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.

8:18 AM Oct 8th: Year of the Independent? Think again. With Lincoln Chafee’s decline in RI, the last reasonable shot for an I victory for Governor disappears

8:20 AM Oct 8th: Independents, once highly touted, in CO, ME, MA, and MN will all lose. Then there’s Charlie Crist going down for Senate.

8:22 AM Oct 8th: Only Lisa Murkowski has a decent chance, and she’s running as a Republican write in who’ll stay in the R Senate caucus IF she wins.

8:24 AM Oct 8th: Anti-establishment does not mean anti-two party system. Plus ca change…2010 not so different after all.

10:11 AM Oct 8th: Jobless numbers ice a baked, cooled election cake.

6:08 PM Oct 10th: How do people like Ohio’s Iott–who no longer has an Iota of a chance to win–make it almost to the finish line? We can’t get best to run.

6:11 PM Oct 10th: I’ve been around a long time. No one’s going to convince me the candidate pool hasn’t deteriorated.

12:31 PM Oct 12th: POTUS, Dems focusing on campaign finance, foolishly. It’s a process issue–important but secondary. Sounds like whining.

12:33 PM Oct 12th: Voters will never believe both sides aren’t swimming in $$$ & equally corrupt. Plus, it’s a MEGO for most ppl–‘my-eyes-glaze-over’.

12:35 PM Oct 12th: Process issues are losers whenever big substantive issues (such as dinner-table economy concerns) loom large.

12:36 PM Oct 12th: Yes, politics is separate from reality. Every dollar raised & spent in politics should be fully disclosed. We once had consensus on that.

5:04 PM Oct 12th: Britain & America are separated by a common language. That description now applies to Democrats & Republicans.

5:05 PM Oct 12th: Have D & R world views ever intersected less? I’m not sure they could agree on the wording of a Mother’s Day resolution.

5:07 PM Oct 12th: Get ready for a reintroduction to Gridlock–a new, tougher variety that will make the Clinton-Gingrich days look like the Age of Aquarius.

8:14 AM Oct 13th: Gov. Arnold(R) endorses Gov. Crist(I) for Senate. Effect: Zero. Neither Arnold nor Crist, to twist a famous Terminator line, will be back.

11:58 AM Oct 13th: Debate season. Fireworks, yes. Game-changers, hardly ever.