CBS Affiliate, Joe Miller and Sarah Palin

By |October 31st, 2010|

Let's begin with Sarah Palin tweeting "those corrupt bastards." The Alaska Senate candidate that Sarah Palin endorsed, Joe Miller, has cratered, putting one of Palin's political adversaries, Lisa Murkowski, in the position to possibly get re-elected. In the middle of this tableau comes a weird audio from a CBS affiliate that has reporters caught in [...]

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Rally to Restore Sanity an Ode to Independents

By |October 31st, 2010|

--bumped, updated version cross-posted at Huffington Post-- "If we amplify everything, we hear nothing." - Jon Stewart Can a sanity rally inspire people to get out against the Sharron Angles of 2010? We'll soon find out. Let's just hope all this energy might dampen the right-wing and make extremists stand out. It's not over until [...]

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Midtermapalooza Open Thread

By |October 29th, 2010|

"The Gawker item is despicable, cowardly and has absolutely no value at all to any Delaware voters," Coons spokesman Daniel McElhatton told POLITICO. "We denounce it with great vigor." - Politico The video is our history and is why I love the art of negative ads. It's as American as drinking whiskey on Friday night. [...]

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What’s the Midterm Outlook in Your State?

By |October 29th, 2010|

TM NOTE: I marvel at the hard work done in the trenches by movement progressives. I’m a political writer and analyst, so I thought I’d spotlight what is being done by people on the ground. You all know well Texan4Hillary. This is a cross-post of his DK diary (please recommend it). On behalf of everyone who stops by TM.com, thanks to all of you who do the tough work on the ground. If you’ve got a story from your state, please share it in the comments. As a Texan and a hard working volunteer for Bill White for governor I find it amazing how much of late White is getting written off. Rest assured White is very much in this race and don’t be surprised if he is the victor Nov 2nd. Many polls are flawed- using old models based on presumptions from past Tx guv races while White is running a very different, aggressive campaign aimed at specific set of voters. What do I mean? White’s unique strategy. He has 20 state field offices with nearly 20,000 volunteers who for a near year have been knocking on doors, registering voters, talking to residents in counties that Perry hasn’t visited in decades and much more. White will not be outworked- and do not underestimate a hard worker. He has visited some 230 out of 254 Texas counties! Pundits and some pollsters overlook how much groundwork White is doing that is changing the state of this race. White has campaigned heavily in every sector of Texas. Why? Why campaign hard in Ft Worth or parts of E Texas? Because a chunk of these voters are tired of Perry- our 10 year incumbent- and if White can win even a minority of these voters it will blunt Perry’s lead greatly as the White camp works to boost big turnout in the Valley, Houston, Austin etc. Recent polling confirms- like the UT Poll- that there are some consistent trends. White supporters are about 75pct very likely to vote for him. Perry’s- only about 50pct of his say they are definites. That is significant. Of great note in many polls- Libertarian Glass, a frequent fixture at tea party events and guest on daily Tx radio programs, is pulling anywhere from 3-8 pct of the vote. There are some Tx Republicans who aren’t wild about Perry after the so very many controversies over the years- oh like forcing all young girls to get HPV vaccines which infuriated many conservatives – who do find Glass appealing. If Glass pulls even this small amount of votes it likely will pull Perry under 50pct of the vote- which would be very bad news for the GOP. Of note also in most polls is the large number of undecideds- around 10-12pct. A big number for a incumbent 10year governor no? These undecideds many say will break for White and not for Perry. Undecideds include some Kay Bailey supporters from the guv primary who feel jilted by Perry’s primary win over Hutchinson. So if Glass is really pulls say 5-8pct of the vote, and undecideds break mostly for White you can see this race is a barnburner- a 3-4 point gap between the 2 count on it. […]

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Midterms Turn Into Referendum on Obama

By |October 29th, 2010|

The reason the midterm messaging has been so frustrating is that what's finally landed wasn't inevitable. But as this ad for Sharron Angle illustrates, with polls now finding her 4 points ahead, the Democrats failed to make the election about a clear choice, which would have demanded they provide a constrast, but also a plan [...]

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Bill Clinton & White House Tried to Save Us From Rubio

By |October 28th, 2010|

Anybody but Marco. That should have always been the motto. We're now learning via Ben Smith that FPOTUS Bill Clinton tried to cut a deal, but it just didn't quite work out. But in another development it's also being rumored that Crist asked Clinton to get involved through Doug Band, Clinton's man, also stating the [...]

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Politics of Show

By |October 28th, 2010|

Barack Obama yesterday on gay marriage: "I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage," he said. "But I also think you're right that attitudes evolve, including mine. And I think that it is an issue that I wrestle with [...]

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Obama on Defense: ‘Yes we can, but…

By |October 28th, 2010|

At this point in time, with the polls revealing almost all bad news, Mr. Obama should be on offense. The title above is a quote from Pres. Obama with Jon Stewart, which brought one of the biggest laughs of the night. What's worse is the title of The Hill post today, which was given to [...]

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Presidential Flop Sweat

By |October 27th, 2010|

Could Christine O'Donnell and her campaign get any more embarrassing? Forget separation of church and state, this broad really doesn't understand what the First Amendment means. The Christine O'Donnell campaign is apologizing to WDEL after it demanded that video of an O'Donnell appearance on "The Rick Jensen Show" be destroyed and threatened a lawsuit if [...]

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Choosing Blue Dogs Over Women

By |October 27th, 2010|

This isn't just about gender, though it's clear that women understand aspects of issues like health care more deeply than many men, particularly when the males in question are Blue Dogs. As one of the lone liberal voices out here that supported Pres. Obama's Afghanistan strategy (which stopped when McChrystal imploded, likely because of this [...]

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