Dear Readers: I hope you all got a chance to hear the dynamic and golden-voiced Luca Bocci chat with Silvio Canto and myself on Canto Talk, when he updated us on all the good successes of Tea Party Italia (click HERE to listen). Tomorrow, we are thrilled to talk to William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection (click HERE to listen this Thursday at 7 pm PST/9pm PST/10 om EST…or to download the podcast later).
Given all the great material at Legal Insurrection, it will be difficult to touch upon everything. So, here are some of the key items we will probably be discussing.
THE GREAT DEBATE
Legal Insurrection will be featuring the first Presidential Debate tonight. I suspect Professor Jacobson will have something to say about both Mitt Romney and Barak Obama, in terms of their performance. It should be quite interesting.
Update: The feature will be an open thread. You can join me there, as if I have to listen to more than 4 seconds of Obama, I want to be surrounded by friends to help me ease the pain!
We recently celebrated our one month anniversary over at our new site.Both the professor and myself want to spread the word encouraging college students to send us articles and links to independent-conservative campus material. Also, we had some good success: A piece I worked up specifically for the site was featured on National Review Online………. News Flash: Men and Women Are Different!
FAUXCAHONTAS AND HER LAW LICENSE SCANDAL
In a nutshell: Doing the work our American press will not do, Professor Jacobson looked deeply into the background of Massachusetts’ Democratic senatorial candidate, Elizabeth Warren, and discovered she has been practicing law without a state law license. Normally, such a thing is illegal. However, it seems like Warren’s skirts the legal requirements just like she skirts authentic genetics — and the elite media seems inclined to give her a pass. We new media types, not so much.
In response to the above story, and the fact that no matter who is elected President, Americans would be best served by a Tea Party Congress, Professor Jacobson is featuring several important races around the country with the hopes people donate to those candidates, assist with phone-banking, or otherwise endeavor to help support their efforts.
Senate: There are many closely contested races around the country which will decide the fate of the Senate, but most if not all of those will receive national attention and fundraising. I have chosen to focus on two special cases (Brown and Mourdock) and two long-shots in small states where relatively small amounts of additional money and attention really could help make the races competitive.
- Scott Brown (MA) – hello, hello. What can I say that I have not already said. Progressives have made this race their No. 1 priority other than Obama.
- Richard Mourdock (IN) – we helped him defeat Richard Lugar, one of the weakest Republican links and Obama’s favorite Republican. Now let’s prove that we can help him bring it home. Mourdock is even or slightly ahead in the polls, but still trails Joe Donelly in cash. More here.
- Barry Hinckley (RI) – he’s running against Sheldon Whitehouse. I have been clear that this is a long shot, but we have to win one or two long shots to achieve the counterweight we need. Whitehouse is not personally popular and I still believe that this could be the surprise of the year. More here.
- Dan Bongino (MD) – another long shot who is worth the effort, running against Ben Cardin. Bongino has been working hard, and in a small state an upstart who is good on the stump can exceed expectations. More here.
House: I have chosen to focus on districts which will be competitive and in which we either can protect an recent incumbent or flip a seat. The Cook Report ratings of these races (as of August 2) are posted below.
- Allen West (FL-16) – they target him with SuperPAC money and DWS’s mouth, we defend him.
- Mia Love (UT-04) – we were among the first to recognize Mia’s rising stardom. Now let’s help her to defeat incumbent Jim Matheson, who plays a moderate Democrat on television. Love is behind in the polls and fundraising, so she needs our help.
- Brendan Doherty (RI-01)(my home district) – a chance to flip a reliably Democratic district because of the deceit of former Providence Mayor and current congressman David Cicilline who hid Providence’s fiscal problems when he ran in 2010. More here.
- David Rouzer (NC-7) – a chance to flip an at-risk Democratic seat against the vulnerable incumbent Mike McIntyre.
- Georgia-12 – primary runoff on August 21. We will support whoever wins to run against vulnerable incumbent Dem John Barrow.
- The Upstate NY Group (more here and here), the improbable but true heart of Operation Counterweight, a chance to protect gains in 2010 and also pick up a seat or two.
- Chris Gibson (NY-19) – defend freshman congressman.
- Matt Doheny (NY-21) – defeat Bill Owens, who never should have been in this Republican District but for the debacle of Dede Scozafava undermining Doug Hoffman in the 2009 special election
- Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24) – help defend this freshman who has fought hard against the Obama administration in what will be a very tight rematch with former incumbent Dan Maffei, who she defeated in 2010.
- Maggie Brooks (NY-25) – help defeat vulnerable incumbent Louise Slaughter.
- Chris Collins (NY-27) – help defeat Kathy Hochul, who eeked out a win in the special election because a fake Tea Party candidate ran third party; Dems claimed the Medicare issue gave Hochul the win, but that was not the case. Hochul has more money, but this is a Republican district.
A word about my derivation: Operation Counteract, supporting certain Democratic candidates as appropriate. There is a Democratic challenger to perennial race-baiting gadfly, Maxine Waters. His name is Bob Flores and he is challenging Waters in newly redistricted and more Hispanic district 43 — and under new California rules, the top 2 vote-getters in primaries go up against each other regardless of party. CLICK HERE TO DONATE, SUPPORT, AND OTHERWISE HELP REMOVE A CONGRESSIONAL NUISANCE.