Politico: GOP Leaders Seek To Stop Palin

From the Politico, which always has the best interests of the GOP at heart:

Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Sarah Palin

By: Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei
October 31, 2010

Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year’s midterm campaigns.

There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.



KTVA ‘Goof’ Shows Bias Against Joe Miller

From Alaska’s Fairbanks Daily News:

TV station’s phone goof makes big splash

by Rod Boyce
November 1, 2010

FAIRBANKS — Anchorage television station KTVA came under criticism from the campaign of Senate candidate Joe Miller this weekend for comments made by some of the station’s staffers.

The comments from the television station’s employees were inadvertently caught on a voice mail recording left for Miller campaign spokesman Randy DeSoto when a station employee failed to terminate a phone call to DeSoto.

The Miller campaign put out a news release Saturday night, castigating the station and saying the employees “openly discuss creating, if not fabricating, two stories about Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Joe Miller.”

Miller’s news release identifies the employees as part of KTVA’s news operation.



Jon Stewart To Sarah Palin: “F*** You!”

From way back in October 2008, via YouTube:

At about 40 seconds in, the ever so witty and gracious Mr. Leibowitz Stewart does his part to restore civility to politics.

Of course this is the same genius who invited Cat Stevens, or rather, Yusuf Islam as he calls himself now, to perform at his ‘Restore Sanity’ rally.

Lest we forget, Mr. Islam supported the death fatwa against Salman Rushdie. Just try to imagine what would have happened if Sarah Palin had supported someone who called for murder against a Muslim author?

Granted, it might be a little unfair to hold a juvenile (and largely unfunny) comedian to the same standards as an actual adult.



Empty Seats At Final Obama, Biden Rally

From The Hill:

Thousands of empty seats for last Dem voter rally by Obama, Biden

By Shane D’Aprile – 10/31/10

CLEVELAND — The arena where President Obama and Vice President Biden are making their final appeal to Democrats to get out and vote in Tuesday’s midterm elections was far from capacity Sunday afternoon.

The crowd estimate stands at 8,000 in the arena that seats just over 13,000 and a couple thousand empty seats are visible above the stage where Obama and Biden rallied supporters.

The event is the final one in a series of "Moving America Forward" rallies aimed at ginning up enthusiasm with the party’s largely deflated base ahead of Tuesday…

The crowds are undoubtedly too confused and afraid to show up.



The Hive – Your ‘Internal Polling’ Says?

We thought we might continue last weekend’s general discussion. So what do you think awaits us on Tuesday?

Also, have you voted early? If so, what were your experiences? Are you doing anything to try to ‘get out the vote’?

As usual, this thread is open to other topics of conversation. But please remember to post any specific news items in the ‘Selected News’ section.



Krugman: GOP Win Will Be A Catastrophe

Mr. Krugman’s beard is on fire – again. From the New York Times:

Divided We Fail

October 28, 2010

Barring a huge upset, Republicans will take control of at least one house of Congress next week. How worried should we be by that prospect?

Not very, say some pundits. After all, the last time Republicans controlled Congress while a Democrat lived in the White House was the period from the beginning of 1995 to the end of 2000. And people remember that era as a good time, a time of rapid job creation and responsible budgets. Can we hope for a similar experience now?

No, we can’t. This is going to be terrible. In fact, future historians will probably look back at the 2010 election as a catastrophe for America, one that condemned the nation to years of political chaos and economic weakness.



Gawker Paid For O’Donnell ‘Slut-Shaming’

From the Politico:

Christine O’Donnell camp rips Gawker ‘slander’

By: Andy Barr
October 29, 2010

Christine O’Donnell’s campaign late Thursday night responded to an anonymous Gawker post claiming a drunken encounter with Delaware’s Republican Senate nominee, calling it “sexism and slander.”

"This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with — from Secretary [Hillary] Clinton to Gov. [Sarah] Palin to soon-to-be Gov. [Nikki] Haley. Christine’s political opponents have been willing to engage in appalling and baseless attacks — all with the aim of distracting the press from covering the real issues in this race," O’Donnell Communications Director Doug Sachtleben wrote in a post on Facebook.

Aren’t these the "real issues"? It’s all our news media talks about, especially if they can work in the ‘B-Word’ or even better the ‘W-Word.’

The gossip website Gawker on Thursday posted an anonymous account of a man who said he had had a one-night stand with O’Donnell three years ago on Halloween.



AP Finds Gaffes Only Made Against Dems

From a shameless Associated Press:

Oops: Campaign season of gaffes and gotchas

By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press
October 29, 2010

WASHINGTON – Memo to novice political candidates: Know thy Constitution. Don’t tell Hispanics they look Asian. Pay special attention to what you say when you are in front of cameras. Which you almost always are. Expect your chitchat to go viral.

And, really, try your best to stay out of court.

Now relax. Be yourself — if you dare.

This is the year of the neophyte in politics. Anti-incumbent sentiment in general and the tea party in particular have brought fresh faces forward, many wet behind the ears in the brutalities of a modern campaign.

The result: a rash of impolitic politics — gaffes, raw rhetoric, unsettling theories — followed by gotchas, recycled mercilessly by opponent’s campaign ads, cable TV and the blogs.



Schumer, Durbin Jockey To Replace Reid

From an admiring New York Times:

As Reid Falters, Schumer Subtly Stands in the Wings

October 28, 2010

WASHINGTON — Senator Charles E. Schumer shipped $500,000 to Nevada in recent weeks to help Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader and Mr. Schumer’s political patron and close friend, as he fights for his political life.

At the same time Mr. Schumer, a New York Democrat, made out a smaller check, for $20,000, to the Democratic Party in Vermont, where the gift earned him the good will of Senator Patrick J. Leahy, even though Mr. Leahy is not believed to be in any serious re-election jeopardy.

“Senator Leahy takes no election for granted and is grateful for Senator Schumer’s support,” said Carolyn Dwyer, campaign manager for Mr.



Clinton Pushed Meek To Quit Florida Race

From the Politico:

Bill Clinton pushed Kendrick Meek to quit Florida race

By: Ben Smith
October 28, 2010 

Bill Clinton sought to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek to drop out of the race for Senate during a trip to Florida last week — and nearly succeeded.

Meek agreed — twice — to drop out and endorse Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid in a last-ditch effort to stop Marco Rubio, the Republican nominee who stands on the cusp of national stardom.

Meek, a staunch Clinton ally from Miami, has failed to broaden his appeal around the state and is mired in third place in most public polls, with a survey today showing him with just 15 percent of the vote. His withdrawal, polls suggest, would throw core Democratic voters to the moderate governor, rocking a complicated three-way contest and likely throwing the election to Crist.



Last Week’s Jobless #s Revised Up Again

From an unquestioning Associated Press:

Unemployment claims drop sharply to 434K

Fewer people apply for unemployment benefits; claims reach second-lowest level for year

Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer, On Thursday October 28, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people applied for unemployment benefits last week, the second drop in a row and a hopeful sign the job market could be improving.

The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for jobless benefits dropped by 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 434,000 in the week that ended Oct. 23.

It was the second-lowest number for claims this year. The only time it was lower was during the July 10 week, and that week was affected by the Independence Day holiday when state unemployment offices were closed…

(By the way, the AP’s alternative headline for this article is: "Unemployment Claims Drop Unexpectedly."

And we have this from an equally amazed Reuters:

Jobless claims drop to three-month low

WASHINGTON | Thu Oct 28, 2010

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to a three-month low, hinting at some improvement in the listless labor market.



Reuters: Barney Frank Fights For Survival

From a deeply concerned Reuters:

Wall St reform architect Frank fights for survival

By Ros Krasny
October 28, 2010

BOSTON (Reuters) – Representative Barney Frank, the outspoken, witty [sic] Democrat closely tied to the 2008 U.S. bank bailout, faces a tough re-election battle after 15 terms in office at a time when incumbency itself is a liability.

Again, Reuters has to repeat this lie. If Mr. Frank were a conservative, his incumbency would be an asset.

Challenging the Massachusetts liberal is Republican Sean Bielat, an Iraq war veteran, and opinion polls suggest Frank has an uncomfortably narrow lead over a political unknown.

"Uncomfortably narrow" from the Reuters perspective, anyway.

In the run-up to Tuesday’s congressional elections, Frank has faced a torrent of negative ads and mailings, much of it from groups outside the state who support candidates from the conservative Tea Party movement.



NYT: Reid’s Hometown Doesn’t Like Him

From a deeply concerned New York Times:

Even in His Hometown, Reid Is Source of Anguish

October 27, 2010

SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. — This shrinking town in the desert has endured its indignities over the years. It has been referred to as a ghost town, a description that galls the 800 or so people who still call it home. It was once famous for its brothels, a reputation that, though hard to quarrel with, is not exactly something to brag about.

We seem to recall that Mr. Reid likes to brag about it.

But now it has come to this. Its most famous resident, Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader — whose house is visible from the road, who has a school and a street named after him, who can be spotted eating lunch at the smoky Searchlight Nugget Casino

Once every six years, for the last couple of days in October.



NYT Poll: Obama Voters Lean Republican

From an outraged New York Times:

Coalition for Obama Split by Drift to G.O.P., Poll Finds

October 27, 2010

Critical parts of the coalition that delivered President Obama to the White House in 2008 and gave Democrats control of Congress in 2006 are switching their allegiance to the Republicans in the final phase of the midterm Congressional elections, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Republicans have wiped out the advantage held by Democrats in recent election cycles among women, Roman Catholics, less affluent Americans and independents. All of those groups broke for Mr. Obama in 2008 and for Congressional Democrats when they grabbed both chambers from the Republicans four years ago, according to exit polls.



Dems Asks DoD About Obama Opponents

From ABC News:

Exclusive: Democrats Ask Pentagon for Info on Potential Obama Challengers

Oct. 27, 2010

The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections.

An internal Army e-mail obtained by ABC News indicates that the DNC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for "any and all records of communication" between Army departments and agencies and each of the nine Republicans — all of whom are widely mentioned as possible challengers to President Obama.

The agencies are asked to respond to the request by this Friday, just four days before Election Day.


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