Shadowy liberal groups helped propel to victory a gubernatorial candidate who has led the fight against undisclosed “dark money” and championed transparency in political spending.
Massachusetts Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren clumsily dodged questions and exchanged one-sentence responses to reporters at her first press conference with Gov. Deval Patrick since the election, the Boston Herald reports.
Republicans (and I) thought the 2008 election was a fluke. We thought the Obama coalition of minorities, young people, and white liberals had been brought together under unusual circumstances: the unpopularity of the Bush presidency, the war in Iraq, and the recession and financial crisis. The 2010 midterms, in which the Obama coalition did not appear and Republicans had their best performance in decades, supported this assumption. A combination of GOP enthusiasm and a lackluster economy would spell trouble for Obama’s reelection. Obama would not be able to replicate his 2008 performance. His voters would not show up. We were wrong.
Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona struggled to draw a crowd in his hometown Sunday, forcing organizers to switch to a smaller venue.