Friday, February 26, 2010

Banana Republic Rumors

Crist can't win the primary, but does he think he can win a three-way race as an Independent? Supposedly this upcoming move is why some in the campaign staff quit recently. If so, is it better for the Governor to make this announcement before or after he loses the primary? A bitter, mud-slinging general election between these two could propel the Democrats into the open Senate seat. However, Democrats could just as easily decide to back Crist in November for fear of Rubio.


UPDATES: 60%-28%

Nate Silver looks at Crist's options.

Public Policy' Polling's numbers on a three-way race.

Running for Senate was a terrible idea in the first place, even when Crist was a shoe-in for the nomination. There wasn't much to gain. The GOP already held the seat (in a 40-member minority) and Crist hadn't shown major national ambitions. Governors run for Senate all the time - when they come from a small state and seek a larger profile. It works the other way, too, when senators want to be big state governors (of course, not in every case: see Sen. Hutchison).

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Congrats to Matt Wuerker

The 2010 Herblock Prize Winner

Politico has an excellent slideshow of some of his greatest hits.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Insert Bye/Bayh play on words here

So what's the real story here with this unexpected retirement?

How does this add up: $13 million in the bank + 20 point lead = cold feet on your reelection chances? Bayh's statement dismissed that it was reelection concern, but does he really believe he can better serve the people outside of Congress? That was pretty much Sarah Palin's excuse, but Bayh doesn't need the talk show money. He's already been governor, where else does he go? There have already been rumors he would challenge Obama from the right in a 2012 primary. Don't buy it. The next rumor will be that he'd run as a third party candidate. I don't see this kind of egomania from a guy who was a three-time Veep shortlist leftover ('00, '04, '08 ... "always the bridesmaid, never the bride"), essentially for being too dull. That said, had Hillary prevailed, he was the pick. All in all, a surprise move coming from a relatively unsurprising political figure.

Private sector money?: "But running for the sake of winning an election, just to remain in public office, is not good enough. And it has never been what motivates me. At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor." IndyStar

Perhaps his brief '08 presidential flirtations did have to do with a desire to get out of Congress.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tabloids in Braille

If Paterson's chances at keeping his job can't get any worse, then they have to get better, right?


UPDATE: Paterson dropped out of the gubernatorial primary today in the wake of the scandal. (Self-proclaimed "Teflon governor" no more!) It is about time for New York's Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to finally announce that he is seeking the governor's office. Of course there has been no pressure for Cuomo to announce, he has been long expected to easily win the Democratic primary. There is no more reason to wait now, the coronation should be swift and effortless. Did he know the scandal was brewing and that he would be able to save his money for the general election? Did the White House know last year when they told Paterson to step aside?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sen. Blockhead

Boldy taking obstructionism to a whole new level of pork.

Sarah's Crib Notes

She probably should have tried this in that Katie Couric interview.
UPDATE: Gibbs gets in on the fun.

UPDATE: Great minds think alike? Tom Toles's cartoon, 2/10/10.