POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 10/19

Crist Supporters Start to Worry

Here’s more about the poll that Florida Republicans are buzzing about: A survey allegedly conducted for the Florida Chamber of Commerce shows Gov. Charlie Crist (R) leading Marco Rubio (R) in their GOP U.S. Senate primary, 44% to 30%, theMiami Herald reports.

Both campaigns have seen the poll and confirmed the results, but for some reason the Florida Chamber of Commerce isn’t talking.

“Regardless, some of Crist’s top supporters are worried. They say that this isn’t the only poll showing that Rubio is scratching and denting the Teflon of Charlie Crist, who has seen record job loss and home foreclosures plague his watch as governor. More and more, they say, likely Republican voters are leaning toward Rubio and away from Crist, who’s having trouble undoing his man-hug of Barack Obama.”


Sotomayor Describes Nomination Process

In a speech at Yale University closed to the media, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor “revealed many details of the nomination process to the nation’s highest court,” the New Haven Register reports.

She described her “grueling nomination process” as “a tightly-scripted event, right down to the dress picked out for her.”


The Rangel Dilemma

Politico: “Convinced that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) is on the ropes because of a tangle of ethical issues, House GOP leaders are debating whether to aggressively press for his removal as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee or try to drag out the controversy as long as possible for maximum political advantage.”

No Bloomberg Endorsement of Corzine?

Last week we noted speculation that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would make an endorsement in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race. However, as Ben Smithnotes, a New York magazine interview with Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheeky suggests it’s not going to be for Gov. Jon Corzine (D).

Said Sheeky: “Look at Mike Bloomberg and Jon Corzine. Very similar backgrounds, very similar people. Both came into office spending a lot of money, okay? And one of them has been very successful, and one has generally been very unsuccessful, both in competitive environments. Why is that? I would argue it’s because one turned out to be really good at his job, and is surrounded by really good people, and he’s used persuasion to move things forward. If Mike Bloomberg were unsuccessful, he’d be a one-term mayor.”


Quote of the Day

“It’s a perfect playing field for the Republicans. It’s like playing a football game, 11 against 11, but 10 of their guys have machetes.”

— Democratic strategist Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, quoted by Newsweek, on the Virginia governor’s race.


It Was Christie’s Race to Lose

Walter Shapiro on the New Jersey governor’s race:

“Aided by a superior Democratic get-out-the-vote drive, Corzine is now widely expected to prevail over Christie and Daggett after a campaign that embodies the sports concept of winning ugly. The post-election Obama talking points will probably stress the Democratic Party’s resilience in New Jersey. And while the president himself may deserve a sliver of the credit, the Obama campaign’s 2008 mantra of hope will have absolutely no connection with anything that will happen in the cynical precincts of New Jersey politics.”

CQ Politics now rates the race a Toss Up.


Three Threats for Democrats

Dan Balz: “Three forces threaten Democrats in the 2010 elections: populist anger on the right, disaffection in the middle and potential disillusionment on the left.”

“Little more than a year out, the political landscape for the coming midterm elections looks decidedly more favorable for Republicans than in either of the past two elections — hardly a surprise, given the shellacking they took in 2006 and 2008. Whether their expectations for 2010 are met or exceeded, however, depends on the confluence of the political forces that have been building since President Obama’s inauguration.”

As First Read notes, “some of the key races of 2009 provide a glimpse of these issues. We’re seeing populist anger on the right rise up in the NY-23 special congressional election; we’re seeing disaffection in the middle taking place in Virginia’s gubernatorial contest; and we’re seeing some limited potential disillusionment on the left in New Jersey, where indie candidate Chris Daggett has gotten the support (for instance) of the Sierra Club.”

Daily Pulse: Republicans Launch Strategy to Derail Bill

“Senate Republicans, acknowledging they lack the votes to block a health care reform bill outright, have implemented a comprehensive political strategy to delay, define and derail,” Roll Call reports.

“With Democratic leaders and White House officials holed up in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office negotiating a final bill, Republicans are demanding a deceleration of the process and moving to define whatever plan that emerges as a combination of Medicare cuts, tax increases, higher insurance premiums and rising overall costs.”

“Senate Democrats are rejecting Republicans’ demands to slow things down, charging that the GOP isn’t interested in working with the majority to craft a bipartisan health care bill. Rather, Reid said repeatedly last week, the Republicans’ primary goal is to sink reform in order to undercut President Barack Obama.”

Said Reid: “There are challenges that lie before us because the Republicans are going to insist that we do it alone.”

However, Bloomberg notes the biggest challenge for Democrats may be to “navigate fault lines in their own party over how to remake the U.S. medical system.”

White House Begins 2010 Fundraising Push

“Even though the midterm elections are still a year away, President Barack Obama and the White House have started to unleash the fundraising force of the administration for candidates and campaign committees,” reports The Hill.

“Obama and Biden have done well more than two dozen fundraisers for candidates for the House and Senate, the Democratic campaign committees and the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates running this year. About half of them have come in the last month, and the pace is quickening.”

Time to Ignore Fox News?

Jacob Weisberg: “Whether the White House engages with Fox is a tactical political question. Whether we journalists continue to do so is an ethical one. By appearing on Fox, reporters validate its propaganda values and help to undermine the role of legitimate news organizations. Respectable journalists — I’m talking to you, Mara Liasson — should stop appearing on its programs. A boycott would make Roger Ailes too happy, so let’s try just ignoring Fox for a while. And no, I don’t want to come on The O’Reilly Factor to discuss it.”

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