Baldwin Ready to Run for Office?

Alec Baldwin “says he has lost interest in acting and considers his film career a failure,” Reuters reports.

Said Baldwin: “I don’t have any interest in acting anymore. Movies are a part of my past. It’s been 30 years. I’m not young, but I have time to do something else.”

Last summer, Baldwin said he was considering a career in politics.


Palin Book Goes Platinum

Sarah Palin’s memoir has now sold one million copies, reports ABC News.

The print run for Going Rogue has been increased again, to 2.8 million copies. The original printing was 1.5 million, then moved up to 2.5 million.


Capuano Gets Another Big Endorsement

Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) will endorse Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) in his run for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe.

Capuano has now received endorsements from seven of his nine House colleagues from Massachusetts.

“The primary is one week from today. Although the significance of endorsements is a topic of debate, campaigns value them as symbolic seals of approval as well as for their potential to rally supporters on Election Day — particularly in a special election expected to draw lighter turnout than a typical November contest.”

The Boston Herald, the state’s second biggest newspaper, also endorsed Capuano.


Most Googled Senators

Google looks at search traffic for the year and compiles a list of the most searched for U.S. Senators:

1. Kennedy
2. Nelson
3. Boxer
4. Feinstein
5. Reid
6. Byrd
7. Dodd
8. Schumer
9. Grassley
10. Warner


Ventura Claims He Was Silenced

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura said that MSNBC kept him off the air because he did not support the Iraq war.

Said Ventura: “It was awful. I was basically silenced. When I came out of office, I was the hottest commodity out there. There was a bidding war between CNN, Fox and MSNBC to get my services. MSNBC ultimately won. I was being groomed for a five day-a-week TV show by them. Then, all of a sudden, weird phone calls started happening: ‘Is it true Jesse doesn’t support the war in Iraq?'”

“My contract said I couldn’t do any other cable TV or any news shows, and they honored and paid it for the duration of it. So in essence I had my silence purchased. Why do you think you didn’t hear from me for three years? I was under contract.”


Burr Gets a Challenger

Two sources tell Hotline On Call that former state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) is set to announce he will run against Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), reconsidering his earlier decision to drop out of the race.

“Already, several big-name candidates have declined to challenge Burr, who is running for a second term. Cunningham, an atty and U.S. Army Reserve captain from Lexington, will give Burr a solid, if not top-tier, challenger in ’10.”

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) “is already in the race against Burr, though few see her as able to give the incumbent a serious challenge.”


Crashers Insist They Were Invited

In an interview on the Today Show, the “most infamous party crashers in the world” said that they “hate that label, denied they finagled their way into a White House state dinner and insisted that they were invited to the bash by a Washington law firm with ties to a senior Pentagon official.”

Said Michaele Salahi: “We were invited, not crashers. There isn’t anyone that would have the audacity or the poor behavior to do that… certainly not us.”

Gawker notes NBC News “didn’t pay the Salahis for their exclusive Today appearance this morning. They didn’t have to: According rival bookers trying to land the Salahis, they already have a contract with Bravo preventing them from talking to anyone else.”

Meanwhile, Jon Stewart has his own unique take on the entire incident.

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Threat of Using Reconciliation Remains

“Talk about using budget reconciliation to pass health care reform in the Senate has faded from public view, but Democratic leaders continue to hang the threat over centrists in private,” reports The Hill.

“Under reconciliation, healthcare legislation could pass with a simple majority after a strictly limited floor debate. But lawmakers would have to carve up the bill to eliminate provisions that do not clearly raise revenue or cut spending and therefore would be subject to parliamentary objections. Reid has said that he could pass a government-run health insurance program, known as the public option, under reconciliation.”

Said Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE): “Some, citing comments from Sen. Reid, say reconciliation is off the table. But it will be right back on the table if we allow the normal Senate parliamentary procedures to break down.”


Runoff in Atlanta

Atlanta holds its mayoral run-off election today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

“Several polls suggest the race is tight and both candidates have attacked each other’s record with increased intensity.”

First Read notes the contest “is likely to be decided along racial lines. The contest pits City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who is white, against former state Sen. Kasim Reed, who is black. Norwood won a plurality of the vote (46%) on Nov. 3, but needed 50% to win outright. Reed, who pulled in 36%, split the black vote in a crowded field of other African-American candidates. The city hasn’t had a white mayor since 1973.”


Dean Blasts Health Care Reform Effort

Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean blasted the health care reform effort, noting Congress “isn’t going to pass a bill that reforms health care,” the Yale Daily News reports.

He noted the most important component of any health care bill is a public option.

Said Dean: “If we don’t have a choice, this bill is worthless and should be defeated.”


Quote of the Day

“Why would I want to do that? It’s been a hell of a tour. I’ve loved it. I have no aspirations for further office.”

— Former Vice President Dick Cheney, in an interview with Politico, insisting he will not run for president in 2012.


Friday is Still Trash Day

President Obama “entered the White House promising a new era of openness in government, but when it comes to bad news, his administration often uses one of the oldest tricks in the public relations playbook: putting it out when the fewest people are likely to notice,” the AP reports.

“As with past administrations, Friday looks like a popular day to ‘take out the trash,’ as presidential aides on the TV drama The West Wing matter-of-factly called it. Along with weekends, holidays and the dark of night, the final stretch of the work week, when many news consumers tune out, is a common time for the government to release news unlikely to benefit the president.”


Democrats Getting Cold Feet?

Swing State Project notes what Democrats must hope isn’t the beginning of a trend: the withdrawal of three House candidates in under a week. Although none of these candidates were crucial to Democratic success in 2010, their decisions not to run highlight the problems Democratic strategists face at a key time for candidate recruitment.

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