“If the latest round of polls is accurate, Democrats will lose nearly every competitive Senate race, giving Republicans full control of Congress for the first time in 10 years.
This is excellent news for Democrats.
Instead of another two years of the same old gridlock that has turned voters off of both parties, Democrats will get to kick back with a large tub of buttery popcorn and watch the Republican soap opera hit peak suds.
In the House, the Boehner vs. Tea Party plot line will heat up, as several anti-Boehner party rebels are expected to win seats now held by more genteel Republicans. The Senate may end up more like a classic sitcom: Can two grandstanders like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz run for president at the same time without driving the majority leader crazy?
The inconvenient truth for the Republican Party is that it’s not ready for prime time, yet it’s on the verge of fully sharing with the president the responsibility of running the country.”
Bill Scher, “Good News Democrats, You’re Going to Lose!,” Politico
Former VA Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty of corruption stemming from more than $170,000 in gifts and loans they got from snake oil salesman Jonnie Williams of Star Scientific.
He was found guilty on 11 counts, she on 9. Sentencing is set for January 6, 2015. They plan to appeal their convictions.
I guess the jury didn’t buy their BS claim that they couldn’t have conspired because their marriage was dead and they were barely speaking, a defense stolen from an old episode of L. A. Law.
Recall that McDonnell rejected a plea bargain where he would have pled guilty to a single felony count and she would not have been charged with anything.
Republican Scott Brown is gaining on incumbent Dem Jeanne Shaheen in their New Hampshire Senate race. The Empty Barn Jacket leads 46-44. Last month’s 12-point Shaheen lead seemed a little too good to be true.
But Brown’s still underwater in his favorables/unfavorables at 36-38, while Shaheen’s are positive at 48-36. And 60% of those polled said their votes weren’t solid.
“His expression was grim, his voice cracked at just the right times, and he appeared in genuine pain — all while describing his wife.
As Bob McDonnell testified in his public corruption trial Thursday, it was easy to see why he was once regarded as one of the most talented Republican politicians in the country. He didn’t simply throw his wife, Maureen, under a bus to keep himself out of prison. He laid her down gently on the road, with a pillow and blanket.”