Campaign

Mike Bloomberg/Arnold Schwarzenegger: Potential for new political paradigm

Shane D’Aprile of The Hill reports that New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is hosting a fundraiser for Democrat Harry Reid. He has also held fundraisers for Democrats Michael Bennett and Joe Sespak and Republicans Mike Castle and Mark Kirk. This suggests that Bloomberg, possibly with his best bud Arnold Schwarzenegger, might be considering advancing a new independent and “post partisan” political direction.

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The Obama, Meek, Crist tortuous love triangle

President Barack Obama's tepid "support" of Florida Democratic Senate nominee Kendrick Meek has raised a few eyebrows — but only a very few. With Governor Charlie Crist (former R-turned-I-for-political-expediency-but-will-caucus-with-Dems-if-he-wins) capturing the silent Democratic backing (at least they've been hoping to keep it silent), Meek's chances seem slim at best.

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Mama Grizzly growing stronger

Sarah Palin continues to be a polarizing figure after her days as McCain's presidential running mate. Irrespective, a popularized Palin has resonated within the hearts of many Americans across the nation. Palin has rocked and shocked the national political climate for the upcoming November elections. She has resurrected GOP candidates to victory, raised a ton of money, and continues to be a potent political force that is both feared and admired.

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Primary lessons

What did we learn from primary elections Tuesday in Arizona, Florida and Alaska? Not much.

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Harry Reid versus Sharron Angle: Here's the difference

Let’s talk about the Nevada Senate race and what it suggests about the future of Nevada and the state of the union in 2010. In one corner stands Harry Reid, with his efforts to save 8,000 Nevada jobs at the CityCenter of Las Vegas. In the other corner stands Sharron Angle, who opposes Reid's efforts to save those jobs and would have them disappear because she believes it is not the job of a senator to save those jobs for the state.

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Three months of politicking

So President Obama had his big night, a win in the contested Democratic senate primary in Colorado. Andrew Romanoff, backed by former President Clinton, failed to knock out sitting Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who was appointed by Obama last year to replace Ken Salazer when he became secretary of the Interior.

The White House, battling against the liberal left now fuming over comments by press secretary Robert Gibbs in an interview with our Sam Youngman, wasn't prepared for the revival of the Clinton-wins-again storyline. Liberals are mad at the president and his men, and Team Obama is under increasing pressure to "unite," with embattled Democrats holding on to their jobs for dear life as they head into a challenging fall campaign. After numerous primaries and special elections in which Obama's support killed off the candidacies of Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, the president needed a win.

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The Afghanistan conundrum

Recently published by USA Today

How did such a smart president as Barack Obama trip over such an obvious non-sequitur? That the United States should have pursued 9/11 terrorists into Afghanistan in 2001 is not a reason to be there ten years later! For proof, he only needed to go to Walter Reed Hospital and see the cost of this misadventure in human tragedy. Then note how much of our escalating national debt is going to underwriting the Afghan war, and imagine what that money could accomplish at home where our economy is in extremis. And ask why this country should partner abroad with a highly questionable character in a battlefield that historically has spurned would-be conquerors? How did we get there?

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George W. Bush book will boost Democrats in November

Democrats will receive a late campaign boost when the memoirs of former President George W. Bush are released in early November and voters spend October remembering the good old days of Republican recession, Republican corruption, the bank bailout that was begun by a Republican president and the countless failures under a Republican president and Republican Congress.

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The luckiest candidates of 2010

Joining Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) at the top of the Luckiest Candidates of 2010 list is Jane Norton of Colorado.

Reid's candidacy, of course, has gone from the political emergency room to recovery ever since Sharron Angle won the GOP primary on June 8. She runs from reporters at her own press conferences, tells inquiring voters that job creation won't be in her job description as a senator, and her own supporters are calling campaign headquarters begging for an explanation of how this all went so wrong.
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It all comes back to the stimulus

President Obama told NBC News yesterday in an interview that he expects to be held accountable for his policies, but not those of his predecessor. "This is going to be a choice between the policies that got us into this mess and my policies that are getting us out of this mess. And I think if you look at the vast majority of Americans, even those who are dissatisfied with the pace of progress, they'll say that the policies that got us into this mess, we can't go back to," said Obama. Therein lies the midterm message for Democrats: We agree that it's awful but we haven't had enough time to fix it and we need more.

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