James Pethokoukis

Can the GOP still take Connecticut?

January 6, 2010

A 30-point gap against a popular politician is a steep hill to climb. But my great pal Larry Kudlow makes the case:

New poll shows Blumenthal big favorite for Dodd seat in Connecticut

January 6, 2010

From Public Policy Polling:

Chris Dodd’s retirement has shifted one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable seats to one of their safest. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted Monday and Tuesday, before Dodd made his announcement, finds Attorney General Richard Blumenthal with leads of 30 points or greater against all three Republican candidates.

The impact of Dodd’s Senate departure

January 6, 2010

Some talking points/analysis on the  Chris Dodd retirement

Makes it more likely Ds keep CT Senate seat, but also a sign of voter discontent with incumbents. Welcome to the U.S. Senate Richard Blumenthal, who says he will run.

The campaign against Larry Summers

January 6, 2010

A quick exit for Larry Summers? That’s the goal of an incipient whispering campaign within segments of his own party. Detractors of the superstar White House  economic adviser blame his deficit-phobia for a skimpy stimulus and resulting jobless recovery in the United States.