Friday, May 12, 2006

Brown Pulls Ahead of DeWine

Rep. Sherrod Brown pulled ahead of Sen. Mike Dewine in a recent Rusmussen Reports Poll on the Ohio senate race. Nevertheless, Dewine is still considered the slight favorite, according to Congressional Quarterly, which classifies Ohio as "Leans Republican."

Sherrod Brown, the guy advertised on this page for no apparent reason, is a liberal Democrat with strong ties to labor interests. He is hoping to benefit from the anti-business sentiment in Ohio's rustbelt, as well as the general unpopularity of the GOP in the state, where the governor has an approval rating south of 20.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Paul Hackett, Democrats Hope in Ohio

Paul Hackett, the Iraq war veteran who was allegedly pushed out of the senate race by top Democrats, might make a run against his old foe, Congresswoman Jean Schmidt, in the race for the 2nd congressional seat in Ohio.

Schmidt, who made controversial remarks in regards to John Murtha's proposal to withdrawal troops from Iraq, is considered a vulnerable incumbent. She won a special election against Hackett last August by a slim margin, in what is widely considered a solidly Republican district.


Rupert Murdoch will host a fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

If Murdoch is really willing to make this kind of public support for a Democrat, then he is either trying to rebut the assumption that he and everything he does benefits the Republicans. Or, Clinton offered him something really good in return.

Karl Rove

Via Political Wire:

"I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted. ... First of all, you don't put somebody in front of a grand jury at the end of an investigation, or for the fifth time, ... unless you feel that's your only chance of avoiding indictment. So, in other words, the burden starts with Karl Rove to stop the charges. Secondly, it's now been 13 days since Rove testified. After testifying for three and a half hours, prosecutors refused to give him any indication that he was clear. ... And then the third issue is... Karl Rove was identified as Official A. ... We've looked through the records of Patrick Fitzgerald ... and in every single investigation, whenever Fitzgerald has identified somebody as Official A, that person eventually gets indicted themselves."

That would be too good to be true for Democrats. If Rove is in fact indicted, could Bush's approval rating possibly fall below the 30% mark?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Keep Florida Blue

Governor Jeb Bush seems more concerned about his reputation as a shot caller than his allegiance to the Republican Party. The governor gave this quote in response to questions about Representative Katherine Harris's (R-FL) senate bid:

"I don't think she can win."

That makes Jeb the most recent to join the chorus of naysayers that has left the woman whose tactics as Florida secretary of state made it possible for George W. Bush to be in the White House today. The Democrats can count Florida safe in 2006.

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