Poll Shows Christie with the Edge

Penn, Schoen and Berland poll in New Jersey finds gubernatorial challenger Chris Christie (R) with the edge over Gov. Jon Corzine (D), 43% to 38%, with independent Chris Daggett getting 16%.

The survey has a 3.8% margin of error, technically making the race a statistical dead heat.

Note: The poll is based on “online interviews.”

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“Gives us a sense of momentum when the United States has accolades tossed its way rather than shoes.”

— A State Department spokesman, quoted by CNN, on President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Clinton Intervenes in Dispute

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her conflict resolution skills last night in the dispute between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien.

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Bipartisanship Never Had a Chance

A good point from Ezra Klein on the health care reform effort:

“No Republican save Olympia Snowe has actually come forward with a concrete set of proposals that could permit them to sign onto the final legislation. Which is a shame, as there are actually places where conservative ideas and Republican cover could have bettered the bill. Conservatives have long wanted to end the preference for employer-based insurance, which would’ve been an important step forward. Many Republicans have been big proponents of moving away from fee-for-service medicine, which is a needed change. Republicans have been big proponents of making the insurance market more consumer-focused, which would be important in the context of the insurance exchanges.”

“But all those opportunities were lost. Because Democrats had no Republican cover, they could not sacrifice a single member of their party. That’s meant that they couldn’t be courageous on taxes, and they couldn’t tell the unions to stuff it when they demanded that the exchanges remain constricted. Republicans complain that the bill is too liberal (though the Senate Finance Committee’s bill is actually not very liberal at all), but that’s in part because no Republicans were willing to offer their votes in return for making it more conservative.”

Dead Heat in New Jersey

A new Neighborhood Research (R) poll in New Jersey finds the race for Governor in a statistical dead heat with Chris Christie (R) barely edging Gov. Jon Corzine, 36% to 35%, with independent Christopher Daggett at 11%.

Last month, a similar poll by the same firm had Christie leading by four points.

Candidate Shoots at Target of Congresswoman

At a Republican party meeting held at a gun range, Robert Lowry (R), the candidate challenging Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) in Florida’s 20th congressional district, “fired at a full-body silhouette with ‘DWS’ written next to its head,” the AP reports.

Lowry “initially described his target as a joke. Minutes later, he called it a mistake.”

Another Palin Book

Penquin Books announced that it is moving up the publication date of The Persecution of Sarah Palin by Matthew Continetti from next February to November 12, 2009 to coincide with the publication of Palin’s controversial memoir.

The book is subtitled: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party.”

— DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse, quoted by Greg Sargent.

Boxer Looks Very Safe for Re-Election

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is comfortably ahead of her Republican opponents in her re-election bid next year, according to a new Field Poll.

Boxer leads Fiorina, 49% to 35%, and tops state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R), 50% to 33%.

Sending 40,000 Troops Portrayed as “Middle Option”

ABC News reports that President Obama was presented with three options on Afghanistan by his military commanders and that sending an additional 40,000 troops — which was recommended by Gen. Stanley McChrystal — is described the “middle option.”

The Wall Street Journal reports a more extreme possibility is sending an additional 60,000 troops. The third option, described by his advisers as “high risk,” was sending no additional forces. 

It’s probably safe to assume this was leaked to prepare the American public for sending additional troops and show the president as taking the middle ground.

Reactions to Obama Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

If you were surprised to wake up this morning to learn President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, you were hardly alone. The Washington Post notes the announcement “drew gasps from the audience in Oslo — in part because Obama assumed office less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 deadline for nominations.”

The president will give his own reaction in a Rose Garden statement at 11 am. Here’s a round up of what others are saying:

David Axelrod: “It’s an honor. It’s nothing that anyone expected, certainly nothing the president sought. I think that he’s less interested in individual honors — and this certainly is one — than in advancing the causes that were cited by the Nobel committee.”

First Read: “For the president’s supporters, this award serves as a reminder that the world is watching and the president’s election was something that could have a global impact. What will be interesting to watch is how the president’s detractors will use today’s news. Last week, some critics seemed to relish the president’s inability to go on to the world’s stage and lobby on behalf of the America for the Olympics. What do those critics say now?”

John Dickerson: “It came a week late, but President Obama did win the gold. Last Friday the International Olympic Committee stiffed him. Today he won the Nobel Peace Prize. He should probably leave his schedule open next Friday, because apparently anything can happen.”

Josh Marshall: “It’s not the accustomed stance of a writer or blogger. But this one does have me at something of a loss for words.”

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Quote of the Day

“Well, it was a different time.”

— House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), in an interview on Fox News, on why Republicans, when they were in control, didn’t allow members 24 hours to read bills before they came to the House floor.

DNC Highlights Controversial Republicans

The DNC is launching “a new initiative aimed at highlighting controversial comments and votes by leading Republicans” with a series of videos identifying “The Faces of the GOP,” reports ABC News.

The first video — targeting Rep. Steve King (R-IA) — “strings together votes and statement in an attempt to portray an out-of-the-mainstream politician who has become a regular GOP presence in TV appearances.”

The new campaign “reflects an effort by the DNC highlight some of the more controversial figures inside the Republican Party who have emerged as prominent voices in media appearances.”

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Candidates Snub Palin

“Sarah Palin stands ready to stump for the Republican gubernatorial candidates running in the two most closely-watched campaigns in the country this fall, but neither seems to want her help,” Politico reports.

Said advsier Meg Stapleton: “The governor offered her assistance with both races. The ball is in their court.”

Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

“In a stunning surprise, the Nobel Committee announced Friday that it had awarded its annual peace prize to President Obama ‘for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples’ less than nine months after he took office,” the New York Times reports.

Said the committee: “He has created a new international climate.”

Washington Post: “The committee’s decision to choose Obama from among 205 nominees appears in part to be a rebuke to the Bush administration’s unilateral approach to world bodies and alliances, most notably in its decision to go to war in Iraq without U.N. approval.”

The last sitting American president to win the prize was Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Theodore Roosevelt also won the prize in 1906.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs emails a one word reaction: “Wow.”

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