Tales from the Trail

Republican, Democratic party chiefs see victory in battle for the House

October 25, 2010

In dueling appearances on the Sunday morning news shows, the heads of the Democratic and Republican parties made the same  prediction — After the Nov. 2 elections, our guys will control the House.

McCain hails Palin power in the mid-term elections

October 19, 2010

Arizona Senator John McCain says his former running mate former Alasaka governor Sarah Palin is a “visionary” for the United States.

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?)

NRSC eats humble pie over West Virginia “hicky” ad

October 14, 2010

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee at first denied having anything to do with the infamous TV casting call that sought “hicky” actors to pose as West Virginia voters in a Republican campaign ad.

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.

Say hello to an average American citizen

October 8, 2010

christineChristine O’Donnell says her  “I Am Not A Witch” ad is an attempt  to reintroduce herself to the public… after some old video put a damper on her national debut.

Voters may like the healthcare plan after all, poll shows

October 5, 2010

Pundits may want to reconsider the conventional wisdom that U.S. voters are sour on President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul, at least according to a new survey released Tuesday.

Washington Extra – Trump cards

October 5, 2010

The “enthusiasm gap” was always the Democrats’ biggest problem heading into the November midterm elections, and conversely also their biggest hope. votersDemocrats have told poll after poll they were less likely to vote than their Republican counterparts. If only Democrats could enthuse their supporters, strategists have been hoping, then maybe the party could still trump the Republicans in some tight races.

Bill Clinton emerges as leading U.S. political favorite — poll

September 29, 2010

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CLINTON/Nearly a decade after his presidency ended in scandal and disgrace, Bill Clinton has emerged as the most popular figure in the U.S. political firmament, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.   Except he’s not running for office.

Washington Extra – The finer things in life

September 22, 2010

lamarIf I come back in my next life as an American, I am thinking that a career in the Senate might be a better way to go than in the administration or the military. Whatever you think of their political views, the senators who have visited our offices for the Washington Summit this week have not just been charming and interesting to talk to, they also seem to have time for the finer things in life. Take Senator Lamar Alexander, who not only has the time to watch Tennessee football pretty regularly, but also likes to play classical piano and has a date on center stage with the Jackson Symphony at the end of next month. “I try to keep a balanced life,” he said.