POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/5

Can Brown Keep Up with Whitman?

California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (R) “barely paused to take a breath after her landslide primary victory, saturating the airwaves with ads, raising money across the state, trying to woo traditionally Democratic voters and using her massive campaign machine to drive the conversation in her race against rival Jerry Brown (D),” the Los Angeles Times reports.

“Brown, meanwhile, is off the air, has yet to reach out to key voter blocs in any strategic way and has gotten more attention for gaffes than for policy proposals. Part of the contrast is the result of the yawning funding gap between Whitman, a billionaire who has put $91 million of her own money into her effort, and Brown, who has had to scramble for donations in a stressed economy.”

Quote of the Day

“This is not President Obama’s war. This is America’s war… Michael Steele is backtracking so fast, he’s going to be in Kabul fighting here pretty soon.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in an interview on Face the Nation, on RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s comments on the Afghanistan war.

Reporting Just Part of the Picture

“It was the ideal metaphor for a politically troubled president. There was President Obama on the cover of the June 19 issue of The Economist, standing alone on a Louisiana beach, head down, looking forlornly at the ground,” the New York Timesreports.

“The problem was, he was not actually alone. The photograph was just edited to make it look that way.”

Democrats Worry About New York Donors

Politico: “A perfect storm of events — the recession, Wall Street anger at Washington, donors who feel ignored by the White House and interest group dissatisfaction — have Democrats bracing for a brutal fundraising period and fearful of losing dominance in longtime donor stronghold and mega-rich New York. While the exact quarterly figures won’t be known until after the July 15 filing deadline, a number of Democratic campaign insiders said the past few months were a mighty struggle to raise cash for candidates.”

McCain Pulls Support from Steele

Although he fell short of directly calling for RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s ouster, the Wall Street Journal reports Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is the highest-profile Republican to withdraw his support from the party chairman.

The former presidential candidate called Steele’s recent comments on the Afghanistan war “wildly inaccurate and there is no excuse for them.”

Said McCain: “I think that Mr. Steele is going to have to assess as to whether he can still lead the Republican Party as chairman of the Republican National Committee.”

Historical Quote of the Day

“What a glorious morning for America.”

— Samuel Adams, upon hearing gunfire at Lexington on April 19, 1775.

Dead Heat in GOP Race for Georgia Governor

A new Insider/Advantage poll in Georgia shows Karen Handel (R) and John Oxendine (R) are now tied in the Republican gubernatorial race with 18% each.

Another 34% is still undecided with the remainder split among five other candidates.

Inside Look at Pollster Very Troubling

Mark Blumenthal: “The battle between Daily Kos and pollster Research 2000 went from ugly to surreal last week, as the website and its founder, Markos Moulitsas, filed suit and pollster Del Ali fired back… The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent points out that the coming lawsuit could provide an ‘unprecedented look at the inside of a professional polling operation.’ I would argue that it already has, although “professional” is not necessarily the adjective I would choose. ”

Most Voice Pride in Being American

A new Pew Research survey finds that more than eight-in-ten (83%) say they are either extremely proud (52%) or very proud (31%) to be an American. Just 14% say they are moderately proud (8%) or have little or no pride (6%) in being an American.

Interestingly, those who give President Obama the lowest job ratings — predominately Republicans and independents who lean Republican — also are more likely to say that they are extremely proud to be an American than are those who give the president more positive ratings.

Dawson Calls for Steele’s Ouster

After Michael Steele suggested the Afghanistan war cannot be won, former South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, who finished second to Steele in the RNC chairman’s race last year, is calling on the committee to oust him as chairman, CNNreports

Said Dawson: “The RNC should do the responsible thing and show Steele the door. Enough is enough.”

Jefferson’s Mistake

“Preservation scientists at the Library of Congress have discovered that Thomas Jefferson, even in the act of declaring independence from England, had trouble breaking free from monarchial rule,” the AP reports.

“In an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote the word ‘subjects,’ when he referred to the American public. He then erased that word and replaced it with ‘citizens,’ a term he used frequently throughout the final draft.”

Ehrlich Has Edge in Maryland

A new Magellan Strategies survey in Maryland finds former Gov. Robert Ehrlich (R) with a small lead over Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in their re-match for governor, 46% to 43%.

A Wave is Coming

Charlie Cook: “There is a wave out there, and for Democrats, the House is, at best, teetering on the edge.”

“To be sure, things could change in the four months between now and November 2. The GOP’s failure to get Republicans to vote in the May 18 special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th District underscores that the party can’t just sit back and await spontaneous combustion in terms of turnout. Still, the potential is here for a result that is proportional to some of the bigger postwar midterm wave elections. These kinds of waves are often ragged; almost always some candidates who looked dead somehow survive and others who were deemed safe get sucked down in the undertow. That’s the nature of these beasts. But the recent numbers confirm that trends first spotted late last summer have fully developed into at least a Category 3 or 4 hurricane.”

Paul Likens U.S. to Roman Empire Before the Fall

U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul (R) “likened the United States to the Roman Empire in the days before it fell during a speech at a tea party rally,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Said Paul: “In the latter days of Rome, the economy was crumbling, the emperor … would placate the mob with bread and circus — food and entertainment to placate them since the economy was in shambles and dwindling around them. Now in our country, as our economy is in shambles, they give us Cash for Clunkers and a stimulus check and they tell us to go to the mall and spend your money and everything will be OK… That’s not how you become prosperous as an individual or a country.”

Paul would not answer questions from reporters after the event.

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