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July 19th, 2014
thesmithian

"Elected officials…it can be Democrat, Republican, from any background, from any part of the country—take their oaths and all of a sudden are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear…They only hear good news and become insulated from the public. Often they don’t even believe their own polling numbers because of their profound self-assurance. This kind of thinking can easily lead to arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Some people lose their moral compass. Some never had one…[Ray] Nagin ran for office with the best of intentions. His lack of political experience was a plus as a candidate, but a deficit as mayor. His fall has been a disappointment not only to the city but also to so many who supported him and had high hopes for him."

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"Elected officials…it can be Democrat, Republican, from any background, from any part of the country—take their oaths and all of a sudden are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear…They only hear good news and become insulated from the public. Often they don’t even believe their own polling numbers because of their profound self-assurance. This kind of thinking can easily lead to arrogance and a sense of entitlement. Some people lose their moral compass. Some never had one…[Ray] Nagin ran for office with the best of intentions. His lack of political experience was a plus as a candidate, but a deficit as mayor. His fall has been a disappointment not only to the city but also to so many who supported him and had high hopes for him."

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July 18th, 2014
thesmithian

'…black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year’s midterm elections. If Democrats win the South and hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters.'

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June 30th, 2014
thesmithian

'He hit the black diners, barbeques and churches. The gentleman’s message: You know me. I bring home the bacon and will look out for your interests. The harsh, anti-government tea party will excoriate and eschew your causes. And the Democratic nominee can’t win a general election in a conservative, GOP-dominated state like Mississippi. They listened. Tuesday’s runoff posted a record African-American turnout in a Mississippi GOP primary. They didn’t stay home. They did not fall for the knee-jerk mantra, vote Democrat, Democrat, Democrat. Instead, African-American voters stepped up in their best interest. It was a sophisticated and strategic statement.'

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April 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
…while black women in the US are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions.
March 27th, 2014
thesmithian

…feverish speculation that [New York Governor Andrew] Cuomo is now the leading Democratic presidential contender in 2016.

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March 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

'Rand Paul does not need to blow up the Obama coalition to win—he simply needs to skim the fat. His little excursions into the liberal base can do just that. And the truth is, his base is much more committed to winning and voting than [the Democrats'] base.'

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March 19th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the RNC’s “Black Trailblazers” event at the Howard Theatre in DC was packed with black conservatives. But that will only get Republicans so far…'

They say they want black votes, but they are still trying to make it difficult for blacks to vote (see Ohio and … Wisconsin). They know their electoral salvation rests in the hands of Latino voters. They know that comprehensive immigration reform will secure it. But they continue to block any action on comprehensive immigration reform…

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February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

…very much the story of a female politician—and thus fraught with choices for which male candidates are seldom second-guessed by either voters or pundits.

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February 9th, 2014
thesmithian

'After the 2012 elections, when Repubs…spent more than $1 billion…failing to unseat Pres. Obama and win back the Senate, they concluded that they had fallen dangerously behind Democrats in…technology. Now, with midterm elections just nine months away, the right is investing tens of millions of dollars to match the interactive platforms, grass-roots databases and sophisticated data analytics that allowed Democrats to identify voters, reach them with precision and persuade them to vote.'

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February 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…a recounting of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, but also a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her.

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February 5th, 2014
thesmithian

At a time when the tech industry has drawn a backlash in the…Bay Area, where [it is] increasingly portrayed as concerned with…narrow privileges at the expense of society at large, Congressman Michael Honda’s supporters have labeled Ro Khanna (above) a “Silicon Valley groupie” whose wealthy donors are trying to buy a congressional seat. Silicon Valley has traditionally stayed aloof from politics. But richer and more powerful than ever, the tech industry has become increasingly involved, both in lobbying and in fund-raising. And some of its boldface names have shown strong support for particular candidates, including Cory Booker of New Jersey in his successful run for the United States Senate and Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco’s campaign for a full term.

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February 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

the Obama who appeared before Congress a few nights ago missed history’s memo that his presidency is over. It was the same Obama who missed the 2007 memo that Hillary Clinton was going to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008, the same Obama who missed the memo in late 2009 that health-care reform was doomed, the same Obama who missed the bulletin in the fall of 2012, following the first presidential debate, that Governor Mitt Romney was overtaking him in the campaign and on the way to defeating him.

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the Obama who appeared before Congress a few nights ago missed history’s memo that his presidency is over. It was the same Obama who missed the 2007 memo that Hillary Clinton was going to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008, the same Obama who missed the memo in late 2009 that health-care reform was doomed, the same Obama who missed the bulletin in the fall of 2012, following the first presidential debate, that Governor Mitt Romney was overtaking him in the campaign and on the way to defeating him.

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January 24th, 2014
thesmithian

Without changing a thing, Republicans are very well positioned for the midterm elections this year and even for the 2016 presidential election.

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