Progressive Breakfast for October 29

Morning Message

Failures of Conservatism Weighing Down Seven Republican Governors

Seven Republican governors who rode 2010s tea-party political wave into office, promising that their budget-slashing, tax-cutting and bowing to corporate interests would unleash economic prosperity, are now being judged harshly by voters now that their right-wing policies have failed to deliver ... These states were laboratories for the kind of small-government, trickle-down economics that Senate candidates hope to bring to Washington and impose on the nation. The governors had compliant legislatures with plenty of tea-party conservatives determined to keep their economic prescriptions as undiluted as possible. Try as they might, they can’t blame “Washington” for the consequences of their decisions.

House May Get Even More Extreme

Tea Party may get boost in House. W. Post: “Six to eight new lawmakers are likely to replace incumbent Republicans in deep-red districts, primarily in the South … backed by the tea party movement and will be more likely than their predecessors to oppose GOP leaders on key legislation. Other Republican wins are expected in blue states such as California, Florida, Illinois and New York, where voters take a dimmer view of the tea-party-style politics … Overall, though, most of the House will remain the same — in large part because of elaborately drawn congressional maps designed to silo voters into separate camps.”

“Conservatives ready to give leaders hell” reports Politico: “Conservatives in Congress are drawing up their wish list for a Republican Senate, including ‘pure’ bills, like a full repeal of Obamacare, border security and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — unlikely to win over many Democrats and sure to torment GOP leaders looking to prove they can govern.”

Obama, Warren Lead Turnout Push

Sen. Warren has mastered the stump speech, says W. Post’s David A. Fahrenthold: “Other Senate Democrats, after years on the defensive, have been trained to give mumbly attack speeches focusing mainly on what their opponents get wrong. Warren, by contrast, uses old rhetorical tricks to sweep her audience into a celebration of what she says Democrats get right.”

Obama hits campaign trail. NYT: “Blitzing through deep-blue counties far from the main battlegrounds of this year’s contests, Mr. Obama is working to energize the coalition of core Democratic voters who came out in force to back him in 2008 and 2012 but are known for sitting out off-year elections, when the White House is not at stake … He appeared with Mary Burke, who is challenging Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin … deriding Republicans for opposing measures such as one seeking equal pay … Later this week, he will travel to Portland, Me., for a Thursday campaign event with Representative Michael H. Michaud, who is in a tight race for governor there, and to Detroit on Saturday to appear with Mark Schauer, a candidate for governor of Michigan …”

Voter reg setback in GA. NYT: “… a Georgia judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that accused election officials of failing to fully process thousands of pending voter registration applications … The organizations contended in their lawsuit that the Georgia secretary of state, Brian P. Kemp, and certain county election boards had not properly handled applications from more than 40,000 residents, many of them minorities and young people.”

Breakfast Sides

What moderate middle, asks NYT’s Thomas Edsall: “Two political science graduate students at Berkeley, David E. Broockmanand Douglas J. Ahler, have made a persuasive case that not only are there few voters who are actually centrist or moderate, but that many voters – and on some issues, a majority of voters – are further to the left or right than the congressmen and legislators who represent them.”

Sen. Whitehouse will introduce bill to price carbon pollution. The Hill: “Whitehouse announced the legislation during a conference at New York University on Tuesday, claiming it would ‘generate significant new federal revenue … perhaps as much as two trillion dollars over the first decade. Every dollar of this revenue should be returned to the American people.'”