Hey, the GOP might take back the Senate in 2014

January 22, 2014

Sean Trende explains why even today’s Republican party might not be able to screw up the 2014 Senate races.

15 Responses to Hey, the GOP might take back the Senate in 2014

  1. Knighthawk on January 23, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Well good luck with that, they’ll need it, never underestimate the ability of the Republican party to screw up an opportunity.

  2. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Although, you have to give Dems props for implementing bad policies poorly.
    In MN, the state-created healthcare exchange is so bad, a review panel says to just scrap it. Note that MN, OR and Maryland are all blue states who jumped on Obama care with enthusiasm and big taxpayer bucks.
    “Oregon and Maryland have attracted most of the attention for failures within state-based ObamaCare web portals, but Minnesota may challenge for the bronze medal at the very least. Despite repeated assurances from Governor Mark Dayton on down, the MNSure system is failing, its management structure is “non-existent” according to an independent panel, and the best option might be trashing the whole mess …. [if you give up on the web site and try to call] Wait times are averaging 50 minutes in the call center”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      ObamaCare: created to reduce the number of uninsured.
      Result: not much.
      Somewhere between 65 percent to 90 percent of the 2.2 million folks who bought insurance on the exchanges through late December seem to be people who already had insurance. Some came to the exchanges when their policies got canceled; others came, voluntarily or not, from the employer market. But various sources suggest that the number of previously uninsured people who have so far bought policies on the exchanges is somewhere south of 750,000. … if the numbers stay this low, I’d say we need to reassess the state of our knowledge about the uninsured — and the vast program we created to cover them.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Health insurers downgraded due to ObamaCare concerns.
      “Moody’s changed the outlook for US health insurers to negative from stable, as implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to create uncertainty for the industry”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      In CA the biggest ObamaCare insurer is experiencing troubles.
      A collection of tweets to Anthem Blue Cross

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 24, 2014 at 10:06 am

        LA Times: “California’s health exchange said it would use an additional $155 million in federal grant money to address customer service woes and to boost low enrollment among the key market of uninsured Latinos.

        The Covered California exchange announced the injection of money from the Obama administration Thursday as it faced growing criticism for dismal service”

        Could they just scrap these gov’t programs and divvy up the money amongst all of us?
        Seems like we’d see a huge improvement in our personal lives…whereas these programs don’t seem to accomplish much except burn money.

  3. Ken_phd on January 23, 2014 at 11:49 am


    Nice topic. Unfortunately, the GOP leadership doesn’t know who the enemy is.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      Oh, the GOP RINOs know who the enemy is…and people like you and me see that enemy each morning when we look in the mirror 🙂

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 23, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      An example of the RINO wing of the GOP going after conservatives is highlighted by Club for Growth.
      “Michigan business leaders and the Republican establishment are putting money behind Brian Ellis to primary Rep. Justin Amash. They are unfairly blaming Amash for causing the Government shut down and criticizing his attempt to defund Obamacare.”

  4. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Sean Trende has another article on this general topic. He says the Repubs need to win in 2014 because 2016 will be challenging.
    “… if the GOP blows it this year, and if a Democrat wins the presidency in 2016, he or she could have a sizable — perhaps even filibuster-proof — majority. Moreover, if the GOP doesn’t win a decent-size majority this year, it stands a good chance of losing it in 2016 if Democrats have a good year.”

  5. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I know next to nothing about bitcoin.
    But the topic is interesting.

  6. ATTILA727 on January 30, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Not if they screw the pooch and the GOP passes amnesty.

    If the powers that be within the GOP,
    Embrace this cluster foxtrot called amnesty,
    Their days will numbered and rightfully so,
    These gelded eunuchs of the rino status quo,
    To the dustbin of history they will be.

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