Commentary by Timothy Jones on Outlook Dimming for Democrats by Neil King Jr., The Wall Street Journal
Things are going from bad to worse for Democratic prospects of retaining control of the House of Representatives in November. There’s no doubt Democrats are going to suffer massive losses, just how big they will be is the question. Democrats are hoping their union buddies will bail them out, but I’m not sure that will work this year. If Scott Brown’s election can be seen as a sign of the times, union members are fed up with their bosses and will vote how they see fit. Another thing Democrats are relying on in November is a lack of voter enthusiasm, but I don’t think anyone believes voters aren’t going to flood the polls this year. Many Tea Party members are new voters. They haven’t been mobilized before and are ready to take their country back. Margins in many races could end up being wildly different than those of years past.
Commentary by E.J. Smith on The Lawfare Wars by the editors of The Wall Street Journal
The Obama Administration’s attorney general Eric Holder appears to be delaying the military tribunal for the role of alleged USS Cole terrorist al-Nashiri in the death of 17 Navy sailors. How can President Obama look America in the eyes on Tuesday night, thanking our troops for their sacrifices, while Holder drops the ball on this? Apparently offending the left with a military tribunal would be too risky before November 2.
Commentary by Dick Young on Oranges and Lemons by Larry Thornberry, The American Spectator
Republicans in Florida need to get past the divisive primary between gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott and his opponent Bill McCollum. There is always a divide after a primary, but the party should rise above and work hard to elect the most conservative candidate in the race. In this case that’s Rick Scott.
Commentary by Dick Young on Down With Big Government, Big Business, Big Labor by Michael Barone, Human Events
Liberals thought this financial crisis, and the election of Barack Obama would validate their big government model and push them to political success for years to come; wrong. Few Americans believe that this recession was caused by too little government involvement in the markets. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were products of a misguided government housing strategy that pushed capital in the wrong direction. The Federal Reserve, as explained in Ron Paul’s excellent End the Fed, has been causing the misallocation of capital for decades. Government is not the solution to America’s financial woes, it is the cause.
Commentary by Dick Young on After November by Jim Geraghty, National Review
Conservatives should be particularly concerned with their state’s governors race this year. There are 37 seats up for grabs and the governors will be instrumental in the redistricting efforts that take place after the tabulation of the 2010 Census. The redistricting could tip the House scales in years to come. Governors and state legislators are just as important here as congressmen.
Commentary by Timothy Jones on Summer of Economic Discontent by Michael Boskin, The Wall Street Journal
After this summer, filled with questionable economic indicators, no one can believe that the “stimulus” was effective. Americans were sold a pile of dreams by the president, and his economic advisor Christina Romer. Romer is heading out of Washington after this week. Running for the hills after being roundly mocked for her predictions that unemployment wouldn’t exceed 8% if only Americans allowed their Congress to pass the president’s stimulus. Well, she was wrong, the president was wrong, and Americans are left with the bill and nearly 10% unemployment. As a reward for their faith in him, Barack Obama is going to reward Americans by raising their taxes, spending more of their money, and borrowing more from China. November can’t come soon enough.