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Harry Reid, Massachusetts Senate Special and "Game Change"

Given the onrush of political news over the weekend, the powers-that-be asked us to do a special edition of the "Live Fix" chat this morning. We happily obliged.

Among the topics we covered: the hubbub over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (Nev.) comments about President Barack Obama's skin tone and manner of speaking, the suddenly competitive Senate special election to replace the late Ted Kennedy and the political book causing so much chatter among politics -- "Game Change" by Time's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann.

A few of our favorite call and responses are below. Full transcript is here.

Washington D.C.: What is at the root of Reid's unpopularity?

Chris Cillizza: There's never one thing that leads to an incumbent being in as deep trouble as Reid is at the moment.

The main problem, for Reid, is that it is nearly impossible to both lead a national party and trying to win re-election in a state that is closely divided along partisan lines.

Reid has been the face of the Obama agenda in the Senate, an agenda that polling suggests is not particularly popular in Nevada.

I also think Reid's persona -- a behind the scenes wheeler dealer -- is the exact wrong fit for a political climate that is actively distrustful of Washington politicians.

The lone thing Reid has going him for at the moment is that the Republican field is weak -- to put it nicely.

Of course the Las Vegas Review Journal poll over the weekend seemed to suggest it doesn't matter who Republicans nominate. Voters are ready to get rid of Reid.

Dupont Circle: What to make of the dueling polls in Mass?

Chris Cillizza: Good question.

For those not familiar, there have been three polls released in the race in the last week.

Rasmussen showed Coakley ahead by nine, Public Policy Polling put the race in a dead heat and the Boston Globe put Coakley up 15.

What gives?

Well, first of all, it's important to note that Rasmussen and PPP both used automated phone calls rather than live people to conduct their interviews, which remains a controversial technique in the polling world.

Second, the key in any poll is to figure out what turnout will look like. In other words, who is going to vote?

Modeling for turnout can produce widely variant results depending on how each pollster defines the voting universe. Without getting into too many specifics, I think that's what we are looking at here.

St. Paul, Minn.: Hi Chris -- Thanks as always for taking questions. How much resonance do you think the brouhaha about Reid, and really about the juicy tidbits in this book in general, have outside the Beltway? I'm just one voter, but my view is that people's tolerance for this partisan sniping (Reid should resign, the Republicans are hypocrites, etc., etc.) is very limited. People want something to be done about health care, jobs, the economy, etc., etc. This other stuff is just inside baseball for the pundits to talk about endlessly on MSNBC, CNN, Fox...What's your take?

Chris Cillizza: I am 100 percent certain that average folks aren't following every jot and tittle of the Reid situation -- or of the other revelations in ""Game Change" -- as closely as people inside the Beltway.

I think whether the economy turns around is a FAR more important piece of the political puzzle than whether or nor Elizabeth Edwards is a nice person.

That said, I write about politics -- and campaign politics specifically -- so I find all of the backstory about the 2008 campaign fascinating and, judging my the book's #1 ranking on Amazon, I am not alone.

As I always say to people who complain that we aren't focusing enough on "real" issues, there is TONS of coverage in the newspaper every day to the economy and health care among other things.

My blog is about politics. It's what gets me excited/interested. If it doesn't float your boat, there tons more out there to read.

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Reid needs to go away, far, far, away along with his other simpering sycophants. He and his not so hidden agenda, is an affront to America and it's citizens. They are determined to undermine our constitution and betray the American population for no other reason than power and money. They are traitors of the first order.

Posted by: tdp2012 | January 12, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an apocalyptic Christian who believes in the Rapture. She believes in making precipitous moves "without blinking."

Damned good thing she's too ditzy to capitalize electorially on her popularity among the filth because she'd find some excuse to use nukes inside a month.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | January 5, 2010 8:34 AM

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

add to the list:
She didn't know the causes of WWI or WWII
She didn't know what the "Fed" does

all this from the people who worked closely with her and were trying to get her elected!!!


Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

There's no shaming a guy who repeats a lie minutes after it gets exposed. JakeD has neither shame nor honor so don't bother trying to appeal to his human decency. He probably kicks crutches out from under cripples.

But that lousy putz Cillizza just adores him.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice going, Joke. Ted Olson's wife died on 9/11. Got any other jokes?

Posted by: drindl | January 11, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Point me to it Jake

Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse


When you read my response to that on one of the other threads, let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse


Maybe Ted Olson is a homosexual now. I guess he would think that polygamists "cherish conservative values" too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Dumb and Dumber -- how low can they go? Like all attempts at rightwing 'humor' it's a lowbrow [think Neanderthal] attack on women:

"Today, Tucker Carlson launched his new much-hyped conservative website, The Daily Caller. One of the most prominent features is a column by Weekly Standard senior writer Matt Labash. The “Ask Matt Labash” column is supposed to be a funny “conversation.” Highlights from this week include jokes about how getting a traffic ticket is like being raped and Rachel Maddow is “the sexiest man alive”:

For those unfamiliar with me from my day job at The Weekly Standard, I’ll give you a capsule bio by way of introduction: I have the gift of wisdom. Does that sound arrogant? I’m sorry, that wasn’t my intention. I didn’t choose wisdom. It chose me. If I had my druthers, I’d have chosen another gift, perhaps the untold riches of Lil’ Wayne, whose teeth are made of actual diamonds, or to be the sexiest man alive, like Rachel Maddow. [...]

Pick three government programs you would eliminate. Why?

2. Legalized rape. What’s that you say? Rape isn’t sanctioned in this country? Then you must not live in a city with red-light or speed cameras, where it happens every day. Forget for a second that in one-fourth of all automated ticket cases, the ticketed car owner wasn’t the one actually driving the vehicle at the time of the infraction (what other crime-fighting technology do we consider reliable that nabs the wrong person 25 percent of the time?) Just as heinous is that every year, more and more municipal governments pretend that they plant these all-seeing menaces in the interest of “safety.” Yet every year, their revenues tend to increase from the very same technology. Meaning that the only deterrent effect the technology has is deterring your government from being honest about raping its own citizenry. If you’re going to slide me a roofie, Government, at least take me to dinner and a movie first."

Posted by: drindl | January 11, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Here Jake (copied and pasted for ya)
"Here, on the other hand, is what Lott said: "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."

A quick refresher in American history: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, in 1948, he was running on a pro-segregation platform. "

Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

On Palin joining Fox News:
"As a contributor, Palin will provide political commentary and analysis for FOX News "

She couldn't analyze what material she reads or the Bush doctrine.
She thought Africa was a country.
She figured since she lived near Russia that was enough foreign policy experience.
She didn't know why North Korea and South Korea were separate.
She repeatedly claimed Sadaam Hussein was behind 911.
She didn't even know who her son was going to fight in Iraq.

All this coming from the people who were trying to get her elected!


Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

This is great stuff ... rightwing icon Ted Olson defends gay marriage. The times, they are a changin.'

'The historic federal trial challenging the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans commenced in California today, focusing on Proposition 8, which state voters approved last year. David Boies and former Bush solicitor general Ted Olson, who argued opposite each other in the Bush v. Gore case, are now arguing together on behalf of the two couples who wished to be married but were denied marriage licenses because of Prop. 8. In his opening statement, Olson, President Bush’s former Solicitor General, went right after common right-wing arguments against marriage equality:

And, as for protecting “traditional marriage,” our opponents “don’t know” how permitting gay and lesbian couples to marry would harm the marriages of opposite-sex couples. Needless to say, guesswork and speculation is not an adequate justification for discrimination. In fact, the evidence will demonstrate affirmatively that permitting loving, deeply committed, couples like the plaintiffs to marry has no impact whatsoever upon the marital relationships of others.

When voters in California were urged to enact Proposition 8, they were encouraged to believe that unless Proposition 8 were enacted, anti-gay religious institutions would be closed, gay activists would overwhelm the will of the heterosexual majority, and that children would be taught that it was “acceptable” for gay men and lesbians to marry. Parents were urged to “protect our children” from that presumably pernicious viewpoint.

At the end of the day, whatever the motives of its Proponents, Proposition 8 enacted an utterly irrational regime to govern entitlement to the fundamental right to marry, consisting now of at least four separate and distinct classes of citizens: (1) heterosexuals, including convicted criminals, substance abusers and sex offenders, who are permitted to marry; (2) 18,000 same-sex couples married between June and November of 2008, who are allowed to remain married but may not remarry if they divorce or are widowed; (3) thousands of same-sex couples who were married in certain other states prior to November of 2008, whose marriages are now valid and recognized in California; and, finally (4) all other same-sex couples in California who, like the Plaintiffs, are prohibited from marrying by Proposition 8.

Today in Newsweek, Olson makes the “conservative case for gay marriage,” stating that “same-sex unions promote the values conservatives prize” and saying that arguments against same-sex marriage are “superficially appealing but ultimately false perceptions about our Constitution and its protection of equality and fundamental rights.”

Posted by: drindl | January 11, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Jake, wasn't Lott trying to promote segregation with his comments?

Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic:

Sen. Reid (D-NV) said today he was "warmed" by the response from across the country. Who knows, maybe this will all blow over? I guess that Trent Lott should have refused to step down too.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Haha, now Sarah will have to join a Union.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

A racist Senate Majority leader is the best the Democrats can give the American people. 2010 Vote Out All Democrats

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 11, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"Or, she'll be a better President than even Ronald Reagan." Considering he didn't know what he was doing for half of his presidency, tht's a pretty low bar.

Posted by: drindl | January 11, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if it's God's Plan that Sarah Palin be on Fox. She said it was His plan for her to be McCain's running mate -- d'ya it was HIs way of helping Obama win? Maybe this is His way of humiliating Fox.

Posted by: drindl | January 11, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

More Democrats / Hypocrites coming to the defense of Sen. Reid:

Barbara Lee, California Democrat and head of the Congressional Black Caucus, said he did not deserve to lose his leadership position as a result of his comments.
In 2002, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) called for FORMAL CENSURE for Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) and had this to say about his resignation:

"Congresswoman Barbara Lee today said that Senator Trent Lott did the right thing by stepping down today as Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate after Lott’s offensive remarks at the December 5th birthday party for Senator Strom Thurmond. Lee said that now the Republican Party has the unique opportunity to prove that they do not support discriminatory policies that most affect African-Americans and people of color."

"I am very glad to see Senator Lott leave his position as Majority Leader," said Lee. "We shouldn’t have to tolerate such backwards viewpoints from any legislator, much less the leader of the U.S. Senate."§iontree=35,57&yy=8

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty low bar, Jake. But to be any kind of president she would need to manage a campaign snd win an election, both of which are exceedingly improbable.

She's a ditz and she's lazy.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Or, she'll be a better President than even Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

James Watt, Interior Sec'y under Reagan and, like Palin, aisle-rolling Rapture-believing hand-waving buffoon, became a commentator on CNN after he finally left office in disgrace. Don't recall if he had a with-book too, probably did.

He didn't last long on CNN.

Palin will probably last longer on Fox News, but just remember, the more people see if her the less they like her. She'll do for Fox what she's done for the GOP.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

. . . PATHETIC, in the meantime, . . . .


America still waits for promises of speeches, given during the most expensive Presidential campaign in history, to materialize into actions that will be positive for a Nation facing unprecedented debt, deficits and unemployment.

America is still looking for a leader.

Posted by: JamesRaider | January 11, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Too "stupid" to marry into money like Feinstein and Pelosi?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe someday she be as rich as some of the women of the Democratic Party in congress."

Unlikely; she's too stupid.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1 writes:
"Speaking of which, your reaction time is impressive."

Just lucky, I guess.

Posted by: mnteng | January 11, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan used TV and radio to circumvent the MSM and speak directly to the American people. He was also employed as a national spokesman for General Electric before he ran for President (hopefully, the Fox gig allows her to hone her communication skills AND contains an escape clause "In the event Mrs. Palin decides to run for President of the United States ...").

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Off-topic: Palin signs multi-year deal with Fox News

I knew this was coming.

Keep cashing in baby!

Posted by: JRM2 |
Class envy baby!

Maybe someday she be as rich as some of the women of the Democratic Party in congress.

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"Greenspan must be OK with it. Does Mrs. Fix know?"

Dude is prolific.

Speaking of which, your reaction time is impressive.


Posted by: bsimon1 | January 11, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

obama only needs the negro dialect when he's in front of the blacks making promises of more welfare,ACORN assistance,free housing to get the vote..then turns back into the banking industries uncle sharpton is nothing but a scam artist and jumped on clinton because there is more money to be made than with washed up harry reid.

Posted by: JWx2 | January 11, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

37th writes:

"Chris is on Andrea Mitchell, again."

Greenspan must be OK with it. Does Mrs. Fix know?

Posted by: mnteng | January 11, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Chris is on Andrea Mitchell, again.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

"Chris Cillizza WAS online Monday" sounds like the PAST tense to me, but since I have such troubles with the "passive voice" who knows anymore?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

While mainstream media salivates over political trivia, America's horrific shame goes uncovered by mainstream media.


Why doesn't W.H. press corps inquire about THIS?



• Steve Kroft "60 Minutes" report on "electronic fence" along Mexican border reveals U.S. Homeland Security "department-wide reassessment of the entire program."

• Does the "entire program" also include the nationwide network Homeland Security cellular "torture towers" already operational in virtually every community in America...

...being used to physically attack and physiologically and neurologically impair unconstitutionally "targeted" American citizens -- as first reported at links below?

• A government-wide cover up that makes Watergate look like just another black bag job? (Groups -- Reporting): "U.S. Gov't uses CBS..."; "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves" OR

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 11, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

He who is best ignored asks
"Why is there a reference to "Palin's 'God Plan" in the headline, but no corresponding question / answer?"

Because the headline & intro (see below) are written before the chat begins. If participants choose to ask questions more relevant than those predicted in advance, some subjects may remain uncovered in the chat. This week participants chose to leave the disgraced governors where they belong: as fodder for the check out lanes, not serious politics discussions.

"Washington Post staff writer and blogger Chris Cillizza was online Monday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss comments made by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) about then presidential candidate Barack Obama and documented in a new book, Game Change; comments by Sarah Palin according to John McCain top strategist on Sunday's "60 Minutes" broadcast; and comments made by ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about President Obama."

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 11, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Off-topic: Palin signs multi-year deal with Fox News

I knew this was coming.

Keep cashing in baby!

Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The Boston Herald reports that if Brown actually wins, MA Democratic Secretary of State William Galvin will delay certifying the race for 10 days or until February 20. That would let appointed-Senator Paul Kirk cast a 60th vote for Obamacare. Note how Galvin certified the prior change in law / Kirk's appointment to the U.S. Senate on the SAME DAY it was signed into law rather than wait the customary 90 days.

What will happen if Democrats pass their health care bill by denying to seat a duly-elected Republican? My prediction: Firestorm. National firestorm.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Shall we dance?

Posted by: arandoph2017 | January 11, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I know that, but why is it in the chat transcript headline? Did you see You Jake Tapper pointing out Obama's hypocrisy on Reid:

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I just read through the chat transcript. Why is there a reference to "Palin's 'God Plan" in the headline, but no corresponding question / answer?
Posted by: JakeD
JakeD – As people have been saying for ages, Palin made a statement to the effect that some situation was “God’s plan for her”. The secularists and atheists are making this out to be a “kooky” statement because of their non-belief and disrespect for believers.

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I just read through the chat transcript. Why is there a reference to "Palin's 'God Plan" in the headline, but no corresponding question / answer?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Should Harry Reid step down for his racial comment during the 2008 Presidential race?


Posted by: usadblake | January 11, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

The good senator made a powerful observation; America is still in the closet when it comes to race and oppertunity. Better to vote for a look-a-like then someone totally repulsive to the majority of white voters, and let's be honest; there- for now- is where the votes truly lie.

Had The president graduated from 'Howard' instead of 'Harvard,' if his mother had not been from Hawaii and say, maybe Pineapple Al, We would be looking at John McCaine in the White House, That's my observation.

The good news is that in about twenty years this will make no differents because our children and grandchildren have seen our history, and don't like it. They will write new chapters and blaze new trails together as one, that is until the laws are changed against Fat People...hmmm same O' same O' ? stay tune.

Posted by: arandoph2017 | January 11, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

"there's no way I can make you see it."

Thanks in advance for ceasing to bang your head against the wall. You've made your point, it is time to move on.*

* I, in a hypocritical double standard, have now addressed someone who I recommend we all ignore. Thank you all, in advance, for forgiving me this sin.


Posted by: bsimon1 | January 11, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

CC, I agree with your take on the Massachusetts race that Brown may have peaked too early. Coakley is sitting on a huge warchest and from what I understand has now brought it to bear. As we all know you can have the best message in the world but if the other guy has 5 times as much money they can drown out your message. This is what I see for the special election. On top of that we saw a similar closing of the gap in the Democratic Primary in the polls that eventually didn't lead to anything.

Posted by: AndyR3 | January 11, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was a poor attempt to weasel out of being in the 'predictions' business when The Fix first claimed he didn't make a prediction about the special in MA, then went on to say Coakley was the likely winner. Quite frankly, the analysis we come here for is a form of prediction. If you want to weasel out of your job, go ahead & say every race is too close to call. I think I speak for the majority when I say: keep telling us when it is unlikely for a challenger to make up a polling defict (i.e. MA) vs. when an incumbent is unusually vulnerable & faces a real threat of losing (i.e. Reid in NV).

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 11, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

La pièce de résistance: I finally found some of "Dingy" Harry Reid's statements re: Lott.

"As closely as I've worked with him, I don't know how in the world I could condone, support or understand his statements,' said Reid, the Senate Democratic whip at the time. 'I think what he said is not good for America; it's repugnant what he said.' 'If Republicans think it's best for Democrats to keep him there, maybe they'll get rid of him,' Reid said." (Tony Batt and Jane Ann Morriso, "Ensign Continues To Back Lott As Majority Leader," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/17/02)

"Sen. Harry Reid said Republican Senate leader Trent Lott's decision to relinquish his post Friday came as no surprise. 'HE HAD NO ALTERNATIVE,' the Nevada Democrat and Senate minority leader said. 'Senator Lott dug himself a hole and he didn't dig it all in one setting. He dug it over the years. And he couldn't figure out a way to get out of it.'" ("Nevada Lawmakers Not Surprised By Lott Resignation," The Associated Press, 12/20/02)


If you Dems can't see the doublue standard, there's no way I can make you see it.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse


Then-Senator Joe Biden

"'What he said was insensitive as hell; it's very offensive,' said Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., who read about the furor after returning Tuesday from a trip to the Middle East. 'Race is serious stuff. It's not something you kid about.'" (Erin Kelly, "Del. Lawmakers, Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Lott's Comments," Gannett News Service, 12/13/02)

Senator Evan Bayh

"Democrats, who had spent much of the last two weeks criticizing Lott's statement, praised his decision to resign and pledged to work with the next Senate Republican leader. 'There is a standard for all of us in public life that must be met, and his ability to lead was severely damaged. The American people expect and deserve leaders who share their values,' Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana said in a statement. 'As we move forward, I hope we can use this unfortunate incident as a springboard to continue the civil rights progress that we have made over the last forty years.'" (Craig Linder, "Ceding To Controversy, Lott Says He Will Not Be Majority Leader In Next Congress," States News Service, 12/20/09)

Senator Barbara Boxer

'His apology does not take away the sting of his divisive words, nor the pain inflicted on millions of African Americans under segregation,' she said." (Edward Epstein, "Bush Calls Lott's Remark 'Wrong,'" The San Francisco Chronicle, 12/13/02)

Senator Russ Feingold

"Sen. Russ Feingold Thursday called on Sen. Trent Lott to resign as GOP leader over comments Lott made last week about Strom Thurmond's pro-segregationist 1948 presidential campaign. 'Given the tragic history of race relations in this country, and the role the 1948 campaign played in it, his statement was especially hurtful,' Feingold, D-Wis., said in a statement." ("Feingold Calls On Lott To Resign As GOP Leader," The Associated Press, 12/12/02)

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Here's what DEMOCRATS had to say about Trent Lott's comment:

Senator Tom Harkin

"Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa issued a blistering condemnation Thursday night of controversial remarks by Republican Sen. Trent Lott, saying it is 'shocking' that the White House has not urged Lott to step down as the incoming majority leader. 'Or is this a not-too-subtle message to closet bigots and Southern white supremacists that their true political home is the GOP?' Harkin asked in a prepared statement. . . . Said Harkin: 'Senator Lott may utter apologies and explanations, but where is his outright condemnation of exactly what Strom Thurmond stood for -segregation and white supremacy?' Harkin added that 'it's in unguarded moments like these we see past the polished veneer.'" (Jane Norman, "Harkin Shocked GOP Is Willing To Keep Lott As Majority Leader," Des Moines Register, 12/13/02)

Senator John Kerry

"Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday demanded that Senate GOP Leader Trent Lott resign his powerful leadership post for making racially charged comments praising Sen. Strom Thurmond's segregationist 1948 presidential campaign. 'I simply do not believe the country can today afford to have someone who has made these statements again and again be the leader of the United States Senate,' said Kerry (D-Mass.), wading into a national controversy as he prepares his 2004 White House bid." (Andrew Miga, "Kerry: Lott Must Resign," Boston Herald, 12/12/02)

Then-IL State Senator Barack Obama

"Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON's Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott's remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader. 'It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate ..." "Trent Lott Agrees To Meet With Black Caucus," Chicago Defender, 12/12/02)

LOL!!! Even Gov. Palin knew at the time that the Majority Leader is not "President" of the Senate!

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Massachusetts race

Traditionally this would be a low turn-out election

However, voters may be motivated to register their displeasure about the health care bill, which would increase voter turn-out.

The thing is: the pollsters don't know which segments of the demographics to weight or over-weight due to the wildcard factors.

The pollsters know how to weight a normal special election in the middle of winter.

However, the low turn-out nature of the contest will serve to MAGNIFY any additional voters who are motivated by the health care debate. Those voters could come from anywhere.

Dorester and Congress in Boston is where the Boston Tea Party was.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for using "tittle." That about describes the magnitude of what is being shopped as publicity for this book.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 11, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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