(A Quick) Morning Fix!
The moving bug has caught the Fixes so we are taking the day off to help lug boxes, move furniture and sweat through several shirts. (Too much information?)
That means a light posting day for us and a shortened version of the Morning Fix -- all the news you need in the time it takes you to eat a bowl of cereal.
The news you can use is after the jump. And stay tuned for a Friday Line -- looking at the ten best primaries in the country -- later today.
Friday Fix Picks: The world needs more "$10 bets."
1. Can Sanford hang on?
2. Even Sanford's security detail didn't know where he was.
3. Bill Clinton on FDR.
4. Do Republicans not tend to choose the "next guy in line" for president?
5. Michael Jackson dies.
Bad News for Specter in New Poll: Sen. Arlen Specter's (D) party switch in late April has -- not surprisingly -- made him far less popular with Republicans. Oddly, it's negatively impacted his job approval numbers with Democrats too. A new Franklin & Marshall College poll showed that just 18 percent of Pennsylvania Republicans gave Specter either "excellent" or "good" marks for the job he was doing, down from 49 percent who said the same in a March F&M poll. Among Democrats, 46 percent said Specter was doing an excellent/good job -- off 11 points from the March poll. Independents were relatively stable with 33 percent offering positive marks for the job Specter was doing in the June poll as compared to 36 percent in the March survey. Specter still led Rep. Joe Sestak by a 33 percent to 13 percent margin but, given Specter's huge statewide name identification edge, that isn't great news for the incumbent either.
Thune for Moran . . . : South Dakota Sen. John Thune, newly elected as chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, is wading into the contested Kansas Senate primary on behalf of Rep. Jerry Moran. "Jerry Moran's principled leadership and conservative voice are needed in the U.S. Senate," Thune said in a statement. Moran faces Rep. Todd Tiahrt in next year's Republican primary to replace Sen. Sam Brownback (R) who is running for governor. Thune and Moran were both elected to Congress in 1996 and the South Dakota Senator is the third member of the world's greatest deliberative body to get behind Moran. (Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Johanns of Nebraska are the other two.) Thune is widely seen as a rising star within the Republican party and is well-regarded by conservatives nationally for his defeat of then Democratic Leader Tom Daschle in 2004.
. . . Pro-Life Groups Back Tiahrt: Kansans for Life, the state's largest pro-life organization, threw its support to Tiahrt -- citing his "depth of knowledge, experience and proven leadership" on life issues. Given the heavily social conservative bent of the Kansas Republican primary electorate, an endorsement like this is almost certain to wind up in television ads and direct mail pieces for Tiahrt as both he and Moran try to prove that they are the true, blue conservative in the contest.
Dems Look Strong in Oregon: Democrats look to be in a strong shape to retain the open governor's office in 2010, according to a new poll conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal blog Daily Kos. Both former governor John Kitzhaber (D) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) hold leads over former senator Gordon Smith (R) and Rep. Greg Walden (R) in hypothetical general election matchups. Kitzhaber, who served as governor of Oregon from 1994 to 2002, led Smith 46 percent to 37 percent and Walden 44 percent to 38 percent. DeFazio held a ten-point edge over Smith and an eight point margin over Walden. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) is term-limited out of office in 2010.
Say What?: "My only concern at this point is that the water gets a little warmer maybe before we start throwing." -- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on his worries about his cameo in a dunk tank at the White House last night.
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