The World According to Rahm

Charlie Rose interviewed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel last night. The most newsworthy part of the interview is when Emanuel asserted that a health care reform bill with a public option cannot pass the U.S. Senate.

But it’s worth watching the entire thing since, as First Read notes, “it provides a rare glimpse into Rahm’s governing philosophy in general.”

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Branstad Would Crush Culver in Iowa

A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) trailing badly in a re-election match-up with former Gov. Terry Branstad (R).

Branstad, who has said he is contemplating a bid for his old job, leads Culver, 54% to 34%.

Corzine Nearly Catches Christie

A new Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll finds that that New Jersey’s race for governor is now a dead heat with Chris Christie (R) just edging Gov. Jon Corzine (D), 40% to 39% with independent Chris Daggett at 11%.

Since early August, Corzine has closed the gap from five points to just one.

Wilder Stays Out

Though he said earlier this week he would break with tradition and make an endorsement in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, former Gov. Douglas Wilder changed his mind and said he would instead leave it up to voters.

Gore Endorses Bloomberg?

It sure sounds like Al Gore just endorsed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for re-election over the Democratic candidate, Bill Thompson.

Said Gore: “Well I think today’s event demonstrates among many other things that the issue of solving the climate crisis goes beyond party politics and party labels. And I’m proud to endorse the leadership and the actions the Mayor Bloomberg has been taking for quite a long time on this issue and this is just another example of that. I am a recovering politician. I’m on about step nine, so I try to stay out of the partisan races, but I’m very proud of Mike Bloomberg’s leadership, I really am. I’m not just saying it. I get a chance to work with mayors all over this country, and actually mayors in lots of other countries as well, and I know real leadership on the environment when I see it, and this is the real deal.”

Obama Stays Ahead of Potential 2012 Rivals

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that if President Obama had to stand for reelection today he’d win by as much as he did last year, if not more.

Obama leads Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, and Sarah Palin by anywhere from 7 to 15 points in hypothetical 2012 match ups.

Interestingly, Huckabee comes the closest, trailing Obama 48% to 41%.

Most Want White House Out of Local Politics

As the White House urges New York Gov. David Paterson (D) not to run for office next year, a new Marist Poll finds that 62% of New York voters think the Obama Administration is wrong to suggest the governor should not run while 27% think Washington is well within its rights to get involved. 

Even a majority — 51% — of Democrats believes the Administration is meddling.

Newspaper Apologizes to Palin

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner runs an apology for their headline on a photo about Sarah Palin’s speech in Hong Kong: “A broad in Asia.”

Writes the newspaper’s editor: “We made a terrible mistake.”

Paterson Will Not be Pushed

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) certainly isn’t going away quietly — and may not go away at all. 

According to the New York Post, Paterson’s wife jumped to the governor’s defense and said that it was “very unfair” for the White House to encourage “the first African-American” governor of the state not to run next year. Then, in an interview withNBC4, she argued that her husband’s poor poll numbers might be blamed, in part, on the fact that he’s blind. 

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports Paterson continued to play political victim in “unusually revealing remarks” stating that he never wanted to governor in the first place.

Said Paterson: “I wanted to be lieutenant governor. I had this grand plan that Hillary Clinton was going to become president. Maybe the governor would appoint me to the Senate.”

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Democrats Back at 60 Votes

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) “huddled with a small group of trusted advisers last night” to finalize his choice for an interim U.S. senator, with indicationspointing to former DNC chairman Paul Kirk Jr. “who has the strong backing of the immediate family of the late Edward M. Kennedy, as the overwhelming favorite,” reports the Boston Globe.

The appointment is expected at 11 a.m. this morning.

Update: As expected, the Boston Globe confirms the pick was Kirk, who will take the oath of office on Friday.

Tight Race for Michigan GOP Gubernatorial Nod

A new Inside Michigan Politics poll finds state Attorney General Mike Cox (R) and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) are leading the Republican pack for the party’s gubernatorial nomination. Cox leads with 27% support, followed by Hoekstra at 23% and Mike Bouchard at 15%.

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. John Cherry (D) holds a commanding lead over the other announced candidates.

No general election match ups were tested.

Traficant on Hardball

For your morning viewing pleasure, former Rep. James Traficant (D-OH) appeared on Hardball and once again suggested he might run for congress again after serving seven years in prison. His platform would be to repeal the income tax.

Said Traficant: “I want to get the IRS. Kick them in the crotch real good.”

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Bloomberg Holds Big Lead

A new Quinnipiac poll in New York City finds William Thompson (D) was denied a bounce after his Democratic primary victory and trails Mayor Michael Bloomberg by 16 points, 52% to 36%.

There are less than six weeks until the election.

King Says Gay Marriage is Path to Socialism

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) declared in a radio interview that same sex marriage is part of a socialist agenda to undermine “the foundations of individual rights and liberties.”

Said King: “Not only is it a radical social idea, it is a purely socialist concept in the final analysis.”

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Romney’s Book

Just last month we noted Mitt Romney got a book deal for what looks like a 2012 presidential campaign manifesto. Though it won’t be published until early next year, it’s already got a cover and is available for pre-order. 

It’s called No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.

Palin Speaks in Hong Kong

Although the event was closed to the media, the Associated Press got some grainycell phone video of Sarah Palin speaking at a financial conference in Hong Kong.

On her political philosophy: “You can call me a common-sense conservative. My approach to the issues facing my country and the world, issues that we’ll discuss today, are rooted in this common-sense conservatism… Common sense conservatism deals with the reality of the world as it is. Complicated and beautiful, tragic and hopeful, we believe in the rights and the responsibilities and the inherent dignity of the individual…

“The opposite of a common-sense conservative is a liberalism that holds that there is no human problem that government can’t fix if only the right people are put in charge. Unfortunately, history and common sense are not on its side. We don’t trust utopian promises; we deal with human nature as it is.”

The Wall Street Journal has extensive excerpts.

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Democrats Poised to Take Back Arizona Governorship

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Arizona finds Terry Goddard (D) leading Gov. Jan Brewer (R). 46% to 36%, and beating two other potential GOP rivals by margins ranging from 8 to 23 points.

Key finding: Only 26% of Arizona voters approve of the job Brewer is doing with 43% expressing disapproval and 31% unsure.

The seat switched parties when former Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) became Secretary for Homeland Security earlier this year.

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