POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 4/1

RNC Mailing Listed Phone Sex Number

It gets worse for RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

According to Politico, the RNC sent a fundraising mail piece earlier this month with a return number that leads to a phone sex line offering “live, one-on-one talk with a nasty girl who will do anything you want for just $2.99 per minute.”

Halter Posts Big Fundraising Number

With a new poll showing Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) slipping further behind her possible Republican challengers, the AP reports she may face even more trouble in primary challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter (D), who has raised more than $2 million in the first month after he announced his candidacy.

Quote of the Day

“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.”

— Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), quoted by Mother Jones, expressing his concerns for Gaum to Admiral Robert Willard, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, at a congressional hearing.

Palin Wants Name Removed from RNC Invite

Sarah Palin has asked the RNC “to remove her name from an invitation that suggests she might attend a series of committee fundraising events timed to coincide with next week’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans,” CNN reports.

Though Palin will speak at the early cattle call for potential 2012 presidential candidates, she will not be participating in any RNC fundraising event.

It’s certainly ironic since, as ABC News notes, Palin used rap star LL Cool J to promote her Fox News show without his approval.

Lincoln Slips Further Behind in Arkansas

A new Rasmussen Report survey in Arkansas shows that despite her recent ad blitz Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is slipping even further behind her potential Republican challengers.

John Boozman (R) Kim Hendren (R), Gilbert Baker (R) and Jim Holt (R) all get 51% of the vote against Lincoln. She picks up 36% support against three of the GOP hopefuls and 35% when matched against Holt.

Congressman Blames His Own Spending on Obama

Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), who the Witchita Eagle reports dramatically increased spending in his taxpayer-funded Congressional office, blames the 22% hike on President Obama, CQ Politics reports.

Said a spokesman: “We saw that spike with the election of President Obama. We had to employ a number of people to answer phone calls.”

Tiahrt’s office claims they fielded about 50 to 60 calls a day during the Bush administration but is now up to 200.

Biden Has a Perfect Bracket

Vice President Biden’s NCAA basketball bracket is still flawless going into the Final Four, “a feat that none of the other 5.5 million participants in this year’s online bracket competitions has even come close to achieving,” the Daily Caller reports.

“The odds of accurately predicting the March basketball tournament are so small, statisticians tell us, that that even if everyone alive filled out a different bracket, it would be highly unlikely for one to successfully pick the right teams to make the Final Four.”

If you think this is a big f@#%$g deal, you should check this out.

Americans Very Angry with Politicians

Seven months before the midterm elections, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds that Americans seem disaffected about nearly everything political. In fact, attitudes “are reminiscent of those in 1994 and 2006, when control of Congress switched from one party to the other.”

A record-low 28% say most members of Congress deserve re-election and both major parties have very low favorability ratings — just 41% for Democrats and 42% for the GOP.

Americans are increasingly holding President Obama accountable for the nation’s economic troubles with 26% saying he deserves “a great deal” of the blame, double the percentage in July. However, former President Bush still does worse with 42% giving him a great deal of the blame.

Paterson May Not Call Special Election

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) “is backing away from his earlier pledge to call a special election in the state’s 29th Congressional District as soon as possible,”WGRZ-TV reports.

The seat was held by former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) who resigned in February.

Former GOP Officials Launch Political Group

As troubles at the RNC mount, the Wall Street Journal reports “a group of former Republican officials are starting an outside political group that could compete with the RNC for wealthy donors and prominence.”

“The group, American Crossroads, hopes to raise $52 million from wealthy Republicans and corporations, according to officials involved with the organization. The goal is to mount an independent campaign to help Republican candidates win in the November elections.”

The new group “will be run by former RNC Chairman Mike Duncan and Joanne Davidson, a onetime RNC co-chair. Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and former White House adviser Karl Rove are informally advising the organization.”

Conservative Leader Says Stop RNC Donations

In the wake of the expense scandal at the Republican National Committee, the Family Research Council urged supporters to stop donating to the RNC “and instead contribute to its own coffers or to candidates with like-minded goals,” CNN reports.

Said FRC president Tony Perkins: “I’ve hinted at this before, but now I am saying it — don’t give money to the RNC. If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values.”

Earlier, we noted big Republican donors are already bypassing the RNC.

Democrats Raise Money with Biden’s F-Bomb

Organizing for America, the president’s political arm housed at the Democratic National Committee, is using Vice President Joe Biden’s now infamous phrase on a T-shirt to commemorate the signing of health care reform into law, CNN reports.

RNC Keeps Expense Scandal Story Alive

The RNC “has been on the defensive this week because of some questionable expenditures,” First Read notes, and is “pushing back today by sending around a list of what the Democratic National Committee has spent money on, including more than $2 million on luxury hotels and caterers, $75,000 for car services, and $262,000 for ‘other events’ at the Kennedy Center, Fenway Park, and a D.C. nightclub.”

The only problem is that there is nothing shocking in the list of Democratic expenditures that comes close to matching what Republicans spent on “bondage-themed nightclubs” and private jets.

Even worse, they’ve kept the story going for another day.

As a DNC statement points out, “if Republicans want to compare our spending to their spending and allow us to say ‘Michael Steele approved spending money at a Hollywood sex club’ a few more times — that’s fine with us.”

Obama Jumps, Congressional Democrats Don’t

The latest Gallup poll shows President Obama’s net approval rating now at +7 points from -1 point just a couple weeks ago.

However, the fortunes of congressional Democrats are not as bright as Republicans now lead the generic congressional ballot 47% to 44%. Earlier this month, Republicans trailed by a similar margin.


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