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.
4:50 PM Jan 27th POTUS run for Mike Pence was long-shot at best. He’ll be instant frontrunner for IN GOV ’12.
8:46 PM Jan 27th: R POTUS ’12: Pence is out, Palin may not run, Bachmann may be non-starter. Is this why DeMint may have DeBug?
12:38 PM Jan 28th: Everyone needs to focus on new CBO #s: 2011’s net interest payment on debt=awful $225b. By 2021, w/no changes in policy,disastrous $792b.
12:43 PM Jan 28th: $792b will be larger than ALL non-defense discretionary $. It’s ruinous. Hello, Chinese Century. Unless we act & all accept pain.
12:22 PM Jan 29th: Slipped on ice last night. Out of commission. Meds in control. Strange political dreams. And SpongeBob makes sense.
11:14 AM Jan 31st: COS Daley’s “Manchurian Candidate” label=perfect insult. Combines 3 R base fears about Huntsman: Obama, Mormonism, liberalism
2:38 PM Jan 31st: Marco Rubio(R-FL) has adopted Hillary Clinton’s early approach in NY: home-state trumps national exposure. Smart. Meteors burn up quickly.
1:26 PM Feb 1st: Crystal Ball picked Charlotte to host DNC a year ago. Best political calculus of 4 finalists. No large effect, but some, on NC & VA.
1:28 PM Feb 1st: Tampa good choice for GOP too. That slice of FL key to Sunshine victory in South’s largest competitive state.
1:31 PM Feb 1st: No Prez election determined by convo site. But parties should make every strategic resource allocation as if the election were 2000 redux.
8:18 PM Feb 1st: For yrs, academic studies have concluded a judge’s D or R label makes a difference in cases where topics are partisan (e.g., redistricting).
8:21 PM Feb 1st: Health care is now extremely partisan. So no surprise D/R judicial split emerging. With polarized confirmation battles, expect more of this.