The language is not dramatic but the message is clear: A much-anticipated report from the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration is straight forward about how Internal Revenue Service personnel unfairly singled out some conservative groups for unnecessary scrutiny during the 2012 campaign cycle.
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday becomes secretary of state. The decision leaves Republicans scrambling to find a competitive candidate in the deep blue state.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The Obama re-election campaign was informed by its deep dive into data on millions of voters. Some Republicans worry they’re way behind in modern campaigning; others note that political science isn’t rocket science, and say they can do just as well or better in 2016.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The Tea Party and other conservatives argue that Mitt Romney lost the election because he was “too moderate.” And they are calling for a complete overhaul of the Republican Party. But the evolving demographics may have played a bigger role.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Many of the minority groups central to President Obama’s victory had long supported Democrats. But he’s the first party leader to put together a stable — and majority — coalition since Franklin D. Roosevelt back in the 1930s. This coalition promises to pay dividends to his party for years to come.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Initial indications from within the GOP were that Mitt Romney’s defeat wasn’t seen as a rejection of the Republican platform as much as a failure of its standard-bearer to run a competent enough campaign to defeat a vulnerable incumbent.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
Republicans need a net gain of just three or four seats to take over the Senate and — assuming they keep the House — consolidate influence on Capitol Hill. Despite the favorable election arithmetic, Republicans are foundering in several key Senate races and face an uphill battle.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us