POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES -11/7

Republican Turnout Declined

Curtis Gans: “Despite lofty predictions by some academics, pundits, and practitioners that voter turnout would reach levels not seen since the turn of the last century, the percentage of eligible citizens casting ballots in the 2008 presidential election stayed at virtually the same relatively high level as it reached in the polarized election of 2004.”

However, it was a “downturn in the number and percentage of Republican voters going to the polls seemed to be the primary explanation for the lower than predicted turnout. The percentage of eligible citizens voting Republican declined to 28.7 percent down 1.3 percentage points from 2004. Democratic turnout increased by 2.6 percentage points from 28.7 percent of eligibles to 31.3 percent. It was the seventh straight increase in the Democratic share of the eligible vote since the party’s share dropped to 22.7 percent of eligibles in 1980.”

Foley Will Talk

Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL), whose involvement in a sex scandal with congressional pages helped Democrats take over the House of Representatives in 2006, will give his first interview since resigning possibly as soon as next week, according to Marc Ambinder.

Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-FL), who won Foley’s seat in 2006, was himself ousted earlier this week after news surfaced of his own sex scandal.

McConnell Urges Lieberman to Switch

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “has reached out to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) about the prospect of joining the Republican conference, but Lieberman is still bargaining with Democratic leaders to keep his chairmanship,” according to Politico.

However, insiders said “there was little McConnell could offer in terms of high ranking committee slots, which is why Lieberman is resisting overtures from the Republican side.”

Behind the Scenes on Election Night

David Katz, the official Obama-Biden campaign photographer, released a great set of pictures of the candidates and their families on Election Night. 

Secrets of the 2008 Campaign

Set aside some time this weekend to read the outstanding seven-part Newsweek series on how Barack Obama was elected president. 

The behind-the-scenes reporting was put together by a special team of reporters who were granted year-long access to the campaigns on the condition that none of their findings appear until after Election Day. 

Plouffe Will Not Join Administration

According to The Fix, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe “dismissed the talk of a move from staffer to politician” — insisting he is not thinking of seeking Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s soon-to-be-vacant U.S. Senate seat.

In addition, Plouffe “said he has ‘no set plans yet’ but that he will not be going into the White House — choosing rather to help the president-elect from the outside in ‘any way I can.'”

Franken Just 237 Votes Behind

Al Franken (D) is now just 237 votes behind Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

That amounts to a .011 percentage point gap between the candidates.

A recount will ultimately decide the race in the next month.

Obama Likely to Pick Up Another Electoral Vote

Barack Obama’s “odds of bagging an electoral vote in Nebraska grew stronger with word that 10,000 to 12,000 early ballots and 5,200 provisional ballots are left to count,” according to the Omaha World Herald.

“Obama won about 61 percent of the early votes counted before Tuesday’s election. If that percentage holds with the early ballots left to count, Obama stands a strong chance of winning the Omaha-area 2nd Congressional District.”

“Republicans did not concede defeat Thursday, but they acknowledged the long odds.”

Nebraska is one of only two states — the other is Maine — that do not have a winner take all system of awarding electoral votes.

Quote of the Day

“He’s from the Lombardi wing of the party — he’s a guy who wants to win at any cost and will do whatever it takes.”

— John Lapp, quoted by Politico, about his former boss, Rep. Rahm Emanuel.

 

Obama Meets the Press Today

President-elect Barack Obama will hold his first press conference today at 2:30 p.m, according to Reuters.

“Obama has acknowledged the pressing urgency of revitalizing the economy and he is expected to quickly make choices about key appointments to his economic team. It was not clear if he would make any top-level appointments at the news conference or by the end of the week.”

However, Politico reports Democrats “are split over two of the leading candidates for Treasury secretary: New York Federal Reserve Chairman Timothy Geithner and former Clinton Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers.”

Reid Looks to Strip Lieberman of Post

An aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tells the Seattle Times that his boss “was leaning toward removing” Sen. Joe Lieberman (i-CT) as chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

After their meeting yesterday, Reid and Lieberman said no decision had been made.

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