Hillary Clinton publicly criticized Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Wednesday for skipping out on meetings with Iowa newspaper editorial boards.
Speaking at a campaign event for Bruce Braley, Ernst’s Democratic opponent, Clinton said that Ernst’s refusal to answer “tough questions” from editorial boards “seems like it should be disqualifying.”
Clinton’s remarks come one week after Ernst canceled a scheduled meeting with The Des Moines Register, a slight that prompted criticism from the paper’s leading political columnist. Ernst also passed on meetings with The Cedar Rapids Gazette and The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald.
Really, can we dispense what what is and isn’t “disqualifying”? But in any case, it’s good of Clinton to find time to campaign in Iowa, for absolutely no reason other than to support a fellow Democrat.
* Harry Reid emails the Progressive Change Campaign Committee list: Donate money to save the Senate or President Obama might be impeached.
* A poll trying to capture the notoriously under-sampled Latino vote in Colorado shows Mark Udall leading Cory Gardner by a point. The question remains: Are most of the polls getting the Latino vote wrong?
* We keep hearing that Democrats are the ones with the problem among Latinos now. New Pew data shows Latino support for Democrats has slipped since 2010, but is still strong: Hispanics say they’ll vote Democratic for Congress by 57-28, and identify with the Democratic party by 63-27.
* Manu Raju previews Mitch McConnell’s closing ads, which highlight his ability to bring home the bacon in various parts of Kentucky.
* Andrew Rafferty has a good overview of the Arkansas Senate race, showing how Mark Pryor has managed to keep it close despite the state’s overwhelming conservative advantage.
* Wondering why so many Republican efforts to restrict voting make a special point of eliminating early voting on Sundays before the election? Nate Cohn provides some figures to explain why:
Data from two states that permit Sunday early voting, Georgia and North Carolina, show that 53 percent of the 25,000 early votes cast on Sunday were from black voters, compared with 27 percent of early voters across the two states since voting began for this year’s midterm elections.
It’s such a mystery why more black voters aren’t attracted to the GOP.
* Ryan Cooper argues that even if Dems lose big in this election, demographic shifts and the changing priorities among core Democratic groups suggest Dems should look left to win in 2016.
Not only will Republicans be defending more Senate seats in 2016, many will be in territory much friendlier to Democrats than the seats up this year.
* The New York Times has a great series of graphs showing who benefited the most from the Affordable Care Act.
* Sarah Varney has an extraordinary article on how Republican politics on health care has exacerbated the already sorry plight of Mississippi:
Why has the law been such a flop in a state that had so much to gain from it? When I traveled across Mississippi this summer, from Delta towns to the Tennessee border to the Piney Woods to the Gulf Coast, what I found was a series of cascading problems: bumbling errors and misinformation; ignorance and disorganization; a haunting racial divide; and, above all, the unyielding ideological imperative of conservative politics. This, I found, was a story about the Tea Party and its influence over a state Republican Party in transition, where a public feud between Governor Phil Bryant and the elected insurance commissioner forced the state to shut down its own insurance marketplace, even as the Obama administration in Washington refused to step into the fray.
But hey, it’s a good thing they didn’t accept the Medicaid expansion and give insurance to hundreds of thousands of their poor citizens, right?
* Danny Vinik tries to set the record straight: President Obama’s record on managing crises is actually pretty darn good.
* At the American Prospect, I explained why a Republican Senate could take some heat off John Boehner.
* Congressman Steve King, for one, says explicitly that Republicans shouldn’t bother trying to govern if they win control of both houses, but should just keep staging meaningless Obamacare repeal votes.
* And video courtesy of the Democratic group American Bridge: Guy protests Chris Christie over Hurricane Sandy reconstruction, Christie yells at him and generally acts like a jerk, to the cheers of the crowd. Presidential!