Conservatives Warned About Massa

Reliable sources on Capitol Hill tell the Weekly Standard that the House ethics report on Eric Massa (D-NY) will be damning.

The magazine provides a warning to conservatives: “Obamacare opponents, like Glenn Beck, might want to think twice before indulging Massa and letting this Democratic creep become the posterboy of Obamacare opposition.”

Limbaugh Vows to Leave Country

Rush Limbaugh threatened to leave the country if President Obama’s health care reform bill passes, Think Progress reports.

Said Limbaugh: “I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica.”

Not the Book Rove Could Have Written

Walter Shapiro: “Maybe someday Karl Rove will write a thoughtful and candid account of how he helped guide George W. Bush downward from the national-unity president of the months after 9/11 to the derided figure who left office with a 34 percent approval rating in the Gallup poll, on par with the exiting Jimmy Carter and Harry Truman. Rove, who had once dreamed of launching a new conservative era much as his hero William McKinley did in 1896, certainly has the intellect and the appreciation of history to write such an anatomy of a political disaster. Unfortunately,Courage and Consequence is not that memoir.”

Crist Trails by 32 Points

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Florida finds Marco Rubio (R) leading Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in their U.S. Senate race by an astounding 32 points, 60% to 28%.

“Our general election Senate numbers, which we’ll release tomorrow, find that Crist is a good deal more popular with Democrats now than he is with Republicans. His path to any future electoral victory may come as an independent or perhaps even as a Democrat.”

Giannoulias Could Get Windfall if Bank Fails

The family of Alexi Giannoulias (D), who is running for U.S. Senate in Illinois, “stands to collect more than $10 million in federal tax refunds even if its Broadway Bank fails, which Mr. Giannoulias said last week is likely,” Crain’s Chicago Business reports.

“The possibility of family members pocketing millions in tax refunds as Broadway slides toward insolvency and federal receivership is likely to fuel more controversy for Mr. Giannoulias, who already is under fire for his role in the bank’s woes.”

CQ Politics notes “you can almost see the ads write themselves.”

The Big Short

Here’s a must-read book: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Michael Lewis’ take on the collapse of American financial markets. It’s out next week.

Romney Says Flip-Flop Narrative Hard to Shake

In an interview on Fox Business Network, Mitt Romney made clear he’s no longer going to debate whether he flip-flopped on abortion.

Said Romney: “If you change your mind on abortion, which I did when I was governor, you’re going to have a lot of people not happy with you. That was certainly the case. Once you get a narrative it’s hard to shake it. Just recognize that it’s part of the game of politics.”

Young Republicans More Enthusiastic

A new Harvard Institute of Politics poll of 18 to 29 year-olds finds young Republicans are showing more enthusiasm than young Democrats for participating in the upcoming midterm elections with 41% of Republicans planning on voting, compared to 35% of Democrats and 13% of Independents.

Quote of the Day

“We don’t know who contributes to a campaign, checks show up and they get cashed.”

— Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL), quoted by Politico, defending receiving a campaign contribution in 2008 from Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY).

Stupak Optimistic He’ll Support Bill

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) now says “prospects are good for resolving a dispute over abortion” that has led him and other House Democrats to threaten to withhold support of President Obama’s health care overhaul, the AP reports.

Stupak will “resume talks with House leaders this week in a quest for wording that would impose no new limits on abortion rights but also would not allow use of federal money for the procedure.”

Said Stupak: “I’m more optimistic than I was a week ago.”

Rubio’s Grooming Becomes a Campaign Issue

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) accused rival Marco Rubio (R) of getting his back waxed in an interview on Fox News last night.

Said Crist: “Because he’s trying to pawn himself off as a fiscal conservative. And yet just in recent weeks, two weeks ago it has come out in news accounts he had a Republican Party of Florida credit card that he charged $130 haircut, or maybe it was a back wax — we are not sure what all he got at that place.”

UpdateFirst Read remembers a highlight from Crist’s 2006 campaign when he took offense that Democrats made issue of his dark complexion.

Reed Decision Looms

David Brody reports that Ralph Reed will announce whether or not he is running for Congress tomorrow morning.

Defiant Massa Takes to the Airwaves

Now that he doesn’t have a day job, newly-departed-from-Congress Eric Massa (D-NY) will have lots of time to show up on your television to explain how he came to be an almost one-term wonder, CQ Politics reports.

Look for him today on Glenn Beck’s Fox News show and on Larry King Live.

Roll Call notes it might have “far-reaching political implications” as Massa “takes to the national airwaves to point fingers at House leaders, who, he insisted, were eager to get rid of him because he did not support their health care reform legislation.”

Democrats Hold Edge on Generic Ballot

A new Gallup Poll finds Democrats lead Republicans by a slight 47% to 44% margin when registered voters are asked which party’s congressional candidate they would support in their district “if the elections for Congress were being held today.”

Nonetheless, the poll also shows Republicans with a distinct advantage over Democrats in terms of enthusiasm about voting this year.

Spitzer Madam Runs for Governor

The Daily Caller profiles Kristin Davis, the latest entrant into New York’s race for governor, noting that “not since porn star Cicciolina was elected to the Italian parliament has there been a sexier political candidate.”

“Davis built the most successful escort service in world history. She had more than 100 girls and operated in 5 countries, with a call center in Uruguay. She could dispatch a $1,000-plus-an-hour call girl to a hotel or residence in Paris, Berlin, Gstaad, Rome, New York, L.A., Miami, Dubai, Montreal or elsewhere within minutes. She personally recruited her girls at bars, clubs, resorts and restaurants.”

Her most notable patron: Eliot Spitzer.

A Huge Partisan Strategic Gap

Last week, we noted President Obama and Democrats were betting it all that comprehensive health care reform legislation would pass Congress. If it does not, they will be severely weakened.

Of course, Republicans are unified in making the opposite bet.

Keith Hennessey, a former Bush economic policy advisor, notes he is “struck by the enormous gap between the two parties on the strategic calculation being made by the President and Democratic Congressional leaders. If you set aside your policy views, do you think the current path makes strategic sense for the majority? Almost every Republican insider I meet shakes his or head in befuddlement and says no, I just don’t get why they’re doing this.”

Voters Still Prefer Obama to Bush

In case you were wondering, a new Zogby/Newsmax poll shows President Obama would beat George W. Bush in a hypothetical match up, 48% to 38%.

Said Zogby: “Despite the turbulent crises that face Barack Obama and the sense of dashed expectations that Americans, especially independents and moderates, feel, he still handily defeats George W. Bush in a face-off.”

Most Florida Republicans Want Crist Gone

Public Policy Polling survey to be released tomorrow will have “absolutely brutal numbers” for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) in his U.S. Senate race with Marco Rubio (R).

A teaser: Among Republican primary voters, 19% would like to see him as Governor a year from now, 14% want him in the Senate, and 56% want him out of elected office.

Obama Rated Higher on National Security

Greg Sargent flags a new Democracy Corps poll that shows President Obama is actually rated better than former President Bush on national security and the handling of terror suspects — despite former Vice President Cheney’s steady drumbeat that “by undoing Bush policies, Obama has made us less safe.”

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