Patterico's Pontifications


Tom Perriello for Congress

Filed under: 2010 Election — DRJ @ 7:32 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Tom Perriello is a first-term Democratic Congressman representing Virginia’s 5th District. Both Cook’s Political Report and CQ Politics list his re-election race as a toss-up. Here is Perriello’s first campaign ad as an incumbent:

Is this an effective ad?



Political Shenanigans in Texas (Updated)

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 2:22 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

A former aide to Governor Rick Perry is apparently knee deep in political shenanigans. If the article is accurate, Perry should be worried. A recent PPP poll shows Perry and Democrat Bill White tied at 43-43, although Rasmussen has Perry leading 49-40. Instead of campaigning, Perry is burnishing his negligible international reputation at an economic mission in Shaighai, China.

Time to come home, Governor.


UPDATED: The Court ruled the Green Party will not be on the ballot in November, agreeing with Democrats that the petition signatures were improperly obtained.


Republicans for Reid

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 6:01 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

USA Today:

“In her home state, Angle has reputation for being a “thorn in the side” of Republicans, Damore said, and some Nevada leaders would prefer having Reid in office compared to a conservative newcomer. A number of Republicans have thrown their support behind Reid, including Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.”

Everybody wants to be on the winner’s side in politics, but it would be interesting to compare what happens if President Obama campaigns for Reid and Sarah Palin campaigns for Angle.



Jerry Brown Likens Whitman Campaign to Nazi Propaganda

Filed under: 2010 Election,Politics — DRJ @ 12:44 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

California Lt. Governor Jerry Brown is the Democratic nominee for Governor but his campaign got off to a rocky start when Brown ran into a radio reporter while jogging and struck up a candid conversation. During the conversation, Brown compared his opponent’s messaging to Nazi propaganda:

“Brown boasted about his legendary frugality. “I’ve only spent $200,000 so far. I have 20 million in the bank. I’m saving up for her.” It’s true – his stay-on-the-sidelines, bare-bones primary run cost him almost nothing, at least in California political terms. But he also fretted about the impact of all those eBay dollars in Whitman’s very deep pockets. “You know, by the time she’s done with me, two months from now, I’ll be a child-molesting…” He let the line trail off. “She’ll have people believing whatever she wants about me.” Then he went off on a riff I didn’t expect.

“It’s like Goebbels,” referring to Hitler’s notorious Minister of Propaganda. “Goebbels invented this kind of propaganda. He took control of the whole world. She wants to be president. That’s her ambition, the first woman president. That’s what this is all about.”

So a vote for Jerry Brown is a vote to keep Meg Whitman out of the White House?

H/T The Hill.



Bad Hair Day

Filed under: 2010 Election — DRJ @ 1:27 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The big story of the day? Carly Fiorina’s talk about Barbara Boxer’s hair:

“Video of the episode shows Ms. Fiorina waiting to be interviewed by a Sacramento television station, scrolling through her BlackBerry and asking a staff member why Ms. Whitman would want to appear on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News, which she deemed too tough an interview.

Then, after commentary on the passion for hamburgers shared by her husband and male staff members, Ms. Fiorina somehow pivoted to the locks of her Democratic opponent.

“Laura saw Barbara Boxer briefly on television this morning and said what everyone says, ‘God, what is that hair?’ Soooooooo yesterday,” Ms. Fiorina said, scrolling, scrolling.”

I don’t have much hope for Fiorina if she thinks Hannity would be a tough interview, but I would like to hear the losing side of the “vigorous editorial debate” about her comment — discussed in the article. Also per the article, I’d like to know how the New York Times decided that Greta isn’t “warm and fuzzy toward Democrats.” Does anyone at the Times actually watch Fox?



Looking at the Arkansas Democratic Senate Primary

Filed under: 2010 Election,Obama — DRJ @ 6:51 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The White House and labor have had a falling out after the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary won by Senator Blanche Lincoln:

“Shortly after Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) emerged victorious, an anonymous White House aide began spreading word that the President Obama’s political team thought that the money unions had spent on Halter’s candidacy was a massive waste and damaging to the party.

“Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members’ money down the toilet on a pointless exercise,” the unnamed official said to Politico’s Ben Smith. “If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November.”

The unions aren’t happy with the White House leaks or its message, and the conventional wisdom is that labor won’t support Lincoln in the general election. In addition, union leadership doesn’t view Halter’s loss as a defeat:

“For its part, the AFL-CIO still feels validated by its efforts. “If we can do this in Arkansas, imagine what we can do in other states,” spokesman Eddie Vale said.”

According to Rasmussen, Halter trailed Lincoln by 4-5 points when he entered the race in March. Lincoln ultimately beat Halter 52%-47%, or by 4 points, with black Obama voters giving Lincoln the edge.

The outcome suggests President Obama’s influence in the black community remains strong, but tell me again: How did the union’s $10M make a difference?



June 8 Results: California Senate & Governor

Filed under: 2010 Election — DRJ @ 8:22 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

This post will update election results for the California Republican and Democratic primaries for Governor and the Senate.

UPDATE: AP called the GOP Senate race for Carly Fiorina. Her opponent in November will be Senator Barbara Boxer.

AP called the GOP Governor’s race for Meg Whitman. She will face former Governor Jerry Brown.

Fox News is covering results here and ABC News is covering all the races here. In addition, here are the California Elections Division’s webpages for the Senate returns and the Governor’s race.

MORE: There are several Propositions on the California ballot. Aphrael discusses them in this post at The Jury, and updates the votes in the comments here at this post. My thanks to Aphrael.


June 8 Results: Nevada Senate (UPDATE: Governor’s Race)

Filed under: 2010 Election — DRJ @ 8:01 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The Nevada Secretary of State has posted the following results in the Republican Senate primary:

Less than 1% of the returns in:

Sharron Angle – 23,082 – 34.74%
Sue Lowden – 22,705 – 34.17%
Danny Tarkanian – 13,432 – 20.21%
John Chacas – 2,409 – 3.63%

With 25% of the returns in:

Sharron Angle – 29,641 – 36%
Sue Lowden – 25,660 – 31%
Danny Tarkanian – 17,330 – 21%
John Chacas – 3,262 – 4%

With 45% of the returns in:

Sharron Angle – 46,589 – 38%
Sue Lowden – 33,290 – 27%
Danny Tarkanian – 27,226 – 22%
John Chacas – 4,998 – 4%

Fox News has a link to results here but it isn’t working. Neither the AP nor CNN have posted results yet.

EDIT: CNN’s election results are up now, but they are not as current as the Secretary of State’s results.


UPDATE — Results for the Governor’s race:

Democratic Primary:
Rory Reid – 42,000 – 72%
Frederick Conquest – 7,969 – 13%

Republican Primary:
Jim Gibbons (incumbent) – 20,569 – 26%
Brian Sandoval – 44,282 – 56%

June 8 Results: Arkansas Senate (UPDATE: Lincoln Wins)

Filed under: 2010 Election — DRJ @ 6:36 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

CNN’s election results in the Senate Democratic primary:

2% of precincts reporting:

Blanche Lincoln (incumbent) – 23,711 53.9%
Bill Halter – 20,309 46.1%

UPDATED (Fox News) with 49% of the vote in:

Lincoln – 73,132 – 51%
Halter – 70,029 – 49%

Fox News is reporting results here and the Arkansas Elections webpage is here.

Dustin is doing a great job updating the South Carolina results post. Any assistance readers can provide on this race will be appreciated.


UPDATE: AP and Fox News have called the race for Blanche Lincoln.

June 8 Results: South Carolina Governor

Filed under: 2010 Election — DRJ @ 5:19 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

CNN’s election results in the GOP Gubernatorial primary:

With 1% of the votes in:

Nikki Haley, GOP – 3,349 43.2%
Gresham Barrett, GOP – 2,077 26.8%
Henry McMaster, GOP – 1,440 18.6%
Andre Bauer, GOP – 883 11.4%

The South Carolina Election Division webpage is here and Fox News is keeping a tally here.

There are a lot of races to follow today, so please help me update this race in the comments.


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