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President Obama raises cash for Boxer in California

1. President Barack Obama will be in San Francisco later today to raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, his second trip in the last two months in support of the California Democrat.

Obama will participate in two events -- a 4:30 pm cocktail reception at the Fairmont Hotel ($2,000 contribution lands you "sponsor" status) and a 5:30 pm dinner at the home of Ann and Gordon Getty ($35,200 to be a co-chair).

In April, Obama held a trio of fundraisers in Los Angeles to benefit Boxer and the Democratic National Committee that raked in upwards of $3 million.

In advance of Obama's visit, Boxer's campaign announced that it raised $2 million between April 1 and May 19, ending the pre-primary period with $9.6 million in the bank.

Despite that financial largess, national Democrats remain somewhat concerned about Boxer due to the possibility that she will face former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the fall. Fiorina has considerable personal wealth and has already donated more than $3 million of her own cash to her primary campaign.

Most polling in the GOP primary, which will conclude on June 8, shows a tight contest between Fiorina and former Rep. Tom Campbell for the nomination although a Survey USA poll released last night gave her a far wider 46 percent to 23 percent edge.

California's Senate race is one of a handful of contests where the President's presence is close to an unalloyed benefit. Not only does an Obama visit raise millions in a state in which running for office is prohibitively expensive but the President also remains quite popular among rank and file voters in the state.

The calculation of an Obama visit is more complicated for the likes of Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who hosted the President at a series of fundraisers in mid-February or other targeted incumbents in swing states like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) or Sen. Russ Feingold (Wis.).

2. Former Connecticut Rep. Rob Simmons (R) is expected to end his Senate candidacy this morning -- days after he lost the state party convention to former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, according to a source familiar with the decision.

Simmons, who represented the eastern Connecticut 2nd district for six years last decade before losing in 2006, had long argued that his experience in office made him the stronger candidate against state Attorney General Dick Blumenthal (D).

In recent days, Simmons has received something of a boost as Blumenthal has come under fire for misrepresentations about his Vietnam service record. (Simmons is a decorated Vietnam vet.)

But, McMahon's massive personal wealth -- she has pledged to spend up to $50 million on the race -- coupled with her surprise win over Simmons last weekend at the state convention made his path to victory difficult.

McMahon will now have a close-to-clear shot against Blumenthal in the fall. Investor Peter Schiff is in the Republican primary in August but not expected to seriously challenge McMahon.

Blumenthal's campaign released a poll on Monday showing their candidate with a 55 percent to 40 percent lead even as 91 percent of those tested said they were familiar with the Vietnam story.

3. Florida state Sen. Paula Dockery (R) announced Monday that she was dropping out of the race to replace Gov. Charlie Crist (I) due to difficulty raising money.

Dockery had struggled to gain traction against state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) -- especially after the entrance of wealthy health care executive Rick Scott (R) into the race.

While Dockery never posed a serious challenge to McCollum -- she raised only $287,000 in the first quarter of the year, including a $180,000 loan to herself -- Dockery's exit means one less distraction for the frontrunner.

Meanwhile on the Democratic side, businessman Lawton "Bud" Chiles III (D) continues to weigh a challenge to state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. Chiles is the son of the late Gov./Sen. "Walkin'" Lawton Chiles -- a legend in Florida politics and the last elected Democrat to occupy the governor's mansion.

Bud Chiles is reportedly talking with his family about the possibility of a bid, and an announcement is expected to come "pretty quick," according to his wife.

State Democratic sources believe that a Chiles bid would be a long-shot at best, noting that he would enter the race at a significant cash disadvantage to Sink and would have only three months to make up ground before the August primary.

4. Vice President Joe Biden will be in Indiana in late June to hold a fundraiser for Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.).

The fundraiser is set for June 28 and represents the latest example of the White House using Biden as its top campaign surrogate.

Hill earlier this year stepped aside for the party's chosen candidate in the Indiana Senate race -- Rep. Brad Ellsworth -- despite long harboring an interest in running for statewide office.

Republicans got their choice candidate in the race earlier this month when attorney Todd Young beat former Rep. Mike Sodrel (R-Ind.) in a closely-contested primary. Most political handicappers see the race as a toss-up.

Biden has often stepped in in areas where President Obama might not be welcome or where the White House doesn't want to risk expending the president's political capital. A good example is the Pennsylvania special election, in which Biden raised money for now-Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.).

Biden also campaigned down the stretch for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) in advance of the incumbent's loss in the state's Democratic primary last week.

5. Weld County Prosecutor Ken Buck got a boost for his Colorado Senate primary campaign Monday when former state Sen. Tom Wiens dropped out an endorsed his candidacy.

Wiens ended a petition drive and exited the race on Monday, encouraging his supporters to get behind Buck who is seeking to rally support from tea party activists in advance of his August primary race against former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.

Buck is coming off a state GOP assembly win this weekend in which he took more than three-fourths of the vote. Norton's campaign, sensing the activist-driven process favored Buck, is petitioning her way on the ballot. The deadline for signatures is later this week.

Buck's campaign is underfunded but has gathered momentum in recent weeks thanks to the assembly showing and the endorsement of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). DeMint has endorsed a number of insurgent GOP candidates across the country. When the tea party groups and DeMint rallied around Buck, that left Wiens as the odd man out.

With Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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$35,000 per couple to go.
Do you think Obama is a bit elite in our failing economy?

Posted by: joanz3 | May 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Long Live the United States, God da-n Obama and the Democrats and Rinos in Washington.

Posted by: miller515501 | May 25, 2010 12:44 PM

Because conservative republicans are so perfect they can do no wrong. They are the cure for what hurts ya.

All hail conservative republicans!


Posted by: ModerateVoter | May 25, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Bush takes all of six minutes so as to not frighten the childrn on 9/11. Liberals have a cow.

Bush takes two days after Katrina to sort out jursidiction with the locals. Liberals ruin his presidency.

Berry takes over a month to even hear there is an oil spill, what with all the golf, and speeches, and fundraising and travel and speeches and spending and bowing. Liberals chant, "we inherited this, there is nothing we can do. We are powerless. but we will create a commission to study it, tax it, regulate it and make sure the next time it costs a lot more."

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If Obama had done that immediately, you would have whined about that. But the truth is, no one knows how to fix this.
It's all just something else for you to whine about.


Posted by: drindl
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But he's the messiah...

Posted by: leapin | May 25, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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I think the US should be powered by propellers attached to hats worn by the czars and the president's staff members.


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the propellers on the teabaggers' tinfoil beanies would generate much more power.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

When an overwhelming number of Nevadans want to shut down the Yucca Mountain project, how do you think they'll feel about nuclear plants there?


Posted by: drindl
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I think the US should be powered by propellers attached to hats worn by the czars and the president's staff members.

Posted by: leapin | May 25, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

1. Obama knows he has to go places he is welcomed to raise as much money as he can for the NDSC, which is primarily what this is all about. This is a good strategy as Democrats already have a cash advantage against Republicans for 2012. However, many Republican candidates have huge cash advantages against their D counterparts: Ex. In Ohio, a competitive state, R Portman has $7.5 million vs. D Lt. Gov. Fisher's $300,000. In North Carolina, where Dems. claim they can be competitive, R Senator Richard Burr has $3.9 million vs. the highest D candidate having raised $320,000 with a tough primary to go. In Boxer's case, she likely has a little over $11 million in the bank but if Fiorina wins the R primary, she can write a check for $15 million tommorrow. If Campbell wins the R primary, Boxer begins the race with a huge advantage. Time will tell on this one, but if Fiorina wins the R primary, R's have a great shot of winning this seat come November.

2. It's a good thing that Simmons is bowing out in Conn. as he has no shot to win. It's a McMahon vs. Blumenthal GE, with a little over 5 months before the GE. McMahon can now truly begin to put her money to work in a good way against Blumenthal vs. going back & forth with Simmons. This is a great thing for McMahon and she is now a 50%-50% bet to win this seat come November.

5. This Norton vs. Buck primary has never ceased to amaze me. The NRSC went all out to recruit Norton and Buck has made this thing into a real primary. I still think Norton will win, but it's a now a tough primary in both sides in Colorodo. The governor's race is set, however, pitting former US rep. McInnis against Denver Mayor Hickenlooper. A great race but McInnis is the slight favorite.

Another comment I must make is how Obama campaigned as a uniter, not a divider. So with the economy on the ropes, lost jobs, lost wages, 2 wars going on, the unattended BP oil spill and trillions of dollars in federal debt President Obama is focusing on the most important issue of all...Don't Ask, Don't Tell. That's right, of all of those issues and in 2 wars, he thinks it's best to review Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Mr. Obama is clearly playing partisan politics and catering to the left. Obama himself is practicing the same tactics he referred to in the 2008 campaign as "the same, old, tired, divisive politics of the past." Well, here is the future and Mr. Obama has turned out to be a pure liar and a partisan liberal. Practice what you preach President Obama!

Posted by: reason5 | May 25, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

The wages of sin clearly pay pretty damn well. If he made a deal with the devil, we should all have as good a lawyer to draw up the agreement. This is the most expensively effeminate apartment I have ever seen. For a 'regular' guy -- and Limbaugh's dumb listeners really think he's just like them -- this is pretty posh.

Do you have a link for Frum's review?

Posted by: drindl
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Wow this is almost, but not quite, as lavish as most Hollywood liberals homes.

Posted by: leapin | May 25, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle is now the leading candidate against Harry Reid -- nutty as a fruitcake! She's even better than Rand Paul, although perhaps not as wiggy as Annunzio in NC -- but:

On her website — full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors — Angle declares: "Like a soldier going to war, I am fighting for my country, the Constitution and a free society."

She wants to privatize Social Security; cut federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; abolish the federal income tax and institute a "simpler, fairer, flatter tax system"; "defund Obamacare"; pull the United States out of the United Nations; ban all abortions; get rid of the Energy and Education departments as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and remove all campaign finance restrictions.'

She is now running even with Chicken Sue Lowden, and stands a good chance of being the candidate to run against Reid. When an overwhelming number of Nevadans want to shut down the Yucca Mountain project, how do you think they'll feel about nuclear plants there? Or turning Social Security over to Goldman Sachs?

Reid must be laughing his as* off.

So far, that's 3 certifiably lunatic candidates the teabaggers have sucessfully got up there.

Gopers like the Davids Brooks and Frum are getting very worried about November, as they should be.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Here is the real narrative for the fall, CC -- the real question -- will the Dbagging free lunchers, turning the US into Greece II, tear the dp apart?

Posted by: leapin | May 25, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@greatgran,

If you want to be more constructive, be more informed. Go to this technical blog, where a group of petroleum engineers and drillers are brainstorming fixes for the gusher, and read the postings. You can then offer some constructive suggestions as to what could be done and know about the risks attached to each strategy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/uscgd8/4551846015/in/photostream/page11/

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Well.. the comment about the wetsuit is funny.. as if the GREAT OBAMA would stoop so low as to get DIRTY.

First thing out of his administaration.. they are 'pissed' at BP. The jerk that mentioned the Government taking over the oil rig..

God I would love to have had either BO or that jerk in my platoon/company in the Army.

The standard answer for any problem out of Washington is TAKEOVER or BAILOUT.

Obama has been sitting on his ASS having State Dinners/Taxpayer paid for. ALLOWS the Mexican President to disrespect the United states, its Constitution and our way of Government on the Floor of Congress AND Boxer and the Dems stand up and CLAP in AGREEMENT.

Same Boxer that was so proud of being a Senator THAT she disrespected the General that called her Ma'am.

Her and Pelosi are what is wrong with Politics in Washington.

I am lighting two candles in Church this Week and before the General Election in November.. Both praying that these two bags are tossed out on their ears.

Long Live the United States, God da-n Obama and the Democrats and Rinos in Washington.

Posted by: miller515501 | May 25, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no problem watching the destruction of a fragile ecosystem and we all thought he was sitting on his tail. Gee he is off to raise money for Barbara Boxer. Angry oh yes I am angry.
I do not know which was harder to watch, the dying herons soaked in oil or that poor Admiral Allen that Obama and Gibbs threw out there to take the heat for that pathetic spineless gutless administration doing absolutely nothing to help clean up this mess that was on his watch. It was his agency that overlooked the safety features. Barbara Boxer sure does not deserve to be re elected but Obama, he doesn't either. It will take years to clean up after these clowns.

Posted by: greatgran1 | May 25, 2010 11:43 AM

Perhaps if the president put on a wet suit you would be happy? What more can we do? Kick BP out have have someone else come in? Who would that be? How many people on this planet have tried to put out an oil leak 5,000 feet underwater?

Here is an idea. If MMS had done their jobs instead of being in bed with big oil maybe just maybe we would not be in this mess. Maybe is some independent authority had done inspections of the blow out valve we would not be in this mess. Maybe we stop believing that companies will do the right thing a police themselves. History shows business will not.

Too long many have believed that small government equaled no government and that regulations are bad for business and the economy.

The systematic weakening of regulations and the lack of enforcement of existing ones resulted in this disaster. What other ones wait in the wings. Perhaps another mine explosion? Perhaps another food producer sending out bacteria infested peanut butter?

Posted by: ModerateVoter | May 25, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

More Nuts from North Carolina! Write about this one, Chris!

"The battle between GOP establishments and Tea Party candidates is playing out across the country -- but seldom sort flat-out and publicly as the case in North Carolina. Tim D'Annunzio is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination to face off against conservative Dem Rep. Larry Kissell (D).

But the state GOP says he's unfit for office and is circulating divorce court records claiming that D'Annunzio once claimed to be the Messiah, traveled to New Jersey to try to raise his stepfather from the dead, believed God would drop a 1000 mile high pyramid on Greenland and even that the Ark of the Covenant would be found in Arizona.

The last suggestion, frankly, you could see catching on in this climate. "

"I consider Mr. D'Annunzio unfit for public office at any level," Tom Fetzer, the North Carolina GOP chair, told reporters recently. "What he could do to the party as our nominee is secondary in my view to what he could do to the country if he got elected."

To undermine D'Annunzio, the state GOP has been circulating records from his 1995 divorce and from a 1998 child support judgment. In the latter, as the Charlotte Observer reported Sunday, the judge called D'Annunzio "a self-described religious zealot," and wrote that D'Annunzio had "described the government as the 'Antichrist'."

Here is the real narrative for the fall, CC -- the real question -- will the teabaggers tear the gop apart?

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama has no problem watching the destruction of a fragile ecosystem and we all thought he was sitting on his tail. Gee he is off to raise money for Barbara Boxer. Angry oh yes I am angry.
I do not know which was harder to watch, the dying herons soaked in oil or that poor Admiral Allen that Obama and Gibbs threw out there to take the heat for that pathetic spineless gutless administration doing absolutely nothing to help clean up this mess that was on his watch. It was his agency that overlooked the safety features. Barbara Boxer sure does not deserve to be re elected but Obama, he doesn't either. It will take years to clean up after these clowns.

Posted by: greatgran1 | May 25, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I think you're right, Margaret -- the shift change is really jarring.

Man, I didn't even know how bad Linda McMcMahon was. Check our her wikipedia! Man, is she dirty and bloody.

'Ladies and Gentlemen, your new Connecticut Republican candidate for Senate, Linda McMahon, wife of Vince McMahon and CEO of WWE:

* Involved in multiple steroid scandals.

* Delivered a “low blow” to a commentator on TV as part of his firing.

* Part of an organization that condones “simulated rape, public sex and necrophilia”.

Here’s what one of her former employees says about her:

She may look like a Sunday school teacher. Linda McMahon’s hands are as bloody as her husband’s because she is aware of every move in the ring. She has had no problem with grown men – myself included – cutting their head with a razor blade. All of a sudden, why aren’t these guys bleeding anymore? Because Linda is running for the Senate."

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

A little history on Linda McMahon:

"1993-1994 steroid trial

Linda McMahon originally became President of the World Wrestling Federation as a legal maneuver. Her husband, Vince McMahon, had been indicted on charges he distributed steroids to his wrestlers.[22] She became President to help save the company in 1993."

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't discount the tea party factor, even in Connecticut. All tea party groups in the state recently endorsed Peter Schiff. Look at what's happened in the Nevada senate race. Sharron Angle was in single digits when the tea party organizations endorsed her, followed closely by the Club for Growth. The leader was a self-financed multimillionaire, Sue Lowden. Now Angle has pulled ahead in the latest poll. It could happen here.

If Schiff debates McMahon, there is little question who will win. Schiff is a compelling speaker and debater, McMahon perfunctory and wooden.

Posted by: McClarinJ | May 25, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Braking NEWS... Obama Needs to return to Chicago for a new Infusion about Chicago Politics.. LIES... Cheats... Steal.. You know releraning what got him Elected and while OIL spills he is playing a Violin on the City burning Walls... Oh wait that was NERO!

Posted by: redhawk2 | May 25, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Pray that he makes Many more tripos to CA.. NV...AK ( with SEIU& Afl Cio in tow).. NY to support the Inepts 2... Go Majik man fly the majik Carpet...and Do nothing about Sestack, or the Inept Holder and Napolitano... nor the Braking of the US Bank.. keep bailing out the Unions, support the Inept Teacher's Union, Buy another failing Car maker...and above all always travel with the Axelrod fed Teleprompter to keep from making a total A$$ of yourself!!!

Posted by: redhawk2 | May 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Senior adviser to the president David Axelrod said Monday evening that there is “no evidence” that White House officials tried to keep a Democratic congressman from entering the Pennsylvania Senate race by offering him a high-ranking government job. “When the allegations were made, they were looked into. And there was no evidence of such a thing,” Axelrod said on CNN’s “John King USA.”

this is lawyer talk for "yeah we did it, but you can't prove it."

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

That flip from the 37th who writes thoughtful sentences up until @1000, to the 37th who SCREAMS A LOT @1009 is making the shift change too apparent.

I think 37th's mom covers for him some mornings to let her boy sleep in.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

'Get a life.
Posted by: bumblingberry'

pot calls kettle black -- LOL!|

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Democrats in Congress have added $173 billion in new spending to the federal deficit in just three months since they passed a law requiring that any new expenditures be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. They will try this week to add another $197 billion in two separate measures. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a package of extensions in government aid to unemployed Americans, Medicaid funding for states, and tax breaks that will add $134 billion to the $1.4 trillion deficit.

Profiles in Liberal "leadership".

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Is this the all Drivl, all the time blog?

Get a life.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

All you folks who love the 'free market' so much, who think government should stay out of the affairs of business, why are you now whining for the Federal government -- and US taxpayers to come in and take over now?

If Obama had done that immediately, you would have whined about that. But the truth is, no one knows how to fix this. The US government is not in the oil business, nor does it have the equipment to deal with it.

Now you know the risks of letting private industry exploit our resources, and I am sure you are still just as eager to let them do it.

It's all just something else for you to whine about.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"The right-wing Virginia government led by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has steadily been pushing the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) agenda, recently passing a law allowing “concealed carry permit holders to bring loaded guns” into bars. Now, McDonnell is bringing the NRA into elementary school classrooms.

'The curriculum guidelines shall incorporate the rules upon which the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program offered by the National Rifle Association."

This is, of course, nothing but a propaganda program to inculculate a love of guns in children.

Still happy with your 'moderate' governor, Virginia?

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Obama's Oil Spill is still GUSHING INTO THE WATERS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO.

And Obama is more concerned with going to California for fundraising.

Then Obama is going on vacation this weekend in Chicago


So apparently the Oil Spill is going OFF OF OBAMA'S RADAR.


Meanwhile, the local parish in Louisiana wants FEDERAL PERMITS TO BUILD UP THE COAST LINE - and OBAMA IS DRAGGING HIS FEET ON THE PERMITS.


THIS IS AN EMERGENCY -

WHY DO THEY NEED PERMITS FROM OBAMA IN AN EMERGENCY?

OBAMA IS GOING ON TRIPS - HE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT THE PERMITS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Hey margaret, I checked out Limbaugh's 5th Avenue apartment that you posted:

"Renowned artist Richard Smith has hand painted many of the mural ceilings and walls. Moldings are hand painted gold leaf. Floors are herringbone mahogany, foyer entry floor is patterned Italian hand-cut marble, and walls are upholstered in silk Damask. There is a separate windowed maid's room w/bath on the third floor."

The wages of sin clearly pay pretty damn well. If he made a deal with the devil, we should all have as good a lawyer to draw up the agreement. This is the most expensively effeminate apartment I have ever seen. For a 'regular' guy -- and Limbaugh's dumb listeners really think he's just like them -- this is pretty posh.

Do you have a link for Frum's review?

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I think the national Republicans will end up putting their money into Wisconsin instead of California.


The media markets in Wisconsin are so much less expensive.

And the electorate is much closer to 50-50 and Wisconsin is traditionally a swing state. The whole thing just makes more sense. A sustained Republican effort in Wisconsin might make a massive difference. California is so big, it will be much more difficult.

The idea that Obama might be actually restricting his fundraising trips because of the effect on local races is probably not true at all.

Obama is going to go to California to raise money for the DNC - no matter what - that is going to happen not matter what - nothing will change that - I don't know if Colorado has much fundraising potential for the DNC so that is much less in the cards.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Thanks BB, I never realized CC took his non-partisanship so seriously.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 25, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"Despite that financial largess, national Democrats remain somewhat concerned about Boxer due to the possibility that she will face former Hewlett Packard executive Carly Fiorina in the fall."


LOL. Fiorina has run a clownishly bad campaign and now his floundering. Take off your R-colored glasses, CC.

Posted by: drindl | May 25, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

@andy - They have to be careful about claims of bias. An equal number of R's and D's must be used in the story and the 'd' in 'and' got the hook. They just forgot to make it an'. ;-)

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 25, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

CC and elves,
" state Sen. Tom Wiens dropped out an endorsed his candidacy."
AND I thought that with the new helper bees on staff these types of mistakes would get caught.

Obama campaigning for Boxer isn't really big news, but it will raise about 3 million or so for Boxer. Also Fiorina is far from a lock to win this race. I think Campell is looking stronger and stronger and Survey USA polls are useless.

The biggest news is that Simmons is dropping out of the race in Connecticut. I think he might have had a real chance to take out Blumenthal. McMahon on the other had has been taking too much of her husbands "medicine" if she thinks she will win. I would bet that in the end Blumenthal wins with a 15%+ in November.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 25, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

My personal guess is Feingold is more vulnerable than Boxer - because of the electorate.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Blumenthal benefits from a personal likability that he still holds with the public - ironically Linda McMahon has a personal unlikability that the public feels.


The question is will that intangible hold?

My feeling is Blumenthal should be out now - so CERTAINLY Blumenthal is one negative away from losing serious support.

Things like this tend to build up -

Another thing to come out about Blumenthal will certainly hurt him - like one case in which someone was prosecuted for doing the same exact thing.

Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

It is time for President Obama to spend all of his time working on the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and not wandering around the country on campaign junkets.

Posted by: mwhoke | May 25, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Why is Obama running around the country on OUR DIME instead of staying home and working?

All I ever see of Obama anymore is golf games and parties and speeches--campaigning--as if he were merely the tourist in chief. Why doesn't he follow his own advice to save money, forgo our vacations, tighten our belts by providing us a good example?

I am SICK AND TIRED of working to provide him another good time. If he convenes one more panel to do what is essentially his job, I'm going to Washington as one of his employers with a pink slip in my hand.

Obama and his so-called term in office is just unreal, a page right out of Twilight Zone. Stay home, Obama. We're sick of your tourism, your campaigning for your bedfellows, at our expense. Sick, I tell you, SICK, SICK, SICK of it all.

Posted by: novelator | May 25, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Someone ought to point out to the obungler admin that there is a giant oil spill in the Gulf. Considering his love for big expensive ineffective government, they might want to consider a summit or a commission or a panel or something.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 25, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

With Obama's record, Carly should be sending him a personal thank you for coming. Why doesn't Obama fund raise to help bail out California, so the taxpayers don't get stuck with that bill too. Wasting jet fuel is bad enough!!

Posted by: CayC | May 25, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

With Obama's record, Carly should sending him a personal thank you for coming. Why doesn't Obama fund raise to help bail out California, so the taxpayers don't get stuck with that bill too. Wasting jet fuel is bad enough!!

Posted by: CayC | May 25, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Is "Obama's Katrina" really an accident?

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

OR: Vic Livingston's "Facebook" page ("Notes" tab) for the commentary that a rogue government "fusion center" surveillance and censorship regime apparently would not allow to be posted to WaPo's "The Fix" political blog.

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DNI Ouster Appears to Embolden a Multi-Agency Extrajudicial "Gestapo"

FED 'FUSION CENTERS' ATTACK, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER- BASED MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 25, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Mark-in-Austin, since #2 is about the CT race, I'll answer your question about the race from a CT voter's perspective. Blumenthal definietly screwed up, but he is one of the few CT pols who is not viewed as completely self-serving. His tenure as AG has been very good and even Rs would agree. It is still possible that he will be quitely encoursged to drop out, but it seems unlikely.
I am sorry that Simmons decided to drop out. He could have given Blumenthal a run for his money and this would have been a bigger issue. McMahon will have the money to keep this on the airwaves if she decides to go negative. Her commercials right now are mostly character promotion (i.e. that she is honest, courageous and so on). I doubt that Schiff will make much noise. If you look at is webpage with his stances on the issues you can see why he got the tea party endorsement.
http://schiffforsenate.com/?q=issues
I do not see it generating much of a following here. McMahon has the money to make it close, but unless her operational research has generated more on Blumenthal (and it may have). I would think that he will survive.

Posted by: trep1 | May 25, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

"...a 5:30 pm dinner at the home of Ann and Gordon Getty...". Is this Gordon the son of JPG? He would be 75 or so, today. A SF liberal, his dad was once the richest man in America. I was in high school when John Paul Getty said:


"The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights."

JPG was not a D. I think he was the author of the idea that people should pay for the right to vote - like buying stock in America. More bucks, more votes. A budget balancer?

I may be demeaning the memory of JPG - it might have been H. L. Hunt who had the vote buying idea. But Getty was colorful and oft quoted, and never much of a family guy - four or five divorces and lots of estranged kids.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 25, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Boxer and Pelosi will do just fine. I'm worried about Feinstein in 2012, and I hope she retires and makes way for a younger Democrat. I love that all 3 are mothers.

Off topic. I was very frustrated that there was no comments section for David Frum's review of the new Limbaugh biography (you should see the Times review -- the author misspells the names of Limbaugh's ex-wives). Frum does mention Limbaugh's NYC apartment, which is for sale. He decorated it himself and you can see photos and a floor plan here:

http://www.corcoran.com/property/listing.aspx?Region=NYC&listingid=1961839

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 25, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Every candidate Obama "helps" gets beat - just as Deeds, Corzine, Coakley and Specter. Looks like th eGOP will pick up Boxer's seat as well!

Posted by: Realist20 | May 25, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Too bad poor old Joe Louis isn't alive . Now there's a Boxer dopey Jug-Ears could really champion . Poor Joe got the biggest screwing to equal any this country ever gave anyone. All the work for our troops during the war, with the exhibition bouts, and all the taxes he paid, just went unappreciated as the IRS, hounded him unmercifully to the end. Joe , one of our greatest Americans, ( He really did mean it ) ended up a greeter in Los Vegas. No rap on those who thought to help out there. But what an ignominous end to a Great man. Ne*ros and Caucasians alike loved Joe . No he wasn't an " Uncle Tom " He had a quiet pride about him , and the only time I remember his showing his anger was when he faced Schmeling for the second time. I think Joe hated Nazism more than he hated Schmeling . So, if Obama want's to honor someone, forget about Barbara. She belongs in the Nancy Botox school of Politics. How about a day for Joe ? It's about time we set aside a lousy 24 hours to honor a real man.

Posted by: puck-101 | May 25, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

BYE BYE BOXER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | May 25, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

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