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The Plum Line: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

Analyze this: ABC News clarifies Andrew Breitbart's role

Go anywhere near Andrew Breitbart and you're bound to get burned. ABC News, under fire over the news that Breitbart had been tapped to do election night commentary, clarifies his role in a statement from Andrew Morse, the executive producer...

By Greg Sargent  | October 30, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  2010 elections, Political media  
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Source: ABC's newsroom upset with decision to tap Andrew Breitbart

It looks like lefty bloggers aren't the only ones irked by ABC News's decision to tap Andrew Breitbart for election-night analysis: People in ABC's newsroom were also caught completely off guard by the news, a newsroom source tells me. "This...

By Greg Sargent  | October 30, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Obama hits McConnell "one term president" claim

An interesting moment from Obama's weekly address: While calling for post-election bipartisan cooperation, he takes an oblique shot at Mitch McConnell for claiming the other day that his number one goal is to ensure that Obama is a "one term...

By Greg Sargent  | October 30, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  2010 elections, House GOPers, Senate Republicans  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* The MSNBC gang explains why Obama is campaigning for Dem Rep. Tom Perriello this evening: The district's history shows a presidential visit could actually put him over the top. It's going to be tough, but that would be a...

By Greg Sargent  | October 29, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
Categories:  2010 elections, 2012, Campaign finance, Happy Hour Roundup, Health reform, House Dems, House GOPers, Political media, economy  
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Sharron Angle: "I'll answer those questions when I'm the Senator"

This video of Sharron Angle is destined for cable play: It shows her refusing to answer a reporter's questions about national security policy and a local air force base, instead informing him smugly that "I'll answer those questions when I'm...

By Greg Sargent  | October 29, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
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Harry Reid: Sharron Angle is "pathological"

Harry Reid, who seems to be running out of ways to describe Sharron Angle as mentally unbalanced, is out with a new ad that comes right out and brands her "pathological": The spot shows Angle running away from reporters. The...

By Greg Sargent  | October 29, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (118)
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What if Obama and Dems hadn't passed health reform?

As I noted here yesterday, if Republicans take back the House, we will be subjected to some very loud gloating from those who warned Dems that proceeding with health reform would cost them their hard-won majorities because it would surely...

By Greg Sargent  | October 29, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  2010 elections, Health reform, House Dems, Senate Dems  
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Minority of Democrats say Congress accomplished more than usual this year

There was a fair amount of discussion on the Web last month about a stunning National Journal poll finding that only a third of Democrats think this Congress has accomplished more than previous ones. The number suggested a possible reason...

By Greg Sargent  | October 29, 2010; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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The GOP's fear-based agenda

Adam Serwer is a staff writer for The American Prospect, where he writes his own blog. Earlier this week, I wrote about how Republican politicians and advocacy groups benefit by ginning up tall tales about massive numbers of Democratic...

By Adam Serwer  | October 29, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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The Morning Plum

* No White House involvement in push to get Meek out of race: Despite what you hear to the contrary, my reporting last night supports what Ben Smith says: The White House was not involved in any push to get...

By Greg Sargent  | October 29, 2010; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Charlie Crist asked Clinton camp to suggest Meek drop out, source says

Charlie Crist personally called a top adviser to Bill Clinton and asked if the former president would discuss with Kendrick Meek the possibility of dropping out of the Florida Senate race, according to a source close to Clinton. The revelation...

By Greg Sargent  | October 28, 2010; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Happy Hour Roundup

* A remarkable scoop from ABC News's Michael Mosk: A Kentucky millionaire who's handling cash for one of Karl Rove's groups, and has helped launch an ad onslaught attacking Jack Conway, owns a nursing home that's being prosecuted by Conway....

By Greg Sargent  | October 28, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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The coming war among Dems over health reform

If Republicans take back the House next week, as expected, a war will erupt among Democrats over the wisdom of passing health care reform and over whether it helped doom the Dem majority. People like Doug Schoen, who got lots...

By Greg Sargent  | October 28, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
Categories:  2010 elections, Health reform, House Dems, House GOPers, Political media, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans  
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Dems to air ad of Kentucky stomping incident -- but only after 10 p.m.

The Kentucky Democratic Party is putting the stomping incident on the air -- in Rand Paul's backyard. Kentucky Dems will air a brutal new ad with violent footage of the stomping of MoveOn's Lauren Valle, but the spot will only...

By Greg Sargent  | October 28, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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Obama to coming GOP majority: If you don't cooperate with me, I'll try, try again

One other really interesting moment in Obama's chat with liberal bloggers yesterday. He was asked directly the question that many of us have asked: Is there any point at which he is willing to give up on the idea that...

By Greg Sargent  | October 28, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Voters aren't buying Dem message about GOP obstructionism

In a post yesterday about Mitch McConnell's stated desire to ensure that Obama is a "one term president," I noted that there's no evidence to speak of that the Dem strategy of pillorying GOP partisanship and obstructionism has paid any...

By Greg Sargent  | October 28, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Obama was right to go on the Daily Show

Adam Serwer is a staff writer for The American Prospect, where he writes his own blog. TV Columnist Alessandra Stanley pans Jon Stewart's handling of his interview with President Barack Obama last night, asking whether as a "political satirist" he...

By Adam Serwer  | October 28, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The Morning Plum

* Women drifting to the GOP? Given the huge amount of effort Dems have put into wooing the female vote, the most amazing number in today's New York Times poll has to be that women support Republicans by four points...

By Greg Sargent  | October 28, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
Categories:  2010 elections, House Dems, Independents, Labor, Morning Plum, Political media, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans  
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Happy Hour Roundup: Rand Paul camp flip-flops on returning stomper's campaign cash

* Another turn in the stomping incident. The Louisville Courier Journal reported today that the Rand Paul campaign says it won't be returning nearly $2000 in campaign contributions chipped in by Tim Profitt, the former Bourbon County coordinator who admitted...

By Greg Sargent  | October 27, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
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Foes ran $100 million in ads against health care -- after it passed

Why are Democrats on the defensive over health reform? This statistic, buried in today's big New York Times piece on that very topic, is striking and deserves some more attention: Opponents of the legislation, including independent groups, have spent $108...

By Greg Sargent  | October 27, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  2010 elections, Health reform  
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Charlie Crist flip flops on Sarah Palin

The problem for Charlie Crist as an indy has always been that his Republican past -- and his long string of public statements in favor of GOP positions and politicians -- have made it impossible for him to marshall the...

By Greg Sargent  | October 27, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Do you want to live in "Sharron Angle's Nevada"?

Though plans could still change, this new ad from Harry Reid, I'm told, is his final closing spot: The ad paints a stark and perhaps somewhat distorted picture of "Sharron Angle's Nevada" as a place with no background checks for...

By Greg Sargent  | October 27, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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The voter fraud racket is back!

Adam Serwer is a staff writer for The American Prospect, where he writes his own blog. With another Election Day approaching, conservatives are again trotting out conspiracy theories about elections stolen through voter fraud. The absence of any actual intimidated...

By Adam Serwer  | October 27, 2010; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Dems rip Mitch McConnell's "one term" remark, but will voters care?

The other day, Mitch McConnell rather candidly acknowledged that his single most important goal is to guarantee a one-term Obama presidency, and Dems will continue to pound McConnell with this interesting new Web ad set for release today: At bottom,...

By Greg Sargent  | October 27, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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The Morning Plum

* Dems on defense everywhere as we come down to the wire: Follow the money: National Dems trying to hold the House have plunked down another $20 million for ads in the final days, and crucially, much of that cash...

By Greg Sargent  | October 27, 2010; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  2010 elections, Campaign finance, House Dems, House GOPers, Labor, Morning Plum  
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Happy Hour Roundup

* In a very interesting move, Obama will campaign for embattled Dem Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia, whose race has become a referendum on whether a Dem can win in a tough district by unabashedly standing up for the Obama/Dem...

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
Categories:  2010 elections, 2012, Campaign finance, Happy Hour Roundup, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans  
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Stomp victim Lauren Valle speaks: Attack was "premeditated"

The MoveOn worker who was attacked by Rand Paul supporters has now spoken out about the assault, claiming she was "injured," "in severe shock," and that she has no doubt that the attack was "premeditated." She also vowed "further legal...

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
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Cops share more details on probe of stomper

Okay, some more detail for you on the case of the stomped MoveOn worker. Lexington police say they're looking to talk to one Tim Profitt, who is believed to be Rand Paul's Bourbon County coordinator, on the strength of numerous...

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Rand Paul campaign condemns attack, disowns volunteer

The Rand Paul campaign, unwilling to leave even a hint of doubt in the air as to its condemnation of last night's attack, which seems to be ballooning into a major political problem, releases a new statement unequivocally condemning the...

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Woman attacked by Rand Paul supporters has concussion, sprained arm, MoveOn says

Okay, a quick update for you on the woman who was attacked and stepped on by Rand Paul supporters outside last night's Senate debate. She has told MoveOn officials that she suffered a concussion and sprained shoulder and arm, a...

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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CT station to shadowy right wing group: Sorry, we're not airing your falsehoods anymore

A TV station in Connecticut has agreed to stop running the right-wing ad I flagged yesterday that attacks Dem Rep. Chris Murphy with various false claims and distortions, including the assertion that health reform could land people in jail, the...

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Sharron Angle's closing argument: It's us against them

Adam Serwer is a staff writer for The American Prospect, where he writes his own blog. Greg already wrote about Sharron Angle's latest TV ad bashing Harry Reid over illegal immigration, but I'm going to post some images from all of her immigration-related spots, because...

By Adam Serwer  | October 26, 2010; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  2010 elections, Immigration, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans  
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The Morning Plum

* The co-dependent relationship between Harry Reid and Nevada: Read of the morning: Shailagh Murray gets inside Nevadans' complex relationship with the Federal government and how it's driving the race of Reid's life. * Will Sharron Angle's transparent race-bating pay...

By Greg Sargent  | October 26, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
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Happy Hour Roundup

* Interesting: While the Rand Paul campaign tries to keep the focus on Obama, the NRSC is out with another spot slamming Jack Conway over the Aqua Buddha ad. Will Rand shake Jack's hand at their debate tonight? * Robert...

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
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Sharron Angle ad shows Mexican border -- after she insisted her ads weren't about Latinos

Here's Sharron Angle's latest ad attacking Harry Reid over illegal immigration. It's a doozy -- it sounds the alarm about "waves of illegal aliens streaming across our border joining violent gangs." And it features the now-familiar imagery of young swarthy...

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  2010 elections, Immigration, Senate Dems, Senate Republicans  
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If you don't get health coverage, Dems will send you to jail

The attack ads are coming fast and furious now on both sides, with many of them passing entirely under the radar, so I hope you'll keep me posted on what you're seeing in your states and districts. Check out this...

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
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Compare and contrast

President Obama, in an interview with National Journal: Obama said that Democrats will need to show an "appropriate sense of humility about what we can accomplish," and he pledged to "spend more time building consensus." Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell,...

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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New Rand Paul ad: Jack Conway is "Obama's yes man"

Whatever you think of Jack Conway's Aqua Buddha ad, it seemed to temporarily shift the focus on to Rand Paul's youthful views and excesses -- and, crucially, away from Paul's message about Conway being an Obama rubber-stamp. In this as...

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Are Dems really scapegoating outside groups?

Republicans this morning have been having a grand old time circulating Politico's lead story, which claims that attacks on the secret money flooding our elections are a Dem "excuse" intended to "fend off the recriminations over what many Washington Democrats...

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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The Washington Times' disgusting DADT editorial

Adam Serwer is a staff writer for The American Prospect, where he writes his own blog. Last week, I wrote that the case against repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell "relies largely on an archaic, rapidly diminishing cultural revulsion toward homosexuality."...

By Adam Serwer  | October 25, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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The Morning Plum

* Does early voting challenge idea of "enthusiasm gap"? Dems are cautiously encouraged by early voting that shows them holding their own in turnout, and the DSCC is out with a new memo this morning arguing that Dems are ahead...

By Greg Sargent  | October 25, 2010; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  2010 elections, Campaign finance, Foreign policy and national security, House GOPers, Labor, Morning Plum  
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Sunday Open Thread

Whatever happens in 10 days, it'll prove I was right all along....

By Greg Sargent  | October 24, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (203)
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