Good morning folks,
Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are panicked that they are losing their majority, and for good reason. At the moment, experts predict that in the current environment, Democrats could lose 9-10 seats in the Senate.
Sure, Reid will say otherwise, but actions speak louder than words and one need to look no further than Harry Reid’s Majority Super PAC to see just how panicked that Democratic Leaders are about losing the upper chamber. Here’s the evidence:
- At this point in the 2012 cycle, Democrats didn’t have a sense of urgency. Majority PAC had spent under $500,000 (4/5 of which was spent on Ben Nelson who proceeded to retire). Majority PAC’s only other expenditure was a measly $30,000 radio ad for Claire McCaskill.
- In a deep contrast to their calm of 2012, So far this year Majority PAC has spent a whopping $3.1 million plus on television advertising, in large part trying to save the political careers of endangered Democratic Senators Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan.
- At this point, Majority PAC is so worried about Mary Landrieu that they are launching negative ads against the conservative that they fear most, Bill Cassidy.
It’s no wonder that Harry Reid sees his majority slipping away. Mark Pryor, the most vulnerable Senator in the country, trails Tom Cotton (who leads among independents by 21 points and women by 4 points). In Louisiana, a recent poll showed that when voters were asked what was more important, Mary Landrieu’s seniority or electing someone new, 56-37% said electing someone new. And in North Carolina, when polling showed that half of North Carolina voters would not vote for Kay Hagan, Majority PAC rushed to get on the air. After a month of purely positive advertising, a liberal PPP survey (Disclaimer: PPP is a Hagan donor) showed Hagan’s approval rating STILL underwater: 43/49%. Despite a month of positive Majority PAC ads, Hagan’s numbers didn’t move. Looks like that $1.4 million was simply thrown away.
Sure, Harry Reid will tell you he’s not concerned about losing the majority – hell, Reid will say just about anything on most days, but his actions speak louder than his words. His actions suggest that he’s terrified.
Seize the day,
2014 BATTLEGROUND SONAR
(2014) Spinning ObamaCare
Democrats are grappling with how to run for re-election next year in an anti-ObamaCare environment given that many of them voted for the health-care law. A super PAC supporting Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina released an ad last week praising parts of the law without ever mentioning it by name. Now comes a TV spot from Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana that highlights her promise to “fix” the law. The ad begins with news reports of people losing their insurance plans after President Obama said they would be able to keep them. The senator then scolds the president for breaking his promise. “I’m fixing it,” Ms. Landrieu says, citing a bill she introduced that would allow people to keep their old insurance coverage, “And that’s what I’m urging the president to do.”
(2014) Dragged down by Obamacare, Dems nervous about 2014 races
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu kicked off her re-election campaign in Louisiana with a television ad criticizing President Obama’s troubled health care law, an early indication of just how important some vulnerable Democrats fear the issue will be in next fall’s elections. Landrieu supports the law, and has staked a share of her reputation on its success. Still, her opening shot of the campaign zeroed in on its problems and emphasized her efforts to blunt its impact on the public.
(LOUISIANA) Landrieu playing defense on health care law
The ad doesn’t acknowledge that Landrieu, D-La., supported the controversial health care overhaul, or that she’s on record having echoed President Barack Obama’s false assurance that customers happy with their policies can stay on them, when the reality is that some preexisting plans didn’t meet the law’s new minimum coverage requirements. Nor does it explain why Landrieu decided to take on the issue, and to do it now. The real story behind the senator’s early television buy, nearly a year before voters will go to the polls and decide whether to send her back to Washington for a fourth term, is not that she’s pushing a particular piece of legislation. It’s that she gets that she has no choice but to talk about the health care overhaul, as much as she’d surely love to change the subject, and that she can’t afford to sit by while Affordable Care Act opponents cast her vote in the worst possible light.
- Democrats Already Riding to Landrieu’s Aid
- Fail: Mary Landrieu Has Exact Same Issues Page As Michelle Nunn
(KENTUCKY) Kentucky GOP Launches ‘Ask Alison’ to Press Grimes on Campaign Trail
Kentucky Republicans are launching a new initiative to force Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes to be more forthright on the campaign trail. “Ask Alison” will feature a series of questions by the state GOP delivered weekly in an effort to get the first-term secretary of state to clarify her positions on the president’s health care law and environmental regulations, among other issues.
(COLORADO) LIE OF THE YEAR: Udall Told Coloradans They Could Keep Their Health Plans
In a scathing review yesterday, the nonpartisan PolitiFact named President Obama and Sen. Mark Udall’s frequent claim that “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” the “Lie of the Year”. “So this fall, as cancellation letters were going out to approximately 4 million Americans, the public realized Obama’s breezy assurances were wrong. Boiling down the complicated health care law to a soundbite proved treacherous, even for its promoter-in-chief. Obama and his team made matters worse, suggesting they had been misunderstood all along. The stunning political uproar led to this: a rare presidential apology.
(KY, GA) “Warren, a star among the party’s liberal base,” raising money for Grimes, Nunn
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) is raising money to oust Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and balance the Senate’s gender disparity. Warren, a star among the party’s liberal base, called on supporters to give money to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in an e-mail shared among potential supporters Saturday. The e-mail was also circulated earlier in the week
(NEW JERSEY) Cory Booker Tweets About Beyoncé While Presiding Over The Senate
Even the New Jersey senator seemed excited about the new album. Tweeting from the floor isn’t allowed. Republicans may still be able to delay President Obama’s nominees, but nothing is getting in the way of Sen. Cory Booker from sharing with the world his love of Beyoncé. Presiding over the Senate during the 2 to 4 a.m. graveyard shift Friday morning, Booker threw caution to the wind — and the chamber’s rule book — and started tweeting away about Queen Bey.
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(ASSOCIATED PRESS) Obama’s health care promise is 2013 top quote
President Barack Obama’s acknowledgement that his promise that Americans could keep their health insurance plan turned out to be inaccurate topped this year’s list of best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian. Other notable quotations on Fred Shapiro’s eighth-annual list included Pope Francis’ urging that the Catholic Church reduce emphasizing hot-button issues like abortion, a Republican governor insisting on changes in his party and a Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban calling for a campaign against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism.
(USA TODAY) USA TODAY/Pew poll: Obama struggles with Millennials
But as Obama tries to climb out of a 2-month-long malaise that saw his popularity sink with the fumbled rollout of the federal health care exchange, the president appears to have nearly as much work to do with young people as he does with older Americans. Forty-five percent of 18- to 29-year-old Americans say they approve of the way Obama is handling his job; 46% disapprove of his job performance, according to a year-end USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll. The president’s approval rating with young Americans — which stood at 67% just ahead of his second inauguration less than a year ago — now mirrors the general population, according to the poll.
(CBS NEWS) Report: W.H. delayed Obamacare, EPA rules till after 2012 election
In an effort to ease President Obama’s reelection bid, the White House delayed the imposition of a series of regulations affecting Obamacare and environmental protection ahead of the 2012 election, according to a new report in the Washington Post. While the administration has said its approach to regulatory review is consistent with that of previous administrations, several former administration officials told the Post that the delays were longer under Mr. Obama than his predecessors, and that the motive behind them was clearly political.
(THE HILL) ObamaCare navigators put consumers’ info at risk, encouraged fraud
People responsible for helping consumers enroll in ObamaCare, known as navigators, were not required to undergo background checks, Brietbart News reports. The news outlet obtained an early copy of a report the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to release Monday. Navigators have been giving enrollees misinformation, the documents indicate, according to the Breitbart report. They also suggest they have also put consumers’ health,, social security numbers, yearly income and other tax information at risk.
(FOX NEWS) Feds: Thousands of ObamaCare web purchases not recorded, incorrect
The Obama administration acknowledged this weekend that the federal ObamaCare website failed to record insurance-policy purchases for as many as 15,000 Americans. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Saturday said the transactions were either not recorded or had errors and attributed the problem to “larger technical system issues.”