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The Post-Akin GOP Outlook for the Senate . . . Doesn’t Look That Bad!



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Argh. What are the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and grassroots Republicans and conservatives, supposed to do, now that Todd Akin has exponentially complicated the effort to defeat Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and win the three (or four, if Romney doesn’t win) seats needed to take over the Senate?

All they have is Nebraska, where state senator Deb Fischer holds an 18-point lead over Democrat Bob Kerrey in a seat where incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson is retiring, and North Dakota, where Rick Berg is up 9 on in a seat where incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad is retiring . . .

and Montana, where Rep. Denny Rehberg has a small but consistent lead over incumbent Jon Tester . . .

and Wisconsin, where Tommy Thompson has an increasing lead over Tammy Baldwin to fill the Senate seat occupied by the retiring Herb Kohl . . .

. . . but they have to make up the likely loss in Maine, where either a Democrat or a Democratic-leaning independent is likely to replace Sen. Olympia Snowe . . . and they need to keep Sen. Scott Brown in office in Massachusetts, where the latest poll has him . . . er, only up by 5 . . .

. . . and they have to hold Indiana in a presidential year, when Rasmussen has Republican Richard Mourdock slightly ahead . . . and make sure that Sen. Dean Heller keeps his consistent lead in Nevada . . .

and . . . hey, wait a minute . . . Connie Mack looks pretty competitive against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in Florida . . . George Allen remains neck-and-neck with Tim Kaine in Virginia . . .

. . . what’s this? Could incumbent Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown really be tied with GOP challenger Josh Mandel in Ohio, as Rasmussen suggests? And what’s this eye-popping suggestion that in Connecticut, “former wrestling executive Linda McMahon holds a narrow lead over Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at Connecticut’s U.S. Senate race. A new telephone survey of Likely Voters in Connecticut shows McMahon with 49 percent of the vote to Murphy’s 46 percent . . .”

Gee, suddenly the outlook for Republicans in the Senate races doesn’t look so bad anymore, does it?

Tags: Connie Mack , Dean Heller , Deb Fischer , Denny Rehberg , George Allen , Josh Mandel , Linda McMahon , Richard Mourdock , Rick Berg , Scott Brown , Senate Republicans , Tommy Thompson

Wisconsin Club for Growth: Hey, We Like Tommy Thompson’s Record as Governor!



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Yesterday I reported that Club for Growth chairman Chris Chocola was not a fan of former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson as a potential senator, and was already issuing statements declaring Thompson a “big-government pro-tax Republican whose time has come and gone. “

Now the Wisconsin state chapter of the Club for Growth is saying, “Hey, whoa, whoa, the national guys don’t speak for us.”

Following a recent release by the National Club for Growth regarding former Governor Tommy Thompson, the Wisconsin Club for Growth issued the following statement:

The Wisconsin Club for Growth, Inc. (WICFG) is an independent 501(c)(4) organization. WICFG shares the same economic agenda of the National Club for Growth, but is a completely independent and separate organization. While WICFG does not intend to issue statements or offer opinions regarding the positions of candidates for U.S.Senate, we recognize Governor Tommy Thompson’s significant contributions to improving Wisconsin’s economy and reforming government. Governor Thompson served the citizens of Wisconsin with distinction for fourteen years.

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Club for Growth Takes Aim at Tommy Thompson



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Chalk up the Club for Growth as not a fan of Tommy Thompson, an expected Republican candidate for Senate in Wisconsin:

The Club for Growth today issued the following statement on Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate Race in 2012:

“Tommy Thompson raised taxes as Governor, supported ObamaCare, and now he wants to run for the United States Senate? April Fools was weeks ago,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Wisconsin Republicans should recruit a pro-growth conservative to run, not recall some big-government pro-tax Republican whose time has come and gone. Club members are watching Wisconsin’s Senate race closely.”

I don’t begrudge Club for Growth or any other group the right to argue against any candidate they choose, but let’s not forget that as governor, he did sign into law some pretty ambitious and sweeping welfare-reform and school-choice initiatives. I mean, he’s not all bad.

Secondly… if Club for Growth wants a pro-growth Republican . . . who do they have in mind?

UPDATE: I’m looking at Thompson’s final score on CATO’s annual report card of governors, in 2000:

In his 14 years in the statehouse, Tommy Thompson established impeccable credentials as a policy innovator on issues ranging from welfare reform, to school vouchers and charter schools, to tax restructuring. Thompson was the first governor in the nation to totally overhaul the welfare system to encourage work, economic self-sufficiency,education, and marriage. His reforms have been controversial but mostly effective. The welfare caseload declines of more than 60 percent in Wisconsin have outpaced the reductions in other states. Thompson has been a champion of Milwaukee’s highly touted school voucher program, and his administration has successfully defended the vouchers in the courts.

On spending, Thompson has used his line-item veto power more than 1,600 times in his four terms as governor to weed out excessive expenditures. He has cut the income tax four times, most recently in 1999.

Still, conservatives in the state grouse with some justification that Thompson has moved to the left ideologically in his last two terms. In recent years, spending has far outpaced inflation and population growth—his fiscal 2000 budget grew by 13 percent in nominal terms. He has supported spending for sports stadiums in Milwaukee and Green Bay. Even with his tax cuts, state income tax collections have outpaced personal income growth (revenue growth is twice as high as personal income growth, in fact), suggesting that he should have provided even more tax relief. In 1998 he vetoed the Republican legislature’s property tax cut. He endorsed new taxes on cigarettes and gasoline. And he supports taxing Internet purchases. So in many ways, Thompson is a political enigma. His first two terms as governor produced some truly historic public policy accomplishments, but his last two terms were mildly disappointing as he has jockeyed himself into the middle of the political playing field.

A mixed record, but come on . . . the man’s no Dede Scozzafava, or even Mike Castle.

UPDATE: The Club for Growth calls my attention to his 2009 comments that praised the still-in-progress Obamacare:

In a statement distributed by the White House Monday, Tommy Thompson — the former Republican presidential candidate, health and human services secretary in the Bush administration, and four-term governor of Wisconsin — gives strong praise to the health care legislation that is expected to be voted on by the Senate Finance Committee later this week.

The statement, prepared jointly by Mr. Thompson and Richard Gephardt, the former Democratic House majority leader, warns that “there are some issues that remain troublesome and unresolved in the Senate Finance Committee’s bill.” But it calls the legislation “another important step toward achieving the goal of health care reform this year.” And more bluntly, it says: “Failure to reach an agreement on health reform this year is not an acceptable option.”

Yeah, for a lot of conservatives, that’s a deal-breaker. Then again, maybe Thompson just didn’t hear what Gephardt wanted him to sign, or perhaps he was distracted:

Tommy Thompson cited a dead hearing aid and an urgent need to use the bathroom in explaining on Saturday why he said at a GOP presidential debate that an employer should be allowed to fire a gay worker. Speaking to reporters after giving an address at the state GOP convention, Thompson also said he was suffering from the flu and bronchitis and had been admitted to a hospital emergency room three days prior to the May 3 debate.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Of course, then there’s this comment on the individual mandate, the same issue that is giving the Romney campaign such grief. This is from the October 12, 2008, Miami Herald; notice that Obama is opposed to the individual mandate, a stance that, as you know, reached its expiration date.

Pushing forward, a consensus of experts seems to be emerging for something that might seem radical to the public: requiring individuals to have health insurance.

Hillary Clinton advocated that during her campaign for the presidency.Obama stayed away from it because, as advisor Redlener put it, “I’m not sure how ready the country is politically to accept the overall mandate.’’

The Business Roundtable is ready for it. So is Stern, head of the Service Employees International Union. So are advocates for the uninsured like Davis at the Commonwealth Fund, and conservatives, like Thompson, the former head of HHS. Seeking to deradicalize it, Thompson puts it this way: “Just like people are required to have car insurance, they could be required to have health insurance.’’

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No Paul Ryan Bid for Senate



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NBC News is reporting that Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, will not run for Senate in 2012.

Word broke that former Gov. Tommy Thompson is preparing a bid; Thompson had told associates he wouldn’t run if Ryan did.

We shouldn’t be surprised; Ryan obviously has a full plate as chair of the House Budget Committee; with fiscal and budgetary issues front and center now (and likely all the way through Election Day 2012), Ryan would have had to abandon his grand reform plan, just for a chance to become a junior senator.

Tags: Paul Ryan , Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson, Ready to Run for Senate in Wisconsin



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A few days ago, on one of our Three Martini Lunch podcasts, Greg Corombos observed how reassuring it was that the Republican bench of potential Senate candidates in Wisconsin finally included some fresh faces beyond former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who last won a race in 1998 and who has been briefly mentioned and quickly turned down almost every statewide race in that state since then.

From Mike Allen’s morning newsletter today:

 Tommy Thompson, the Republican former Wisconsin governor and George W. Bush’s first HHS secretary, has told friends he plans to run for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) said Friday that he won’t seek a fifth term in 2012. Thompson’s announcement gives Republicans a popular former two-term governor of state to seriously challenge for this toss-up seat. There’s no chance Thompson would run against Paul Ryan, so the former Wisconsin Governor will await the Budget Chairman’s official announcement on the race before jumping in. Ryan has suggested in private conversations with GOP officials in recent days that he will take a pass on the race and focus on his House chairmanship.

Thompson has been meeting with political associates and telling them he wants back in the game. He is working behind the scenes on campaign, fund-raising and staffing plans — and would enter as a very strong front-runner for the GOP nomination and the seat. There is one reason to think this isn’t an absolute done deal, regardless of what Thompson’s telling friends this week: He has flirted with political runs in the past, including the Senate in 2010, only to bail.

Thompson’s presidential bid in 2008 was short-lived and unfocused, but he would immediately be a top-tier Senate challenger who knows the state well and who is well-versed in health care policy. But will Bush’s HHS guy – running health policy when the Bush administration and a GOP Congress enacted the unfunded entitlement of the Medicare prescription drug benefit – be acceptable to the Tea Parties in Wisconsin?

UPDATE: If Thompson jumps in, he will be the first Wisconsin Republican to announce a bid. Kohl only announced his retirement Friday, but I’m a bit surprised to see that according to Green Papers, no Republican has filed papers to run for this seat yet, not even any little-known gadflies.

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Thanks For Coming Out to Tell Us This, Tommy



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Today, former governor Tommy Thompson fired up a Wisconsin Tea Party crowd by announcing that he’s not running for Senate.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

Disappointing Turnout For Would-Be Tea Party Infiltrators



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I just make a quick run to the Tea Party held in Woodbridge, Virginia. About 200-250 people on a gorgeous day during the time that I was there. No infiltrators that I could determine. Just a lot of Gadsden flags, signs.about runaway spending and health care, and a couple of cute kids with t-shirts that read, “Obama spent our future and all we got were these t-shirts.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

Tim Burns Chats With NRO



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Tim Burns, the Republican running in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th district – the district represented by John Murtha until his death earlier this year – took a few moments today to talk to NRO.

Burns said that while this corner of western and central Pennsylvania has its share of economic troubles, the health care bill is the dominant issue on voters’ minds.

“People here are disgusted with Washington,” Burns said. “They don’t believe that elected officials are representing them. They are furious about the health care bill just passed; they not only believe that it was passed without their consent, but that it was passed against their will. They’re very upset about out of control spending, and worried about future of this country.”

Tim Burns is among those Republicans calling for a complete repeal of Obamacare and returning to the drawing board. “I don’t get many people tell me they like it but that they want to change a few parts,” he says. “They’re upset, they don’t like that it was jammed down their throats. We need some health care reform, but not this 2,700 page bill that Congress didn’t write, didn’t read, and don’t understand, and yet they expect the rest of us to live with its consequences.”

Burns made his opposition to the health care bill clear early on; his opponent, former Murtha district aide Mark Critz, announced his conditional opposition after the bill passed.

“It has been very difficult to pin him down on any issue,” Burns said. “I asked him three times to say specifically where he stood on the health care bill, the biggest issue before the country at a that moment. His eventual answer was convoluted and contradictory; he said the bill was too expensive because it didn’t include doctor fix – which by my math, makes it more expensive. I’d tell him that when you go to Congress, you have to decide before the vote, not afterwards.”

Outside the district, John Murtha’s name is mud, at least in conservative circles and those who oppose congressional earmarks.  Burns said that while Murtha is remembered more fondly in his home turf, invoking his name is not a sure-fire vote winner for the Democrats.

“My attitude is, ‘don’t focus on the past, let him rest in peace.’ But there are mixed feelings here. My opponent is trying to running on Murtha legacy, but everyone knows he won’t come to Washington with the authority or influence Murtha had. He’s just more Washington-as-usual. Before Murtha passed away, I had Republicans and Democrats tell me, ‘I like what you’re saying, but I can’t come out against him. I can’t publicly support you or donate to you.’ Since his unfortunate death, I’ve had Republicans, Democrats, and business leaders get on board. There is a Democratic registration edge here, but these are conservative Democrats – pro-life, pro-gun, pro-common sense. McCain carried this district, and [state Attorney General] Tom Corbett won this district handily. These Democrats are not afraid to vote for the candidate, not the party.”

The special election falls on the day of the primaries, and there are contested primaries for Democrats in both the gubernatorial and Senate races. In special elections, a big key is turnout, and Critz would appear to have a bit of wind at his back.

“It’s a reality we’ve got to deal with,” Burns says, but adds, “The real excitement is in this special election. From what I’ve seen, people aren’t terribly excited about Democraitc primaries. This race is going to drive turnout –  both locally and nationally, we’ve been getting a great deal of attention, and my opponent will be bringing in Joe Biden. I’ve gotten the endorsements of Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich. The NRCC and RNC are playing heavily in this race.”

Burns describes himself as being in a similar situation to Scott Brown – a little-known conservative, seeking to win a seat held by a legendary Democrat who had been in Washington for decades – but notes that as a small businessman and political rookie, he’s an unlikely crusader. “I’ve never been in politics before, and have no background whatsoever in politics. I’m concerned about what I see in this  country and how its changing. I’m worried my two kids won’t be growing up in a better world than I grew up in, and I wouldn’t be able to kids in the eye if I had to tell them that I did nothing. We have  a responsibility to do what we can to turn this around. This isn’t my dream job, not what I’ve always wanted to do, but it’s what I have been called to do.”

According to an internal campaign poll, Burns leads Critz, 45 percent to 41 percent.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

A Couple of Candidates Taking the Express Train



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The Tea Party Express, one of the higher-profile Tea Party organizations, announced some candidate endorsements this morning.

Most of them were the ones you would expect: Chuck DeVore, Michelle Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Rand Paul. They endorsed Mike Pence of Indiana, but I think he’ll be okay either way; the best-funded Democrat running against him has raised $115.

They also endorsed Walt Minnick, a House Democrat from Idaho who voted against the stimulus, cap and trade, and the health care bill. I must quibble with the Tea Party Express folks; Walt Minnick’s first vote as a congressman was to make Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House, empowering her a great deal. I figure Vaughn Ward would represent this district with all the votes we do like, and none of the votes we don’t like.

And perhaps most surprisingly, the Tea Party Express said that their preferred candidate in the race they deemed more important than any other in 2010 is… Sharron Angle, who has trailed other better-known Republicans for much of the year. Since August of last year, Angle has garnered 5, 9, 13, 13, 8, and 5 percent in the last poll a few days ago. Sue Lowden has been polling in the mid-40s, and Danny Tarkanian has been in the high 20s.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

Lee Beating Bennett among Utah Republicans?



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A fascinating bit of news out of Salt Lake City’s ABC News affiliate, suggesting Republican Senator Bob Bennett is in trouble:

Utah Senator Bob Bennett may no longer be the front-runner for his own party’s nomination. According to reliable Republican sources, Bennett now trails GOP challenger Mike Lee by a significant amount among GOP delegates. According to our sources, Mike Lee’s campaign has conducted two large surveys in the last month. Each polled between a quarter and a third of the delegates to next month’s Republican state convention. Reportedly, Mike Lee is first with 37 percent of the delegate vote. Bennett is said to be second at 22 percent…

There are 8 Republican senate candidates and three rounds of convention voting. The lowest finishers are eliminated after the first two rounds.

A quick summary of why some conservatives are ready to replace Bennett here.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

Dis-Obey



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On Tax Day, the National Republican Congressional Committee urges Wisconsin voters to tell Democrat David Obey and other big spenders that “it’s not their money, it’s our money.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

I’m Reminded of Blackmail Efforts Against Bruce Wayne



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In this morning’s Jolt, there’s talk about the latest AP poll, Obama’s standing in a match-up against Ron Paul, and, of course, the Tea Parties:

Great, Now Even the Salahis Are Trying To Sneak Into My Tea Party.

There was once a time in America when a story like this would be farfetched: “New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells NowHampshire.com. According to the source, who sought anonymity for fear of reprisals, the Dems’ last minute scramble reflects a growing obsession among party leaders that they need to discredit the tea party movement soon or it will overwhelm them come the November election. Former Democratic State Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan is heading up the search, the source said. Sullivan has been calling and e-mailing liberal activists trying to get them to attend tea parties in different parts of the state and hold signs denying the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and make racially disparaging comments to reporters.”

So, just to clarify, the contention of these liberals is that the Tea Party must be demonized and discredited, because it’s full of violent, angry, often-gun-toting extremists with temper control issues, and their plan to expose this fact is to walk into the middle of the large crowd of said short fuses who are fed up with being painted as lunatics, carrying an obviously visible, outlandish and offensive sign and then start making racist comments. I presume these liberals think everyone around them will nod approvingly as they insist that the rally’s focus is not runaway spending and the growth of government, but the importance of exposing the president’s role as the greatest Kenyan Deep Cover Agent ever.

Okay, Poli-Cylons, go for it. I just hope you folks studied up on how to make a tourniquet out of a Gadsden flag.

At the Jawa Report, the Good Lieutenant is ready to rumble: “here’s what you do – charge your batteries, set your video recorders to TRUTH and shoot away. Make sure your batteries are charged, because the really dedicated trolls will be trying to make trouble all day. I suggest that if you catch one of these pricks doing what they’re claiming they’re going to do, follow them around for the rest of the day with a video camera and don’t let them out of your sight.”

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

Here’s The Poll That Will Persuade Crist To Go Independent, Methinks



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Quinnipiac finds Marco Rubio leading Charlie Crist by 23 percentage points. That’s relatively good news for Crist, right? A few others had the spread closer to 30.

Marco Rubio has opened up an elephant-sized 56 – 33 percent lead over Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida’s U.S. Senate Republican primary, but in a three-way general election with Rubio on the GOP line, Crist as an independent and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, Crist has a razor-thin edge, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Crist leads Meek 48 – 34 percent in a general election matchup, while Rubio’s margin over the Democrat is just 42 – 38 percent, the independent Quinnipiac University survey finds.

If Crist were to file as an independent for the general election, he would get 32 percent of the vote, compared to Rubio’s 30 percent and Meek’s 24 percent.

I had been expecting Crist to withdraw, but as time goes by, I wonder if he’ll pull the full Specter or full Lieberman. I know Crist has said he won’t do this, but Specter was insisting he would remain a Republican weeks before flipping parties.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

If the Answer Is ‘No’, a Press Release Will Do Fine



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Hmmmm:

Thompson told the Associated Press he’s the only one person who knows what he’s going to do — and he’s not sure what it is yet. The announcement is expected Thursday at the Tax Day Tea Party rally at the State Capitol.

Would Tommy Thompson go to a Tea Party to announce he’s not running for Senate, or any other office?

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

Perhaps This Ad Will Run Until Father’s Day



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I mentioned the television commercial of Republican Jackie Walorski earlier this week. It’s now on YouTube.

This year, I’ve noticed quite a few ads that talk about the candidate’s parents, and how they nurtured certain values in the person aspiring to higher office. Thankfully, the Walorski ad quickly moves to what she’s done for the community – founding a mission to serve the poor, holding government accountable, etc.

I’m always a little wary when a candidate spends a lot of time talking about how great his or her parent was. If you do too much of this, I start yearning to vote for that parent.

Finally, sometimes the apple falls pretty far from the tree. Those who voted for Ronald Reagan probably wouldn’t want to be represented by Ron Reagan.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

The Skies Have Opened, and the Celestial Choirs Are Starting to Sing



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Somehow I missed this April Fools’ Day video from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, featuring unicorns that appear to emit rainbows. We are indeed in a post-Demonsheep world when it comes to political advertising.

It will be interesting to compare the fake achievements in this ad to what Obama touts in his reelection ads.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

Burns Campaign Heating Up, but They Can’t Lose That Competitive Fire



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According to an internal campaign poll, Republican Tim Burns leads former Murtha aide Mark Critz in the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th district, 45 percent to 41 percent.

Republicans in this district should not breathe easily, however; the special election falls on the day of the primaries, and there are contested primaries for Democrats in both the gubernatorial and Senate races. In short, a big key is turnout, and Critz would appear to have a bit of wind at his back.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

A Simple Consistent Lead Is the Hobgoblin of Arlen Specter’s Foolishness, or Something



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A Susquehanna poll out today puts Pat Toomey ahead of Arlen Specter by 10.

Wait, that’s Rasmussen.

No, wait, that’s both.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

This Year’s Campaign Ads May Soon Resemble a Monster Truck Rally



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Vaughn Ward is one of my favorite GOP challengers in this cycle. Idaho is quite a distance from Massachusetts, but I pick up a distinctly Scott Brown-esque style to Ward’s first television ad of the campaign:

Ward is taking on Walt Minnick in a district McCain carried, 62 percent to 38 percent. Minnick is one of three Democrats who voted against the stimulus, against cap-and-trade, and against the health-care bill.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

48 Percent for Obama, 46 Percent for . . . George W. Bush?!?



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Fascinating numbers from Public Policy Polling:

Americans are now pretty evenly divided about whether they would rather have Barack Obama or George W. Bush in the White House. 48% prefer Obama while 46% say they would rather have the old President back. Bush had atrocious approval ratings for his final few years in office, particularly because he lost a lot of support from Republicans and conservative leaning independents . . . These numbers suggest some peril for Democrats in making Bush a focus of their messaging this fall. A lot of folks who contributed to the former President’s low level of popularity now like Obama even less.

Tags: Barack Obama , Horserace , Joe Biden , Mitt Romney , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson

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