No wonder Montana Democrats are now trying to blame Republicans for Ebola…
Politico’s Playbook has this:
DIRE FOR DEMS –ABC/WashPost out this AM: “The president’s 40 percent job approval rating … is the lowest of his career – and the Democratic Party’s popularity is its weakest in polling back 30 years, with more than half of Americans seeing the party unfavorably for the first time.” http://abcn.ws/1w6LPaO
So, about that whole “Republicans cut Ebola funding” line from the Democrats. Not only did the CDC come across funding increases, but Michelle Malkin also nailed ’em with this: The Centers for Everything But Disease Control
Video games and TV violence. At Obama’s behest, in the wake of high-profile school shootings, the CDC scored $10 million last year to study violent video games and media images, as well as to assess “existing strategies for preventing gun violence and identifying the most pressing research questions, with the greatest potential public health impact.” Whatever that means. Why is this the CDC’s business?
Playground equipment. The CDC’s “Injury Centers” (Did you know there are 13 of them?) have crafted a “national action plan” and funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nation’s playgrounds. Apparently, there aren’t enough teachers, parents, local school districts, and county and state regulators to police the slides and seesaws. Why is this the CDC’s business?
“Social norming” in the schools. The CDC has funded studies and campaigns “promoting positive community norms” and “safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs)” in homes and schools. It’s the mother of all government values clarifications programs. So bad attitudes are now a disease. Again, I ask: Why is this the CDC’s business?
Now, back to that whole desperation thing…
In Colorado, the suddenly embattled incumbent Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) lost the support of The Denver Post due to his “obnoxious one-issue campaign” which has thus far focused primarily on issues relating to the intellectually vacuous “War on Women.”
In Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes, once the Democrats great hope to unseat the perpetually unpopular Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), contorted herself into knots to avoid admitting she voted for Barack Obama. Her sloppy evasion prompted even observers like NBC’s Chuck Todd to concede she had “disqualified” herself.
In Montana, Sen. John Walsh (D-MT), a Democrat who was appointed, in part, to save that seat for Democrats when the unpopular Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) resigned to serve as the ambassador to China, was stripped of his master’s degree from the Army War College after it was revealed that much of his master’s thesis was plagiarized.
Politico also had this:
PLAYBOOK LOSER OF THE DAY: Alison Lundergan Grimes — AP’s Adam Beam in Florence Ky.: “The [DSCC] has stopped running TV ads in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race, a severe blow to … Grimes in her challenge to Republican leader Mitch McConnell. In a statement issued three weeks before the Nov. 4 election and a day after the candidates’ sole debate, the committee said Tuesday that it had spent more than $2 million in Kentucky and continued to fund get-out-the-vote operations. … Grimes … has been pummeled by tens of millions of dollars in attack ads by McConnell and his allies.” http://yhoo.it/1sKy3Nk
And, from National Journal- Hotline’s Senate Race Rankings: Republicans on the Brink
1. Montana (Open D, Sen. John Walsh retiring) (Previous ranking: 3)
Montana Democrats are on their third candidate of the cycle at this point (fourth, if you count Brian Schweitzer’s planned-then-canceled bid) after Walsh withdrew following graduate-school plagiarism revelations. That, in a nutshell, shows why the state has been the Democrats worst Senate race of 2014. It’s almost hard to remember that last year, most analysts believed either Sen. Max Baucus or the former Gov. Schweitzer would hold the seat for their party. Now, GOP Rep. Steve Daines is nearly certain to win against Democratic state Rep. Amanda Curtis, which will mark the first time a Republican will hold the seat in more than 100 years.