Kentucky 3: Bucking the Trend

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 7, 2006 · 12:57 PM EDT

Republican incumbents in districts carried by John Kerry are bracing themselves for the potential Democratic wave this November, but Kentucky’s 3rd District Cong. Anne Northup (R) is hoping to be the exception rather than the rule.

For four consecutive cycles, Democratic candidates have…

Michigan Senate: Wading Upstream

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 7, 2006 · 11:02 AM EDT

Republicans spent much of last year cycling through a list of potential candidates, but they are still taking their best shot at Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Even after names like Cong. Candice Miller, Domino’s Pizza CEO David Brandon, and Jane Abraham dropped off the board, three Republicans…

Do the Democrats Need to Nationalize the Midterm Elections?

by Stuart Rothenberg April 6, 2006 · 12:05 AM EDT

I often get asked whether Democrats will be able to nationalize this year’s midterm elections. It’s both an important and reasonable question, since the answer will determine what kind of year the parties will have in November.

But, alas, it’s the wrong question to ask.

The better question is…

War, What is it Good For?

April 4, 2006 · 12:10 AM EDT

If you listen to some conservative evangelicals these days, we are all standing in the middle of the battlefield of a great war. The War on Terrorism you say? Nope. Bigger. It’s the War on Christians. Whose side are you on?

A recent conference sponsored by Vision America entitled, “The War on…

Things Continue to Fall in Place for John McCain

by Stuart Rothenberg April 3, 2006 · 12:05 AM EDT

It’s still a long time until the Iowa caucuses formally kick off the 2008 race for the White House. But it’s hard not to conclude that events are lining up perfectly for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), should he decide to make another run.

A weakened President Bush and a damaged Republican Party…

Democrats’ Security Rebound is More About Bush

April 1, 2006 · 12:05 AM EST

Pardon me if I had a feeling of déjà vu, but the sight of dozens of Democratic members of Congress and “first responders” together “rallying” in Washington, D.C. to prove that Democrats are tough on terrorism and the party of “real security” brought back memories of Boston’s Fleet Center and…

Veterans Finding the Going Rough on the Campaign Trail

March 30, 2006 · 12:05 AM EST

We’ve only just begun the primary season, but already there are strong signs that the Democrats’ strategy of recruiting veterans who served in Iraq is a bust.

That’s the unavoidable conclusion that I have come to even after reading the recent press release from the Iraq and Afghanistan…

Not Everything Bush Does Is About the Christian Right

by Stuart Rothenberg March 28, 2006 · 11:05 PM EST

This is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the — well, just because I’d rather not name names.

The other day I received a telephone call from a producer at a television network. The caller inquired about whether I might be available to do an interview for a story scheduled to…

Florida Senate: Is $10 Million Enough?

March 27, 2006 · 12:10 AM EST

With Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) pledging to sell the farm and put $10 million of her own money into the Florida Senate race, it’s fair to reevaluate her chances of knocking off Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

From the beginning, Republican insiders believed that Harris was simply unelectable statewide.…