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.
11:03 AM Feb 10th: New Crystal Ball rating for AZ SEN. We are moving from Solid R to Lean R, pending clear idea of likely candidates.
11:04 AM Feb 10th: Jon Kyl was shoo-in. But w/ big Hispanic population and Obama targeting, AZ might be competitive. Might.
11:07 AM Feb 10th: Pending D choice of candidate, Crystal Ball keeps VA SEN a toss up.
1:53 PM Feb 10th: Amazing how many disappointed ppl have said to me today, “VA SEN now just another race.” Grudge matches have special appeal, I guess.
11:43 PM Feb 10th: Crystal Ball is changing Egypt rating from Solid Dictatorship to Toss Up, pending further shift to Lean Democracy.
11:25 AM Feb 11th: Congratulations to the people of Egypt. From your friends in Virginia USA, our state slogan: “Sic semper tyrannis”…Thus ever to tyrants.
7:57 AM Feb 14th: Election earthquakes have aftershocks. #1 aftershock of Nov.2010 will be budget/deficit battle. Choice: Bipartisan deal or govt shutdown?
8:02 AM Feb 14th: This one’s up for Senate & that one’s down for POTUS. It’s what we analysts do daily. Means little. It’s 2011, not 2012.
12:07 PM Feb 15th: Obama news conf: We’ve heard the same worried press Qs on debt, & the same ‘don’t worry, be happy’ debt answers, from POTUS since Reagan.
12:09 PM Feb 15th: Result of all the happy talk? $14tr in debt from both parties, $7tr more on the way. And Obama wonders why we’re skeptical?
12:11 PM Feb 15th: Congrats to press for tough debt questions. Keep it up. No more pabulum from either side. Tackle & go beyond Simpson-Bowles Commission.