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Tea Party Study Shows Groups Have No Structure     Permalink

The Washington Post has now published a months-long study of hundreds of local tea party groups around the country. While the groups are all angry and have achieved massive publicity for over a year, they are surprisingly disorganized and unfocused, despite large infusions of money from groups like Dick Armey's FreedomWorks. For example, 70% of the local tea parties have not engaged in political campaigning. Normally, grass-roots groups like these actually work for specific local candidates, going door to door to try to convince people to vote for them. In contrast, highly centralized and focused groups like Karl Rove's American Crossroads have raised and spent tens of millions of dollars on television ads attacking Democrats. When the history of the 2010 campaign is written, it is likely to see the key issue as being the Supreme Court's unleashing of outsider money rather than the scattered, but highly reported, tea party protests.

The Post got a list of 2,300 local tea party groups from the Atlanta-based Tea Party Patriots and tried to contact them all. Ultimately, it was able to reach 647 of them and gave each one a questionnaire to fill out about its beliefs, members, and goals. The most common response about the group's goals was about limiting the size of government and federal spending, but together fewer than half the groups listed these items first. Members were also unhappy with the Democratic Party but also with the Republican Party. In fact, so far their biggest successes have been defeating establishment Republicans in primaries. Eleven percent were concerned about President Obama's race and religion. Social issues, such as abortion and same-sex marriage, hardly registered at all. What is somewhat surprising is that the groups are densest throughout the Northeast, South, Midwest, and Pacific Coast, with few groups in the Mountain West, except for Colorado, Arizona, and Utah. For example, there are only two tea party groups in Nevada, despite the tea party having propelled Sharron Angle to the GOP senatorial nomination in that state, defeating the Republican Party's hand-picked candidate, Sue Lowden. Here is a map showing where the groups are located.

Obama May Be Secretly Hoping for a Republican Congress     Permalink

In politics, having an enemy is crucial. The Democrats swept to power in 2006 and 2008 by pointing out over and over that they were not George Bush, had never been George Bush, and had no plans to be George Bush. If one were to believe all the attack ads Republicans are running on television nationwide, then Nancy Pelosi must be running for the House in a couple of hundred congressional districts as many of these ads don't even bother to mention the actual Democrat running in the district. They just attack Pelosi.

As a consequence, if the Republicans take over the House (which is a better than 50-50 proposition) and/or the Senate (maybe 30-40% chance), in 2012, Obama will have a foil. It is very unlikely the Republicans will accomplish anything if they do take over (other than launching myriad investigations of his birth certificate), so in 2012 he will be able to run against the "do-nothing Congress," as Harry Truman did in 1948. If the Democrats maintain slim margins in both chambers, he won't be able to move much legislation (unless Harry Reid loses and the new majority leader, Dick Durbin or Chuck Schumer, manages to curtail the filibuster). In essence, since probably none of the nation's problems are going to be addressed in the next two years, it is better for Obama to have the Republicans to blame rather than the Democrats. Also, as Obama is keenly aware, two years into Bill Clinton's first term, the Democrats took a real shellacking in 1994, yet he came back to be reelected easily in 1996.

NRCC Gets $20 Million Credit Line     Permalink

Just days after the DCCC announced that it was borrowing $17 million to fund a last-minute push just before the elections, the NRSC has raised the ante by getting a $20-million line of credit. It has already spent over $1 million in each of a dozen different House districts including AL-02 (Bobby Bright), AZ-01 (Ann Kirkpatrick), AZ-05 (Harry Mitchell), NH-01 (Carol Shea-Porter), OH-16 (John Boccieri), and OH-18 (Zack Space). The DCCC is also pouring money into selected districts, including the open seats of AR-01 and IL-10. The difference between the two is that the NRSC is playing almost entirely offense and the DCCC is playing almost entirely defense. The Republicans are going after close to 100 Democratic seats and the Democrats are going after about five Republican seats--and those are mostly historically Democratic seats that went Republican as a result of a freak accident.

Three Candidates Spend Quarter of a Billion Dollars     Permalink

In a campaign awash with money from the Chamber of Commerce and other outside groups, a trio of Republican candidates, Linda McMahon (running for the Senate in Connecticut), Meg Whitman (running for governor of California), and Rick Scott (running for governor of Florida), have already spent a combined total of $243 million of their own money in their races. For all this cash, the results are a bit disappointing. McMahon is way behind and nearly certain to lose, Whitman is a bit behind and is more likely to lose than not, and Scott is in a virtual tie. If all three of them lose, the net result may have a chilling effect on millionaires and billionaires thinking of trying to buy public office in the future. On the other hand, future wealthy candidates may ascribe these losses to unique factors not applicable to them (e.g., Whitman has been railing against employers who hire illegal aliens at the same time she employed one in her house for 9 years and the company Scott ran was fined $100 million for defrauding Medicare). McMahon's money comes from professional wrestling, and given how acrimonious the once-civilized Senate has become, there is something to be said for having skills learned hanging around wrestling rings.

Today's Polls: FL MD WA-02     Permalink

New Senate Polls

State Democrat D % Republican R % I I % Start End Pollster
Florida Kendrick Meek 20% Marco Rubio 41% Charlie Crist 26% Oct 15 Oct 19 IPSOS
Maryland Barbara Mikulski* 59% Eric Wargotz 32%     Oct 15 Oct 20 OpinionWorks

New House Poll

CD Democrat D % Republican R % I I % Start End Pollster
WA-02 Rick Larsen* 50% John Koster 46%     Oct 19 Oct 21 SurveyUSA

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