ED-AS551A_edp08_G_20140814190209As political comedowns go, there may be few to compare to the humbling of Tom Steyer. Six months after the climate activist roared on the national political scene vowing $100 million to impose his agenda on this fall’s midterms, it would appear that this billionaire don’t hunt.

Remember the liberal huzzahs that greeted the February pledge? The New York TimesNYT +0.69% gave Mr. Steyer the front page, heralding a coming “hard-edge campaign of attack ads” that would pressure officials to “enact climate change measures” and persuade voters to back a climate agenda. Democrats hailed him as their new power broker, crowing about a war chest that could rival the Koch brothers and even up the midterm election odds. Environmentalists welcomed a white knight who would finally align the party and public behind their priorities.

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140813_roy_boehner2_gtyWhen it comes to Obamacare and the 2014 midterms, the GOP appears to have a fairly simple strategy: Keep the target on the other guys. After all, the president’s health law is persistently unpopular, leading many Republicans to conclude that there’s more risk than reward in telling voters what they’d do differently. The “prevent defense” will probably work this time, but it won’t work forever.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, in 2016 there will be 34 million U.S. residents on Obamacare-sponsored health insurance: 22 million on the law’s health insurance exchanges, and 12 million enrolled in its expansion of Medicaid. It’s certainly possible that the CBO’s estimates are too high. And not all of those 34 million people will have been previously uninsured. But the 2016 election is shaping up ominously for the GOP.

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606x404-ab01fd69ab7622adbcf3bf12706bc73aVacationing President Obama is hosting his 401st fundraiser Monday night on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., continuing his record-setting pace that has had him collecting checks from donors at events on average every five days since becoming president.

The Vineyard event is for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee at the Tisbury retreat of Boston’s Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown and his wife, Linda Mason.

When reporters showed up at the ocean-front home, the White House pool report noted that a singer was belting Stevie Wonder’s, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,’ I’m Yours.”

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91158895.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-largeAmericans aren’t happy about their politicians, the future, the economy, and just about everything else, according to the nation’s pollsters, who say there is very little the public still believes in.

“With an ‘everything is terrible’ mindset, I’m mostly thinking about how after several years of cantankerous and unproductive lawmaking in Washington, there are very few political figures or institutions who the public trusts anymore,” the Washington Post’s polling analyst Scott Clement told Politico. 

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval ratings are at a record low. A new Gallup Poll shows confidence in the economy is dropping. And overall, poll ratings for Republicans and Democrats are down, according to a CBS Poll. 

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And the numbers could mean some odd results in November, with people heading into the midterm elections pessimistic about candidates on both sides of the ballot.

“What we’re really seeing in an unprecedented way, especially in the key Senate races, is that voters don’t like either of the major candidates,” said Tom Jensen, the director of the liberal Public Policy Polling.

For example, North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is holding a lead in her campaign for reelection, but not because she’s popular, said Jensen.

“Hagan has a -10 approval rating, and usually if you have a -10 approval rating it means you’re doomed,” he said. However, challenger Thom Tillis has a minus-23 favorability rating, much lower than Hagan’s.

Scott Clement, a polling analyst for The Washington Post, said the nation’s lawmakers are no longer getting the benefit of the doubt, and “the public has seen more and more issues where they’re just not happy about where things are going and the place they often look to blame is Washington.”

A Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that most people even disapprove of the job their own lawmakers are doing. 

Republicans are increasingly dissatisfied, and if voters turn to a “more conservative, third party candidate” that could split the vote, Jensen warned.

But while people are dissatisfied, that isn’t necessarily transferring to primary results, where only few incumbents have lost their bids this year, pointed out NBC News’ Mark Murray.

“The one mitigating factor here is that there are so many different reasons for their dissatisfaction,” Murray said. “You have Republicans are complaining about immigration, Democrats complaining that Congress isn’t working with them, Republicans wanting to impeach the president, Democrats blaming Congress, and all of these different complaints don’t really measure up to one single unifying message that probably is going to have every member of Congress running for the hills this election season.”

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9550101-largeMichigan Republicans are losing faith in U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, according to a story this week in the National Journal. The political sleuths uncovered that she was never considered the ideal candidate by most Republicans (true), that she’s shown herself uncomfortable with issues and media (true) and that her campaign ran a silly television spot (true.) But one truth National Journal failed to uncover is that none of these items are newsworthy anymore. Everything “reported” was readily available to anyone with a Web browser and the ability to spell her name correctly.

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Two polls released in the last day by Harper Polling and Mitchell Research and Communications show Michigan’s U.S. Senate race between former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Congressman Gary Peters tied. Yesterday’s Mitchell poll shows a statistical tie with Terri gaining ground compared to previous polling results and the Harper poll also showed a “virtual tie”. Additionally, the Michigan Secretary of State reported that Land earned more than 80,000 more votes on her ballot than Peters.

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