POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/12
Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) today launched her own cable television channel, which is dedicated solely to providing information about her U.S. Senate campaign and the issues facing Hawaii, Roll Call reports.
This is the first time a U.S. political candidate has used a dedicated cable channel.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told ABC News he has not been asked for background information from Mitt Romney’s vice presidential selection team.
Said Huckabee: “I think there’s a greater likelihood that I’ll be asked by Madonna to go on tour as her bass player than I’ll be picked to be on the ticket.”
“I’ve come to realize that an unencumbered U.S. senator is a profound threat to the whole system. It’s somebody that they can’t put in a box and say, oh, well, we know how this guy is going to vote. That has raised the stakes, frankly.”
— Former Maine Gov. Angus King (I), quoted by the Washington Post, on his independent bid for U.S. Senate.
Glenn Hubbard, a senior economic adviser to Mitt Romney, “criticized President Obama and his policy toward crisis-torn Europe, and Germany in particular, in an op-ed article in a leading German newspaper on Saturday, raising the question of the propriety of taking America’s political fights into international affairs,” the New York Times reports.
Steve Benen: “There are two main problems with this, and they’re both pretty offensive. The first problem here has to do with American traditions and norms — the Romney campaign is breaking unwritten rules by attacking the U.S. president in a foreign media forum. The second is purely substantive: the Romney campaign knows Europe’s crises are hurting the American economy, but it’s nevertheless going to a European outlet to push for more austerity, which is already failing miserably on a continental level.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the first White House chief of staff in the Obama administration, told CNN he expects the presidential race to be a “close election.”
Said Emanuel: “I think it’s going to come down to a handful of states… It’s five states, 500 precincts. That’s what I believe.”
John Ellis: “The overriding fear of Team Obama is that the president’s support among white voters will collapse. The math is simple. If Romney gets 65 percent of the white vote (which will likely comprise — at least — 72 percent of the electorate) then he gets 48 percent of the total vote. From there, Romney need only get 20 percent of all non-white voters to win by a comfortable margin.”
“So, despite most of what you have read about demographics being political destiny, the 2012 presidential election boils down to the pursuit of those white voters who helped then-Sen. Obama hit the 43 percent mark in 2008, but who are now disappointed by the president’s performance in office.”
The Washington Post reports Mitt Romney “is trying to seize momentum with a five-day bus tour through small towns across six battleground states.”
“This will be Romney’s most intense campaign swing since the Republican primaries effectively ended in early April. Over the past two months, Romney has spent most of his time raising money at private donor receptions and has been staging just three or four campaign events a week, many of them formal speeches.”
Mark Halperin: “Interesting thing about Romney’s just-announced battleground state bus trip: (1) It includes Michigan; if Romney can put his father’s home state in play, it is an Electoral College game changer; (2) all of these states have small towns and rural areas that are not the President’s electoral strength and where Romney can gain an advantage if he runs up the kinds of margins George W. Bush did in 2004; and (3) watch to see if this trip draws network correspondents and/or big-foot print reporters, who, on most every day for the last several months, have been absent from the Romney roadshow. (4) notice what family members and surrogates join the journey and what roles they are assigned.”
Mother Jones has a good profile of Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.
“After Obama won the presidency, Plouffe took time off to write a book and do some consulting, while Messina followed Obama to the White House. There he became known for being as hardcore as his boss, Rahm Emanuel, if not always as profane or flamboyant. (He does drive a Porsche.) He has referred to Emanuel as the ‘smartest political strategist of his generation.’ Some colleagues called him ‘mini-Rahm.’ It was not a compliment.”
Politico: “As much as any other factor five months before Election Day, this is one that bedevils both presidential campaigns: How much can Obama count on his relatively high personal favorability ratings to buttress him against some of the worst economic and political conditions any recent incumbent president has faced?”
“The answer is elusive in part because the historical record is mixed on whether personal popularity can save a president. Even some Democrats suggest favorability may be only the equivalent of a tie breaker in a close race — just enough to tip voters in his direction in the far-from-certain event that everything else is deadlocked.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Arizona finds Democrats are headed for a victory in tomorrow’s special election to replace Gabby Giffords in the House.
Ron Barber (D) leads Jesse Kelly (R), 53% to 41%, with Green Party candidate Charlie Manolakis polling at 4%.
Ryan Lizza: “Obama’s campaign is well aware that he may end up like Jimmy Carter or George H. W. Bush, the two most recent one-term Presidents, who were both defeated despite some notable-even historic-accomplishments, including the Camp David Accords, under Carter, and the Gulf War, under Bush… Many White House officials were reluctant to discuss a second term; they are focused more on the campaign than on what comes after. But the ostensible purpose of a political campaign is to articulate for the public what a candidate will do if he prevails.”
Said David Axelrod: “It’s a tension. On the one hand, you don’t want to be presumptuous in assuming a second term. But campaigns are about the future, and there is an imperative to spell out where we’re going.”
“Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation.”
The Detroit News reports that President Obama’s re-campaign is touting the administration’s rescue of the auto industry in Michigan.
“Instead of just focusing on the turnaround of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC, which rebounded since the $85 billion federal auto bailout, the Obama campaign intends to shine a weeklong spotlight on other manufacturers, restaurants, tourist spots and firms that benefitted from the auto recovery… Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, will kick off the Michigan Road to Recovery Tour on Monday with a press call.”
A EPIC-MRA poll last week showed a statistical tie between Obama and Romney in Michigan.
Jeb Bush said that both Ronald Reagan and his father George H. W. Bush “would have had a difficult time getting nominated by today’s ultra-conservative Republican Party,”BuzzFeed reports.
Said Bush: “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad — they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party — and I don’t — as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.”
He added that he views the hyper-partisan moment as “temporary” but called it “disturbing.”
First Read: “If last week couldn’t have gotten worse for President Obama and his campaign, well, it did on Friday when Obama uttered these six words at his news conference: ‘The private sector is doing fine.’ In context, the president was noting that the private sector is doing fine IN COMPARISON with the public sector, and the job numbers back that up. But in politics, the context often doesn’t matter… Also in politics, a gaffe is dangerous when it plays into a narrative the opposition wants to create, and Team Romney has been building the narrative that the president just doesn’t understand the economy; just see the Romney campaign’s latest web video and the RNC’s research responding to Obama’s ‘private sector is doing fine’ remark.”
“The good news for the Obama campaign is that 1) Romney has the challenge of proving he’s more in touch than Obama, 2) this is June, and 3) this race remains competitive. But right now, the Obama campaign looks caught off guard on so many levels; Friday was simply the icing on the cake.”
“I think, really, government works better without them.”
— Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), interviewed on Fox News Sunday, suggesting public sector unions should be abolished.
Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads (What a shocking surprise! fvm)
The Republican opponents “of a new rule to post political ad information online have opened up another front in a long-running fight, inserting language into an appropriations bill that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from implementing the transparency measure,” ProPublica reports.Explore posts in the same categories: Candidates, National, Politics