On Election’s Eve, G.O.P. Is Confident, but Voters Are Sour

Republicans entered the end of the most expensive midterm campaign in American history confident they will take control of the Senate, but voter interest is low.
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Looking at a candidate's behavior and background is a rational strategy for an electorate that does not have the time and specific knowledge to follow and have an informed opinion about most policy issues. I have no idea of how to fly an airplane, but I can tell if the pilot is drunk, and given the choice, I would avoid a pilot who has been in trouble for reckless driving.

0 2018-06-12 10:47:27 - Nick

Well, the plan is "tax reform," which is more money to billionaires and millionaires (lower marginal tax rates) AND more money to mega corporations (lower tax rates, policies to let them keep even more of their cash, you name it). That's not going to put a dime in the pockets of middle and working-class people, but then again, the TV and internet tell me small and medium-sized businesses LOVE the GOP and its economy-killing policies (except for the billionaires), so I guess it's time to turn to prayer and good wishes for that spending money to fall from the sky. "Tax reform" ain't going to do it!

1 2017-08-10 11:09:37 - Sleater

Tim, you can't have it both ways. If 10 years of war in Afghanistan hasn't made it safe from Al-Queda, then another 10 will not. Al Zawahiri may indeed set up shop again, but at some point the Afghans and Iraqis have to take their own fight to them? We ultimately cut loose from Vietnam, perhaps it's better to try the same approach again . Certainly, infinite amounts being spent to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan (Afghanistan is being rebuilt since the 19th century!!!) is not my idea of good money spent.

2 2017-07-29 08:19:18 - ivehadit

I was highly motivated to vote against Tom Corbett, the incumbent governor of PA, because he slashed funding for higher education, which hurt the budgets across the state system of universities. So my job was no longer funded, even though I had done a great job. (Years of dire struggle and many part-time jobs followed.) Worse, he stacked the oversight board that regulates fracking with former natural gas company people, and he even admitted that himself in Philadelphia during an interview with Marty Moss-Coane on WHYY 91 FM. So frackers got to pay less taxes than in any other state, and they got to devastate whole towns that are now ghost towns. Even the state board of health was complicit in purposefully not giving people what they needed to know to protect themselves. Worse yet, he slashed public school funding, too, creating crisis conditions in Philadelphia, where things had already been terrible. Even Republicans in conservative suburbs like West Chester, PA, were appalled by the severity of the cuts. The alternative put forward by the Democrats is Wolf, who says he will fund education and tax the rich in a more progressive way.

7 2017-07-21 21:33:36 - Jeff

I'm not sure I can afford RINOs anymore than I can afford Democrats...but the march towards socialism will continue unabated, the IRS and the EPA will grow unchecked, the middle class will continue shrinking, the poor will remain poor and the limousine liberal fascists/globalists will continue to dictate the rules.

7 2017-07-19 21:08:14 - IraqVet

The Administration let the bank lobby write much of the enabling regs for Dodd-Frank. This paper's (excellent) financial reporters have gone on record as saying that that law will not prevent from happening, what happened in 2007/08.

3 2017-07-14 11:08:47 - Robert Dana

Mitch will win. Outsiders have paid a good price for the election. Probably the most expensive Senate race ever. It is said to be 100 million dollars. Coal miners still facing reduced demand for their coal. Nat gas wins this battle.

1 2017-06-04 13:50:46 - Desmo

Republicans started two failed wars that cost trillions of dollars and caused hundreds of thousands of needless debt, oversaw the largest financial meltdown in centuries, passed tax cuts that benfited the wealthiest citizens, rolled back civil liberties, used extraordinary rendition and torture, implented secret courts, and opened Guantanamo Bay prison. Republicans have brought only misery and grief.

Republican's grand bargain for the last six years has been to attack and undermine Obama. Republicans have shown time and time again that they are willing to sink this country to grab power. Republicans have been a disaster for this country. Americans need to wake up.

18 2017-05-18 06:49:57 - Facts Straight

Amazing how well the Dems are hanging in considering they have raised no money nor have any millionaire supporters. Must be the message!

10 2017-05-04 16:23:24 - Mike

i wish that at least one of you guys had an inkling of what terms like "Left," actually mean, especially since the President isn't particularly left-wing.

By the way, have you ever checked into where the financing for the Tea Parties comes from? Know anything about who Dick Armey is?

I assure you, these folks ain't on your side.

4 2017-04-18 08:25:09 - Robert

Republicans started two failed wars that cost trillions of dollars and caused hundreds of thousands of needless deaths, oversaw the largest financial meltdown in centuries, passed tax cuts that benfited the wealthiest citizens, rolled back civil liberties, used extraordinary rendition and torture, implented secret courts, and opened Guantanamo Bay prison. Republicans have brought only misery and grief.

31 2017-04-11 12:11:53 - Facts Straight

If you are relying on the federal government to make your life better expect to be continually disappointed.

7 2017-03-30 19:27:14 - jacobi

I am certainly irate that the Senate could not be bothered to permit a vote on the measure to end the NSA's bulk surveillance - it has changed my campaign contributions and my vote.

8 2017-03-25 14:51:16 - Ken Belcher

Beverly I don' think this is going to help you.There are surely problems with the plan but the fact that your insurance can't drop you is important. What if you have an ongoing chronic disease. You'll have to sell your house and it will never be enough. They don't want to fix it they to end it. What about the social security you've been putting away.You'll never get it.

1 2017-03-24 17:20:17 - mmmlk

BeverlyG - how exactly do you think the Republicans are going to improve your health care? Do you want to go back a pre-ACA system where you can buy a cheap policy but the insurance company can drop you as soon as you try to make a claim?

24 2017-03-09 15:53:50 - Cheval

It's amazing that intellectual "powerhouses" like Joni Ernst and Greg Abbott will be swept into office by people too apathetic to think things through. It's amazing that we're going to from dumb to dumber but, then again, that's America.

11 2017-03-06 11:48:27 - M.M.

I am looking forward to the explanation from Republican lawmakers when they tell previously uninsurable people with existing health problems that they are repealing the ACA. Perhaps they will paraphrase Ebenezer Scrooge: "If they are going to die they better do it, and decrease the surplus population".

13 2017-02-14 16:36:40 - Bubba


Perhaps in Germany something gets lost in the translation.

President Obama was the first president since Eisenhower to be elected by more than 51% of the vote twice.

Since the nation was founded, only two presidents have increased their party's representation in Congress in their last two years of office.

So it doesn't reflect President Obama's unambiguous failure, far from it. But you would know that if you weren't the one out of touch.

Let me cite just a few refutations to your evaluation of the Obama Presidency:

Passed Health Care Reform
Ended the War in Iraq
Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan
Eliminated Osama bin laden
Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry
Recapitalized Banks
Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
Reversed Bush Torture Policies
Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program
Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards
Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis

I could go on, but I think either you understand what this President has done or you don't. Pity, most Germans I know try to avail themselves of facts before they speak.

19 2017-02-12 00:00:08 - David

No matter who I vote for I have to figuratively hold my nose. None of the candidates up for election or re-election knows how the rest of us live. Even if they start out that way the longer they stay in office the less they have in common with the rest of us or understand how we struggle to prioritize things on a day to day basis. I don't care what party the candidates are in; even though I'm voting I feel as if it's an exercise in futility. Try writing to your representative about anything and you get no answer or an answer that touts all their accomplishments but misses your point completely. Listen to the speeches, if you can, and all you hear is fluff and hyperbole about themselves or the opposition.

The Republicans have distinguished themselves by being the Do Nothing opposition party. They've done it even though it has hurt the average American. The Democrats seem incapable of supporting their president or explaining why the ACA was passed, or why anything they've done is good for the country. They also don't support Obama enough. Worst of all, neither party represents us. They are all bought and paid for by their donors and the corporations that give them money. Am I disgusted? Yes but that doesn't change things in the echo chamber of our current political climate.

2 2017-02-11 17:47:59 - hen3ry

Just right now I got my mail and my ACA premium is going up in January from $505 per month to $574.85 per month. The deductible is going from $6,000 to $6,350.

Just because you news people aren't allowing any negatives about ACA to be stated in these comments doesn't mean people across the country aren't getting these notices and realizing how UNAFFORDABLE the Affordable Care Act is.

Vote out ALL Democrats because of this abomination that "they had to pass it to know what's in it." We're now seeing "what's in it," and it's NOT pretty nor affordable.

3 2017-02-08 18:04:39 - BeverlyG

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