POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 12/11

Public Supports Cap and Trade

An Ipsos Public Affairs survey finds that 52% of respondents support a cap and trade plan, similar to that working through Congress, with 41% opposing the measure.

The poll also finds that messaging is make or break for the initiative: Support drops to 43%, with 55% opposed, when cap and trade raises monthly electrical bills by $25, but support jumps to 60%, with 36% opposed, when that same spike in prices accompanies the creation of “a significant number of ‘green’ jobs.”

Giannoulias Leads in Illinois

A new Rasmussen Reports survey finds Alexi Giannoulias (D) has now crept past Rep. Mark Kirk (R) in Illinois’ 2010 U.S. Senate race, 42% to 39%.

However, Kirk remains ahead of the other two potential candidates, leading Cheryle Jackson (D), 42% to 39%, and tops David Hoffman (D), 42% to 38%.

Dodd a No Show for Own Fundraiser

Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Connecticut to raise money for Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), but Dodd himself won’t be there, the Hartford Courantreports.

Said a Doidd spokesman: “Unfortunately, because of the possibility of votes on the Senate floor today, Senator Dodd will be unable to join Vice President Biden in Connecticut. The Senator’s wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, will fill-in for Senator Dodd.”

Jenny Sanford Files for Divorce

South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford issued a statement this morning saying that she is filing for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford (R), who admitted over the summer that he had had an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina.

So much for those hopes of reconciling.

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A Goodman Dynasty in Nevada?

By announcing she was stepping down from a school board, Carolyn Goodman, wife of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, prompted speculation that she is considering running for her husband’s job, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

“The announcement is being seen by some as an indication that Oscar Goodman does intend to run for governor next year or that Carolyn Goodman intends to run for mayor in 2011 — or both.”

Did Obama Sell Out to Wall Street?

Matt Taibbi: “What’s taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history. Elected in the midst of a crushing economic crisis brought on by a decade of orgiastic deregulation and unchecked greed, Obama had a clear mandate to rein in Wall Street and remake the entire structure of the American economy. What he did instead was ship even his most marginally progressive campaign advisers off to various bureaucratic Siberias, while packing the key economic positions in his White House with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place. This new team of bubble-fattened ex-bankers and laissez-faire intellectuals then proceeded to sell us all out, instituting a massive, trickle-up bailout and systematically gutting regulatory reform from the inside.”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“These people are not connected to reality.”

— Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), quoted by the Minnesota Independent, on the Obama administration.

Baucus Gave Girlfriend Raise

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), “chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer in 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her, and later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip to Southeast Asia and the Middle East, though foreign policy was not her specialty,” Politico reports.

Late last Friday, Baucus acknowledged his relationship with Melodee Hanes, whom he nominated for the job of U.S. attorney in Montana.

Will Palin Run in 2012?

She insists she’s not yet thinking about running for president, but USA Today reports Sarah Palin “also is doing nothing to discourage the idea. Her book tour has been a ‘confirming and affirming’ experience, she said, adding that she’s tapped the same vein of discontent in the country’s body politic as the conservative ‘Tea Party’ movement, which she called ‘beautiful.'”

Said Palin: “The great thing about what’s going on right now across the country is there isn’t the apathy that perhaps we had seen even a year ago. All these people who are getting riled up. It’s a healthy riled up, too. This is good for democracy. It’s people getting sick and tired of feeling disenfranchised and disenchanted with their government, and they want their voice heard.”

Quote of the Day

“If you think an expanded Medicare is the answer, you’re smoking medical marijuana.”

— Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, arguing that the Senate compromise will create “a national health care system that’s controlled by a handful of very large corporations accountable neither to American voters nor to the market.”

Portman Leads in Ohio Senate Race

A new Rasmussen poll in Ohio finds former Rep. Rob Portman (R) leading both Jennifer Brunner (D), 40% to 33%, and Lee Fisher (D), 38% to 36%, in next year’s U.S. Senate race.

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