Louisiana Senate: Jindal Not Endorsing Vitter For Now

Nathan L. Gonzales January 16, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

While Louisiana Sen. David Vitter (R) can point to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) attendance at a recent fundraiser for his 2010 re-election race as evidence of the popular governor’s support, well-placed Republican insiders say that Jindal definitely is not yet in Vitter’s camp.

Instead, they say…

In Memoriam: the Paul Weyrich Whom I Knew and Admired

Stuart Rothenberg January 14, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

Paul M. Weyrich, one of the founders of the “New Right,” passed away shortly before Christmas. Many of the twentysomethings and thirtysomethings in the nation’s capital today have never heard his name or know only what they read in a few obituaries published in the days following his death.

Alaska Senate: Polar Opposite Polling

Nathan L. Gonzales January 12, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

A newly released Dittman Research (R) poll showed Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) leading Gov. Sarah Palin (R) by a wide margin in a hypothetical 2010 GOP Senate primary matchup. The results were also the complete opposite of another public poll taken during the same time period.

Murkowski led…

Change That at Least Some People Can Believe In

Stuart Rothenberg January 11, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

Although he hasn’t yet taken the oath of office, President-elect Barack Obama has already made appointments, offered comments about the Middle East and sketched out the elements of an economic stimulus package that he hopes to be able to sign.

Predictably, some observers are already talking…

It May Not Be the Economy, Stupid, in the End

Stuart Rothenberg January 7, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

The 2008 presidential race ultimately turned not on the war in Iraq (as many of us thought it would 18 months ago) but on the dramatic crisis in the nation’s financial industry. So it isn’t surprising that the health of the nation’s economy — an economy plagued by rising unemployment, the specter…

Nevada Senate: Unpopular Reid Jabs Unpopular Bush — Again

Nathan L. Gonzales January 7, 2009 · 11:00 AM EST

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took another opportunity Sunday to attack the unpopularity of President George W. Bush, despite his own mediocre polling numbers.

“I really do believe that President Bush is the worst president we’ve ever had,” Reid said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the…

Rothenberg Archives: 2002 Letter from Obama

January 5, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

This is our final bit of nostalgia for now, a letter from October 2002 from Obama to us following our initial September 13, 2002 meeting. Again, this meeting was for his 2004 race. Thanks for walking down memory lane with us. If we didn’t think it was an auto-pen, we might hawk it on eBay for…

Rothenberg Archives: 2004 Obama Senate Campaign Prospectus

January 5, 2009 · 11:24 AM EST

Here is a campaign prospectus from Barack Obama’s 2004 U.S. Senate run. This was from our September 26, 2003 meeting with Obama, but we first met with him on September 13, 2002. That was almost two months before the 2002 election and he was already focused on 2004.

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Rothenberg Archives: Obama Flier from 2004 Senate Race

January 3, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

We’re cleaning out our files after another cycle, and stumbled upon some old Obama campaign literature. And by old, of course we mean going back to 2002. So over the next few days, we’ll post some of it for you all to take a look at.

Here is a flier from the 2004 Senate primary in Illinois…

CNN: Burris is a Distraction for Obama

January 2, 2009 · 2:15 PM EST

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