There is a looming rift on the right as many newly elected Republican congressional members want defense spending on the chopping block as they head to Capitol Hill, a position not shared by some of the old school Republicans in Congress.
Billions of dollars poured into political ads this election cycle, and they weren't just negative commercials, or attack ads, but messages of searing personal indictment. The question is: Did they work?
An ugly Senate campaign in Kentucky grew even uglier Sunday as Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul faced off in a debate that devolved into a name-calling session rather than a give-and-take on the issues facing the state's voters.
Not all midterm election years are created equal. They are, after all, typically low-turnout and high-intensity affairs, where little changes. But this fall is set to be high stakes and high drama, with great stories dotting the political landscape and control of Congress hanging in the balance.
With the first tar balls from the Gulf oil spill now washing ashore in Galveston, Texas, Rep. Ron Paul, whose district includes the affected area, said Monday the federal government is not doing enough in the recovery effort.
For several weeks, Democrats have been feeling blue about the 2010 midterm elections. Many have been worried about the possibility of a precipitous decline in the size of their majority in the House and Senate, or even about Republicans retaking control of Congress.
In the wake of Congress' $787 billion economic stimulus bill and $700 billion TARP bailout legislation, fiscal conservatives are ringing alarm bells over how much Washington is spending beyond incoming revenue. The federal budget deficit is expected to reach $1.56 trillion this fiscal year, up from a record $1.41 trillion in fiscal 2009, according to the Treasury Department.
With Rand Paul's victory last week in the Republican primary in Kentucky, the Tea Party has instantly earned, if not mainstream status, at least a seat at the table of national discussion. Paul galvanized that in his victory speech when he said, "I have a message, a message from the Tea Party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back."
The caricatures have been flying from left and right since Tea Party Senate candidate Rand Paul started talking about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That Rand Paul is a racist. That his nomination proves the Republican Party is, too. That MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is a man-eating sorceress. That the liberal media ... you get the idea.