Topics
Administration
Congress
Democrats
Elections
Ethics
Governor -- Alabama
Governor -- Alaska
Governor -- Arizona
Governor -- California
Governor -- Colorado
Governor -- Connecticut
Governor -- Delaware
Governor -- Florida
Governor -- Georgia
Governor -- Hawaii
Governor -- Illinois
Governor -- Indiana
Governor -- Iowa
Governor -- Kentucky
Governor -- Louisiana
Governor -- Maryland
Governor -- Massachusetts
Governor -- Michigan
Governor -- Minnesota
Governor -- Missouri
Governor -- Montana
Governor -- Nevada
Governor -- New Hampshire
Governor -- New Jersey
Governor -- New Mexico
Governor -- New York
Governor -- North Carolina
Governor -- North Dakota
Governor -- Ohio
Governor -- Oregon
Governor -- Pennsylvania
Governor -- Rhode Island
Governor -- South Carolina
Governor -- Texas
Governor -- Utah
Governor -- Vermont
Governor -- Virginia
Governor -- Washington
Governor -- Wyoming
Governors
Health Care
House
House -- Alabama -- 02
House -- Alabama -- 03
House -- Alabama -- 05
House -- Alaska
House -- Arizona -- 01
House -- Arizona -- 03
House -- Arizona -- 05
House -- Arizona -- 08
House -- Arkansas -- 01
House -- Arkansas -- 02
House -- California -- 04
House -- California -- 12
House -- California -- 26
House -- California -- 32
House -- California -- 50
House -- Colorado -- 02
House -- Colorado -- 04
House -- Connecticut -- 04
House -- Connecticut -- 05
House -- Florida -- 06
House -- Florida -- 08
House -- Florida -- 13
House -- Florida -- 15
House -- Florida -- 16
House -- Florida -- 18
House -- Florida -- 19
House -- Florida -- 21
House -- Florida -- 24
House -- Florida -- 25
House -- Georgia -- 05
House -- Georgia -- 10
House -- Georgia -- 12
House -- Idaho -- 01
House -- Illinois -- 01
House -- Illinois -- 03
House -- Illinois -- 05
House -- Illinois -- 06
House -- Illinois -- 10
House -- Illinois -- 11
House -- Illinois -- 14
House -- Illinois -- 18
House -- Indiana -- 03
House -- Indiana -- 07
House -- Indiana -- 09
House -- Iowa -- 03
House -- Iowa -- 04
House -- Kansas -- 02
House -- Kentucky -- 02
House -- Kentucky -- 03
House -- Louisiana -- 01
House -- Louisiana -- 02
House -- Louisiana -- 04
House -- Louisiana -- 06
House -- Maine -- 01
House -- Maryland -- 01
House -- Maryland -- 04
House -- Massachusetts -- 05
House -- Michigan -- 01
House -- Michigan -- 07
House -- Michigan -- 09
House -- Michigan -- 13
House -- Minnesota -- 01
House -- Minnesota -- 03
House -- Minnesota -- 06
House -- Mississippi -- 01
House -- Mississippi -- 03
House -- Missouri -- 09
House -- Nevada -- 02
House -- Nevada -- 03
House -- New Hampshire -- 01
House -- New Hampshire -- 02
House -- New Jersey -- 03
House -- New Jersey -- 05
House -- New Jersey -- 07
House -- New Mexico -- 01
House -- New Mexico -- 02
House -- New York -- 13
House -- New York -- 15
House -- New York -- 20
House -- New York -- 21
House -- New York -- 23
House -- New York -- 24
House -- New York -- 25
House -- New York -- 26
House -- New York -- 29
House -- North Carolina -- 03
House -- North Carolina -- 08
House -- North Carolina -- 10
House -- North Dakota
House -- Ohio -- 01
House -- Ohio -- 02
House -- Ohio -- 05
House -- Ohio -- 07
House -- Ohio -- 10
House -- Ohio -- 15
House -- Ohio -- 16
House -- Oklahoma -- 05
House -- Oregon -- 05
House -- Pennsylvania -- 03
House -- Pennsylvania -- 04
House -- Pennsylvania -- 06
House -- Pennsylvania -- 10
House -- Pennsylvania -- 11
House -- Pennsylvania -- 12
House -- Pennsylvania -- 15
House -- South Carolina -- 01
House -- South Carolina -- 02
House -- South Carolina -- 05
House -- South Dakota
House -- Tennessee -- 07
House -- Tennessee -- 08
House -- Tennessee -- 09
House -- Texas -- 07
House -- Texas -- 10
House -- Texas -- 14
House -- Texas -- 22
House -- Utah -- 03
House -- Virginia -- 01
House -- Virginia -- 05
House -- Virginia -- 09
House -- Virginia -- 11
House -- Washington -- 08
House -- West Virginia -- 02
House -- Wisconsin -- 08
House -- Wyoming
Inauguration 2009
International
Issues
Judiciary
Local Elections
Media
Miscellaneous
Morning Thoughts
Politics Weekly
Polls
Rankings
Republicans
Senate
Senate -- Alaska
Senate -- Arizona
Senate -- Arkansas
Senate -- California
Senate -- Colorado
Senate -- Connecticut
Senate -- Delaware
Senate -- Florida
Senate -- Georgia
Senate -- Idaho
Senate -- Illinois
Senate -- Indiana
Senate -- Iowa
Senate -- Kansas
Senate -- Kentucky
Senate -- Louisiana
Senate -- Maine
Senate -- Massachusetts
Senate -- Minnesota
Senate -- Mississippi
Senate -- Missouri
Senate -- Montana
Senate -- Nebraska
Senate -- Nevada
Senate -- New Hampshire
Senate -- New Jersey
Senate -- New Mexico
Senate -- New York
Senate -- North Carolina
Senate -- North Dakota
Senate -- Ohio
Senate -- Oklahoma
Senate -- Oregon
Senate -- Pennsylvania
Senate -- South Carolina
Senate -- South Dakota
Senate -- Tennessee
Senate -- Texas
Senate -- Utah
Senate -- Virginia
Senate -- Wisconsin
Senate -- Wyoming
Sports
Supreme Court
WH 08
WH 08 -- Democrats
WH 08 -- Republicans
WH 12
WH 12 -- Republicans
White House

 

« Theater Of The Absurd | Blog Home Page | Light Morning »

Morning Thoughts: Tony Perkins' Day

Last day of the week. And if you'd offered us $5 million to work for George Steinbrenner for a year, we'd have said no too. Good for you, Joe. A few hundred miles south of the newly-liberated Torre, here's what Washington is working on.

-- No roll call votes in the Senate today, and the House is out of session. Meanwhile, on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, finance ministers from the G7 are meeting at the Treasury Department today, and University of Virginia Professor Larry Sabato literally tries to rewrite the Constitution, as former Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, ex-Sen. Bob Dole and SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito address his National Constitutional Convention.

-- After failing to override the president's veto yesterday on SCHIP, (see here and here), Democrats say they will use continuing resolutions to keep the program alive, according to CongressDaily (sub req'd). Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers should be prepared to face an expansion next year, if the House was unable to reach a veto-proof majority on expansion this year, raising the specter of dragging the debate into an election year.

-- Several candidates address so-called values voters today, at an event sponsored by Focus On The Family, the Family Research Council and others. Giuliani and Huckabee speak tomorrow, but pretty much everyone else gives a talk today. Romney, per his campaign, will focus on single parents, a topic that won him applause at the Des Moines State Fair, and, one can bet, show off his family in a less than subtle way, as he's prone to do (wife Ann always gets the microphone first). Romney's up with a new ad in advance of the meeting, in which Ann talks about their home life. As Andrew Malcolm points out, Romney uses his family as a contrast to those of Fred Thompson, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani, all of whom have had at least two spouses.

-- Win the designation as the Christian conservative candidate, writes Mark Silva, and win four in ten Republicans who are evangelical Protestants. That's enough to pick up a nomination. And while Romney looks like he's in better position than John McCain (Who's a Baptist now, not Episcopalian), Fred Thompson (Dobson questions if he's anything at all) and Giuliani (Right...), a quarter of evangelical voters say they would have trouble voting for a Mormon for president, according to a recent Pew poll. See the schedule below, but while Mike Huckabee's in New Hampshire today, wouldn't his time be better spent canvassing the estimated 2000 voters who show up at the Hilton north of Dupont Circle (by the way, an ironic location)?

-- What about McCain, though? CBN's David Brody previews his early morning speech to summit attendees, in which he claims to be the only major candidate who can say he's been pro-life his entire career. The mainstream media is having problems figuring out where McCain fits in the primary puzzle. He's either back on his way to the top of the pack, thanks to having rediscovered his maverick streak (Time's Joe Klein) or about to undergo more money woes as he actively considers taking public funding or a seven-figure loan (The Fix). If McCain does well in New Hampshire, he will still have to face the ghosts of South Carolina, the New York Times writes. And does anyone take more lonely pictures than McCain?

-- On the Democratic side, John Edwards is making the case that he, unlike Clinton and Obama, is the only candidate who could win electoral votes from Georgia, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Yesterday, elected officials in those states helped Edwards kick off the "True Blue Majority" campaign, and today state legislators from red states will hold a conference call arguing that Edwards at the top of the ticket would benefit local Democratic candidates. Will the Clinton at the top of the ticket factor scare Democrats away from her? Some Republicans in Washington are absolutely licking their chops in anticipation of just such a scenario.

-- In Virginia, the GOP may get a preview of what will happen to it next year as Democrats get a second look at their 2006 success. Democrats running for the state legislature in the Old Dominion outraised their GOP counterparts $3.2 million to $2.7 million in September, which is very unusual for a minority party. Democrats are looking to pick up four seats in the State Senate and eleven in the State Assembly to retake a majority they lost in 1999. Experts, says the Richmond Times-Dispatch, think the party has a shot at the Senate, but that the Assembly will be more difficult. Will Virginia's results foreshadow Congressional results next year, when Democrats are likely to have a cash advantage on Republicans? One of the top Democratic targets in the Senate, Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, is said to be in danger of losing her seat. Still, U.S. Rep. Tom Davis' wife has raked in an impressive $386,000, the second-largest warchest in the state.

-- Jaded Response Of The Day: It can't be that the citizens of Iowa and New Hampshire are just smarter than everyone else. So why do they get to run their nominating caucuses first? Because, as the Des Moines Register points out this morning, the hospitality industry stands to make somewhere around $100 million during the process. The next ten weeks, says the head of Des Moines' Convention and Visitors' Bureau, could bring the city an extra $25 million in advance of the caucuses. No wonder Florida and Michigan want a piece of the pie.

-- Today On The Trail: Sam Brownback announces his withdrawal, in Topeka, Kansas. Huckabee hits a Politics and Eggs breakfast, then stops in Concord, Manchester and Whitefield. Rudy Giuliani stops in Miami, and Mitt Romney holds "Ask Mitt Anything" forum number 101 in Shenandoah, Iowa, then stops in Treynor and Council Bluffs. Everyone else -- John McCain, Fred Thompson, Romney, Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo and Ron Paul -- participate in the values voters forum here in Washington. On the Democratic side, Joe Biden is in Des Moines, John Edwards is in Los Angeles, where tonight he appears on Bill Maher's show, and Barack Obama is at Arizona State University. Bill Richardson is in Guthrie Center, Greenfield and Corning, Iowa. And Biden, Clinton and Richardson attend the Polk County Democrats' annual dinner in Des Moines.