POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/30

Clark Blasts McCain’s Military Service

In a personal attack that will almost certainly backfire, retired Gen. Wesley Clark blasted Sen. John McCain’s military credentials on Face the Nation.

Said Clark: “I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”

Obama to Call Bill Clinton

Terry McAuliffe told CNN that former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama will be discussing Clinton’s role in the campaign within the next two days. As we noted, it’s Obama’s last necessary step to unify the Democratic party.

Said McAuliffe: “I believe that in the next 24 to 48 hours they will talk and off we will go.”

“Many analysts have said that Clinton’s not-so-subtle absence from the campaign is because he is angry and bitter about his wife losing the nomination.”

Veep Buzz

With no news coming from either campaign’s selection committee, Politico looks at the longshot candidates to be running mates for either Sen. John McCain or Sen. Barack Obama.

It’s impossible to know who is on the short list, but it’s not hard to guess when the picks will be announced.

Rasmussen: McCain Has Trouble in Arizona

A new Rasmussen Reports poll in Arizona shows Sen. John McCain struggling in his home state. While he still leads Sen. Barack Obama, 49% to 40%, that’s down from a 20 point lead in April.

Key findings: “McCain leads by twenty-seven points among men but trails by six among women. The Arizona Senator is supported by 81% of Republicans and enjoys a twelve point lead among unaffiliated voters. Obama gets the vote from 75% of Democrats.”

SurveyUSA: Obama Slightly Ahead in Virginia

A new SurveyUSA poll in Virginia shows Sen. Barack Obama edging Sen. John McCain, 49% to 47%.

Just a month ago, Obama led McCain by 7 points in the state.

Bonus Quote of the Day

We are not going to be back in the majority in the Senate next year. The numbers make that impossible.”

— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in a CNN interview.

What About Bill Clinton?

Over at Political Insider, it’s suggested that Barack Obama needs to reach out to the reportedly sulking Bill Clinton to complete his unification of the Democratic party.

Hagel Would Consider Post With Obama

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) “declined to endorse his party’s likely presidential nominee, John McCain, and said he would consider serving as secretary of defense in a Barack Obama administration,” according to Bloomberg.

However, Hagel did say he would remain a registered Republican — at least for a while.

Said Hagel: “I don’t know forever, but right now I’m not considering changing my registration.”

SurveyUSA: Obama Just Ahead in Ohio

A new SurveyUSA poll in Ohio finds Sen. Barack Obama edging Sen. John McCain in a presidential match up, 48% to 46%.

The Political Machine

Political Machines 2008In the mail: The Political Machine 2008 allows you to be the campaign manager for Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. John McCain. If you don’t like those choices, you can work for Sen. Hillary Clinton, historical candidates or even design the perfect candidate from scratch. 

Players then choose their campaign battlegrounds and are off on the campaign trail to face a host of challenges including fundraising, talk show appearances, hiring spin doctors and winning endorsements. Play against the computer or against real people across the Internet.

The game is won on Election Day by the player who gets the necessary 270 electoral votes to become President.

Grand New Party

How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American DreamDavid Brooks: “There have been other outstanding books on how the G.O.P. can rediscover its soul (like Comeback by David Frum), but if I could put one book on the desk of every Republican officeholder,Grand New Party would be it. You can discount my praise because of my friendship with the authors, but this is the best single roadmap of where the party should and is likely to head.”

“Several years ago, Tim Pawlenty, the Minnesota governor, said the Republicans should be the party of Sam’s Club, not the country club. This line is the animating spirit of Grand New Party. Douthat and Salam argue that the Republicans rode to the majority because of support from the Reagan Democrats, and if the party has a future, it will be because it understands the dreams and tribulations of working-class Americans.”

Turnout is the Recipe for a Landslide

Charlie Cook: “It is entirely plausible that McCain will attract as many votes as President Bush did in 2004, given that Republicans often vote out of habit or a feeling of civic duty. But there is a very good chance that Obama will receive a record number of votes, far exceeding what John Kerry got in 2004. And pollsters might not be able to detect a turnout surge in advance.”

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Back to Politics as Usual?

Political Insider: Is Obama a typical politician?

Quote of the Day

“I understand politics as a full-contact sport, and minded neither the sharp elbows nor the occasional blind-side hit.”

— Sen. Barack Obama, quoted by Bloomberg, on his early days in Illinois politics. Though he “cultivates an image of cool” his friends and colleagues say “his unflappable demeanor masks a competitive streak that fueled his ascent.”

Eight More House Incumbents Face Tough Primaries

With three House incumbent already defeated in primaries this year, CQ Politics has identified eight more incumbents facing primary challenges in the remaining states that are to some degree threatening.

“Five of the eight contests profiled will be held in August, during a three-week span in which candidates’ get-out-the-vote efforts will be complicated by the distractions of the Summer Olympics in Beijing and the beginning of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.”

However, six of the districts involved have one very important thing in common: “their voters so favor the incumbent party that the winner of its primary appears certain to coast to election in November.” Only the contests in GA-12 and for AK-At Large are likely to have competitive general election races.

Time Poll Shows Small Bounce for Obama

Sen. Barack Obama enters the fall campaign with a tight lead, 43% to 38%, over Sen. John McCain, according to a new Time magazine poll of registered voters. The poll shows Obama gaining only a slight bounce from Hillary Clinton’s departure from the campaign early this month.

“When undecided voters leaning towards Obama and McCain are accounted for, the race narrows to a mere 4 percentage points, barely above the poll’s 3.5% margin of error. Thirty percent of those who remain undecided said they lean towards McCain, 20% said they were leaning toward Obama with 46% citing no preference. Overall, 28% said they could still change their minds in the four months left before the November election.”

CQ Politics: Wild differences in national polls explained.

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