Sophie’s Choice, in Reverse

This is part of Florida’s long, proud of history of only embarrassing itself when we’re sure everyone else is watching.

– Scott Maxwell, columnist for the Orlando Sentinel, advising Floridians on how to survive the next two months, in which the contest for governor between incumbent Rick Scott and former Charlie Crist will feel like choosing, “between rug burn or road rash.”

Why Virginia Democrats Need to Get Out the Vote This Fall in District 7

If you thought U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor’s views on the budget and other matters were bad, take a look at the guy Virginia Republicans in House District 7 chose instead. Mother Jones provides these nuggets about Randolph-Macon College (student population: 1,300) economics professor and tea party candidate David Brat. It’s hard to imagine Brat denouncing […]

The Cat Video That Sums Up the Cantor Upset

If you don’t follow Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski on Twitter, then you probably missed this. Andrew Kaczynski @BuzzFeedAndrew The Cantor campaign:

Republicans Never Saw This Coming: Sen. Kay Hagan Owns Her Support for Obamacare

You know what’s at stake. Only six wins this fall for Republicans leaves them to rule the Senate. If that happens, House-passed bills outlawing contraception and abortion, promoting guns, and cutting food stamps even for children will be the law of the land. And those 50 votes to defund and rescind Obamacare? Done deal. That’s […]

Odds Are, Even if You’re a Democrat, You Agree with Former First Lady Barbara Bush on This One Thing

For all the media attention bestowed upon the younger son of Pres. George H.W. Bush, most of us agree with his mom. A new poll shows we don’t want Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016. The WSJ/NBC poll asked Americans if they agree with a statement by former First Lady Barbara Bush…In January, […]

The Math is Not on Our Side in November

81%

Republicans who say they will definitely vote in the mid-term elections in November, according to a CBS News poll. Only 68% of Democrats in the survey said the same.

Why Bill de Blasio Doesn’t Care, Is Driving Cadillacs in His Dreams

Much is being made of Bill de Blasio’s recent mayoral win in New York City, with the Washington Post even calling it “historic,” since he will be the first Democrat to serve in that office since David Dinkins won in 1989. It’s not just worth nothing that de Blasio won, but how. De Blasio focused […]

3 Things to Know About Florida Politics Now

Former Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running for governor in 2014 as a Democrat. The official announcement was made in Crist’s hometown of St. Petersburg, and puts an end, not to speculation that Crist would run, but to when the campaign would begin. It’s on. Alex Sink (D), former state chief financial officer, who […]

House Republicans Call Out Senate Republicans Over Government Shutdown Plan

Does Ted Cruz have a plan to get 41 votes? Does he have a strategy he’s executing on to get 41 votes? Not that I’m aware of. Has he ever come to the House leadership and said, ‘Here’s my plan to get 41 votes in the Senate, to hold the line so we can defund Obamacare?’ Never. No. He’s just on his twitter account attacking House Republicans.

A frustrated but anonymous “GOP leadership aide” to NBC News, criticizing tea party Republicans vying for the 2016 presidential race, like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who want to shut down the government (or at least pretend their goal isn’t to gain political advantage) in yet another attempt to derail the Affordable Care Act.

More Money than Sense

$145,050

Amount donated by billionaire rightwinger David Koch to New Yorkers for Proven Leadership, a PAC supporting Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, the deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani. Koch’s wife, Julia, donated the identical amount.