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Tuesday marks the debut of a feature that hopefully will become a regular feature on the Wrap. Since there is more than enough campaign fun to go around, today the Wrap debuts contributions from other members of the DK front page team.
DE-Sen: Is Castle Really The Front-Runner?
In the wake of GOP Congressman Mike Castle's decision to run for the US Senate in Delaware, the general consensus is that Castle is no worse than 50/50 to seize the seat for Republicans. In an interesting analysis of their own data, PPP's Tom Jensen offers a counterargument. He thinks Castle's early lead has been, primarily, a function of superior name recognition emanating from his four decades in public office in the state.
VA-Gov: Prominent McDonnell Backer Apologizes For Cruel Deeds Attack
It was a pretty brutal shot, even by campaign standards, and now one of the most high-profile endorsers of Virginia GOP nominee Bob McDonnell has apologized for it. Sheila Johnson, BET's co-founder, had made a remark at a McDonnell campaign event where she extolled McDonnell's communication skills and then contrasted those skills with those of his "o-o-o-o-opponent." Deeds has some speech difficulties (whether they are a clinical issue is a little unclear), thus making the remark intensely personal. The issue was a touch thorny for Team Deeds, though, because while they wanted to make hay of Johnson's brutal lack of class (and McDonnell's reticence on the matter), they also stood to lose a yard or two by reminding voters that Johnson (a fairly prominent Democrat who has donated over "00,000 to Democratic candidates, according to Newsmeat) had endorsed the Republican in this race.
VT-Sen: Dem Incumbent Gets Primaried From The Left...But It's Leahy?
This is a fascinating one: of all the Democrats facing the voters in the 2010, it'd be pretty easy to argue that the least likely one to get primaried from the left would be Vermont's Patrick Leahy. Yet that is exactly what is apparently about to happen. Daniel Freilich is a military doctor, and told TPMDC today that he intends to challenge Leahy from his left on issues like health care (Freilich favors a single payer system). Freilich is probably a longshot against Leahy, who has been elected consistently out of the state of Vermont for decades.
THE MONEY CHASE: More Fundraising Figures Come Forward
As we creep towards the October 15th deadline to submit fundraising reports to the FEC, we are starting to get more indications from campaign on where they stand financially heading into the Fall and Winter months. In Florida, Democratic dreams of a closely contested GOP Senate primary were resurrected by the news that insurgent GOP candidate Marco Rubio raised close to a million dollars in the third quarter. This was a more-than-threefold increase over his numbers in the 2nd quarter, which had been viewed as somewhat of a disappointment. Meanwhile, in Illinois, one day after Mark Kirk revealed that he had raised href=".6 million in Q3, his likely Democratic opponent, Alexi Giannoulias, announced that he had hauled in $1.1 million during the 3rd quarter. The good news for the Democrats is that Giannoulias finished the 3rd quarter with a slightly higher cash-on-hand figure than did Kirk.
NH-Sen: Laura Clawson Analyzes Recent Polling In Ayotte-Hodes Race
Various polling puts Kelly Ayotte up on Paul Hodes, with the significant problems that none of the pollsters are particularly trustworthy and that in at least a few cases there are major contradictions lurking below the toplines. Take the case of women: ARG gives Ayotte an eight-point lead among women, while the marginally more trustworthy UNH gives Hodes a three-point lead among women (well within the margin of error on such a small subset, I'm sure). Whichever result is correct -- or if neither is -- it's nonetheless clear that the GOP chose Ayotte to appeal to women voters, which makes it significant that NARAL has elected to get involved early with a strong endorsement for Hodes. (--Laura Clawson)
IN OTHER NEWS...
Interesting enough, it's very close to the well known Stonehenge. The Guardian:
Archaeologists have discovered evidence of what they believe was a second Stonehenge located a little more than a mile away from the world-famous prehistoric monument.
The new find on the west bank of the river Avon has been called "Bluestonehenge", after the colour of the 25 Welsh stones of which it was once made up.
Excavations at the site have suggested there was once a stone circle 10 metres in diameter and surrounded by a henge ? a ditch with an external bank, according to the project director, Professor Mike Parker Pearson, of the University of Sheffield.
October 7, 2009
Aussie Rate Hike Helps Fuel Demand for Higher Risk Currencies
The U.S. Dollar closed lower against a basket of currencies as appetite…
Also on, The Biggest Loser, a very depressing season so far. The Good Wife....I really dislike the show and all the characters. It's unoriginal and boring.
What's on your agenda tonight, TV or otherwise? This is an open thread, all topics welcome.
You just can't make this stuff up -- Peter Schiff, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, on the personal sacrifice he's making by running for office:
I’m interrupting my career. It’s not like I want my new career in politics. But I’m willing to interrupt it the same way that somebody interrupted their career and joined World War II and went off to fight the Nazis.
Schiff added that he doesn’t think he’s “that heroic” and admitted he’s not “risking as much as a soldier.” “But it’s the same principle,” he added.
I think Mr. Schiff should spend more time reading up on the history of WWII and less time interrupting his career.
(Either tomorrow or Thursday could end up as a no-posting day, by the way.)
I actually found myself not caring about Keith's interview with Joe Trippi until about the last minute, where they talk about the Dem senatorial primary between Snarlin' Arlen and Admiral Joe (funny that Specter did some impromptu stand-up comedy last August during the congressional recess making fun of Sarah Palin, but he voted for her when it counted).
I have to tell you that this race worries me a bit. Obviously, Admiral Joe is the better choice because he's an actual Democrat, though I haven't agreed with all of his votes by any means. However, it couldn't be more plain that the Democratic Party establishment is solidly behind Specter, which we know.
I think that if Sestak manages to beat Specter (which we want), we're actually going to have a problem (we'll have one either way). I have a nightmare image of that same Democratic establishment deciding to sit on its hands if Sestak is the nominee, and I see filthy, unkempt liberal blogger types definitely not doing a lot if Specter wins (who is damaged goods, let's face it, even though he's spent a career winning fights like this somehow).
Let's be plain - despite how I personally feel, I will support Specter if he wins because he would be the standard bearer of my party. Besides, a split like this could help full-mooner, Club-For-Growth wingnut Pat Toomey to actually win this thing, which would be a catastrophe (think Little Ricky all over again, though a shade smarter).
Finally, while it's true that I could have a more intelligent foreign policy (or ANY policy) discourse with my cat than I could with Sarah Palin, let's not sit around chortling over her too much. We may think "Palin fatigue" is the most powerful motivating political force out there, but sadly, it isn't. Wrongly of course, Obama hatred is Number One. And that would come into play for Toomey also of course, and let's remember that Obama didn't win PA, even though he had a lot of support then as now. Hillary beat him.
All I'm saying is that this race is going to be a fight regardless of whether or not Sestak or Specter wins the Dem primary (for different reasons for each candidate). We'll lose it if we assume any different.
I mentioned this morning that a new FDU poll showed Jon Corzine for the first time in like forever ahead of Chris Christie. True, it was by a statistically insignificant one point margin. But that's in the context of a steady stream of polls showing[...]
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What a baby! What a douche! Huntington Beach councilman has collected a dozen street cleaning tickets because he can't bothered to move his car on street sweeping day. And now after his latest ticket, he's threatening to resign. Good riddance. First term[...]
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Title: Man Out of TimeArtist: Elvis Costello and the Attractions
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Elvis Costello and the Attractions in 1982. It's hard to pick the best of Costello's couplets, but "'Cause the high heel he used to be has been ground down, and he listens for the footsteps that would follow him around" has to be up there.
Fun fact: Napolean Dynamite was a name used by Costello on the 1986 album Blood and Chocolate, a fact filmmaker Jared Hess claims he was unaware of until he was nearly finished shooting the film. Costello believes it was stolen from him but has taken no legal action.