POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 1/21

Specter vs. Bachmann

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) engaged in a radio debate with Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) yesterday and, as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, “eventually became irate” and told her to “act like a lady.”

National Enquirer Seeks Pulitzer Prize

“The executive editor of the National Enquirer says he plans to enter his paper’s work on the John Edwards scandal for a Pulitzer Prize,” the Washington Postreports.

Said editor Barry Levine: “It’s clear we should be a contender for this.”

“Although the Enquirer stories may or may not be prize-winning material — the tabloid’s most significant disclosures came in 2007 and 2008, and this year’s Pulitzers will honor material published in 2009 — there is no question that the paper scooped the rest of the media world.”

Republicans Now Favored in Arkansas

With multiple independent polls showing Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) running behind lower-tier GOP challengers, Stuart Rothenberg moves his rating of the Arkansas U.S. Senate race to Lean Takeover.

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“The things he wanted to do weren’t going to be natural for continued public life anyway. He honestly cares about poverty.”

— Elizabeth Edwards, in an interview with Politico, on her husband’s sex scandal and volunteer work in Haiti and El Salvador.

Lobbying Firms Thriving

Roll Call notes that the top 25 lobbying firms cashed in on President Obama’s aggressive legislative agenda and the larger Democratic majorities in Congress to post double-digit growth of about 10 percent over the previous year.

Toomey Holds Solid Lead in Pennsylvania

The latest Rasmussen Reports survey finds Pat Toomey (R) now leads Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), 49% to 40%, in Pennsylvania’s race for the U.S. Senate.

Toomey also leads Joe Sestak (D), 43% to 35%.

Pelosi Doesn’t Have the Votes

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the Senate will have to amend its version of a health care reform bill before the House can pass it, the Washington Post reports.

Said Pelosi: “I don’t think it’s possible to pass the Senate bill in the House. I don’t see the votes for it at this time.”

What’s Next?

Remember to check out our 2010 congressional primary calendar.

It’s an exciting year ahead.

More Senate Shocks Coming?

Larry Sabato: “It is likely that the Republicans will gain at least 3 to 5 Senate seats in November. Even more startling, in the aftermath of the Massachusetts special election, Republicans would do even better IF the general election were being held today. The Crystal Ball projects that the Democratic majority in the Senate would be reduced to just 52 seats if November’s contests were somehow moved to January. ”

Burr Maintains Lead in Re-Election Race

A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) ahead of all of his potential Democratic challengers — despite having a lowly 36% approval rating.

Burr leads Elaine Marshall (D), 44% to 37%, tops Cal Cunningham (D), 45% to 36%, and beats Kenneth Lewis (D), 46% to 34%..

Supreme Court Rolls Back Campaign Spending Limits

The Supreme Court ruled today “that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress,” the AP reports.

The court “overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general treasuries to pay for campaign ads. The decision almost certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in campaigns and threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.”

This decision will almost certainly cause a mini-revolution in American politics.

Brown Gets Another Invitation for Photo Shoot

Cosmopolitan editor in chief Kate White invited Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) to pose for another centerfold in the magazine, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Said White: “I think it ended up helping him!”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“It was a classic case of everybody getting caught napping.”

— White House adviser David Axelrod, in an interview with the New York Times, in a stunning admission on why Democrats lost the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.

Edwards Wanted Aide to Fake Paternity Test

John Edwards’ admission this morning that he fathered a child with his former mistress was clearly timed to preempt next week’s coverage of a new tell-all book,The Politician, written by his former aide Andrew Young.

ABC News has now released excerpts of their exclusive interview with Young in which he alleges that Edwards asked him to arrange a fake paternity test.

“Get a doctor to fake the DNA results,” Young said Edwards told him. “And he asked me … to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this [was] indeed his child.”

Rare Session for Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hold a special session today, the New York Timesreports.

“Such special sessions are unusual, leading many to suspect that the court will release its long-awaited decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a major campaign finance case. The court has already taken the rare step of hearing arguments in the case twice. For the second argument, the court asked the parties to offer their views on whether it should overrule a 1990 decision that upheld restrictions on corporate spending to support or oppose political candidates, and part of the 2003 decision that upheld the central provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law.”

Blunt Takes Lead in Missouri

A new Rasmussen Reports survey in Missouri shows Roy Blunt (R) now holds a six-point lead over Robin Carnahan (D) for the U.S. Senate, 49% to 43%.

Last month, Carnahan had a narrow 46% to 44% edge over Blunt.

Campbell Takes Lead in Senate Primary

Just a week after dropping his bid for California governor and switching to the U.S. Senate race, a new Field Poll finds Tom Campbell (R) has taken the lead in the Republican primary.

Campbell leads among likely voters with 30%, followed by Carly Fiorina at 25% and Chuck DeVore at 6%. The remaining 39% were undecided.

The winner will face Sen. Barbra Boxer (D-CA) in the general election.

Quote of the Day

“You just witnessed a wicked political pivot across our country.”

— Sarah Palin, in an interview on Fox News.

Edwards Admits Paternity

In a statement timed to preempt a new book by a former aide, John Edwards admitted paternity of a daughter with former mistress Rielle Hunter, despite his previous denials.

“I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.”

“It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future.”

“To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.”

Giving Up on Obama

Paul Krugman: “Maybe House Democrats can pull this out, even with a gaping hole in White House leadership… But I have to say, I’m pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in.”

Democrats Holds Edge for Connecticut Governor

A new Quinnipiac poll in Connecticut finds Ned Lamont (D) leading the pack in the Democratic primary race for governor with 44%, followed by Dan Malloy (D) with 11%. No other Democrat tops 5%.

On the Republican side, 59% are undecided, with 17% for Tom Foley (R) and 8% for Mike Fedele (R). No other Republican tops 6%.

In possible general election matchups, Lamont edges Foley, 38% to 36%, and beats Fedele, 41% to 32%. Malloy beats Foley, 37% to 33%, and leads Fedele, 37% to 31%.

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