The White House didn’t count on a summer swoon. Then again, it has suffered bouts of premature and unfounded economic optimism before, a malady that has led it to make a number of losing bets and faulty assumptions—which, in turn, have created an even worse environment for growth and jobs. Read more
While the tea party movement may be geared toward voters upset with the Obama administration over fiscal matters, Ralph Reed’s year-old organization, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, is an outlet for conservative voters who care about a range of issues. Read more
Republican nominee Dan Coats continues to hold a commanding lead in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race. Read more
1. This 63–37 vote was a victory for judicial conservatives. No one expected her to be defeated, but no one expected her to receive 37 no votes, either. Sotomayor’s vote last summer was 68–31.
2. The climate regarding judicial nominations has been radically altered. There is now a significant political price to pay for nominating people who fail to respect the Constitution or who do not have a record of judicial restraint. One need look no further than the opposition statements to Kagan from GOP Senate candidates around the country. Even some Senate candidates who had been for Sotomayor just last year joined the large and loud chorus of those on the campaign trail who understood the dangers of supporting Kagan. If Republicans pick up a half dozen seats in November, which is very possible, President Obama will be looking at a totally different set of possibilities should Justice Ginsburg or another Supreme retire.
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1. This 63–37 vote was a victory for judicial conservatives. No one expected her to be defeated, but no one expected her to receive 37 no votes, either. Sotomayor’s vote last summer was 68–31. Read more
Most voters favor extending the so-called Bush tax cuts that are scheduled to end December 31, but they’re more ambivalent about whether the cuts should be continued for wealthier taxpayers. Read more
Republican Nikki Haley continues to hold a double-digit lead over Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen in South Carolina’s race for governor. Read more