POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 9/28

Going Rogue

Sarah Palin has finished her memoir just four months after the book deal was announced, the AP reports. The book will be called Going Rogue: An American Life.

The release date has been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17 with a huge first printing of 1.5 million copies.


More Americans Paying Attention

Gallup: “Thirty-six percent of Americans say they follow news about national politics ‘very closely.’ That is the highest level seen in any year without a presidential election since 2001. Republicans are the biggest consumers of political news, but attention has grown this decade among all three party groups.”


Obama Stays Out of New York City Race

President Obama is refusing to get involved in the city mayor’s race unless Bill Thompson (D) can somehow close the gap with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the New York Daily News reports.

Missing Ingredient for a Midterm Wave

The Hill notes that Republicans “have touted 2010 as their comeback year, but the GOP lacks one key ingredient that could turn a good election night into a great one: open seats to win.”

“In the last three ‘wave elections,’ the party that lost a large number of seats has been hampered by incumbents not running for reelection. But so far in the 2010 cycle, not a single House member has announced his or her retirement, though 18 — seven Democrats and 11 Republicans — have said they will run for higher office.”


No One Listening

Paul Krugman: “Every once in a while I feel despair over the fate of the planet. If you’ve been following climate science, you know what I mean: the sense that we’re hurtling toward catastrophe but nobody wants to hear about it or do anything to avert it.”

“And here’s the thing: I’m not engaging in hyperbole. These days, dire warnings aren’t the delusional raving of cranks. They’re what come out of the most widely respected climate models, devised by the leading researchers. The prognosis for the planet has gotten much, much worse in just the last few years.”


Poizner Hammers Whitman in New Ad

In California’s Republican gubernatorial race, Steve Poizner (R) goes for blood with abrutal new ad against Meg Whitman (R) and her personal voting record.

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Arizona Governor Blasts State Capitol

With polls showing her very unpopular among state lawmakers — even among those in her own party — Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) may have become more so when she was caught on tape at a Republican event last week calling Arizona’s capitol “a hell hole.”

Said Brewer: “It is a great relief, to say the least, to get out of that hell hole in Phoenix and be down here in Tucson.”

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Obama Could Pull Some Troops Out of Afghanistan

First Read: “Turning to Afghanistan, the news over the weekend that Colin Powell was among those Obama was seeking advice about Afghanistan didn’t get the attention it deserved. This could be the best hint yet that the president is rethinking the strategy to the point that not only are more troops NOT going to be sent, but we could see a re-deployment of some troops OUT of Afghanistan proper. By the way, the president is getting personal with his outreach on this issue, as he called John McCain over the weekend in what was described as a brief chat with the president making his case for deliberation.”


Five Most Vulnerable House Seats

Though many analysts predict Democratic losses in next year’s midterm elections,The Fix looks at the five House seats most likely to switch party next year and finds three of them are currently Republican seats while just two are Democratic seats.

Republican seats most likely to flip: IL-10NY-23 and LA-2

Democratic seats most likely to flip: NM-2 and LA-3

For a good overview of the 2010 House races, see the CQ Election Map.


Debate in New Jersey This Week

Walter Shapiro reports on New Jersey’s gubernatorial race and notes Chris Christie (R) “is banking on the first of two televised debates Thursday night to rebound from a fusillade of Corzine attacks ads, including a recent spot that snidely accuses the GOP nominee of ‘throwing his weight around’ to avoid traffic tickets.”

Said Christie: “The cat’s out of the bag on the fact that I’m over-weight. So if that’s the kind of stuff that the governor wants to talk about, it just shows how he’s trivialized the governorship.” 

However, talking about his debate strategy against Corzine, the former prosecutor confided, “My biggest challenge will be not looking like a bully.”


Obama to Make Olympic Pitch

President Obama “will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, later this week to make a final push to get the International Olympic Committee to choose his hometown of Chicago for the 2016 summer games,” reports Politico.

Said White House adviser Valerie Jarrett: “The president decided over the weekend that he wanted be a part of the final push as we enter the home stretch. He did not want to leave any stone unturned. He is very excited about joining the First Lady for both the final presentation and the question and answer session. The Olympic spirit is about giving it your very best down to finish line and not taking anything for granted. That’s what his presence in Copenhagen will demonstrate.”

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