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Gresham Barrett tries to build a runoff case against Nikki Haley in S.C.

1. Even as South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley was being touted as a new Republican star, Rep. Gresham Barrett launched a new ad aimed at trying to make the June 22 gubernatorial runoff in the Palmetto State competitive.

The ad, which was produced by Scott Howell Associates, takes an off-kilter approach to re-introducing Barrett to runoff voters -- featuring a supposed drill sergeant rattling off the Congressman's reform credentials; "a military man who makes tough decision, a Christian family man who won't embarrass us," says the sergeant in describing Barrett.

The new commercial suggests that despite the fact that he ran 27 points (and nearly 114,000 votes) behind Haley, Barrett is making good on his primary day promise to fight out the two-week runoff.

"Too much of this election has been focused on things that don't matter," said Barrett adviser Todd Harris, pledging that the runoff would be focused on serious matters like Haley's support for the Obama stimulus plan. "Voters looking to turn the page on what's been happening in South Carolina politics over the last few years will have no better candidate than Gresham Barrett," said Harris.

It remains to be seen how that sort of aggressive stance from Barrett will play with voters who clearly recoiled against the personal attacks launched against Haley in the primary.

Barrett's biggest challenge is to try to convince state Republicans (and national observers) that the runoff is not simply a walk-over for Haley but a real race. To do that, he'll need to find a way to raise money even as the Republican Governors Association has made clear that they want Haley to be the party's nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney heads back to the state for Haley next week.

It's hard to see Barrett overcoming Haley's massive primary advantage barring -- dare we say it -- some sort of major revelation. But, a rough and tumble campaign, even if it is conducted on the issues, has the potential to step on the Haley-as-new-Republican-hero narrative that began building after her performance Tuesday night.

2. Former President Bill Clinton will hold a campaign rally at the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy(!) in Las Vegas tonight to benefit Harry Reid (Nev.), part of a serious push by the Senate Majority Leader to seize the momentum in the wake of former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle's primary win on Tuesday night.

Prior to the Clinton event, Reid's campaign will roll out its first two ads of the general election -- positive commercials, according to Fix friend and king of Nevada political reporting Jon Ralston.

While Reid's initial commercials may well focus on telling his story, it's a near-certainty that he (or his allies) will turn their attention to defining Angle as outside of the mainstream in short order.

What's less clear is whether Reid -- and his $9 million bank account -- will carry the negative message or whether it will be farmed out to an allied group; in the Republican primary, Patriot Majority, a Democratic-tilting independent organization, spent nearly $500,000 on ads that hammered former state party chairwoman Sue Lowden in a (successful) attempt to keep her from the GOP nod.

Polling conducted just prior to Tuesday's primary showed Angle at 44 percent to Reid's 41 percent but the Reid forces are confident that Angle was the weakest of the three serious Republicans in the race. (Make sure to read the Post's Paul Kane on why they might be wrong.)

To that end, Reid's campaign pointed to Ralston's analysis late Wednesday that suggested the race now leans in the Majority Leader's favor. Ralston's take on the race? "It's Reid trying to marginalize Angle -- already begun -- vs. Angle trying to keep the focus on Reid, with a little help from her new DC friends." Well said.

3. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) continuing to lead in the three-way race to become Florida's next senator.

Crist took 37 percent in the poll while former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) received 33 percent, and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) placed a distant third with 17 percent.

Crist's margin is built on his winning 51 percent of independents -- up 13 points from last month's Q poll. Crist is also running close with Meek among Democrats; Meek takes 44 percent to 37 percent for Crist.

Should billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene win the Democratic nod, Crist would still win -- taking 40 percent to 33 percent for Rubio and 14 percent for Greene.

Crist has made a series of overtures to Democrats since changing party affiliation - he vetoed a teacher accountability measure in April and looks likely to veto a controversial abortion measure too. Crist has also hired Knickerbocker SKD, a Democratic media consulting firm, to handle his advertising in the fall.

Despite his continued polling strength, Crist must be careful not to move too far, too fast in his ideological leanings. He stoked controversy earlier this week when he removed his opposition to abortion from the "Issues" section of his website.

4. Alabama state Rep. Robert Bentley, who finished second in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary, has released a poll showing him up 16 points over former state Sen. Bradley Byrne who finished first last week, according to a new internal poll conducted for his campaign.

Bentley led Byrne 45 percent to 29 percent in a two-way match-up, according to the Dresner Wicker poll; 26 percent of voters remain undecided.

The wide margin should be taken cum grano salis since it was conducted for Bentley's campaign and shows a significant reversal of fortune from the primary results. Bentley, Byrne and businessman Tim James closed the race in a virtual dead heat as Byrne finished with 28 percent while Bentley and James each received 25 percent.

It's not even yet clear that Bentley will be Byrne's opponent in the July 13 runoff. James officially submitted a petition yesterday for a recount in all 67 counties after the final tally showed him trailing Bentley by only 167 votes; it could be a week or more until the recount is completed.

State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks will be the Democratic nominee in the race to replace term limited Gov. Bob Riley (R).

5. Virginia state Sen. Robert Hurt (R) is consolidating support after winning Tuesday's primary to face Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.). But he still has some work to do.

Former Rep. Virgil Goode (R) said Wednesday that he will support Hurt and the leader of the Danville Tea Party had kind words for Hurt as well. But second-place finisher Jim McKelvey is still holding out.

McKelvey, who took 26 percent of the vote to Hurt's 49 percent in Tuesday's primary, has publicly entertained the idea of backing a third party candidate if Hurt won the nomination. McKelvey congratulated Hurt for his win Tuesday but also announced he is opening a political action committee and hasn't said whether he might support third-party candidate Jeff Clark.

"In the coming days, I will be forming a political action committee to bring together all those who share the same ideals as me," McKelvey said on his website, adding: "We, as conservatives, must be unified to defeat Tom Perriello this November. And, we must do this now."

Hurt drew heat from McKelvey and others in the Republican primary over his vote in favor of then-Gov. Mark Warner's (D) budget in 2004. But at least some appear ready to forgive him.

"Yes, I plan to support the nominee," Goode told the Charlottesville Daily Progress. "I think he has a very good chance of beating Tom Perriello."

"We really feel it's not good to split the vote and let Perriello have another two years," Danville Tea Party leader Nigel Coleman told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The central Virginia district went narrowly for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in 2008 but has conservative roots and is regarded as a top 20 pickup opportunity for Republicans this fall.

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it is really fascinating brigade that you persist with your LUNACY that Obama was
responsible for the December 2008-January 20, 2009 DOW meltdown when he was not even
POTUS. Once again no one cares what the DOW
was when Bush and Paulson controlled the reins
of the economy, that is nothing more than
insane partisan b.s. Next we will hear from you
that Obama should take responsibility for the
DOW from 2001 to 2008 b/c he was in the Illinois State Legislature and US Senate.
Socialism, how about the December 2008 Bush/Paulson plan to Nationalize our banks?
Precisely what would you tag that or again
would you like to blame Obama for events
in December 2008? how lame

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 11, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Slick Willie, who is entwined in the Sestak scandal, will bring star power all right. Will he be passing out cigars?

Posted by: elby | June 10, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Some of the information from the Fix blog today looks suspiciously like, gulp, information. Very un-Fix like.

Where are the GOP false narratives, promotions of fake controversies, cherry picked polls, shoutouts to bigo-, er, ultraconservatives/libertarians, Charlie Cook free ad/mentions, odes to Pawlenty? What's going on? Have the interns seized power from their master?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 10, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Barrett has nothing to worry about from Mrs. Nimrata Randhawa (media name: "Nikki Haley").

Likely the Enquirer will get the goods of Mrs. Randhawa before the election as they did with Gary Hart. Notice Mrs. Randhawa wanted no part of any lie detector test, and has reverted to the loser's non-denial denial of "they can't PROVE it" rather than simply saying "it" didn't happen.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 10, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse







I am totally behind Alvin Greene - I hope he wins - I hope the People come out for him - and back him strongly.

AND let anyone who has not EVER looked at a dirty picture on the internet CAST the first stone at Alvin Greene.

Alvin Greene would be a fantastic US Senator - We need more men like him to represent "the every man" -

Alvin Greene deserves it.

Besides, he needs a job. If he wins, he will have a job in January.


Posted by: 37thand0street | June 10, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

leichtman1 wrote,
"How many times
have zouk, 37th, and bigade called POTUS
a socialist here. And now they claim they
want the POTUS to turn to a foreign govt for assistance."


LOL. It just never stops. Yesterday we were told that if a president is elected when the DOW is at 9300 and 18 months later it's 7% higher, he gets credit for a 50% increase if the market bottomed out during his administration.

Now, today, we're back to the old INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS as fact routine. Some conservate posted something, so "they" claim "they" want the POTUS to turn to a foreign government for assistance.

Never mind, that there isn't a grain of truth in the statement as in pertains to me. But on second thought, it's hard to imagine ANY government bungling things worse than Obama.

Oh, and while you count the fortune you've made in the market since Obama became President, refresh my memory on who the nearly 10% unemployment rate and the ever-increasing national debt belong to. No doubt those are still Bush's. Right?

Posted by: Brigade | June 10, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The state of Nevada isn't doing any better economically than any other state...I don't think it really matter who Harry Reid brings on stage to cheer and chant for him because the proof is in the pudding...Unemploment rate is still out of control, defunct housing market, uncontrollable federal spending with bailouts and passing a "willy nilly" health care bill....The list goes on and on...Reid and his cohorts attempting to push the Cap and Trade bill through...Time for this man to find another job or retire...

Posted by: Rhonda5 | June 10, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Two corrupt, scandal laden politicians on the same stage is hardly "star power".... more like Stooge Power..

Posted by: 2010Rout | June 10, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Why Didn't Chairman Zero and BP Accept Assistance from Royal Dutch Shell to Clean Up the Oil?

Legitimate question as the Dutch have the
latest technology to deal with this debacle.
But I can also imagine the outcry from the right and people like you zouk who would be
here today if the US turned to a foeign government for assistance. How many times
have zouk, 37th, and bigade called POTUS
a socialist here. And now they claim they
want the POTUS to turn to a foreign govt for
assistance. But in the scheme of things zouk
was for once correct in his assesment that
the Dutch technology should be used, and
I suspect that is still in the works, perhaps
it is just a timing thing with the cleanup workers. See zouk when you make rational
nonideological comments its a pleasure to have that discussion, unfortunately I still feel
the right would be calling him a socialist
had he followed that plan, but we are entitled to an answer from the administration nonetheless.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 10, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

gopers want taxpayers to pay for oil spill -- nice try, Mr. Bonehead.

Congressional Democrats and the White House are working with different ways to force BP to cover the costs of damages from the Gulf oil spill. But they face stiff opposition from industry...and it seems leading Republicans. In response to a question from TPMDC, House Minority Leader John Boehner backed Tom Donohue, President of the Chamber of Commerce, in saying taxpayers should help pick up the tab.

"I think the people responsible in the oil spill--BP and the federal government--should take full responsibility for what's happening there," Boehner said at his weekly press conference this morning.

On Friday, Donohue made clear that he opposes efforts to stick BP, a member of the Chamber, with the bill. "It is generally not the practice of this country to change the laws after the game," he said. "Everybody is going to contribute to this clean up. We are all going to have to do it. We are going to have to get the money from the government and from the companies and we will figure out a way to do that."

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

bill clinton was such a good president he turned over congress to the Repubs after 40 years. He became only the second president ever to be impeached. He set in motion the housing crisis and the terror attacks.

but as far as liberals/Democrats, the bar is so low that indeed he was better then jimmy carter.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 10, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

"Bill Clinton was the best President of our time"

When it comes to corruption and immorality, I think you are spot on! In fact, wouldn't you say he ranks as the most venal President of the twentieth century?

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 10, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I STILL love Bill Clinton.

Bill Clinton was the best President of our time, and did more for our country than any President I ever knew.

President Obama should have President Clinton in his cabinet, or at least as a high ranking economic advisor.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 10, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

hey moonbat turn on cnbc and listen to Larry Kudlow, known left winger. He is going on and
on trashing BP and how they should be allowed
to fail. Kind of interesting, I am not for bailing them out but the Louisiana and Texas
economies woulr suffer if that happened. They
should temporarily suspend their dividends
for mabe a year until they figure out their
true economic exposure. Kudlow claims its
$30-$50 billion I don't see where he is
coming up with that number but angry voters wanting to bankrupt them(Progressives or TeaPartiers) is counter productive and would devistate our fragile economy imho.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 10, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Crist may be the only one who benefits from the spill. He is sounding very managerial.

Here's the silver lining to Blanche Lincoln... receiving a challenge from the left made her move left on finance reform, and we may get a stronger bill for it...

"A number of key senators returned to the Capitol after election Tuesday with good news for Wall Street foes. By defeating her primary challenger, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has strengthened her hand in the final financial reform negotiations, and has given new life to a much-debated provision, which would require financial firms to spin off their derivatives trading desks."

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Fiorina grovels for Hannity -- Boxer ought to just use the whole thing as an ad:

"Preparing for a TV appearance on a local California ABC affiliate yesterday, Senate GOP candidate Carly Fiorina was caught by a hot mic taking a dig at right-wing favorite Sean Hannity. She called California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman’s decision to go on Hannity’s Fox News show a day after the primary “a very bad choice,” adding, “You know how he is.” Last night, Fiorina indicated that she went crawling back:

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: And I see that you learned the first lesson about getting caught on a hot mic. And I listened to it, and as I listened, I thought, Uh-oh, Sean’s going to be mad at you. [...]

FIORINA: I talked with Sean a little earlier this evening and I apologized because what I was trying to convey was that he is a tough interview. By the way, that’s his job. It’s his job to be a tough interview. And I’m going on his show on Friday night and really looking forward to it."

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton's dangle probably already has an angle on Angle.

Posted by: perryneheum | June 10, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Why Didn't Chairman Zero and BP Accept Assistance from Royal Dutch Shell to Clean Up the Oil

Soon after the explosion crippled the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, commencing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Royal Dutch Shell Corporation offered BP and the Obama Regime the use of some fifty supertankers --- that were standing by, ready to go --- to skim up the oil and limit the damage from the spill. BP and the Obama Regime refused.

Why would they refuse to use a proven method of oil spill containment in the opening days of the disaster? The main theory is an archaic, 1920's -ERA protectionist law called the Jones Act --- which exists primarily to shelter unionized workers from foreign competition --- prevented Chairman Zero's regime from accepting aid from a foreign company in cleaning up the spill. i.e. He would rather see the beaches of states that didn't vote for him befouled with oil than upset his union puppet-masters.

There's also the theory that Obama is just monumentally incompetent.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 10, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

bsimon and mm, ddawd and Andy, I agree with all of you, but I also think the gusher has given Crist a high profile dais.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 10, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Only 456000 people lost their jobs this week?

Yeah that's good I guess.

For berry.

A stadium full of people lose their job every day under present ident obungler.

Party on dude. Time for some bball and later a concert.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 10, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

He gets the advantages of being an incumbent, without really being an incumbent & without being tied to either party machine. If this is a bad year to be an incumbent, Crist is positioned about as well as a candidate could be. With Meek turning into a non-factor & Rubio having to keep the base enthusiastic, Crist should be able to grab the majority that is the middle.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 10, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

bsimon1, that is a good analysis of how Crist can benefit in his situation: maintain a continual media presence while looking like a leader, and for FREE.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 10, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Another factor in California -- and this by the right-leaning Rasmussen:


Obama Job Approval (CA)

Approve 59.0%, Disapprove 39.0%

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

"Whoops! New Senate nominee Carly Fiorina (R-CA) was caught in an unfortunate open mic incident today, mocking her rival Sen. Barbara Boxer's hair, complaining about Fox's Sean Hannity and even talking about cheeseburgers she wished she'd eaten the night before.

Fiorina, who won a 3-way primary last night, was preparing for an interview with CNN affiliate KXTV this morning and chatting with her aides. In a several-minute chat with the camera rolling that CNN posted online, Fiorina mocks Boxer's hairdo. Laughing, Fiorina tells her staff that someone had seen Boxer on television and "said what everyone says, 'God what is that hair?' So yesterday!" But she also questioned a decision by fellow Republican Meg Whitman to appear on Hannity so soon after winning the GOP nomination for governor.

"I find it really surprising that on the first day of the general Meg Whitman is going on Sean Hannity," Fiorina said, while reading her BlackBerry. "I think it's bizarre ... I think it's a very bad choice actually. You know how he is."

This couldn't be deliberate, leichtman -- it's too amateurish and club-footed. So not ready for prime time.

Posted by: drindl | June 10, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin writes
"I predicted that Crist's support would dwindle, as he ran without a party. I apparently was w-w-wrong. Could he, unlike the TEA people and BHO, be the political beneficiary of the gusher beneath the Gulf?"

Crist is maintaining support primarily because he still has a prominent job in which he can demonstrate a pragmatic style of governing, freed from the ideological rigidity imposed by the special interests that control the parties. If he were trying this from the private sector, he'd likely not be as successful. Being the incumbent Gov is free publicity. Sticking it to both parties will be popular with most voters.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 10, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Politics is rendered irrelevant in a nation that allows its citizens -- and journalists -- to be silently tortured and assaulted...



• And local cops are A.W.O.L.

• Reporter's plea to U.S. Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division: "Rescue me from police-and fed-protected domestic terrorism in Bucks County, PA -- home of the MAGLOCLEN Mid-Atlantic states Homeland Security-administered fusion center."

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 10, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I think Crist has set himself up as the defacto Democratic nominee at this point. Unless Meeks starts spending money this will end up being a two man race between the newly independent Crist and Rubio. I am starting to the think that Rubio is turning into Crist's best friend. He is scaring enough Democrats with his far right views that they will hold there noses and vote for Crist to make sure that Rubio doesn't win.

It is true that Crist will need to answer who he will caucus with. And I think he should say that if he is the deciding vote for control of the senate he will caucus with which ever party is NOT in control of the house. So if the Democrats keep the house and he is the vote that would switch the senate then he will vote as a republican and vice-versa, but that he will require that the leadership practice true bipartisanship.
If the Democrats keep both houses (which is most likely at this point) he will caucus with the the majority since it will provide him more influence in making sure that the oil spill gets cleaned up, that Florida is represented, etc.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 10, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Weekly Claims Edge Lower as Jobs Recovery Plods On

""The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance fell less than expected last week, government data showed on Thursday, pointing to a gradual labor market recovery""

"""Continuing jobless claims have reached their ""lowest level since Dec. 13, 2008"""

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dipped 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 456,000 in the week ended June 5, the Labor Department said.

zouk lies again, anything new from him?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 10, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

More polling from Quinnipiac: Jeff Greene (@greene4florida) basically tied with @kendrickmeek in Dem. primary...

Posted by: saintpetersblog | June 10, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Fiorina attacks Hannity and Fox:

Would make a great general election commercial
run on Fox News. Anyone think Fox would ever
allow that? Fiorina is clearly an undisciplined
candidate or was this mike slip deliperate?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 10, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse


You are correct - the left is far more violent than the right

Do you remember all the anti-war rallies - and all the riot police and all that violence???

The left is also the side which is always talking about violence.

I do not know why the left has become so radicalized over the past fifteen years.

What happened over the past 15 years to cause such a leap of the left to the far-left? Is it simpy that the old 60s generation grew up, got their kids through college - and then started showing up at political meetings of the democrats? It could be something as simple as that - the old 60s people.


Posted by: 37thand0street | June 10, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD
"...I don't think that Rubio will hang himself the way that the Republican candidates in Nevada and Kentucky will..."
- - - - - - - - - - -
That Republican Kentucky candidate is "hanging" by nearly six percentage points OVER the democrat.

Posted by: sosueme1 | June 10, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Jobless claims up again this week

Yer doing a heckuva job berry.

Golf anyone?

Posted by: Moonbat | June 10, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Dingbat drivl warned you. Now it is so.

Here's a little treat for the trolls — watch a Bush-bashing moonbat invade a Tea Party and punch a patriot in the face in Greensboro, NC:

As the Hopey Change farce comes unraveled, more violence can be expected from the Left. Inappropriate use of physical force should surprise no one, considering that liberalism is all about coercion. Look for more assaults by Obama's union friends, as in St. Louis.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 10, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Crist does have the advantage of being a well known independent unlike most independent candidates. I think the major downside is that he loses party organizational support and none of that Cornyn cash. But he doesn't have to expend his war chest on a primary and he's got a good sized chest. I just wonder whether he can keep up the fundraising or if he even needs to. I don't think Rubio will be able to eclipse Crist in terms of media buys and in terms of media, I think 60-40 is really no different from 50-50, so Crist just needs to stay afloat. I don't think that Rubio will hang himself the way that the Republican candidates in Nevada and Kentucky will, but Rubio's got a ton of ethical issues that Crist can hammer at. And this is Florida. A state that Obama won, so it's not exactly a conservative haven. So I do think Crist can pull this out.

And then caucus with the Dems :)

Posted by: DDAWD | June 10, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Are There Any Democrats That *Aren't* Sexual Predators?

Alvin Greene won South Carolina's Democrat Primary and has won the honor of getting crushed by Jim DeMint in the November election. From what I'm heating, he'll fit in just fine with the party of Ted Kennedy, Chris Dodd, Bill Clinton, and Jesse Jackson.
Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison. ...Records indicate Greene showed photos to a woman and talked about going to her room at a university dorm.

Maybe this is just an opening for the Democrat Party to do the old Torricelli swticheroo, but Greene has declared that he's staying in the race... for now.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 10, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Don't know what your contacts in SC told you, but Barrett's ad with the drill sgt was running before the primary--it's not new.

Posted by: pumor | June 10, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

If the democrats could channel FDR AND Harry Truman, Harry Reid might have a snowball's chance. Slick Willie ain't buying him nothing!

Posted by: sosueme1 | June 10, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

"While the Nationals will rely on Strasburg for now, they will rest him often after the all-star break.

"There will be a point where we just shut him down for a while or really minimize his innings," Riggleman said. "We want him to pitch in September, so some of that shutdown may be before September."

If the Nationals remain in contention deep into the year, shutting down Strasburg will present a welcome quandary. So far this year, he has pitched 55 1/3 innings in the minor leagues and seven in the majors. The Nationals will shut him down for the season once he reaches 160 innings, minors and majors combined, even if it means sitting their best pitcher in a playoff race.

"That would be very hard," Riggleman said. "I hope we have to make that decision. That would be tough, but we want to make sure this young man is pitching for years to come." "

Posted by: DDAWD | June 10, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, Ddawd. Good catch. I never watch cable news so I would have missed this "shift".

I predicted that Crist's support would dwindle, as he ran without a party. I apparently was w-w-wrong. Could he, unlike the TEA people and BHO, be the political beneficiary of the gusher beneath the Gulf?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 10, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

DDawd, I know that Florida pirmary isn't until August, so I suppose one could say that Meek is being prudent, like Brown in California letting the Republicans tear each other apart and waiting until there is actually a race to start spending money and raising his profile. But I don't have a lot of confidence in Meek and I wonder that the Democrats couldn't get someone with a little more presence in the race.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 10, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

#2 I wonder if Clinton is bringing the cigars to Reid's Casa Del Illeglas

Posted by: TexRancher | June 10, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | June 10, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

MMeyers, I'm just hoping that Crist will caucus with the Dems if he gets elected. I'm not sure if Meek can catch up. Crist and Rubio are combining for 70% meaning that Crist is taking away a bunch of Meek's support.

But I also do think that Meek is holding out somewhat. In a sense, there's still some time before the election and he still has a primary to get through. But I'm pretty pessimistic about his chances. Things can happen, but you can't like the chances of someone who is starting the race a lap behind.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 10, 2010 7:15 AM | Report abuse

re #3: Meek's campaign style seems to be matching his legislative style -- keep low. We Democrats will just have to tell ourselves that he is saving all his charisma and spark for the autumn. We hope.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 10, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

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