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Morning Fix: Races heat up in NY, NJ; Palin to Iowa?

President Obama and Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds appear together at a rally in Norfolk, VA. AP Photo by Steve Helber

With the Nov. 3 election just six(!) days away, we continue to tweak and test the format for the new and improved "Morning Fix" that will debut the day after the election.

The goal is to give Fixistas a condensed version of the political news driving the day mixed with a few breaking news nuggets that -- we hope -- you have come to expect from us.

Our second try at it is after the jump. What do you like? Dislike? Did we make a love connection (one of the greatest game shows of all time)? Let us know in the comments section below.

1. All eyes will be on . . . Trenton (New Jersey, that is) where a new Quinnipiac University poll shows Gov. Jon Corzine (D) leading former U.S. attorney Chris Christie (R) 43 percent to 38 percent with independent Chris Daggett taking 13 percent. Polling has been all over the map of late and the Q poll is the best of a not very good bunch. Corzine continues to wrap himself around President Obama and use his spending edge to club Christie. Democrats and Republicans are predicting victory and with Virginia growing less competitive expect to see some interesting last minute spending in the precious search for a few more votes.

2. Tpaw and the NRSC: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's (R) chit-collecting tour in advance of a near-certain run for president in 2012 will continue next month when he headlines the National Republican Senatorial Committee's fall meeting for donors,, which is scheduled to take place Nov. 16 and 17 in Washington. The trip should provide the Minnesota governor, who is also vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, some nice face time with well-heeled givers. Tpaw announced his plans to attend in an e-mail solicitation that offers a free trip to attend the event for one lucky donor who contributes $50 (or more) to the committee. "Our principles as conservatives are being tested," writes Pawlenty. "The values of our country are being tested."

3. Doing the numbers: The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is out. Numbers you need to know: 51 percent job approval for President Obama, 24 percent job approval for Congress, 50 percent don't know who Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) is, Democrats +8 on generic ballot, 23 percent trust the federal government all or most of the time to do the right thing(!), 30 percent strongly favor the creation of a third political party. Look for more in today's "most important number in politics" post later in this space.

4. Handicapping NY-23 special: The Cook Political Report's David Wasserman makes the case for why Bill Owens, the Democrat, not Doug Hoffman, the Conservative party candidate, is the favorite in next week's special election in New York's 23rd district. "Amid the haze of stories about how this race has driven a wedge between prominent national GOP figures, it's easy to lose sight of the difference between winning those figures' hearts and building real momentum with the voters who matter back home," he writes. Our take: Democrats are nervous about Hoffman but still confident there is a path -- and a good path -- for Owens. At issue is just how much state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) collapses and whether her voters head to Hoffman, Owens or stay home.

5. Palin in Iowa? The Iowa Family Policy Center has extended an invitation to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) to attend an event in the Hawkeye State, according to the Des Moines Register's Tom Beaumont. Palin has not been in the state since she served as Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) vice presidential nominee and, if she does decide to set foot in Iowa, will set off wild speculation about what the trip says about her plans in regards 2012. Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton did not return a Fix email asking whether the former governor was considering the invitation. If Palin does ultimately run, it's hard not to see her as the frontrunner in the Iowa caucuses, dominated, as they are, by social conservatives.

6. Video du jour: Former Illinois Republican Party chairman Andy McKenna (R) announced his campaign for governor on Tuesday. Today, he launches this web video. How can you not like a video that refers to former governor Rod Blagojevich (D) only as "The Hair" and features an image of the former gov's trademark mane atop the Springfield capitol dome?

7. Tweet o' the day: "Heard about youtube video using Hitler. It's offensive & grotesque I ask supporters not to forward & hope msm does not promote it." -- Former Florida state House speaker Marco Rubio (R) taking himself a little too seriously. (Here's the video in question).

8. Say what?: "I did not intend to use a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women." -- Florida Rep. Alan Grayson (D) -- yes, that Alan Grayson -- apologizes for calling former adviser to Fed Chair Ben Bernanke a "whore."

9. D.C. throwdown: Politico versus the Post again! And congrats to former editor (and long suffering Jets fan) Jim Brady who will run new site.

10. On the tube: "Friday Night Lights" debuts (on DirecTV) tonight. And, Connie Britton rocks.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 28, 2009; 5:21 AM ET
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Gee, I wonder why WaPo would print my post, and leave out the punchline, the website I quoted:

Posted by: Maerzie | October 28, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder in what way Sarah Palin is going to TRY to pretend her views are "conservative"?? Possibly some of the people who fell for that act should read about the REAL Sarah Palin:

This sure sounds a lot more like the REAL Sarah Palin, off the cuff, when the role and script aren't memorized or being acted for the cameras!

Posted by: Maerzie | October 28, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope all you lefties continue to underestimate Ms Palin. You dumb bast**ds.


heh heh heh

yeah she has cleverness and intellect that she's managed to completely conceal but somehow you third-grade dropouts can see it. Yeah, sure.

I don't think it's even possible to underestimate Sarah Palin.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 28, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Chris, as far as updating The Fix....

PLEASE implement the same sort of "Read More" links that Nate uses at - soooo strongly prefer that to having to load a new page every time I want to read the rest.

Posted by: tmbjon | October 28, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

When Sarah accepts this invitation to Iowa (she won't) and doesn't later cancel (she would) and gives a coherent speech (she can't) I'm sure CC will write about it. Look there for my abject apology to Miss Wasilla.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope all you lefties continue to underestimate Ms Palin. You dumb bast**ds.

Posted by: JBaustian | October 28, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The problem with it is that the comments will be so broad that no structure will likely emerge.


Ah but we don't post here to create structure, we post for catharsis and the satisfaction of clever writing and witty reparte.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 28, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree with mnteng about format.

sverigerabb, I apologize for characterizing your mention of the Crist article - I was looking for yet another way to gig Goodhair and reached too far.

reason5, pls email me at

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 28, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

CC, I like the clips of political news from a broad spectrum. I don't think it should be every or every other post, however. The problem with it is that the comments will be so broad that no structure will likely emerge. The only think it will resemble is...congress.

Posted by: reason5 | October 28, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"I have heard many of the 'leaders' of the hard right, like Palin, like Bachman say that the important thing is not whether they win elections, but that they send the leadership a 'message.'"

Unfortunately, the message is that their candidate can't get elected.

Posted by: nodebris | October 28, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and CC, is it really news that Sarah was *invited* to Iowa? Her spokesperson won't return your email. Why? So Sarah can get coverage by not declining...yet.

Sarah never had to debate another Republican. If she gives a speech in Iowa, at the same conference as Huckabee et al, then she will be compared to them, and not to Obama in the minds of her current supporters. She's afraid a little reality-check might go on, and hurt her book sales.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope it's Huckabee. He'll be almost as good for Dems as Palin would be.

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Please don't mistake the faint praise.

List of Huckabee opponents that would cause me to vote for Huckabee:

1.) Sarah Palin
2.) ????

Since there is little chance Sarah will run, and no chance at all of me attending an Iowa Republican Caucus, I guess the point is really moot.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Mike, I agree with you. Huckabee is certainly more electable than Palin, and certainly more intelligent and qualified, but below the charm -- of which I agree he has a lot -- he is a genuine theocrat. If the press does a better job [and I certainly wouldn't bet on that] of pointing out what he's really all about, he would have a very hard time nationally.

The other thing is, I have heard many comments from the right saying he's too 'liberal.' Chew on that for a while.

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

mark-in-austin, et. al:

I DEEPLY apologise for having inadvertently bumped Hizzonor up a notch in the hierarchy--either I was chanelling the further agony which WOULD befall NY if he were to run and, even more remotely, were to be elected or I was desperately in need of a REAL caffeine fix (note to CC: This is an area where we differ: I can't stand that 'candy-in-a-cup' from Starbucks--give me a doppio grande or two).

Mark, one more thing: I don't think Chris was trying to 'influence' the choice by linking to the Salam article. It was just a pertinent, major article on a very--though not universally--popular governor. I call it reporting. You feel free to interpret it how you will.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | October 28, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Say what you like about Huckabee, but at least he didn't quit during the primaries in 2008. Didn't quit in the middle of his first term as governor, either.

In the end, slightly more electable than Sarah, but eminently more qualified.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The numbers support you charleaf:

"In a very early look at the next race for the White House, the survey indicates that nearly one in three Republican voters, 32 percent, say they would be most likely to support former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in a hypothetical battle for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, with Palin seven points back at 25 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 21 percent. Five percent said they would back Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, with one in ten suggesting they would support some one else."

In most polls among 'conservatives' Huckabee is the real frontrunner. A guy who says stuff like this:

'I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ." - Huckabee

"A wife is to submit graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ." -- Huckabee

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Excellent points, charlesf1. I agree that neither Gingrich or Palin will actually run in 2012. Both want attention, because attention equals speaking engagements and book deals.

Some people get in to public life to do good, others to do well.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"WASHINGTON (CNN) - More than seven in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin is not qualified to be president, according to a new national poll.

Seventy-one percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday morning believe the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is not qualified to be president, with 29 percent saying she does have the credentials to serve in the White House. Republicans appear split, with 52 percent saying she's qualified and 47 percent disagreeing with that view."

Give it up, CC. She hasn't got a chance. Even half of registered republicans think she isn't qualified.

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

time elapsed - 25%
accomplishment - 0%
promise - 100%
fulfillment = 0%

Posted by: snowbama | October 28, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

> If Palin does ultimately run, it's hard not to see her as the frontrunner in the Iowa caucuses

CC mistakes Palin as a political heavyweight when she really is just a political novelty, these days.

Like Gingrich has done for years, I trust she'll make it a habit to flirt with a primary run to garner attention without ever going for it. She's now raking in the money and I trust keeping that going is her primary objective.

Being a right-wing media star gives her the fame and money she craves without the onerous task of governing. Fair enough, that plays to her strengths.

Huckabee's going to carry the social conservative vote in IA and win there with flying colours, if you ask me. Palin won't enter the race. Nor Gingrich. Mark my words.

Posted by: charlesf1 | October 28, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

nodebris -- yes, Rs created their own monster, which is now about to devour them. But it's not surprising that the 'movement' has evolved this way. The whole underlying raison of the movement is that, as Reagan said, 'government is the problem.'

Well, if government itself is the problem, then it stands to reason and is quite logical that anyone who is currently part of the government is part of the problem. Which is why we are hearing so many on the right talk about not voting for ANY incumbents, including Republican ones.

I have heard many of the 'leaders' of the hard right, like Palin, like Bachman say that the important thing is not whether they win elections, but that they send the leadership a 'message.'

The far-right Marilyn Musgrove was quoted on the front page of the Times yesterday saying exactly that. Remember, she lost in the last election. Is that the message?

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

In the first nine months in office President Obama and/or members of his administration have accused doctors of performing unnecessary medical procedures for profit; demonized bond holders as ‘speculators'; produced a report suggesting military veterans are prone to becoming right wing extremists; attacked insurance companies and threatened them with legislative retribution; ridiculed talk show hosts and political commentators by name from the White House podium; dismissed and demeaned protesters and town hall attendees as either unauthentic or fringe characters; maligned a white police officer for arresting a black man without knowing the facts of the case; launched an orchestrated campaign to marginalize the country's biggest pro-business group; and publicly declared war on a news organization.

When Obama runs into brick walls, he seems to reflexively go into a state of rage. Bill Clinton was the same way, and so was LBJ. But Clinton and LBJ had a lot of time to learn to moderate their own worst instincts. The best thing that ever happened to Bill Clinton as president was the election of the Gingrich Congress in 1994, which forced him to deal with reality. Jimmy Carter has been on a constant narcissistic revenge campaign since he lost to Ronald Reagan and never got a second term. It explains a lot about Jimmy's amazing destructiveness against his favorite whipping boy, Israel.

The same thing will happen to Obama if and when he loses the election in 2012. Since narcissists in power keep people around them in a constant state of fear -- everybody gets targeted and feels insecure -- you can expect a ton of dirty tricks in elections to come. But then Democrats constantly use dirty tricks.

I fear two things with Obama. One is if the GOP fails to elect a House majority in 2010 to keep Obama within the bounds of sanity. A GOP majority is essential for the safety of the country and the world. But even if Obama is defeated in 2012, he will just turn into an angrier version of Al Gore and Jimmy Carter. He will haunt the political future of this country as long as he is alive, because that famished ego never gets enough. Malignant narcissism often gets worse over time. And on the Left and among blacks, Obama will still have love and adoration enough to keep him supplied. He is an easy target for flattery by the Saudis, even the Iranians -- in fact, by all the real enemies we have.

So even if the voters throw out this very dangerous cult-like administration, you can expect Obama to be popping up in our politics for years to come. He will haunt the Democrats, which might be a good thing. But he will haunt the United States as well, even if he is defeated in 2012.

Posted by: snowbama | October 28, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Andy, I loved that "tweet" as well.

It reminds me of a PowerPoint slide someone did of the Gettysburg address. Both show how truly great prose can be butchered by technology.

The few politicians who are still twittering, are mostly having their staffs link to more substantial posts. Even Sarah figured out that Twitter can backfire too easily, and has turned to the Public Policy Site of Record, facebook.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Detroit -- Former Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers will be sentenced Dec. 1 on a felony bribery charge, a federal judge ordered Tuesday. Conyers, 44, could face prison, though her Detroit attorney, Steve Fishman, said he will ask U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn for probation. (Snip) Conyers is the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee.

another of the "do you know who I am?" crowd? lie down with dogs.

Posted by: snowbama | October 28, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"OMG d king sux n I cant stand txs :-(, lets bounce. JH, JMad, and BenFran agree"

andy, that was brilliant. I have to agree. Tweets are for kids. Any old person [over 25] who tweets looks like they are trying too hard to stay young and nothing spells loser more than that.

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Yes, a little honesty from a politician is refreshing, isn't it? Nobody "knows" what the chances are for the public option. Some people who thought it was dead, and declared it dead, did so not because the didn't like the proposal, but because they wanted to be "right" and politically savvy.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Quote of the Day: Asked if he'd changed his mind on option's
chances, Senator Baucus said: I don’t know. I don’t know.
I don’t know, I just really don’t know.

Liberal leadership on display.

Posted by: snowbama | October 28, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

That's true about Teddy--and Lincoln too, for that matter. McCain reminding all of those Southern Republicans that his was the "party of Lincoln" didn't help his image there, I'm sure.

Up until the 1960s, the parties really were not aligned as conservative and progressive--there were plenty of each in both parties. Funny how some posters here don't remember their history, and claim Lincoln was a conservative. That leads to the same confusion about how only 20% of the US are Republican, but 40% are conservative, while 35% are Democrat but only 20% are liberal.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Teddy was a Progressive. He certainly wouldn't be a Republican today.

Gigrich is getting attacked by the beast he fed and raised? The justice of it is striking and more than slightly amusing.

Posted by: nodebris | October 28, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

RE: format

I'm with mikeinmidland. I don't think the format matters so much. But I do think that trying to get exactly 10 topics a day for the Morning Fix is probably a little rigid. And I think you are at your best when you have more time to flesh out your posts than when you write "quick and dirty" blurbs.

Posted by: mnteng | October 28, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I was going to say the last good Republican was Eisenhower, but Reagan's VP was a good man. He swallowed his moderate leanings to join that ticket, but probably helped us avoid some of the worst of that mindset. As president, GHWB did pretty well--he was right on Kuwait, and right to stop. 1992 was the last time I didn't really care who won the presidency. It's too bad his son was such a waste of air.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Loud and dumb and drivl. Where's the third stooge?

Posted by: snowbama | October 28, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

mikenmidland -- That TR speech brought tears to my eyes. When was the last time we had a Republican leader who spoke like that, who was eloquent ? Now all of them sound like they are talking to small children -- or that they ARE small children. I think that started with Reagan, like so much that's gone downhill since then.

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Mandatory mention of Sarah Palin--check.
T-Paw -- check.
Mario Rubio -- check.

Mark -- are you surprised, really? That Gingrich, once a leader of the so-called 'conservative revolution' would now be called a socialist? Look at the comments and see that what is driving the con movement now is simply hatred of government -- all government. I see a number of comments indicating that person will not support an incumbent -- any incumbent. If many of them follow through on that, just imagine what the next election will look like for Republicans. An implosion. This truly is a movement -- a movement straight over a cliff.

Posted by: drindl | October 28, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The only thing Palin is qualified to do in Iowa is cut the ribbon at the opening of a new Sam's Club.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 28, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

jaxas, read the comments at CC's article about NY23 this morning:

The comments are largely from the Hoffman supporters. It is a contrast to the tone of most comments here. Few here would attack Newt as "another socialist". It is an interesting contrast in comments to the same author in the same publication.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 28, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Never seems to win anything outside Alaska except the giddy, teange boy-like approval of aging white men with maurauding libidos.

Posted by: jaxas | October 28, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I do get a nagging impression that Chris has a blind spot regarding Palin. Like so many other media types he mistakes charisma and popularity for substance. But even the charisma and popularity that Palin enjoys might be fleeting once her admirers discover that notwithstanding her capability to provide good copy for the media, she never seems to excite the broader electorate beyond a rather silly right wing base that seems more attracted to her ignorant red meat rants than anything whe actually believes policywise, has a questionable resume in Alaska, and never seems to ever win anything outside of Alaska.

Posted by: jaxas | October 28, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that the outcome of these races do not portend anything about upcoming national elections. Most of the electorate doesn't even participate--even in the Congressional elections. That makes it really sad because it explains why the same old faces keep showing up irrespective of how badly they have performed while in office.

Posted by: jaxas | October 28, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse


I still don't get it. Here we are in the stretch, Springsteen was in the neighborhood playing Philly and the Meadowlands, and he doesn't show up at Corzine rallies featuring heavyweights like Bill Clinton and POTUS himself.

Did some Dem operatives in Trenton and Washington fail to drop the needle and play the Boss's tune? Why didn't POTUS' political people lean on Bruce to make a cameo? Sure, Christie is said to have attended more Springsteen concerts, and he finagled a signed guitar from the Boss. And Corzine the former Wall Street honcho lacks Christie's plebian bio.

But if Corzine goes down, the GOP captures a key Dem stronghold, and the political damage will extend to the White House, hurting Obama's ability to advance his agenda.

A Springsteen endorsement would generate some late-campaign buzz and much media coverage, helping Corzine maintain his slim lead in the polls. The Boss showed up for Obama last year; why's he a no-show now?

Is Bruce declining to choose sides in the Jersey gov race, sending a subtle signal to his followers that Corzine is making Trenton a dead man's town for the Dems -- or do Dem political operatives have a tin ear?

Have any political reporters put up a celebrity endorsement musical scorecard for the Jersey race? If so, please post here.


A hidden danger of addressing health care reform before human rights violations?


• Deposed Honduras President Manuel Zaleya confirms the essence what unjustly targeted citizens worldwide -- including this journalist -- have been reporting for years...

...military, secret security and intelligence services of many nations, including the U.S., silently assault and torture "targeted individuals," including those regarded as "dissenters" or slandered as undesirables, with debilitating, health-degrading, "slow-kill" electromagnetic microwave and laser radiation weapons systems -- reported to include a nationwide installation disguised as cell towers.


OR (if link is corrupted): RE: "Gov't Tortures" and "Gestapo USA."

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 28, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Re: Format.

I don't think it matters a whole lot, CC. You used to have 5 Fix Picks which you didn't describe much. But then you had a bunch of other topics, most with links as well.

I think you'll have trouble in the long run squeezing what you want to cover into exactly 10 subjects every day, and I'm not sure what the advantage is supposed to be.

On the other hand, I don't want to be a nattering nabob. To quote my 2nd-favorite Republican:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” TR

"Cold and timid souls" --snow true.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 28, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

When CC, asked two months ago what we thought was going to happen with the NJ and VA races, I said I thought Christie would win and the Deeds would pull out a vicotry. I stand completely corrected. I never saw Christie going down so hard, and I definitly didn't see Deeds imploding like he did.

On the NY-23rd election, as I said yesterday IMO a Hoffman or Owens vicotry is a win for democrats since one will further drive the GOP towards the far right, and the other will result in a Democratic being elected in beet red district.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 28, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

I saw Connie Britton at lunch with two other women last year and I do watch FNL but I could not remember at the time why I thought I knew her but could not place her. Your video made the connection for me. CC. I never knew the names of any of the actors and will probably forget hers again, but now I can set aside that nagging feeling of "how I [never actually] knew" that woman in the sandwich shop.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 28, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

"That state is like Louisiana without charm.", and much worse food.

CC, my thoughts on the new format are that I think ten things are a bit much. The last four items you have on the list are really irrelevant, and #3 is a tease for a later post which isn't needed in my opinion. I think you should cut it down to five, with one little funny thing added on at the end.

Lastly, please quit quoting tweets. Tweeting is the worst possible way for politicians to communicate since it boils complex ideas down to 175 charecters. Thank god the Decleration of Independence wasn't written nowadays cause it would go something like this
"OMG d king sux n I cant stand txs :-(, lets bounce. JH, JMad, and BenFran agree"

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 28, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

sverigegrabb, thanks for clearing up the Grayson remark.
And thanks for pointing out that CC tried to influence the "most overrated governor" vote with the Salam article running during the poll. Goodhair won, anyway.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 28, 2009 8:16 AM | Report abuse

sverigegrabb, several times you have referred to RG as a poor governor. He was a mayor. He was a successful mayor, if a bit overrated. He was not like Pawlenty or [wait for it] ... Goodhair.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 28, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Down to less than 55 votes Harry. Some lib leadership.

Posted by: snowbama | October 28, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Rubio: The Hitler video subtitles make the YouTube thing HILARIOUS, although Crist should worry a lot more about that blistering, very well-thought out article by Reihan Salam in Forbes (which wasn't all that complimentary about Rubio, either).

Grayson: I think if you're going to quote that, you should mention that he called her a 'K Street ____', which does NOT imply sexual promiscuity but a willingness to pander to K Street interests (Enron, in this case). Still, it's never a good thing to bandy about statements which are derogatory. Who does Grayson think he is? Rush Limbaugh?

BTW: Great news about 'Friday Night Lights'!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | October 28, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse


This NJ race is turning into a bit of a nailbiter, although I'm not surprised that Corzine may be slightly ahead. As you know the Q. Poll is often taken cum grano salis, so.... As I mentioned the other day, Christie is not that attractive a candidate (not talking heft here). Why trade the devil you know for the devil you don't know?

VA, on the other hand is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Deeds has some good qualities, but some people simply don't know how to wrap their brains around good advice. I think we'll see most VA residents having regrets about McDonnell in the long run, but....

NY-23: In all the fuss about Hoffman, he's very flawed, as the DCCC ad reveals. Amazingly, by splitting the vote with Scozzafava, the R.s may wind up electing Owens--the FIRST time a D. would have won the seat since the Civil War!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | October 28, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Several more large scale bombings in the war theater. Meanwhile obambi dithers on. He must be busy campaigning or fundraising or teleprompting. Did he ever read the job description?

Posted by: snowbama | October 28, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Re: #6 - This has been taken off YouTube.

Re: #7 - ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!

Posted by: J-Man50 | October 28, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Palin in the Hawkeye State? She'll most likely turn it down to hawk her million dollar book.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 28, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Why is not MDH favored in IA, no matter what?

Was BB's advisor a female?

Is Pawlenty any kind of a campaigner? Aside from his Perry-light performance as Governor, screwing up everything he touched [although, as far as I know, not getting rich from it like Goodhair] he must have some good quality you like, CC. Goodhair is an excellent campaigner. Is Pawlenty?

As much as a Daggett win might be a sign that NJ finally was ready to shed two corrupt political parties, I am guessing fear of the gridlock that would surely follow as the crooks stood together, shoulder-to-shoulder, to thwart him, will doom his Indie run. I knew an AUSA in Newark who prosecuted priests for federal crimes. That state is like Louisiana without charm.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 28, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

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