Bonus Quote of the Day

“The Governor will write about all of this in her book. There will be plenty of time to talk about it then.”

— Meg Stapleton, spokesperson for Sarah Palin, reacting to comments by Steve Schmidt that a Palin presidential candidacy would be “catastrophic.”

Letterman Haunted by Old Clinton-Lewinsky Jokes

Gawker: “Since David Letterman went public about having sex with members on his staff, one of his myriad humiliations is having all those millions of ‘sex with interns’ jokes he made about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky turned back at him.”

Chicago Not Chosen for Olympics

Despite a presentation this morning from President Obama, the International Olympic Committee eliminated Chicago in the first round of voting to choose a site for the 2016 Olympic games.

That’s an embarrassing political miscalculation by the White House. However, it’s likely to be a short term blow. Almost no one blames New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for failing to bring the 2012 Olympics to his city.

Power of the Presidency

First Read: “Two moments that have already taken place, only serve to underscore the power of the office. While most of America slept, the president was in Copenhagen making a last minute push for Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics. But it was the meeting the president held just before takeoff FROM Copenhagen BACK to the states that served as the reminder: the commander on the ground in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McCrystal, hopped over a mere 600 miles from London to Copenhagen, to meet face-to-face with his Commander-in-Chief. The 25-minute meeting aboard Air Force One could not have taken place this week unless the president was in the vicinity, immediately insulating him from GOP attacks about the trip. The meeting between the two was planned on Wednesday when the White House learned McCrystal would be in London.”

Judging a Book by its Cover

Sarah Palin’s forthcoming book, Going Rogue, now has a book jacket — and it’s moved up to the top spot on the Amazon bestseller list.

Quote of the Day

“I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican candidate in 2012, and in fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic election result.” 

— Former McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, quoted by Marc Ambinder, on Sarah Palin’s electoral prospects in 2012.

GOP Could Get Temporary Boost in 2010

Ronald Brownstein notes that in midterm elections, “the electorate tends to be whiter and older than in presidential elections” which should help Republicans in next year’s midterms.

“But that dynamic also means that Republicans could do very well in 2010 without solving their fundamental demographic challenges. In the 2012 presidential election, the young and minority voters central to Obama’s coalition are likely to return in large numbers. The risk to the GOP is that a strong 2010 showing based on a conservative appeal to apprehensive older whites will discourage it from reconsidering whether its message is too narrow to attract those rapidly growing groups.”

Job Cuts Accelerate

“Employers eliminated more jobs than expected last month as the unemployment rate climbed to 9.8%, another sign that a rapid recovery in the labor market is unlikely,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

The unemployment rate will probably be the biggest factor in next year’s midterm elections.

GOP Brand Still in Bad Shape

Brendan Nyhan: “In short, there’s no question that the GOP party brand is in worse shape than any opposition party in recent memory. The question, however, is whether this difference in party valence will (a) persist through next November and (b) translate into fewer GOP House seats at the polls, especially once we account for the generic Congressional ballot, which should (in principle) take much of this difference into account… Those questions remain to be addressed.”

McCain Seeks to Remake Republican Party

Sen. John McCain “is working behind-the-scenes to reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image,” Politico reports. 

He is “recruiting candidates, raising money for them and hitting the campaign trail on their behalf. He’s taken sides in competitive House, Senate and gubernatorial primaries and introduced his preferred candidates to his top donors.”

“It’s all part of an approach that is at odds with most other recent failed presidential nominees, whose immediate response to defeat was to retreat from the electoral arena. But those familiar with McCain’s thinking say he has expressed serious concern about the direction of the party and is actively seeking out and supporting candidates who can broaden the party’s reach.”

New Jersey Debate Almost Civil

At last night’s debate in New Jersey, CQ Politics notes there was little of the nastiness of the ad wars between Gov. Jon Corzine (D) and challenger Chris Christie (R) on display. Instead, the two men and independent Chris Daggett pitched their economic plans, focusing on taxes.

The closest the session came to personal attacks was when the subject turned to health care and the accusation, leveled by the Corzine campaign, that Christie’s health insurance overhaul proposal would result in insurance companies dropping mammogram coverage for women.

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