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12:52 PM Aug 19th: Rasmussen poll: http://tinyurl.com/RR1924 Just 22% think members of Congress care what constituents think. Accurate poll but ppl are wrong.
12:56 PM Aug 19th: This is cynicism run amok. Pols need voters more than money or lobbyists to win. $$ & lobbyists are MEANS to end. Voters ARE the end.
12:59 PM Aug 19th: If I hear 1 more person scream at a Rep., “I’m your boss!”, I’ll scream louder. Friends, each of us is 1/700,000th the boss of a congressman
1:01 PM Aug 19th: The bosses only come together to issue orders once every 2 yrs for House, 6 yrs for SEN. Then pol is our delegate/trustee til next election.
11:50 PM Aug 19th: When history of 2010 campaign is written, today will be worth noting. New economic #s nearly guarantee bad (worse?) jobless rate thru 11/2.
11:52 PM Aug 19th: 2010 is mirror image of 2006. GOP couldn’t get a break for trying in ’06. Dems can’t buy a break in ’10.
10:29 AM Aug 20th: Crystal Ball prediction, Top News headline, 100 years from today: “Mideast Peace Talks to Resume”. Hold us to it.
4:51 PM Aug 21st: 2010=Year of Hung Parliaments. OK, only 2, UK and now Australia. 76=majority but Tony Abbott has 73, PM Julia Gillard 72, 1 Green, 4 Inds.
8:26 PM Aug 24th: Meanwhile, in FL, Rep. Kendrick Meek(D) has defeated Jeff Greene(D) for the right to finish 3rd for U.S. Senate in November. Congrats!
10:17 PM Aug 24th: Few states have as tangled a web as FL this fall. Both SEN & GOV races (plus some House) will be tops in nation.
10:31 PM Aug 24th: Small states like VT & WY not infrequently have multi-candidate squeakers for top offices when incumbent isn’t running.
11:04 PM Aug 24th: Scott $ enables RGA to fund elsewhere; McCollum would’ve needed cash badly. But McCollum not being gracious. Will big R split ‘Sink’ Scott?
11:12 PM Aug 24th: Scott has to depend on R wave washing over FL beaches in Nov. So does Rubio, though strong Meek primary showing hurts Crist, helps Rubio.
11:36 PM Aug 24th: McCain back in, Nov. a walk for him. Big question: Will he stay conservative or be a reborn maverick for (presumably) his final Senate term?
12:19 AM Aug 25th: Not sure it matters much whether Shumlin (up 31 votes) or Racine gets D VT GOV. Deb Markowitz lost, was strongest D. Nov 2 is now toss-up.
7:41 AM Aug 25th: West Virginia’s Hatfields & McCoys have nothing on Alaska’s Palins & Murkowskis.
7:48 AM Aug 25th: The knife fight will continue thru long absentee count. Palin may have taken out her 2nd Murkowski. In 2 yrs AK lost 46 yrs SEN seniority.
9:22 AM Aug 25th: Joe Miller actually defined Lisa Murkowski as a LIBERAL in AK SEN (R). Her fatal mistake: Not going hard negative on Miller who had little $
9:32 AM Aug 25th: Back in FL GOV: Rick Scott has much work to do to reunify GOP. McCollum didn’t endorse, wasn’t gracious, Jeb Bush dislikes, RGA unhappy.
9:41 AM Aug 25th: Tweeps, you just knew this was coming. DESPITE Lisa’s loss, as of this a.m., 339 incumbent members of Congress (98%) have won renomination.
9:43 AM Aug 25th: Just 3 senators & 4 House members have lost–about the 40 yr average.
9:44 AM Aug 25th: It’s like air travel. We focus on a handful of crashes, not 1000s of planes that land safely. Planes ultra-safe. Incumbency ultra-safe.
10:05 AM Aug 25th: Penny for Mitch McConnell’s REAL thots about ’10 GOP Senate caucus w/ Miller, Angle, Paul, Lee, Buck. Hmm, I’d actually pay $100 or more.
10:05 AM Aug 25th: just talked to some solid Alaska sources. They do not think there is any realistic chance Lisa Murkowski can make up the votes she needs.