POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/5
Days after praising Mitt Romney’s “sterling” business career, ABC News reports Bill Clinton warned that a Romney presidency would be “calamitous for our country and the world.”
Clinton, speaking at a fundraiser for President Obama in New York City, noted that Obama has “the right economic policy and the right political approach,” while “the politics is wrong on the Republican side, the economics are crazy.”
A new Rasmussen survey in Virginia shows President Obama and Mitt Romney deadlocked at 47% each.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina put out a video message which includes a map showing President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney in electoral votes, 243 to 191, with another 104 undecided.
Toss ups: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Lean Democrat: Nevada, New Mexico, Minnesota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
Lean Republican: Arizona, Indiana, and Missouri.
“I think it would be an insult to the Hispanic community to choose Senator Rubio if he thinks that that is somehow — if Governor Romney thinks that’s sort of a get-out-of-jail-free card for all of the things and the positions that he’s taken.”
– David Axelod, quoted by the Washington Times, interviewed on a Spanish language political talk show about who Mitt Romney might choose as his running mate.
Joshua Green points out that Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI) — who dropped a last ditch attempt to run for re-election as a write-in candidate — “joins a small but notable club of congressmen whose improbable designs on the White House led to embarrassing career implosions. Failed presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul may have raised their public profiles and increased their stature with the folks back home; most of their peers haven’t been so lucky.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports Herman Cain will take over the radio show from Neil Boortz, who announced he is retiring after four decades on Atlanta radio.
Cain will officially take the reins when the president is inaugurated in January.
Just published: A Nation of Wusses: How America’s Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great by former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
The title is taken from Rendell’s infamous comment in late 2010 after the NFL cancelled a football game due to snow.
A good sign Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) knows his re-election race will be close: The Boston Globe reports he challenged Elizabeth Warren (D) to a debate the day after she won the Democratic party nomination.
Warren’s response: “I’d love to see some debates with Scott Brown. Let’s get started on this. I’m ready.”
Maureen Dowd: “The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters… Once glowing, his press is now burning… The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation ended up nonchalantly delegating to a pork-happy Congress, disdaining the bully pulpit, neglecting to do any L.B.J.-style grunt work with Congress and the American public, and ceding control of his narrative.”
“The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.”
Joshua Spivak: “Walker is only the third recall of a US Governor to get on the ballot in US history. The first was in 1921, when North Dakota’s Lynn Frazier (Non-Partisan League) was ousted (the linked article by Fresno State Professor David Schecter has an excellent discussion of the Frazier recall). The second was against California Governor Gray Davis (Democrat) in 2003. Additionally, a recall was approved against Arizona Governor Evan Meacham (Republican) in 1988, but Meacham was impeached and removed by the legislature on the day the signatures were verified.”
“Despite the fact that gubernatorial recalls rarely get on the ballot, there have been tons of attempts to recall Governors. Before Davis got on the ballot, there were 31 recall attempts against a California Governor (we are now up to 45 attempts). In the last few years, recalls have been started against Governors in Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, Arizona and Louisiana.”
A new CBS News/Vanity Fair poll finds that just 8% of Americans think the Republican Party has changed for the better over recent decades, while the Democratic Party fares slightly better with 12%.
Overall, though, the vast majority of those polled think both parties are either changing for the worse (44% Republican, 37% Democratic) or haven’t really changed much at all (43% Republican, 45% Democratic).
“We understand he’s got a lot going on.”
– Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), interviewed by CNN, on President Obama not campaigning for him in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election.
Maggie Haberman: “When George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, there was never any question about who his political maestro was: Karl Rove, the man later dubbed ‘Bush’s brain.’ Mitt Romney, well into his second, more successful presidential run, still has no Rove-like figure. But aides and insiders say there is someone very much in charge – and that would be, for better or worse, Mitt Romney.”
“According to the basic presidential political playbook, that’s risky; staffers always say their boss is in charge but also always worry about a candidate who’s too immersed in the nitty-gritty details… But the CEO-structure of Romney’s campaign reflects a central belief set by campaign manager Matt Rhoades and adhered to by others that staff should not be the focus of attention — and it reflects the management style that has made Romney successful in the past.”
“In 2008, more than 550,000 gave more than $200 to Barack Obama, entering their names in the longest list of individual donors ever seen in American politics,” Ben Smith reports.
“But now, as Obama struggles to keep pace with his 2008 fundraising clip, that list offers a cross-section of Democratic disappointment and alienation. According to a BuzzFeed analysis of campaign finance data, 88% of the people who gave $200 or more in 2008 — 537,806 people — have not yet given that sum this year. And this drop-off isn’t simply an artifact of timing. A full 87% of the people who gave $200 — the sum that triggers an itemized report to the Federal Elections Commission — through April of 2008, 182,078 people, had not contributed by the end of last month.”
President Obama needs Bill Clinton’s help, “even if it comes with a price: he can’t control the former president,” Bloomberg reports.
“Yet, the downside to enlisting Clinton was on display late last week. In a May 31 CNN interview, the former president undercut the narrative Obama’s campaign is building around the presumed Republican presidential nominee… The mixed messages came just ahead of today’s trio of Manhattan fundraisers where Obama and Clinton are set to showcase a newfound alliance that has evolved after years of mistrust and tension.”
The Obama re-election campaign put out a new television ad targeting Mitt Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts, saying he has “one of the worst economic records in the country.”
Alex Burns: “In some ways, it’s actually a cleaner, less complicated hit than the message Democrats have been delivering on Bain. Of course, Romney has a different read on the facts of his Massachusetts record, and the ability of one side or the other to win an argument over his tenure in the Bay State is going to be determined in large part through a paid media battle that’s only just starting.”
The Fix reports the ad is airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in what the Oabam campaign says is a “significant” buy.
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin shows Gov. Scott Walker (R) slightly ahead of Tom Barrett (D) in the recall election, 50% to 47%.
Key finding: “Barrett is actually winning independent voters by a 48-46 margin. The reason he continues to trail overall is that Republicans are more excited about voting in Tuesday’s election than Democrats are. Our projected electorate voted for Barack Obama by only 7 points, even though he took the state by 14 in 2008. If the folks who turn out on Tuesday actually matched the 2008 electorate, Barrett would be ahead of Walker by a 50-49 margin. It’s cliche but this is a race that really is going to completely come down to turnout.”
A new Angus Reid poll finds Walker leading by six points, 53% to 47%.
A new We Ask America poll finds Walker ahead by double-digits, 54% to 42%.
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll finds Mitt Romney’s favorable ratings have risen to 48%, up sharply from 34% during the heat of the divisive GOP presidential primaries.
However, Romney still trails President Obama who currently has a 56% favorable rating.
New York magazine reports that Bill Daley, then President Obama’s chief of staff, “discreetly called” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg “and asked him if he wanted to be head of the World Bank — Robert Zoellick was stepping down. But Bloomberg did not want to have a boss, and he’d already begun to retool his life for his post-mayoralty. He turned the job down.”Explore posts in the same categories: Candidates, National, Politics