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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.

As CNN reports this morning,

"...Republicans have expanded the 2014 playing field with five more contested races as the GOP seeks to retake control of the chamber. In a memo released to consultants Friday morning, NRSC political director Ward Baker writes that Republicans have become competitive in Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia, Oregon and Minnesota since the start of the year. That's in addition to nearly 10 Senate seats the NRSC has been aggressively targeting. ...As for the other two states that are 'expanding' the map for Republicans, the NRSC cites polling that shows Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in Oregon and Sen. Al Franken in Minnesota are more vulnerable than expected."
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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.

Dickerson continues,

"We are in a campaign year in which Democrats are struggling to find an issue they can use as a weapon against Republicans who have the upper hand... Facts, schmacts. As long as people are talking about an issue where my party has an advantage with voters, it’s good. ..Democrats have several reasons to keep stories about equal-pay equity in the news. It excites their voters, attracts female voters, and crowds out whatever the Republicans wanted to talk about (these days, Obamacare). It also sets a trap. The more Republicans have to talk about politically unfavorable issues, the greater chance they'll slip up and say something dumb like candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock did that can be exploited more broadly."
Now you know why candidates like Mark Pryor, Gary Peters, Mark Udall and Mark Begich are following the President's lead. They're lying about the facts to create coverage about anything but the issues that voters care most about.

As you might guess, lying to voters to create controversy comes at a price. A new Fox News poll shows

"...Six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then.”
Likewise, Democratic Senators and candidates in battleground states have seen their unfavorablility skyrocket. Turns out that people don't appreciate their elected officials lying to them.

For some time now, we've said that Democrats on the ballot have a credibility problem.

Credibility and competence. It's a huge political problem, and vulnerable Democrats know it.

Lying and trolling isn't going to help. Don't feed the trolls; focus on the issues people care about.

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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.

But it turns out that the faked committee hearing was probably the most real part of the ad.

As Juanna Summers explained,

“Landrieu is running on Washington, so to speak, and it’s blowing up in her face... there are so many details that aren’t true."
First, the entire premise of the ad is that Mary Landrieu is tough on the Obama Administration, which is so blatantly false that it'd make Pinocchio blush. In fact, Mary Landrieu has actually voted with President Obama a staggering 97% of the time in a state where his approval rating is in the low 30's and he lost to Mitt Romney by seventeen points.

Second, the ad makes it seem as though Landrieu opposed the deepwater offshore drilling moratorium in 2010. Yet on the very day that the Obama Administration announced the moratorium, Mary Landrieu did not just one, but two interviews supporting the Obama position.

Third, Mary Landrieu strongly supported the Obama Administration official (Ken Salazar) responsible for oil and gas drilling decisions - including the moratorium which cost Louisiana thousands of jobs. In fact, Landrieu gushed over Obama's appointment of Salazar, calling it a "dream come true" and pledging loyalty to the Administration. Don't take our word for it, take Landrieu's, who said, "I want to tell you, you will have my vote, you will have my support, and I’ll do everything I can to help meet the vision."

As Byron York explains,

"...the fakery of Landrieu's ad represents a deeper disingenuousness in her campaign: She's trying to distance herself from a president and an administration of her own party whom she has supported up and down the line."
John King seemed stunned that a sitting Senator would resort to faking a Committee Hearing, asking,

"If you're going to recreate it, do you have an obligation to put a little 'reennactment' up there?"
It turns out that most of the ad would fit into that category, not just the hearing.

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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:

A Few Good Actors

Mary Landrieu Can't Handle the Truth, at least not according to a recent WaPo Fact Check of Harry Reid Majority PAC television ad run on her behalf.

Election 2014

Vote for Mary! A 17 year record of lying to constituents.

Legally DC

This actually happened in real life.

Swamp Wars

The Force isn't with the Jedi Mary Landrieu, who has voted with President Obama 97% of the time while representing a state where his approval rating is in the low thirties.

No Good Will Landrieu

Mary Landrieu used her position in the Senate to help super lobbyists like Tony Podesta and her husband get rich in Washington, losing all good will from the folks in Louisiana.

Louisianans are seeing through Mary Landrieu's full-time role as a moderate Senator. After November, someone will need to get her a SAG Card for her performance.

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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.

President Obama’s disastrous agenda is Al Franken’s agenda. It’s no wonder Larry Jacobs commented that “Al Franken is beatable.”

Minnesotans are recognizing the devastating effects of Al Franken’s policies that are crippling to families, workers, and businesses across Minnesota. Al Franken’s agenda is Barack Obama’s agenda and his blind allegiance to the President will doom him come November. Minnesotans deserve a Senator that will stand up for their best interests and not the liberal Obama agenda.
Brook Hougesen | April 15, 2014 |

There's a lot being written today about how Mary Landrieu actually did a dramatic reading for a fake committee hearing in a fake committee room featuring her "outraged" questioning of a fake witness before the fake committee. The fake hearing was then seemingly covered by a fake TV broadcast all within the same television ad.

Putting aside the desperation of a sitting Senator actually trying to act out this scene, our friends at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are quoted saying that no one is challenging the substance of the Landrieu ad.

Please allow us to directly challenge the substance of the ad.

First, the entire premise of the ad is that Mary Landrieu is tough on the Obama Administration, which is blatantly false. In fact, Mary Landrieu has actually voted with President Obama a staggering 97% of the time in a state where his approval rating is in the low 30's and he lost to Mitt Romney by seventeen points.

Second, the ad attacks the deepwater offshore drilling moratorium from 2010. But if you look at Landrieu’s two interviews the day the Obama Administration announced the moratorium, Landrieu basically said she supports it.

She told NBC Chuck Todd that she told Salazar “a pause on the deep-water drilling is very important until we can build confidence that it can be done safely.”

And she told Fox News she was “in favor of a crackdown on deepwater drilling and a pause to make sure that we can do this safely.”

Brad Dayspring | April 15, 2014 |
This past weekend, the people of Colorado nominated Cory Gardner to be their candidate for the United States Senate. He rocked the arena!

Check out our latest video, highlighting his nomination and be sure to share with your family and friends.

Matt Lira | April 15, 2014 |
If you are a Democrat, you are probably already celebrating Tax Day. It's a day that liberals in Washington have circled on their calendar. For the rest of us, today feels more a root canal than a holiday.

Every year, on April 15th, Democrats are able to see all their hard work pay off for their their big spending ways. It's when millions of working Americans send their income tax to Uncle Sam.

Of course, your income isn't the only part of your life the Democrats want to tax. Some would say that given the opportunity, there isn't anything you do that the Democrats won't tax.

Here's a list of the 10 worst tax offenses by Democrats running for Senate this year:

1) The Family Farm

With the Death Tax set to lapse in December 2009, Bruce Braley voted to make the 45% tax (with a $3.5 million exemption) permanent.

Remember, Bruce Braley is not a big fan of farmers.

2) Carbon Emissions

(Photo credit: VaderSS)

Mark Begich voted in favor of establishing a new tax on carbon emissions in 2013.

Saying one thing to Alaskans and voting the opposite when in Washington.

3) Medical Devices For Veterans

(Photo credit: Billy Hathorn)

Mark Warner voted against exempting medical devices for veterans from the medical device tax.

Not even our nation's veterans are spared by the Democrats' tax agenda.

4) Senior Citizens' Social Security Benefits

Mark Pryor voted against repealing the 1993 social security benefits tax increase.

That's the wrong way, Senator.

5) Parents

Mary Landrieu voted against tax cuts that increased the child tax credit to $1,000 in 2003.

This is not how Louisiana families would do it.

6) Married People

(Photo credit: Kevin Dooley)

Mark Udall voted against eliminating the marriage penalty. The move would cut taxes for married couples an estimated $89.9 billion over 5 years.

Nothing to see here, folks.

7) Sales

(Photo credit: Ben Schumin)

As Governor, Jeanne Shaheen proposed a new 2.5% sales tax in New Hampshire.

It's cool because it's to "protect families" and "won't harm the economy."

8) Pacemakers

Al Franken voted for Obamacare, which included a 2.3% medical device tax. When given the opportunity, he also voted NO on an amendment to remove the tax.

Americans that need this life-saving technology think he's a real boob.

9) Energy

Gary Peters voted for a national energy tax/cap-and-trade bill, which was estimated to raise revenues by nearly $846 billion and spend $821 billion giving away emissions credits.

At the time, the Wall Street Journal said it was “the biggest tax in American history.” Nothing to smile about.

10) Gasoline

Jeff Merkley voted to increase Oregon's gas tax by 5 cents in 1999.

Taking the food out of your mouth for bigger government spending.

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Bill Murphy | April 15, 2014 |
Chuck Schumer promised after Obamacare was signed into law that the more that people learned about it, the more popular it would become.

He accused those who warned that some would lose preferred doctors and insurance plans of lying. He predicted that by November 2010,

"those who voted for health care will find it an asset, those who voted against it will find it a liability.”
Democrats went on to lose a net 63 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate.

Just about four years after that infamous interview, Schumer was back at it. He promised just last month,

"Over the next several months, the ACA is going to become less important as a Republican campaign issue, because more and more Americans, from young adults all the way up through seniors, are realizing the benefits it has to offer.”
Now, six months before the midterm elections, the Washington Post reports that Democrats smell an electoral disaster headed their way.

It sounds like that four years in, Chuck Schumer has recognized that Obamacare is a political loser for Democrats.

“Look at this week. This week, the talk is pay equity, not ACA. We won’t have every week like that, but we’ll have more and more weeks like that because we’re talking about things that people really care about. We’re at a turning point. . . . These last few weeks have been sort of a game-changer. I think that the day when Obamacare will be the only dominant message is over.”
There's a reason Schumer wants to pretend Americans don't care about Obamacare. As Gallup reports,

"With the open enrollment period for obtaining health insurance through a federal government exchange now over, Americans' views on the broader healthcare law remain more negative than positive. Currently, 43% approve and 54% disapprove of the law." Equally as concerning for Democrats is that, "Independents disapprove of the law by 65% to 32%, and 53% believe the law will make the healthcare situation worse compared with 26% who say better."
This comes on the heels of a USA TODAY/Pew Research poll which revealed,

"more than eight in 10 registered voters say a candidate's stance on the law will be an important factor in determining their vote. A 54% majority call it very important. By 2-1, those who rate the issue as very important disapprove of the law."
No wonder Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer are desperate and trying to change the subject. Their problem is that likely voters in 2014 don't want to.

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Bill Murphy | April 14, 2014 |

Democrats will try to claim that Secretary Sebelius' resignation is a sign that Obamacare has won.

No seriously, they will.

Back on planet Earth, progressives like Rachel Maddow can see the writing on the wall. Maddow was so upset that she compared the resignation to a victorious sports team that “stops halfway through their victory lap to fire the coach.”


Putting aside the sports analogy, Maddow's broader point seems spot on. The confirmation process is likely to focus on all the Obamacare related disasters over the last several years. From the broken promises to its failed implementation. From the real number of enrollees to unilateral decisions by the Administration to delay the most painful aspects of the law.

Conservative Ben Domenech writes,

"it appears that this resignation presents Republicans with a golden opportunity to reignite their crusade against Obamacare with Sylvia Burwell’s nomination as a proxy for all the problems with the law."
Susan Crabtree agrees.

"Burwell will be forced to confront an onslaught of questions about the law's future from Republicans as well as Democrats angered over the disastrous rollout's impact on their re-election chances. Americans want to know how many enrollees have actually paid their premiums, whether more people will lose the plans they had and liked, and whether premiums and deductibles will continue to shoot up in the months ahead."
Democrats will now face tremendous pressure to provide specifics about Obamacare. That's something that they've repeatedly tried to avoid.

Things had gotten so bad with Obamacare that CBS anchor Jan Crawford commented that it was remarkable that Sebelius wasn't fired earlier.

Peter Suderman writes that,

"For the last four years, Sebelius has been the face of Obamacare, and the New York Times story on her exit strongly implies that, while she wasn’t technically fired, she left at least in part because the administration had lost confidence in her ability to deliver following the spectacularly botched rollout of Healthcare.gov last fall. Even the statement by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on her replacement, current Office of Management and Budget Chief Syliva Burwell, sounds more like a knife in the back than a fond farewell."
Sebelius' resignation comes while the public remains extremely negative about Obamacare. A USA Today/Pew Research survey taken last week showed that just 39.8% favor of the law while 52.2% oppose it.

The intensity, of course, is with the opposition. NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran highlighted the big problem for Democrats like Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan.

“Even though Secretary Sebelius will be gone, every promise the President made about Obamacare – if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor; health care costs will be lowered; and if you like your health plan you can keep it – will remain broken.

Changing the Secretary won’t change the problem – a disaster is still a disaster."
Senate Democrats own the Obamacare disaster. Unlike Secretary Sebelius, the voters will make the decision on their retirement.

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Bill Murphy | April 11, 2014 |
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