Midterms Aren’t an Obamacare Referendum

Dana Milbank, Wash Post
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A Post-Mortem on the Florida Special Election

Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
On Tuesday, I staked out two positions. First, that Republican David Jolly was likely to lose the special election to replace Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, though the nature of the election made it particularly susceptible to an upset. Second, that there wouldn't be much to read into the results regardless of who won, although both sides would spin it mightily. As it turns out I was wrong about the first prediction. The second turns out to have been spot on in both respects. The Democratic spin has coalesced around the idea that this was a historically Republican district – held by the GOP... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Republican Party wins Florida congressional seat in special election

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs.

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Sen. Feinstein’s Awakening

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
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In Praise of the Tea Party

Establishment Republicans always remind us of how the tea party cost the Party crucial seats in 2010 and 2012; seats that might have delivered control of the Senate to the GOP. And, they have a point. If tea party candidates had not won primaries in Delaware, Nevada, Colorado, Indiana, and Missouri, these states might now be sending more Republicans to the Senate.

But, consider the alternative. Had Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, Rand Paul, R-Ky., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., not won their primaries, image how lifeless the Republican minority in the Senate would be. The Party's intellectual and ideological cutting edge has come from tea party primary...

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My Family’s Misadventures With Obamacare, Continued

Michelle Malkin, RealClearPolitics
Back in September, our family received an Obamacare-induced health insurance death notice. We joined millions of other Americans whose individual market health plans died after Democrats lied about our ability to keep the plans and doctors we liked. President Obama tried to "fix" the mess he created. But as usual, the federal government's solutions have made things even worse. Confusion and chaos reign not just in our household, but across the country. As I reported last fall, our letter from Anthem BlueCross BlueShield of Colorado informed us that we could no longer keep our high-deductible... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)