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Thomas Sowell once said,

"When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear."
Our friends at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee have become masters of the latter. In a new memo released this morning, they write that Republicans have "confirmed that the effort to make Senate races a referendum on the President and the health care law has failed. Republicans are now discontinuing the strategy they’ve employed the last 18 months."

It was just last week that we explained that although Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are desperately trying to change the subject from Obamacare to something else, their problem is that the most likely voters in 2014 don't want to. There's a reason for that. The topics that Democratic Senators, campaigns and candidates are focused on discussing in 2014 aren't on any legislative agenda that will come before the House or Senate (ranging from personhood to the devastating situation of pregnancy resulting from a rape or incest).

The truth is that the economy remains stagnant. Yet Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Democratic Senators like Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, and the Marks (Begich, Pryor, Warner, & Udall) do nothing about it.

The truth is that Obamacare remains a disaster. Which is why the Administration still refuses to disclose essential facts about who is paying and actually signing up - while unilaterally delaying politically unpalatable parts of the law (and the reason why the Administration Official tasked with implementing the law resigned in disgrace earlier this month.

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Bill Murphy | April 23, 2014 |
The New York Times has partnered with the Kaiser Family Foundation to conduct polling in four southern states featuring 2014 Senate races. Each has deep methodological and reporting flaws that draw into question all of the findings, none more so than the Arkansas poll.

There is a basic tenet of voter targeting in political circles that dictates those who have voted in the past are more likely to vote in the future. This is not infallible, but it is a good place to start.

This is borne out by 2010 exit polls showing that 96% of voters in Arkansas, 94% of voters in Kentucky, and 98% of voters in Louisiana had voted in the 2008 Presidential (data is not available from North Carolina, but you see the pattern). In each case it was only 3% or 4% who say they did not vote for one of the major party candidates.

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Ward Baker | April 23, 2014 |


Congressman Gary Peters has been an Obamacare fan from day one. In fact, he said on multiple occasions he likes Obamacare more every time he reads it.

"And I actually got the bill, and read the bill. And the more I read it, the more I liked it.”
Gary Peters also stood with the President to pass Obamacare and repeated the pledge:

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Bill Murphy | April 22, 2014 |
For months Democrats have signaled to the political world of their intent to have their campaigns attempt to scare and divide by focusing on the so-called, "War on Women."

Putting aside the offensive nature of such a campaign, it is important to remember that Democrats lost white women in 2010 by 19 points.

It's not a coincidence that they also lost control of the House of Representatives and six seats in the Senate in the process.

Despite their strategy, there's one little fact that Democrats in Washington failed to consider with their "War on Women" strategy: strong Republican women candidates who are rallying voters to the conservative cause.

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Brook Hougesen | April 22, 2014 |
"It's hard to defend," said MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski of the Administration's latest Keystone Pipeline delay.

Last Friday was another blatant political news dump by the Obama White House. It was bad policy, bad for jobs, bad for American competitiveness and energy development.

It was good for one Democratic billionaire mega donor, Tom Steyer. You may remember him as the benefactor to whom Harry Reid rented the Senate floor last month.

Tom Rogan at National Review writes:

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Bill Murphy | April 21, 2014 |
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Michelle Nunn, Natalie Tennant, Gary Peters and Bruce Braley have a big problem.

Politico is reporting that Democrats in Washington are so worried about the November election. They are on defense and forced to spend their resources trying to save their incumbents.

In other words, they are going to be keeping the promises made to recruited candidates.

As Mike Allen told the gang on Morning Joe,

"If you are one of those up-in-coming challengers, if you are one of those people who were recruited and the party said, 'you'd be a great candidate, we'll be with you every step of the way,' they're now having trouble getting resources."
It's simple math: there are many more vulnerable incumbents than Democrats expected. They can't waste valuable time and resources on longshot candidates like Grimes, Nunn, Tennant or poor performers like Bruce Braley and Gary Peters. If they did, they'd have to cut off funds for Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu or Mark Pryor.

This is because Republicans continue to run a spread offense to keep Democrats back on their heels.

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Bill Murphy | April 18, 2014 |


How desperate is the White House to maintain control of the Senate? Desperate enough to reduce the President to trolling.

As Major Garrett explained, the President is purposefully overstating his case (and in some cases lying). He knows that it will create controversy.

CBS Political Director John Dickerson breaks it down: the President is trolling.

"Under this approach, a president wants the fact-checkers to call him out (again and again) because that hubbub keeps the issue in the news, which is good for promoting the issue to the public. It is the political equivalent of there is no such thing as bad publicity."
Put another way,

"Obama’s twist is a new, higher order of deception: creating the controversy for the purposes of milking it."
Deception isn't a word that most would want associated with them, yet President Obama's team thrives and depends on it.

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Bill Murphy | April 17, 2014 |


Embattled Senator Mary Landrieu made her acting debut yesterday in an ad designed to show her fighting against the unpopular Obama Administration. As CNN's John King explained, "Not everything you see is real."

He's right.

Senator Landrieu actually did a dramatic reading of a past committee hearing in a fake committee room featuring her "outraged" questioning of a fake witness. The fake hearing was then seemingly covered by a fake television broadcast all within the all too real television ad. Folks, you really can't make it up. Some PR experts made suggestions.

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Bill Murphy | April 16, 2014 |


Did Mary Landrieu's new ad seem a bit fishy to you?

You may have wondered why you never saw this "television" clip above. That's because it was fake.

Mary Landrieu decided it would be best to show how hard she was fighting for Louisiana families by acting out a committee hearing.

I'm not joking. Everything was "hilariously" recreated. Even Landrieu's dramatic reading was redone to show her so-called outrage.

But what you haven't heard today is that this isn't Mary Landrieu's first time trying her hand in the acting game. Check out the five performances you may have missed over the years:

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Bill Murphy | April 15, 2014 |
A new report by KSTP (Minneapolis/St. Paul) acknowledged that keeping Minnesota Democrats like Al Franken in office will be a “big challenge” come November.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul newscast detailed that a new poll shows a clear majority disapproves of President Obama and Larry Jacobs from the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs noted that Franken’s ties to the unpopular President are “possibly fatal.”

KSTP reports that the last thing Franken needs is a “drag on his re-election bid” like President Obama.

This will likely send shockwaves through the Franken campaign. After all, Al Franken has been one of President Obama’s most loyal proxies in the Senate – voting a perfect 100% of the time with Obama. And, while Al Franken celebrates Tax Day, it’s worth highlighting his record as a tax-and-spend liberal. Franken has even gone so far as to vote for ObamaCare, which included a wildly unpopular 2.3% medical device tax. When given the opportunity, Franken doubled down voting NO on an amendment to remove the tax.

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Brook Hougesen | April 15, 2014 |
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