Are Americans so overwhelmed with all our nation’s problems and global crises that they cannot just pick one that they view as most important? The Washington Post,
“A new poll from CNN/Opinion Research, in fact, shows not one issue is seen as “extremely important” by a majority of Americans — the first time that’s happened since before the recession. Just three years ago, three different issues were seen as extremely important by a majority of Americans: the economy, the deficit and health care…
“In reality, it’s hard to name one issue that has the staying power to be the dominant issue — or even a dominant one — in the 2014 election. None of these issues are overwhelmingly important to Americans in their own right. It’s just been one issue emerging over a whole bunch of other not-so-important issues, and often for a brief period of time.”
The Pew Research Center “found that anti-incumbent sentiment is as high as it has been before a midterm election in at least 20 years. Fewer than half of all registered voters in both parties want to see their own representative reelected to Congress.” The Wall Street Journal,
“Neither political party has a clear lead with voters at this point, according to Pew, but Republicans hold a slight advantage over Democrats in enthusiasm. Independents are the least enthusiastic about voting in this year’s midterms.
“Public disaffection with politicians of both parties has been reflected in primary-election turnouts. The Center for the Study of the American Electorate reported this week that 15 of the 25 states that have held primaries so far this year have had record-low turnouts.”
Democrats are trying to “clamp down on 501(c)(4) organizations–the only entities where Republicans raise more money than Democrats–by requiring such groups to disclose their donors.” In order to do so, “they have proposed the DISCLOSE Act, which would require such disclosure of 501(c)(4)s, but not of 501(c)(3)s–where the Left is strong–or unions.” Power Line gives readers an update on the left’s attempts by transcribing a recent interaction between Heather Gerken, a member of a liberal 501(c)(3) organization that do not disclose its donors, and that “receives support from the Democracy Alliance,” and Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. Power Line,
“SEN. ROBERTS: Following its annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago this year, POLITICO reported on a memo to the board of the Democracy Alliance that contained the recommendations on how to respond to media inquiries about the conference and its participants. This is what the memo said: “As a matter of policy, we don’t make public the names of our members. Rather,” the memo goes on, “the Alliance abides by the preference of our members. Many of our donors choose not to participate publicly and we respect that. The Democracy Alliance exists to provide a comfortable environment for our members to collectively make a real impact,” end quote. Why would disclosure make some of the members of this Alliance uncomfortable?
HEATHER GERKEN: So, I actually don’t know the reason for that, I am simply a member of the organization. But I will say this, there is a fundamental difference between many of the organizations that we are talking about here and those that are trying to affect politics with large amounts of money…
Democrat Sen. John Walsh of Montana appears to have plagiarized at least a quarter of his master’s thesis on American Middle East policy while studying at the United States Army War College. The New York Times,
“Mr. Walsh completed the paper, what the War College calls a “strategy research project,” to earn his degree in 2007, when he was 46. The sources of the material he presents as his own include academic papers, policy journal essays and books that are almost all available online.”