The Plum Line: elections


Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 01/20/2014

Obama nudges the ball forward on marijuana

Whether he meant to or not, Obama was positioning himself and his party on the correct side of an issue that many Democrats feel could reap serious political rewards in the coming months and years.

By George Zornick  |  09:32 AM ET, 01/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana, midterm elections

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 12/30/2013

How Obama can kick off the minimum-wage push

There’s one way Obama can show he takes the issue seriously: by issuing an executive order.

By George Zornick  |  12:57 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections, Minimum Wage

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 11/25/2013

Elizabeth Warren for president? Nah.

Dems and progressives should spend more time thinking about Congress than about the presidency.

By Ryan Cooper  |  05:10 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 11/11/2013

U.S. elections are still awful. We should fix that.

Some actively prefer elections to be administered badly. Others don’t seem to care.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:55 PM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  elections, Voting

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Chris Christie and the tea party bind

What happens if GOP primary voters in 2016 are unremittingly hostile to major parts of Obama’s legacy?

By Ryan Cooper  |  09:45 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 10/24/2013

The implosion of the GOP brand, in one chart

By Greg Sargent  |  04:23 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Let’s hope Republicans get over their paranoia about primaries

If House Republicans start fearing general election losses, it might be a good thing for the country.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:24 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/16/2013

GOP shutdown disaster could give Dems a big lift

DCCC chair Steve Israel tells me that as many as five new recruits could enter the House races in the wake of the crisis.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:15 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/08/2013

GOP shutdown shenanigans giving Dems a big recruiting boost?

DCCC chair Steve Israel tells Democrats that potential recruits in very tough GOP districts are expressing a renewed interest in running.

By Greg Sargent  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 09/13/2013

Rand Paul isn’t going anywhere in 2016

The Republican Party hasn’t really changed on foreign policy issues.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:35 PM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 08/30/2013

Update: 2016 Republican hopefuls flock to Koch-backed conference

Half of the potential field will attend the confab that kicks off today

By Alex Seitz-Wald  |  12:01 PM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 08/26/2013

The Iowa caucuses aren't going anywhere

Iowa and New Hampshire will continue to play the same role they've played since the 1970s.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:39 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 08/23/2013

Anti-Obamacare cred as litmus test in GOP primaries

It's becoming an issue among Republicans in both the Kentucky and Louisiana Senate races.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:41 PM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 08/20/2013

Why killing immigration reform probably wouldn't hurt GOP in 2014

The basic problem is that there are just too few GOP districts with large Latino populations.

By Greg Sargent  |  04:22 PM ET, 08/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 08/16/2013

Radicalized primary electorate is costing GOP

What if the Tea Party effect is discouraging lots of sane, mainstream Republicans from seeking office?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:42 PM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 08/02/2013

For now, Dems are still narrowly favored to hold Senate majority

Dems are likely to lose seats, but the path to the majority for Republicans remains a narrow one.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:02 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 07/29/2013

Why, yes, Ted Cruz is a demagogue

It's all about 2016, whoever gets hurt on the way there -- most certainly including his fellow Republicans

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:22 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections, budget, health care, Obamacare, Ted Cruz

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Why the Virginia gubernatorial race matters for 2014

It's a test run for Dems who are hoping to avoid a rerun of 2010 -- and are looking to replicate 2012 turnout feats next year.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:50 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Gabriel Gomez, independent of the national GOP?

Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell agree: A vote for Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts is a vote for a GOP Senate majority in Washington.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:48 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/24/2013

GOP hopes to take Obama "scandals" home to the voters

Can Republicans sell their constituents on the idea of presidential wrongdoing?

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Gabriel Gomez, a new kind of Republican?

Gomez's biography could give him a big lift, but on many issues, he's not all that different from the old kind of Republican.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:21 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Progressive Ed Markey gears up for a tough Senate race

The longtime progressive Democrat talks to me about how he intends to take on former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez.

By Greg Sargent  |  03:34 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Mitch McConnell versus Mother Jones

If the campaign of the Senate minority leader suggested a publication broke the law without evidence, that's a big deal.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:25 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 04/05/2013

In the battle for the House, GOP will likely retain majority

The structural and historic factors point heavily against Dems taking back the House, though it is not impossible.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:13 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 03/29/2013

So how's the Senate map shaping up? Not great for Dems.

However, the most likely outcome, based on what little we know now, is that Republicans will fall a bit short of taking back the Senate.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:01 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/25/2013

The GOP is still Paul Ryan's party

He may not be a central topic of speculation about the 2016 presidential race, but the grip of Ryan's ideas on the GOP's is as tight as ever.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016 elections, Paul Ryan

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Dems plotting to lay a tax trap for GOP

Dems hope to use the Paul Ryan budget to ensnare Republicans.

By Greg Sargent  |  11:53 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Dems to campaign hard on guns and minimum wage in 2014

By articulating an expansive policy agenda for his second term, Obama has given Democrats a broad range of issues to run on in 2014.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:10 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 elections

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/04/2013

GOP searches for a standard-bearer in Massachusetts

Scott Brown's election to the Senate was a fluke that Republicans will be unlikely to duplicate in a blue state .

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:25 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 Congressional elections

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 01/17/2013

GOP intransigence won't hurt the party (much) in 2014

Even if the GOP continues with its usual shenanigans, it is unlikely to translate into losing the House.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:13 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2014 Congressional elections, Republicans