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10:39 AM Jul 1st: Left searching for ’12 D primary opponent for Sen. Ben Nelson(D-NE). If Gov. Dave Heineman(R) is GOP SEN nominee, D choice prob won’t matter
10:40 AM Jul 1st: Politically, 3 of DNC choices for ’12 convo make sense, in this order: Charlotte, St. Louis, Cleveland. Minneapolis, far less so.
10:42 AM Jul 1st: Tough for Sept. convo to have any real effect on Nov. vote. But NC so close in ’08, if ’12 is similar, Obama might get slight boost from CLT
10:44 AM Jul 1st: Same argument for MO, though state is tougher for Obama overall. Big Ohio less likely to be influenced by convo. MN=guaranteed D anyway
9:49 PM Jul 2nd: Michael Steele now faces his biggest challenge in holding onto RNC Chair. Afghan comments yield resign calls from Kristol, Erickson, NR, etc
10:00 PM Jul 2nd: TJ made error in Declaration, using ‘subjects’ instead of ‘citizens’. Hmm. ‘Subjects’ of BP in Gulf might see TJ as Nostradamus!
10:03 PM Jul 2nd: 129 yrs ago today, Pres. Garfield shot. No one remembers, just like McKinley. Polar opposite of Lincoln & Kennedy.
9:37 AM Jul 6th: Who says party ppl can’t be bipartisan? RGA re-sends DGA $$ #s released late Fri. Why? b/c RGA raised $18.9m to DGA’s $9.1m in 2nd q.
9:49 AM Jul 6th: Dems doing well for $$$ in House & Senate, but for Govs, less so. Could make difference in some races w/24 open statehouses.
10:08 AM Jul 6th: Best D slogan for 2010: “Give the Guy a Chance” (Reagan & GOP, ’82) Best R slogan for 2010: “Time for a Mid-Course Correction”. Tweeps?
10:13 AM Jul 6th: My favorite all-time slogan: “He’s just like you, only better.” No one’s ever used it, but that’s how many candidates think.
10:22 AM Jul 6th: Could SC Green Party nominee Tom Clements finish ahead of Al Greene (D)? It’s possible. Sen. Jim DeMint (R) wins easily in any event.
10:39 AM Jul 6th: Hmm. Suppose Senate after Nov. 2 is 49D, 50R, and Charlie Crist(I). One guess which party’s caucus he’d choose. VP + 50D = control.