Republicans Hold Edge in Congressional Races

The latest Democracy Corps survey shows Republicans leading Democrats in congressional races by six points, 48% to 42%.

Advice to Democrats: “With the recovery barely visible and Democrats still behind on the economy, progressives should not seek a mandate based on their performance, but on their advocacy for ordinary people versus Wall Street and on where they want to take the country, compared to the Republicans.  Democratic candidates should run as outsiders and independents that battle to change Washington. They should show their passion for jobs, the economy and middle class.”

Quote of the Day

“I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.”

— Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R), quoted by the Huffington Post, on advising a young girl raped by her father against seeking an abortion.

Angle Calls Oil Spill Escrow a “Slush Fund”

Greg Sargent reports Sharron Angle (R) called the $20 billion BP-funded escrow to pay for oil spill damages a “slush fund” — the same terminology that got Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) in deep trouble with his party’s leadership.

Said Angle: “Government shouldn’t be doing that to a private company. And I think you named it clearly: It’s a slush fund.”

She added: “It’s an overreaction by government for not the right reasons. They’re actually using this crisis if you will, because they never waste one — Saul Alinsky’sRules for Radicals — they are using this crisis now to get in cap and trade, and every crime and penalty, and slush fund.”

McClatchy Cuts Polling

McClatchy Newspapers is dropping its contract with Ipsos which typically did 10 to 11 polls for the outlet every year, according to Media Matters.

Whitman Reaches Out to Latino Voters

Meg Whitman (R) is obviously paying attention to the point we highlighted about howimmigration politics have made it very hard for California Republicans to win in recent years.

The San Francisco Chronicle notes she’s put up a Spanish-language billboard “saying she (would have) opposed Proposition 187 and opposes the controversial Arizona immigration law.”

The irony is that former Gov. Pete Wilson (R), who spearheaded Prop 187, is chairman of Whitman’s campaign.

Rubio Has Edge in Florida Senate Race

The latest Rasmussen survey in Florida finds Marco Rubio (R) leading the U.S. Senate race with 36%, followed by Gov. Charlie Crist (I) at 34% and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) at 15%.

If Jeff Greene (D) is the Democratic nominee, Rubio gets 37%, followed by Crist at 33% and Greene at 18%.

Adam Smith: “Regardless of which Democrat is in the race, Rubio carries roughly 60% of the GOP vote, while Crist earns 29% support from voters in his former party. It will be interesting to see if Crist can hang on to this level of support from Republicans as the campaign wears on.”

Obama Hits the Campaign Trail

President Obama will be in Missouri today to help Robin Carnahan’s (D) U.S. Senate bid.

The Kansas City Star notes that the stop “will be Obama’s fifth trip to Missouri as president. Except for Louisiana, the president has not visited any state that he lost more often than Missouri.”

Later tonight, Obama heads to Nevada to help Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) re-election effort, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Palin Sees a “Mom Awakening”

Sarah Palin released a campaign-style video in which she warns of a coming stampede of “pink elephants” and “Mama Grizzlies” — conservative women who want to change Washington.

The Swamp: “Unlike other such videos circulated by political campaigns, there is no overt money pitch or call to action. Nor does it highlight the women candidates Palin and her PAC have endorsed this year, like Nikki Haley in South Carolina or Susana Martinez in New Mexico. The tag simply encourages viewers to visit the SarahPAC site and ‘join the movement.'”

Marc Ambinder: “Palin’s preoration is about November, 2010, but it is hard to read this video as anything but a test of a much larger potential operation.”

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Embracing Wall Street to Challenge Incumbent

Though Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) “hasn’t faced a serious challenge to her seat since she was first elected in 1992,” the Washington Post notes that “to the dismay of her ultra-rich constituents — among them more than a few Wall Street billionaires — Maloney has become one of the Capitol’s leading advocates for tough new restrictions on the banking and credit card industries. The way the people at the cocktail party see it, Maloney betrayed them. And they want her fired.”

“Into this scene of despair steps Reshma Saujani, an Ivy League-educated lawyer with a compelling biography. She is the daughter of Indian parents who fled political persecution while living in Uganda and wound up in the United States. But that isn’t the compelling part, at least not to this crowd. Rather, it’s that Saujani is a Wall Street veteran. She has worked at three hedge funds. She speaks the arcane language of derivatives and basis points and mortgage-backed securities. Saujani has positioned herself as the anti-Maloney, the only candidate who understands how stressful and difficult the past few years have been for some of the wealthiest people in America.”

What Obama Misses Most

President Obama was asked by Israeli TV what he missed most about life before becoming president.

Said Obama: “Taking walks. There is a value to anonymity in terms of just being able to wander around, sit on a park bench, take your kids to get ice cream without having Secret Service and helicopters over you. That part of this life I’ll never get used to. In fact, I remember when I first visited Jerusalem, I could wander through the Old City and haggle for some gifts to bring back to Michelle, or stand at the Wailing Wall, and people didn’t know who I was. And that is a profound pleasure that is very hard to experience now.”

Boxer in Very Tough Fight

A new Field Poll in California shows Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) leads challenger Carly Fiorina (R) by just three points, 47% to 44%.

Boxer’s job approval rating is among the lowest the pollster has measured for her since she was first elected to the Senate in 1992: 48% of likely voters disapprove of her performance while 42% approve.

Said pollster Mark DiCamillio: “She is vulnerable. This is very ominous for her.”

First Read: “One thing to keep in mind regarding Boxer: This could be the first election she’s faced without coattails at the top of the ticket. In 1992 and 2004, she had the presidential coattails driving turnout. And in 1998, the Gray Davis landslide was a boon to all Democrats in the state. Boxer needs not just help from national Democrats, but she also needs Jerry Brown to improve his prospects.”

White House Stays Clear of Blagojevich Trial

Politico notes that nothing in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption trial “has captured Washington’s attention yet — not even a new revelation about the president’s role in the Senate seat spectacle or the prospect that defense lawyers could call Emanuel and Jarrett to the stand when it’s their turn to grill witnesses.”

“Quite simply, Blago has had trouble breaking through in the summer of BP, Elena Kagan and Gen. Stan McChrystal. Some chalk it up to the governor himself — whose F-bombs, hair-helmet and Celebrity Apprentice stint make him seem more like a reckless and cartoonish figure than the menacing double-dealer portrayed by prosecutors, charged with trying to sell the president’s Senate seat to the highest bidder.”

How New Media Has Spooked Politicians

“Not long ago, optimists thought the convergence of YouTube, blogs and all manner of other democratizing social-media technologies would lead to a renaissance of authenticity in politics. Liberated from the filter of mainstream news reporters, armed with new tools to reach voters, candidates could shed artifice and bring back spontaneity to the campaign trail,” Politico reports.

“The actual result, however, is something like the opposite: A proliferation of cameras and microphones — and the knowledge that an indelible blunder can occur in virtually any setting — has caused politicians in both parties to button up and hunker down.”

Nixon Had Plans for Atomic Strike

According to newly revealed government documents, President Nixon is “believed to have ordered nuclear bombers to be put on standby for an immediate strike” after North Korean jets shot down a U.S. spy plane as it flew over international waters collecting electronic and radio intelligence, The Guardian reports.

The papers describe the plan codenamed Freedom Drop, which called for “pre-co-ordinated options for the selective use of tactical nuclear weapons against North Korea”.

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“If everyone in California who has had a bad hair day voted for me, we will win by a landslide. I’m going for the bad hair vote!”

— Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), quoted by the Wall Street Journal, about an open-microphone remark made by Republican challenger Carly Fiorina (R).

Angle Threatens Lawsuit Over Her Website

The tussle over Sharron Angle’s (R) primary campaign website continued when the Nevada Democratic party re-published the site yet again, the Nevada Appeal reports.

In an interview with a Nevada radio station, Angle said she’ll take the Democratic Party and Sen. Harry Reid (D) to court.

Said Angle: “Well we are going to pursue it. I don’t think that Harry is above the law. He needs to obey the law if you and I need to obey the law. Harry isn’t immune. He needs to obey the law as well.”

Greg Sargent: “However she decides to pursue this, the upshot is that it could end up drawing even more media attention to her original Web site than it otherwise might have received. It’s a curious strategy.”

Burr Holds Double Digit Lead

A new Rasmussen survey in North Carolina finds Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) leading challenger Elaine Marshall (D) by 15 points, 52% to 37%.

Just two weeks ago Rasmussen had it a one point race.

McConnell Sinks in Kentucky

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Kentucky finds Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) approval rating in a significant decline.

Three previous polls found McConnell’s approval ranging between 48% and 43%. Now just 34% of voters like the job McConnell’s doing with 48% disapproving.

Furthermore, 49% would like to see him lose his role as Republican leader in the U.S. Senate.

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