Big Crowds at Iowa Campaign Events Mean . . . Nothing, Really.
Don’t put too much stock into crowd size as an indicator of momentum in Iowa. Looking back four years, we find . . .
December 31, 2007:
[John] Edwards, his wife, Elizabeth, and their three kids race around Iowa in a frenzied final campaign …
History Is Calling, but the Phone Keeps Ringing at 3 a.m.
In recent years, our friends on the left would sometimes cite George W. Bush’s statements on the campaign trail in 2000 that he intended to enact a “humble” foreign policy and ask, with a scoff, “What …
We Can No Longer Hide What We Decline to Believe
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Yes, This Was Time Well Spent
Apparently Glenn Greenwald of Salon — you know him for his legendarily even-tempered demeanor and the consistently soft-spoken, understated tone of his writing — is about to take issue with me.
In 2008, President Obama said, while discussing the Iranians and …
Maybe They All Went to Work at the White House
The Center for Responsive Politics analysis reveals:
In all, federal lobbyists’ clients spent more than $3.47 billion last year, often driven to Washington, D.C.’s power centers and halls of influence by political issues central to the age: …
Obama's Comfort With Crowds, and Difficulty Without Them
When I mention Obama’s presidential campaign, what image comes to your mind? Okay, you’re probably a conservative bunch, so maybe you think of Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, hope, change, Joe Biden urging a man in a wheelchair to stand up, …
My kind of fundraiser:
A man from Cumberland County who’s running for Congress has his campaign locked-and-loaded.
Tim D’Annunzio — a former paratrooper — is a 30 year Raeford resident and conservative Republican running for the 8th District Congress seat currently …
Obama Term May Never See Bush-Era Levels of Unemployment
I hope the White House is being conservative in their economic forecasts, having paid the price for being too optimistic earlier. But if they’re accurate, they’re forecasting that this will be a one-term presidency:
The economy is projected to add …
A New Fondness for Bill Clinton's 'Bubba Factor'
From the last Jolt of the week, making its way to subscribers now:
Get Better, Bill
Bill Clinton’s hospitalization seems like a good moment to reflect on how he looks a little better as a president, ten years …
Rubio 'Stimulus Bomb' Collects $860k in Ten Days
Through www.StimulusBomb.com and from Senator DeMint’s www.senateconservatives.com.
Bill Richardson for SecState: Because Foggy Bottom Needs More Gaffes
Oy. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State?
The investigation into a pay-for-play allegation in New Mexico that derailed Richardson’s bid to be Commerce Secretary is resolved with no indictments. (Although the AP …
Look Beyond the Approval Ratings on the Terror Fight
We keep hearing about how much the Obama administration likes it when Dick Cheney makes a high-profile interview criticizing the administration on how they’re fighting the war on terror. They think that because Obama is more popular than Cheney, that …
It's Time to Start Quoting Dennis Cordoza
The Los Angeles Times spotlights congressional Democrats who are distancing themselves from President Obama . . . now that party leaders have given them permission to do so:
Far from discouraging an independent stance, the White House political operation and the Democratic congressional …
He's a Good Man, Let's Give Him the Election Cycle Off
The filing deadline for federal candidates in Indiana is Tuesday. At this point, the only incumbent who will not face any major-party opposition is . . . Rep. Mike Pence.
Ironically, Pence’s Muncie-centered district is not the most Republican-leaning one in the state, …
A Brief Obama Bravo, But I Hope We're Ready for the Dali Fallout
While its earlier snubbing of the Dalai Lama still rankles, the Obama administration deserves some credit for finally scheduling a meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader for February 18. The Chinese government is displeased; hopefully the Obama camp will not fold.
Obama, the Anti-Glamour President?
I’ve been chewing over this notion from Ed Carson at Investor’s Business Daily, that the Obama of 2010 has become the inverse of what he was in 2008; instead of everyone believing that he agrees with them, many folks now suspect he’s …
Apparently a Happy State Requires More Than Showgirls
The state whose residents are most satisfied with their standard of living? North Dakota. Maybe Gov. John Hoeven deserves some credit for that.
The state whose residents are least satisfied? Nevada. You might blame that on Gov. Jim Gibbons, or …
Here's Hoping Patrick Kennedy Finds What He's Looking For
In a cycle with surprising retirements, maybe Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s will be the most unexpected. Yes, Republican John Loughlin had a shot of knocking him off, but even in a tough year for Democrats, it’s hard to see Patrick Kennedy’s …
Don't Vote for Any Candidate Who Leaves Mud in Your Hand
In Missouri, Rasmussen says Republican Blunt still leads Democrat Carnahan, 49–42. Yawn.
Meanwhile, this ad from “The Seventh District Republican Committee” suggests that under no circumstances should you shake hands with Carnahan or her friends.
Only Fools Applauded Specter's Switch as a Smart Move
Amusing: A big fan of Pat Toomey tells me that “to a certain extent, I think Joe Sestak has an even more compelling story to tell in a primary against Arlen Specter than Toomey did in 2004 . . . He’s using the image …