Tales from the Trail

Pelosi takes on Chamber of Commerce over campaign spending

October 22, 2010

The phrase “Buy American”  may be taking on a new connotation in the rough-and-tumble battle over corporate financing and the midterm congressional elections.

Washington Extra – Take Five

October 21, 2010

Washington Extra is going to let our correspondents do the talking today. So instead of listening to my meanderings, check out these five stories:  SWITZERLAND/

Midterm election enthusiasm being lost on the young

October 21, 2010

In the end, it’s all about turnout.

President Barack Obama has been trying to rev up young voters, who played a strong role in his own election, to encourage them show up at the polls on Election Day through appearances on MTV, next week’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and an interview with “Rolling Stone” magazine. USA-POLITICS/

Media relations eclipse rhetoric as bare-knuckle politics

October 18, 2010

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The campaign rhetoric couldn’t be harsher, what with the talk about who’s a whore and who’s a nut job and who cheated on who’s ex-wife. (Remember when ‘who’ was just the guy on first?)

Political insider still “in” in New York governor’s race

October 18, 2010

carl1New York voters are plenty angry. But apparently they’re not so comfortable with “scary-angry” and that could be costing Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino some support, The New York Times reports.

Gibbs is now predicting Dems will hold both chambers of Congress

October 17, 2010

White House press secretary Roberts Gibbs isn’t offering any more words of possible doom and gloom for fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill. 

Are Obama’s approval ratings that bad? Maybe not, relatively speaking

October 15, 2010

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President Obama’s approval rating has been below 50 percent for most of 2010. But are things really so bad? Gallup suggests they’re not, relatively speaking.

Washington Extra – Slipping away

October 13, 2010

congress1The Democrats’ chances of retaining control of the House of Representatives are slipping away. Our latest Reuters/Ipsos poll suggests that Republicans are poised to win around 227 seats and Democrats about 208 seats in next month’s election. Unemployment is top of the agenda for voters, and there is no good news coming on that front between now and November 2 (the next reading on the jobless rate doesn’t even come until the Friday after the election). That means there is very little chance that Democrats can pull off a late surge.

A Social Security reality check for deficit hawks

October 13, 2010

President Barack Obama’s fiscal commission is expected to recommend changes to Social Security to help reduce the deficit when it issues its report in early December.FRANCE-PENSIONS/ But protests in France over pension reforms there could serve as a reality check to U. S. deficit hawks who want to raise the U.S. retirement age  and make other benefit changes to the popular  retirement plan.

Reuters-Ipsos Poll: Obama approval drops to 43 pct driven by Democrats

October 13, 2010

President Barack Obama’s poll numbers keep going down, and it’s not the Republicans who are to blame.