places – Massachusetts.  Not even so much the state, but the position he is fighting for is the most surprising of turns – Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat. The audacity of a Republican to even venture out and try to win this seat is incredible.  A few months ago, Scott Brown received the nomination mostly because no one wanted to run for a meaningless cause.  But in the run-up to a Martha Coakley victory tour something surprising happened; Brown started turning around polls that he was initially down 10-20 points and has made this race a dead heat.  At FiveThirtyEight, their data analysis now shows Brown with a 55% chance of being victorious tomorrow night. So what is the cultural and political importance of this race for what was once the liberal-est of seats?  ***SINCE THIS WAS POSTED, FiveThirtyEight has revised their prediction after the release of some new updated polls showing Coakley in an even worse position.  Nate Silver now predicts the race as a Lean GOP, with 74% chance of going to Brown. (more…)

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GOP-ElephantEarly on, Tuesday night was victorious for the Republican Party no matter how varied the opinions are on what these results will mean going forward. But the surprise happened late when the voters in New York’s 23rd district rallied against the out-of-state spending and the late candidacy of Doug Hoffman, electing the moderate Democrat Bill Owens – the first Democrat elected in well over 100 years. As I mentioned in yesterday’s preview, the key message to the RNC going forward is to study every election closely, know the core issues for the electorate and nominate a candidate that can stimulate that desire. A straight ideological candidacy will not win in this day and age. Both parties have done too much to alienate middle America. So to win you have to be able to reach the coveted moderate and independent voters. That message won the Republicans two Governorships and lost them one Congressional seat.

Lets review last night’s major races: (more…)

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hangingchadThere are a few important elections happening on the east coast on Tuesday that may affect the outlook heading into next year’s midterms. The results from these election will likely frame the media debate for the next 12 months. Will the results show a quick turnaround in voter rebuke from the 2008 general elections? Will the Democrats hold strong in key states? And what role will the results have in 2010 nominations?

First off, the most attention is being given to a peculiar race in northern New York’s 23rd district. In a district that has been reliably Republican since the 19th century, far right Republicans have gone against their party and supported a third-party conservative candidate. The aftermath of this move will weigh heavily on the party next year. (more…)

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A few times per week, around noon time we will post a few op-ed pieces from newspapers, mainstream websites, or elsewhere from the blogosphere: (more…)

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