POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 12/5
A new Public Policy Polling survey shows finds that 49% of Republican voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama, as compared to 52% that thought ACORN stole the 2008 election, “a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.”
“Let’s also stop the insanity by suspending the right to vote of any American who is on welfare. Once they get off welfare and are self-sustaining, they get their right to vote restored. No American on welfare should have the right to vote for tax increases on those Americans who are working and paying taxes to support them. That’s insane.”
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) received an $8 million payout to leave the conservative Tea Party group, FreedomWorks, “because of an internal split over the group’s future direction,” the AP reports.
A confidential contract shows that Armey agreed in September to resign from his role as chairman of FreedomWorks in exchange for $8 million in consulting fees paid in annual $400,000 installments.
The Boston Globe reports Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will get a seat on the Senate Banking Committee when the next Congress convenes in January.
“The appointment has not been formally announced by Senate leaders and will not be final until an official vote on assignments by the members. The pending appointment was described to the Globe by aides who requested anonymity because Senate Majority Leader Reid has not made a formal announcement.”
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) left her state but no one will says where she is, the Arizona Republic reports.
“The GOP governor left the state Sunday and doesn’t plan to return until Saturday, according to the notice she is required to file with the Arizona Secretary of State. But beyond that, mum’s the word from her office, other than to note that she is on official state business.”
At least they didn’t say she’s hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Two aides tell National Journal that President Obama is “genuinely conflicted” between Susan Rice and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) for secretary of state.
“As rumors mount that outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may run for president in 2016, the former First Lady took steps to solidify her relationships with some Democrats by sending hand-signed notes to candidates who got bested in close congressional races,”Politicker reports.
“Multiple sources who have worked with Ms. Clinton during her lengthy political career told us they were unaware of her sending similar letters in the past.”
“I believe that the self-inflicted fatal blow of Mr. Romney’s statement came among Americans who find themselves in receipt of some form of government transfer, but reject or even despise the notion that they are permanent parasites for doing so.”
— Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), quoted by the Wall Street Journal, saying Mitt Romney’s infamous 47% comments on hidden video “deeply offended countless citizens.”
Winston Group: “As a result, there was little clear rationale for a Romney presidency, other than that he would not be Obama. That was not enough to win, as the electorate was looking for solutions and an explanation of how each candidate would govern. But to simply blame Romney would not be correct. Many other Republican candidates also lost in races they were expected to win, and at the Senate level, some actually did worse than Romney.”
“For example, in North Dakota, a Senate race that Republicans were expected to win, Berg trailed Romney by 9%. In Montana, another Senate race that Republicans should have won, Rehberg trailed Romney by 10%. In neither of these states did minorities play a significant role the way they did nationally, and younger voters decreased as a percentage of the electorate in Montana, going from 22% In 2008 to 15% in 2012. In exit polls in Montana, 1 out of 8 voters voted for Romney and Tester.”
In a telephone call confirmed by three people, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg encouraged Hillary Clinton “to consider entering the 2013 mayor’s race, trading international diplomacy for municipal management on the grandest scale,” the New York Times reports.
“Much about the call, which occurred some months ago, remains shrouded in mystery. But Mr. Bloomberg’s overture to the former first lady highlights the level of his anxiety about the current crop of candidates, his eagerness to recruit a replacement who can rival his stature and his determination to become a kingmaker in the political arena he will soon exit…”
“During their conversation, Mrs. Clinton left little room for doubt: she was not interested in seeking the mayoralty.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Georgia finds Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) is at least theoretically vulnerable to a primary challenge in 2014.
Key findings: Just 38% of Republican primary voters say they want Chambliss to be their nominee, compared to 43% who would prefer someone more conservative.
That said, Chambliss is way ahead of most of the people who’ve shown the most interest in taking him on. He leads Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) by a 57% to 14%, leads Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) by 50% to 22% and tops former Secretary of State Karen Handel 52% to 23%.
“With an immigration overhaul on next year’s agenda, House Republicans must decide which members of their conference will play a visible role in the negotiations — an important consideration for a party that is struggling to attract Latino voters,” Roll Call writes.
The White House isn’t impressed with the GOP’s offer to avoid the fiscal cliff, but The Weeknotes “this game of fiscal chess has finally started in earnest.”
First Read: “While the two proposals seem far apart — and they are — look at them when you split the difference between the two. You get $1.2 trillion in revenue and about $450 to $500 billion in savings to Medicare and Medicaid. And then say you throw in some stimulus for the Democrats (unemployment insurance, transportation spending), as well as the cost-of-living adjustments on Social Security for Republicans. That sounds like a pretty serious deal that both sides could live with, though it would look more like a “win” for the White House. Of course, Republicans would have to relent (in some form or fashion) on rates going up, while Democrats would have to acquiesce (one way or another) on the Social Security.”
David Brooks: “Republicans have to realize that they are going to cave on tax rates. The only question is what they get in return. What they should demand is this: That the year 2013 will be spent putting together a pro-growth tax and entitlement reform package that will put this country on a sound financial footing through 2040.”
Wonk Wire: Fiscal cliff politics point to a deal (eventually).
A new Pew Research/Washington Post poll finds just 40% of Americans think President Obama and House Republicans will reach a deal on the fiscal cliff by January 1 to prevent automatic tax increases and spending cuts from taking effect, while 49% say they will not.
If no deal is reached, 53% say congressional Republicans are to blame while just 27% think Obama is at fault.
Wonk Wire: Republicans lost and Boehner knows it.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes advised Gen. David Petraeus in 2011 that he should turn down an expected offer from President Obama to become CIA director and accept nothing less than the chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military post. If Obama did not offer the Joint Chiefs post, Petraeus should resign from the military and run for president, the Washington Post reports.
The message was relayed by a Fox News analyst visiting Afghanistan and the Washington Post obtained a recording of the meeting.
Petraeus responded, “It’s never going to happen. You know it’s never going to happen. It really isn’t. My wife would divorce me. And I love my wife… We have a beautiful house.”
He added: “With his-and-hers bathrooms, believe it or not. I just want to live in it. I’ve never spent a night in it.”
Hollywood movie star Ashley Judd (D) is seriously exploring a 2014 run for the Senate to take on Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Politico reports.
“In recent weeks, Judd has spoken with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) about the possibility of a run, has discussed a potential bid with a Democratic pollster and has begun to conduct opposition research on herself to see where she’s most vulnerable in the Bluegrass State, sources say.”
“Whether Judd jumps into the race remains far from certain. She’s reportedly also weighing whether to wait until 2016 to instead take on freshman Sen. Rand Paul, sources say.”
The Week has a roundup of coverage on a possible Judd race.
“Behind the political showdown over the deadly U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, are a few dozen heavily edited words,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The 94-word intelligence summary emerged from a daylong email debate between more than two dozen intelligence officials, in which they contested and whittled the available evidence into a bland summary with no reference to al Qaeda, an assessment the administration now acknowledges was wide of the mark.”
“Now famous as ‘the talking points,’ the 94 words were used by United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice on Sunday talk shows days after the attack. That moment has become a proxy for a high-stakes argument over how the White House handled the intelligence and has fueled charges it played down evidence of terrorism for political purposes before the election.”Explore posts in the same categories: Candidates, National, Politics