POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 9/30

U.K. Labour Party Slips to Third Place

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ruling Labour Party fell to third place in anIpsos-Mori poll for the first time since 1982 — when the party supported both raising taxes and unilateral nuclear disarmament.

Said pollster Ben Page: “Labour is very, very weak.”

Bloomberg reports that an internal document “distributed at the ruling party’s annual conference sets out a day-by-day schedule for building support, suggesting a four-week election campaign beginning in April. No date has been fixed for the vote, which must be held by June.”


Palin’s Lectures a Tough Sell

Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book may be soaring up the bestseller lists, but the New York Post reports her success on the speaking circuit — she’s asking $100,000 a speech — is limited so far.

Says an industry expert: “The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot.”


Is Palin Rewriting History?

John Fund interviewed Lynn Vincent, co-author of Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book, who said it “will describe Ms. Palin’s frustration over her treatment by the staffers she inherited from the McCain campaign after her surprise pick as the GOP vice presidential nominee last year. Ms. Palin was booked on grueling interviews with hostile reporters while talk-show hosts such as Glenn Beck couldn’t even get through to her aides.”

But as Ben Smith remembers, Palin “did a small handful of tough television interviews — memorably with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric — at the outset, and then became totally unavailable to most of the press.”

McDonnell Holds Nine Point Lead

A new Rasmussen Reports survey in Virginia finds Bob McDonnell (R) leading Creigh Deeds (D) by nine points, 51% to 42%.

Over the past two weeks, McDonnell’s support has gone up three points while Deeds has lost four points. If true, it’s probably a direct result of this painful video.

For comparison, a PPP Poll showed McDonnell up by four points while a SurveyUSA poll had him leading by 14 points.


Too Big to Fail

Here’s a must read from New York Times reporter and columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin: Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves.

Sorkin gave an interview to Vanity Fair: “Well, I think this is the first time the public is going to get a true, inside-the-room account of what happened where you actually get to see all of the machinations, all of the interlinking relationships — the sort of inter-web — and even some of the duplicity among the various actors in this drama.”

The book is out next month.


Reid Cancels October Recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “has canceled the Senate’s Columbus Day recess so that lawmakers can focus on passing health care reform legislation during the week of Oct. 12,” The Hill reports.

“Reid said the Senate would likely take up health care legislation on the chamber floor that week.”

“Reid has often threatened to cancel recesses or long weekends to spur colleagues to pick up their legislative pace. But he usually relents, letting fellow lawmakers fly home to visit their families and constituents around the country.”


Already a Bestseller

Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book, Going Rogue: An American Life, is already ranked third on the Amazon bestseller list — even though it will not be published until November 17.


A Dangerous Environment

Thomas Friedman: “I have no problem with any of the substantive criticism of President Obama from the right or left. But something very dangerous is happening. Criticism from the far right has begun tipping over into delegitimation and creating the same kind of climate here that existed in Israel on the eve of the Rabin assassination… Even if you are not worried that someone might draw from these vitriolic attacks a license to try to hurt the president, you have to be worried about what is happening to American politics more broadly.”


More Proof Pawlenty is Running

Though Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) hasn’t yet declared himself a candidate for president in 2012, “he’s already getting the kind of help a candidate needs,” reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Former FEC Chairman Michael Toner, who advised former President George W. Bush, “is lending Pawlenty expertise about the often intricate world of campaign finance.”


Schumer Upbeat on Public Option

“Shrugging off twin defeats Tuesday in the Senate Finance Committee, key Democrats said they were exactly where they wanted to be in pressing for a public insurance option in the final version of a health care reform bill,” Roll Call reports.

As expected, Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) opposed both amendments. “But pointing to centrist Democratic Sen. Tom Carper’s (D-DE) decision to vote in favor of the amendment by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) — after Carper opposed a similar proposal by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) — public insurance option proponents insisted they are making headway with the skeptical moderate Democrats they’ll need to win over on the Senate floor.”

Said Schumer: “Today was a very good day for the public option. It was given up for dead a few weeks ago. But, what we find is, every time we debate it, whether it’s back home or here in the Senate Finance Committee, we pick up more support.”


Quote of the Day

“Die quickly.”

— Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), explaining the Republican health care plan.

Read more…


Corzine Closes In on Christie

New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) has cut challenger Chris Christie’s (R) lead in half and now trails by just four points, 43% to 39%, among likely voters, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Independent candidate Christopher Daggett gets 12% with 6% undecided.

Christie had a 10 point lead a month ago.

Said pollster Maurice Carroll: “”This race looks as if it will go down to the wire. Does Christopher Daggett’s impressive climb measure a swing to him or simply a distaste for the two guys hollering at each other? Will Daggett fade on Election Day? At this stage, his numbers matter.”

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