POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/8

Congressional Approval Hits New Low

A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows just 9% of Americans believe Congress is doing a good or excellent job. That’s down from 11% in June and 15% at the beginning of 2008.

Quote of the Day

“I know you think you are, but you’re not. You are over-rated in your own mind. You will not play in the NBA.” 

— Sen. Barack Obama, quoted by ABC News, suggesting to a group of African-American students that they are better off staying in school than thinking they can play professional basketball.

Who’s Running the McCain Campaign?

Political Insider: Apparently, none of the top operatives really know who is in charge.

Nevada Trends Democratic

The Ralston Report: “The Democrats now have a 55,560-voter lead over the Republicans in a state that was dead even a presidential cycle ago. But the numbers in NV-3 should be the most worrisome to the GOP, as Democrats now have a nearly 24,000-voter lead in a district that was even only two years ago. The slow-but-sure Democratic spread in that district means that Rep. Jon Porter will have to run a kitchen sink campaign against state Sen. Dina Titus to survive and will have to do so flawlessly, too.”

Obama Heads to Georgia

Two months ago, we raised the question of whether Sen. Barack Obama could actually win Georgia even though George W. Bush won the state by 12 points in 2000 and 17 points in 2004.

Today, the Macon Telegraph notes Obama is campaigning in Georgia. “The Obama camp has said that Georgia will be competitive, and the campaign is putting money where its mouth is. It has opened offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Macon.”

First Read lists the reasons Obama thinks he can win:

  1. It’s one of the youngest states in the union.
  2. He can increase African-American turnout.
  3. The state’s non-native voters might be more willing to vote Democratic.
  4. Bob Barr’s name is on the ballot, and that could draw conservatives.
  5. Evangelicals could sit out the election rather than vote for McCain. 

Meanwhile, Jonathan Alter uses the occasion to point out if Obama picked former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) as his running mate he would be even more likely to win Georgia.

Group Proposes “Honor” to President Bush

A California group submitted a proposal to rename a sewage treatment plant after President Bush, “calling the initiative a fitting tribute to the outgoing chief executive and the ‘mess’ he’ll leave behind,” the Associated Press reports. 

The group wants to switch the name of the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

Clinton’s Convention Role Negotiated

Sen. Hillary Clinton “won a hefty 1,600 convention delegates in six months of primaries. A big question now is whether to let them vote at the Democratic convention,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“High on the list of matters that Sen. Clinton and likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama are negotiating as her campaign closes down is whether and how her name is put into nomination at the August convention in Denver.”

Clinton’s Online Operation Remains Powerful

Ben Smith notes that the survival of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s online operation “highlights her induction into a small but growing new club of presidential losers who have used the Internet to maintain some of their national profile and power.” 

“The defeated candidates use e-mail, websites and social networks to maintain contact with their supporters through legacy online campaigns that keep their coffers full, their bases intact and their political futures viable.”

Could McCain Pick Fiorina as His Running Mate?

Dana Milbank looks at the potential of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as Sen. John McCain’s running mate.

“Fiorina’s brazen breakfast talk demonstrated why she’d be such a risky running mate for McCain — and yet also, potentially, the most rewarding of his options. She’s the most prominent and visible of the women believed to be under consideration for the vice presidency, and her attributes are many: a woman who could appeal to disaffected Hillary Clinton supporters… At the same time, she’s unvetted and untested, as her breakfast conversation demonstrated anew (religious conservatives frown on Viagra-and-contraceptives talk) that she’s new to the game.”

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