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  • Democrats Failing to Screw Up Senate Chances

    As with any products that are endlessly hawked on television, political parties need to practice brand differentiation. That's why it's so important for Democrats to react to every lackluster debate performance and subsequent swing in the presidential polls with plutonium-grade panic.

    Is the president going to concede the election this very afternoon? Is it too late to replace the top of the ticket with Hillary Clinton? Should Joe Biden be the presidential candidate? Unless these questions are asked with the maximum amount of hand-wringing and quivering panic, followed by a collapse into the fetal position, lower-information voters will have no way to identify Democrats as Democrats. Projecting quiet confidence may confuse undecided voters into thinking Obama supporters are some kind of Republicans.

    But while Democrats have been doing grade-A work of cowering in the face of a 2%-deficit in national polling, and thereby fueling the narrative of a Romney surge, they've been less proactive in completely destroying their chances of holding the U.S. Senate.

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    Tags: Democrats, Senate, Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin
  • Mitt Romney Losing Ground in Swing States

    With the general election just a few short months away, it's critical for Mitt Romney to reach out to the important swing states, focus on talking to the people who live there and allow the voters there to get to know him.

    Unfortunately, that carries with it certain dangers. Such as the danger that the voters there might get to know him

    Among the voters in our poll living in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, Obama's lead over Romney increases to 50%-42%.

    Also in these swing states, Romney's favorability numbers have dropped: A month ago, Romney's fav/unfav score stood at 34%/38% nationally and 36%-36% in these 12 swing states. But in this latest survey, his national fav/unfav score is 33%-39% (that 39% unfav is tied with his all-time high) and 30%-41% in the swing states.

    It's probably for the best to keep him away from swing staters for a little while longer. Like maybe just four or five months. After that, definitely get him out there.

    Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Mitt Romney, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Polls, Virginia, Wisconsin
  • Barack Obama's June Gloom

    Barack Obama

    If May was gray for President Obama, June has been doom and gloom. After the slew of bad mojo last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney was thrown to the media dingos to answer some uncomfortable questions during Monday’s briefing

    The AP asked about the president’s unfortunate private-sector-is-fine remark. The Reuters correspondent asked about the economic "head winds" from Europe. Ed Henry of Fox News Channel asked about the looming contempt-of-Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder. Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News asked about the Supreme Court striking down Obamacare. Norah O'Donnell of CBS News asked about calls for a special prosecutor to probe leaks. Victoria Jones of Talk Radio News asked about the stalled talks with Pakistan.

    Carney sought relief by calling on TV correspondents from swing states, but the one from Wisconsin asked about the failed attempt to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the one from Nevada asked about her state’s unemployment rate, the nation’s highest.

    Talk then headed back to commerce secretary John Bryson's hit-and-run felony citation, the only remotely feel-good story of the week. It turns out a medical condition and not "going Lohan" was to blame for Bryson's erratic driving.

    That was a close call, but maybe it's time for President Obama to put an ankle monitor on all his cabinet members. Keep everyone on lock down until November. Nobody wants to see a picture of David Axelrod climbing into his car after a night of clubbing with his thong showing. Also, no more Fast and Furious for Eric Holder.

    And, for God's sake, nobody let the economy take the Porsche out for a spin.

    Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, Department of Justice, Economy, Eric Holder, Foreign Policy, Health Care, House of Representatives, John Bryson, Nevada, Pakistan, Recall, Scott Walker, Supreme Court, Unemployment, Wisconsin
  • From the Pork Barrel: Less Safety, More Stupidity!

    * Mitt Romney hears Wisconsin voters loud and clear: Let our houses burn down!

    * A guy who was escorted away from a Romney event for screaming "Liar!" through a megaphone over and over again feels that he was disrespected by security guards.

    * Florida Gov. Rick Scott is less popular with everyday people than a professional basketball player. That's got to hurt!

    * Mitt Romney discovers charming new pastry thing called — and don't quote me on this — a doughnut?


    Tags: Basketball, Education, Florida, Law & Order, Mitt Romney, Pork Barrel, Rick Scott, Sports, Wisconsin
  • Liveblogging Scott Walker on "Face the Nation," Sunday 10:30 am

    This Sunday morning at 10:30 am / 9:30 c, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — the died-and -risen new savior of the Republican Party — will be the guest on CBS' Face the Nation, and we'll be covering it in real time as part of our weekly Peanut Gallery liveblog series on the Indecision Election Companion App for iPhone and iPad.

    We can't say exactly how things will go down with him and Bob Schieffer, be we have a few strong guesses…

    * Scott Walker will be characteristically humble and self-effacing.

    * Somebody or other will float the idea that maybe Obama might just lose in November.

    * The camera will pan over to a cute little frog which will somehow find its way into the studio.

    * Bob Schieffer will look helplessly toward his producers as Walker spends an awkward seven minutes staring directly into the TV camera and mouth the words, "Yes, my twin masters Koch… I shall do your bidding" before screaming violently for an additional three minutes.

    * They might get around to talking about this past week's recall election in Wisconsin. If time permits.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: CBS, Liveblog, Recall, Scott Walker, Wisconsin