POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 11/16

Biden Moves Ahead of Castle in Delaware

A new Susquehanna Polling & Research poll in Delaware finds Attorney General Beau Biden (D) leading Rep. Mike Castle (R) by five points, 45% to 40%.

In April, Castle led by 21 points.

According to the pollster, the shift “may be a result of negative publicity [Castle] received in the state after casting a ‘no’ vote for President Obama’s health care reform bill in the U.S. Congress.”

 

Still Waiting on the CBO

A Senate leadership aide tells NBC News that “it’s highly unlikely Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will have cost estimate today from the Congressional Budget Office for his health-care bill.”

 

McCain Asks Staffers to Stay Quiet

NBC News reports that Sen. John McCain “has specifically asked his former aides not to do interviews rebutting Palin’s charges in her book — to avoid escalating the feud between her and the campaign staff. Most are complying with his wishes, hoping it will die down.”

But one key player targeted by Palin in the book points to emails that contradict Palin’s version of events.

Said the former McCain campaign aide: “It is unrecognizable at every instance. There is not one truthful account as it relates to any conversation I ever had with her.”

 

Harkin Says Senate Will Work Weekends

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said that the Senate will work every weekend in December to pass the health care reform bill by Christmas, The Hill reports.

“Harkin said Democrats expect Republicans will try to stall the debate by asking for the entire bill to be read on the Senate floor. If that happens, Harkin said, the majority party is likely to use a procedural maneuver to keep the Senate in session this weekend.”

Said Harkin: “If the Republicans want to stay here this Saturday and Sunday to read the bill, then let them stay here.”

Harkin added that Democrats would hold a “live quorum,” where the sergeant at arms requests the presence of all absent senators.

 

Paterson Runs Behind Everyone

A new Siena poll of New York voters finds that Gov. David Paterson (D) trails Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) by nearly 60 points in a potential Democratic primary, trails former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) by more than 20 points, and for the first time trails former Rep. Rick Lazio by three points.

Said pollster Steven Greenberg: “While it’s true that the Governor’s new commercials had only been airing for less than a week while Siena was polling, it seems clear that he’s going to have to spend a lot of campaign funds very early to even have a chance of improving the measurements by which voters judge David Paterson.”

 

Quote of the Day

“By the way, I don’t know if we call him Levi — I hear he goes by the name Ricky Hollywood now, so, if that’s the case, we don’t want to mess up this gig he’s got going… Kind of this aspiring, aspiring porn — the things that he’s doing. It’s kind of heartbreaking.”

— Sarah Palin, in an interview on Oprah, about the father of her grandson.

 

The Lloyd’s Prayer

From an email making its way around Wall Street this morning:

Our Chairman,
Who Art At Goldman,
Blankfein Be Thy Name.
The Rally’s Come. God’s Work Be Done
On Earth As There’s No Fear Of Correction.
Give Us This Day Our Daily Gains,
And Bankrupt Our Competitors
As You Taught Lehman and Bear Their Lessons.
And Bring Us Not Under Indictment.
For Thine Is The Treasury,
The House And The Senate
Forever and Ever.
Goldman.

 

Obama Goes Silent

CQ Politics notes that since President Obama landed on five Sunday news programs on September 20 — amid a great clamor that he was overexposing himself — the president has infrequently taken questions in public

The president’s last full-dress U.S. press conference was nearly four months ago, a prime-time appearance on July 22.

 

An Uphill Climb for Palin

The buildup to her new book hasn’t eased Sarah Palin’s political challenges as she weighs a presidential bid in 2012: Just over half of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll have an unfavorable opinion of her overall, as many say they wouldn’t consider supporting her for president and more – six in 10 – see her as unqualified for the job.

Nonetheless, Walter Shapiro shows how Palin could still win the Republican presidential nomination.

Backing him up: A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds that 59% of Republican voters say Palin “shares the values of most GOP voters throughout the nation.”

 

Beneath the Congressional Favorability Numbers

“It’s a commonly accepted fact that Congressional Democrats are unpopular but Congressional Republicans are even more unpopular,” Tom Jensen writes.

“That’s true but it shouldn’t be taken as an indication that Democrats are going to be fine in 2010 because there’s a pretty significant group of the electorate that dislikes both parties and they’re overwhelmingly planning to vote Republican next year because they think it at least provides an opportunity for change.”

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