- Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax
- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
Topic - Darrell M. West
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.
Bill de Blasio's win in New York City's mayoral race has put the Democrat in charge of the nation's largest city and smack in the middle of the nation's largest media market —giving him an unmatched platform both to pursue liberal policies and to cause all sorts of headaches for his party's leaders in Washington.
Democrats have vilified super PACs since the Supreme Court deemed the murky megamoney-spenders legal in early 2010. And leading that charge has been President Obama, who, during his State of the Union speech that year, famously chastised the PACs' power for unlimited political spending with little transparency.
While some Democrats have made it clear that they would rather not be seen with President Obama on the campaign trail this fall, likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney doesn't appear to face the same problem.
Republicans could win Tuesday by losing their bid to take over control of the Senate.
"Democrats face a great irony," said Darrell M. West, vice president and director of governance studies at the left-leaning Brookings Institution. "President Obama's victory in 2008, along with his vice-presidential and Cabinet choices, have made it more difficult for his party to do well in 2010."
"There are four states that have appointed senators ... and it is tougher in a difficult political environment to hold those seats than if the person were a full-fledged incumbent," Mr. West said. "When you have been appointed, you have many of the disadvantages of incumbency without all the advantages."