Corzine Headed Back to Wall Street?

Politicker NJ: “The rumor in financial circles is that Gov. Jon Corzine could wind up as CEO of Bank of America. Business Week has mentioned it, as did Charlie Gasperino on CNBC today. There is no confirmation or denial from the governor’s staff.”


The Upside of Being Away

First Read reports that while White House aides worry that President Obama’sextensive foreign travel hurts his approval numbers at home, “it’s not the worst thing that Obama is going to be thousands of miles and more than a dozen time zones away over the next week.”

“First, the health-care debate in the Senate (over the public option and abortion) is going to be incredibly messy, as the sausage-making process always is. While the president effectively parachuted in over the weekend to help pass the House bill, note that involvement came at the end of the process — not the middle, where the Senate currently is. Second, next week will be Palin-palooza, with her Oprah interview on Monday, her book going on sale Tuesday, and the book tour starting Wednesday.”


Did Hoffman Concede Too Soon?

It appears the special election race in New York’s 23rd congressional district is not yet over.

Though Conservative Doug Hoffman conceded the race to Bill Owens (D) on Election Night after being told he had barely won his stronghold of Oswego County, it turns out that wasn’t true.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that a recanvassing shows that Owens’ lead has narrowed to just 3,026 votes over Hoffman. And in Oswego County, “where Hoffman was reported to lead by only 500 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted election night, inspectors found Hoffman actually won by 1,748 votes.”

“The new vote totals mean the race will be decided by absentee ballots, of which about 10,200 were distributed… Under a new law in New York that extended deadlines, military and overseas ballots received by this coming Monday (and postmarked by Nov. 2) will be counted. Standard absentee ballots had to be returned this past Monday.”

Owens “was quickly sworn into office on Friday, a day before the rare weekend vote in the House of Representatives. His support sealed his party’s narrow victory on the health care legislation.”


Well Traveled President

CBS News reports President Obama’s trip to Asia will bring his total to 8 foreign trips and 20 countries since becoming president.

“The only other president to come close to Mr. Obama’s first-year-in-office globe-trotting numbers is President George H. W. Bush, who took 7 foreign trips to 14 countries.”

In addition, as Politico notes, Obama is stopping in Alaska on his way to Asia. It’s the only state he hasn’t been to since he declared his run for president.


Nationalizing Midterms Could Hurt Many Democrats

Nathan Gonzales warns that the White House’s desire to nationalize the 2010 elections could hurt many Democrats as some of the most vulnerable “represent districts won by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) last year, and those Members may not be all that excited about a national referendum on Obama’s job performance. Furthermore, nationalizing the 2010 midterms could throw fuel on an already inflamed GOP electorate.”

“The White House plans to nationalize the 2010 elections on its own terms by putting the president front and center in order to minimize the party’s losses… The plan is to use the 2002 elections — when Republicans gained eight House seats and two Senate seats in President George W. Bush’s first midterm elections — as a blueprint. But there is an underlying assumption that Obama will be at least as popular next November as he is this year. And Democrats appear to want the turnout benefits that a national election may bring without any of the backlash.”


Coakley Leads Senate Race in Massachusetts

A new Suffolk University poll in Massachusetts finds Martha Coakley (D) leading the Democratic special election race for U.S. Senate with 44%, followed by Steve Pagliuca (D) with 17%, Rep. Michael Capuano (D) at 16% and Alan Khazei (D) with 3%. The remaining 20% were undecided.

Possible wildcard: An astounding 93% of Democratic voters couldn’t pinpoint the exact date of the Dec. 8 primary — and 73% didn’t even know in which month the primary will occur.

On the Republican side, Scott Brown (R) leads Jack Robinson (R), 45% to 7%, with 47% of GOP voters still undecided.


Lieberman Rebounds in Connecticut

One more interesting finding from today’s Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut: Voters approve, by a 49% to 44% margin, of the job Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is doing.

He gets 74% to 20% approval from Republicans and 52% to 40% approval from independent voters, but Democrats disapprove 62% to 31%.

Not surprisingly, by a 51% to 25% margin, Connecticut voters say Lieberman’s views on issues are closer to the Republican Party than to the Democratic Party. There is agreement on this among voters in all parties.


Portman Leads for U.S. Senate in Ohio

For the first time, Rob Portman (R) is ahead of the two Democrats in the 2010 race for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Portman leads Jennifer Brunner (D), 38% to 34%, and tops Lee Fisher (D), 39% to 36%.

Also for the first time, Ohio voters disapprove, by a 50% to 45% margin, of the job President Obama is doing.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “The Democratic wave that swept through Ohio in 2006 and 2008 may be cresting. The Democratic lead in the Governor’s and Senate races has evaporated and for the first time President Barack Obama is under water in the most important swing state in the country.”


Tancredo Mulls Run for Governor

Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) said he “was hit with an avalanche of interest” in his possible run for governor in Colorado, the Denver Post reports.

Tancredo had been a strong supporter of Josh Penry (R), who recently dropped out of the race.

Said Tancredo: “I had said that if Josh Penry wasn’t in the race, I would be. I know if I got into this thing, most of the party elite would not be happy.”


Dodd Slides Again in Connecticut

Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) is still in serious trouble in his re-election race with 53% of voters saying he does not deserve re-election, a new Quinnipiac poll finds.

Connecticut voters disapprove, 54% to 40%, of the job Dodd is doing, compared to a 49% to 43% disapproval in September.

In general election match ups, Dodd loses to Rob Simmons (R), 49% to 38%, to Linda McMahon (R), 43% to 41%, and to Tom Foley (R), 47% vs. Dodd 40%.

Said pollster Douglas Schwartz: “After inching up in the polls for months, Sen. Christopher Dodd is sliding back down again on job approval. He continues to struggle with independent voters as 60 percent disapprove of the way he is handling his job.”

Update: Colleen Flanagan, spokeswoman for Connecticut Democrats, emails: “We’ll see lots of polls over the course of this campaign, some accurate, and some not… We’re not taking this poll particularly seriously, and Chris Dodd will continue to do his job every single day on behalf of the people he was elected to represent.”


Perry Says Obama “Hell-Bent” on Socialism

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) accused President Obama of “punishing” Texas and being “hell-bent” on turning the United States into a socialist country, reports Politico.

Said Perry: “This is an administration hell-bent toward taking American towards a socialist country. And we all don’t need to be afraid to say that because that’s what it is.”

Perry also accused the Obama administration of intentionally dumping illegal immigrants from other western states in Texas.

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