Tweets of the Week

The Crystal Ball’s Tweets of the Week is a look back at the highlights of the past week in politics in snippets of 140 characters or less. To get this analysis as soon as news breaks, follow University of Virginia Center for Politics Director, and Crystal Ball founder, Larry Sabato on Twitter by clicking here.

4:03 PM Apr 29th: Overall, I think the UK debates were magnificent. They weren’t Lincoln-Douglas, but L & D didn’t have to go before millions on TV.

4:04 PM Apr 29th: Having recently reviewed the tapes of Kennedy-Nixon ’60, I’d put the UK three well above the stilted level of those original TV battles.

5:08 PM Apr 29th: All the pols in both parties tell us the system is broken, but they’ve personally had nothing to do with breaking it. Act of God, I guess.

3:19 PM Apr 30th: Every 1970 college student remembers this day 40 yrs ago–Nixon invaded Cambodia. Mass protests led to closing of 100s of universities.

3:22 PM Apr 30th: Killings at Kent State and Jackson State the following week intensified protests. The nation looked to be coming apart at the seams.

11:51 PM Apr 30th: John Ashcroft, meet Ken Cuccinelli. Another AG bans bare breast. 1776 Great Seal of VA made clean at last.

11:54 PM Apr 30th: For his sake and ours, we need to keep Cuccinelli away from Rome.

11:56 PM Apr 30th: People often ask me why I enjoy politics so much. It’s because every day, without fail, I’m entertained.

12:30 PM May 2nd: PM Brown hopes against hope for a come-from-behind shocker 5/6. In USA we call it ‘pulling a Truman’ (’48). In UK ‘pulling a Major’ (’92).

12:34 PM May 2nd: Poor Jay Leno. WHCA dinners are always stuffed with POTUS backers, so Prez routine has a built-in advantage over guest comic.

11:38 AM May 3rd: “As The World Turns” star Helen Wagner, who died today at 91, uttered the last sane sentence on an insane day, 11/22/63.

11:40 AM May 3rd: Walter Cronkite interrupted her as she said,”I’ve given it a great deal of thought, Grandpa.” Then all hell broke loose:

8:27 PM May 4th: Dan Coats (R-IN) wins unimpressive SEN primary victory, but just being ’10 GOP nominee may be enough. Brad Ellsworth(D) good candidate, tho.

8:29 PM May 4th: So far, fairly boring, predictable primary night. No history made yet anywhere.

9:15 PM May 4th: Rep. Dan Burton may have survived, but paltry % (30s) among fellow GOPers suggests he’s a charter member of the ‘don’t-know-when-to-go’ club

10:32 PM May 4th: Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D-OH) wins SEN primary in Ohio. Starting out, ex-Rep. Rob Portman (R) has a slight 11/2 edge for this R seat.

10:34 PM May 4th: We’re spared record-setting fifth-consecutive Baron Hill(D)-Mike Sodrel(R) House contest in IN-9. Todd Young won R nod. Sodrel ran 3rd.