POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 11/25

More Visitor Logs Coming

Here’s a holiday news dump: The White House will release additional visitor logs with more than 1,600 names later today.

 

Rudy’s Rumor Mill

Late last week, the big scoop was that Rudy Giuliani (R) would not run for governor and instead had decided to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

But we’ve heard nothing from Giuliani since that “news” broke.

New York Observer: “So here we are, five days later, and everyone is still trying to figure out what Rudy wants to do in 2010 — except now, the focus is on the Senate race, not the governorship. This is exactly how he likes it, of course. He can maintain this holding pattern for weeks, maybe even months, as long as enough of us play along. But the longer he holds out, the more it seems like we’re all being had — again.”

 

Another Run for McAuliffe?

Terry McAuliffe (D), “the millionaire businessman who ran unsuccessfully for Virginia governor this year, is negotiating with investors and a U.S. automaker to lure a factory to southern Virginia — raising speculation that the ambitious Democrat is not done with state politics,” the Washington Post reports.

“McAuliffe’s continuing attention to Virginia suggests that another run for office, possibly for governor in 2013, is possible. And a focus on job creation in rural Virginia could help erase the perception that McAuliffe is a carpetbagger with big ideas but without deep ties to the state. It would also help him build support in areas where Democrats typically don’t perform well.”

 

Too Early to Judge Obama?

Joe Klein: “Democrats have tough first years in the presidency… There is a reason for that. Democrats come to office eager to govern the heck out of the country. They take on impossible issues, like budget-balancing and health care reform… They get lost in the details… The real evaluation of Obama’s debut must wait for the results of the two biggest problems he’s tackling — his decision on Afghanistan and the Congressional attempt to pass health care reform. And even here, it will be difficult to render judgment immediately.”

 

Coakley Maintains Lead in Massachusetts

With the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate fast approaching in Massachusetts, a new Rasmussen Reports survey finds Martha Coakley (D) leading with 36%, followed by Rep. Michael Capuano (D) at 21%, Alan Khazei (D) at 14% and Stephen Pagliuca at 14%.

The primary is on December 8 with the special election scheduled for January 19.

 

Goddard Leads in Arizona

A new Cronkite/Eight poll in Arizona finds Attorney General Terry Goddard (D) leading Gov. Jan Brewer (R) in next year’s gubernatorial race, 47% to 28% with 21% still undecided.

Meanwhile, in a possible U.S. Senate match up, the poll shows Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) ahead of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (D), 50% to 41%.

 

Sandoval Would Win Three-Way Nevada Race

If Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman runs as an independent candidate for Nevada governor, he would pull more support from Rory Reid (D) than Brian Sandoval (R) in a three-way match up, a Nevada News Bureau poll shows.

Sandoval leads with 35%, followed by Goodman at 28% and Reid at 16%.

Goodman has not decided yet whether to run for governor, and if so, as a Democrat or independent. A poll last week showed Goodman and Reid running even in a possible Democratic primary.

 

Quote of the Day

“We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”

— Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, in an interview on Fox News.

Read more…

 

New Challenger for Gillibrand?

“Democratic sources say that former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. — who relocated to New York City after his unsuccessful Senate bid in 2006 — has been talking about the possibility of running against vulnerable rookie New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand,” Politico reports.

Ford “has reportedly told associates that he’s skeptical about the idea.”

 

Increased Support for More Troops in Afghanistan

Gallup: “Americans over the last two weeks have become slightly more likely to favor sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, and slightly less likely to favor a reduction in forces. At this point, 47% of Americans would advise President Obama to increase the number of U.S. troops — either by the roughly 40,000 recommended by the commanding general in Afghanistan or by a smaller amount — while 39% would advise Obama to reduce the number of troops.”

 

Vitter Goes Shopping

Heard on the Hill: “In what has to be one of HOH’s favorite sightings since the time that former Sen. Joseph Biden browsed Victoria’s Secret, an HOH tipster reported seeing none other than Sen. David Vitter wandering around the lingerie department of the downtown Filene’s Basement on Saturday.”

 

Impeachment Panel Seeks More Details

The panel taking up the impeachment resolution against South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) said “it wants detailed answers about the governor’s secret trip to Argentina last June,” reports The State.

“The committee, in its initial meeting, discussed whether to call witnesses or take sworn affidavits, meaning members of Sanford’s staff may have to recount the events that lead up the the governor’s disappearance. The committee also voted to expand the scope of its review to consider the 37 ethics violations lodged against Sanford last week. Those charges stem from an investigation in to Sanford’s travel and campaign spending.”

 

Where Obama is Losing Support

Public Policy Polling agrees that President Obama is not losing support among independents.

“On our national survey in June Obama had an 82% approval rating with Democrats. Now it’s 83%. He had a 46% approval rating with independents. Now it’s 47%. No real change on either of those fronts. But with Republicans he’s dropped from an 18% mark to just 10%. That shift is what put his approval rating below 50% — he’s gone from a small amount of crossover support to a very small amount of crossover supports.”

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