Here's more evidence that independents will be the voting bloc to watch ahead of next year's 2010 midterms: for the first time in seven years—and more important, this election cycle—a new Gallup poll finds Republicans narrowly leading Democrats in the so-called generic congressional ballot.
You knew it was coming. A day after Charlie Crist told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he "didn't endorse" the $787 billion federal stimulus bill, Club for Growth is up with an ad featuring TV footage of the Florida governor onstage with President Obama earlier this year praising the bill. "We know it's important to pass this stimulus package," Crist said at a joint rally with Obama in early February, a clip that opens up the club's ad.
There are many things to love about New York Magazine's cover story on Nancy Pelosi this week: the very prominent photo of Pelosi with Obama just over the House speaker's left shoulder in the lead photograph; how she takes only the stairs in the Capitol, forcing her aides and security detail to huff and puff up and down them all day long; and how she was shocked—shocked—that CIA types were upset when she suggested the agency had lied to Congress about waterboarding.
Ahhh, to be a former president. While we were all consumed with the outcome of the 2009 elections, George W. Bush was overseas in Tokyo, throwing out the first pitch at Japan's equivalent of the World Series.
GOP sweep? Not exactly. In one of the few bright spots Tuesday night for Democrats, Bill Owens narrowly defeated Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in New York's closely watched 23rd Congressional District.
A major story tonight is how independent voters turned out strongly for Republicans this Election Day, a not-so-encouraging sign that Democrats have lost touch with a voting bloc considered pivotal to Barack Obama's win in 2008 and the party's recapture of Congress in 2006.
The Atlantic's Chris Good has an interesting breakdown on who spent what on New York's hotly contested 23rd congressional district race. The big news: the Club for Growth spent more than $1 million in support of Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.
You've gotta hand it to Nancy Pelosi: She is queen of the photo op. Four days after Harry Reid unveiled his version of health-care reform in a windowless room deep inside the U.S. Capitol, Pelosi chose perhaps the most dramatic setting in Washington to make her own health-care pitch: the west front steps of the Capitol building.
Guess who's finally joining the administration? At the White House today, President Obama will announce that he's naming former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as cochair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, which oversees the intel community.
Remember those rumors that Sarah Palin was asking for an $11 million book advance for her upcoming autobiography? Well, she didn't get that much. According to a newly-filed financial-disclosure form, the former Alaska governor was given a $1.25 million advance for Going Rogue.
Writing in The Huffington Post this morning, Democratic strategist Peter Daou laments the fact that liberal bloggers aren't getting any love for their role in pressing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to include the so-called public option in the Senate's health-care legislation. "Don't hold your breath waiting to read about the netroots' pivotal role in forcing the inclusion of a public option," Daou writes. "It's just not the way things work in our current media and political world.
Annie Leibovitz has been spending a lot of time at the White House lately, and now we know why. The famed photographer, in the headlines lately for drama over her personal finances, shot the official Obama family portrait, which was posted on the White House's Flickr account this morning.
It's no secret that Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" outburst turned into major cash cow for the South Carolina Republican and his Democratic opponent Rob Miller, but we're now learning more details on exactly how many millions those two words generated in the race and where that money came from.
When Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska last summer, it seemed she was finally taking the advice of many political professionals and retreating from the spotlight to rebuild her brand and find her message.
Here's a record John Edwards probably won't brag about: a new Gallup poll finds the two-time Democratic presidential hopeful, who has been caught up in personal drama over an affair with a former campaign worker, has suffered the single biggest slide in public opinion ever recorded for a prominent public figure in consecutive polling.
It's no secret that Harry Reid is in trouble in Nevada. For months, the Senate Majority Leader's approval ratings back home have been in the dumps. A poll conducted last week for the Las Vegas Review Journal found Reid with a paltry 38 percent approval rating, down more than 15 points since he won re-election back in 2004.
For weeks, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine has been slyly playing up the fact that his GOP opponent Chris Christie is—how can we put it delicately?—a very big man.
Does the world feel a little more empty today? Last night Tom DeLay called it quits on Dancing With the Stars after he decided he just couldn't weather the pain of having stress fractures in both his feet. "If you can't practice, you make a fool of yourself out there," he told viewers last night.
When President Obama received his copy of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's Afghanistan assessment last month, one of the first questions posed to the White House was how long it would take Obama to decide whether he'd send additional troops into the region. "Weeks," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.
If there's one thing that they really, really love on Dancing With the Stars, it's the suspense. And when we say love, we mean torture you until you almost want to change the channel back to Gossip Girl, which, to be honest, is what we'd rather be watching anyway.
Looks like there's at least one high-profile Republican who won't be voting for Sarah Palin should she run in 2012. Steve Schmidt, John McCain's top political strategist in 2008, told a forum in Washington today that nominating Palin as the party's next presidential nominee would be "catastrophic" for Republicans. "I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate," Schmidt said. "In fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic...