Tales from the Trail

Palin seeks to harness power of “Mama Grizzlies”

Sarah Palin is out with a new video today and she clearly is attempting to position herself as the leader of Republican conservative women.

She’s had some success this campaign season, promoting Republican women candidates such as South Carolina’s Nikki Haley and California’s Carly Fiorina who have gone on to win primary votes.

And how she is declaring women conservatives as part of a den of “Mama Grizzlies” eager to stampede Washington in Nov. 2 congressional elections and take on President Obama and his Democrats.

“These policies coming out of DC right now, this fundamental transformation of America — there are a lot of women who are very concerned about their kids’ future who are saying we don’t like this fundamental transformation and we’re going to do something about it,” she says in the video.

“Pit bulls were tough but you don’t want to mess with the Mama Grizzlies,” says the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.

Fed’s challenge to Arizona immigration law piles pressure on Democrats

When President Barack Obama’s administration sued Arizona over the state’s tough-as-nails immigration law this week, he piled pressure on House Democrats in the state facing a tough battle for reelection in November, analysts say.

OBAMA/The administration on Tuesday argued that the Arizona law, which requires state and local police to investigate the immigration status of anyone who they reasonably suspect is in the country illegally, is unconstitutional and would sap law enforcement resources.

Analysts say the move wrong footed several House Democrats locked in competitive reelection races in the desert border state, where the new immigration law consistently scores solid poll ratings among a broad spectrum of voters.

Poll finds Obama losing favor among independents

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is showing the steepest decline among independents, slipping below 40 percent for the first time in a year, according to a new Gallup poll. OBAMA/

That’s not good news for Democrats four months before the November elections when all seats in the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate are up for a vote.

Even though it isn’t a presidential election year, the state of  Obama’s popularity can rub off on his party with Democrats fighting to retain control of both houses of Congress. Independents could be key in determining the outcome of close races, and certainly worthy of wooing.

Will this be another 1994?

Democrats and Republicans have been fighting over just about everything. OBAMA-HEALTHCARE

They fought over healthcare reform, the Democrats won its passage.

Now they’re fighting over financial regulation reform in a skirmish being pitched as Wall Street versus Main Street. No winner yet.

All the battles have one thing in common — an underlying goal is to win the November congressional election.

But the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll suggests that regardless of who is winning the tussle of the moment, many voters just want the incumbents gone.