Writing Archive

Voinovich Blames GOP’s Troubles on “Southerners”

In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch this afternoon, Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH) blamed the recent struggles of the GOP squarely on “southerners.”  When asked about the “GOP’s biggest problem,” he replied:
“We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It’s the southerners. They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’ People hear [...]

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OBAMA WINS OHIO

OBAMA WINS THE PRESIDENCY.

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Morning Reading List – 10 Days to Go

[MAP] Nielsen finds Obama aired 150% more ads than McCain in seven key swing states.
[FL-27] McCain makes a sweep down the crucial/vital/pivotal I-4 Corridor.
[PA-21, OH-20] Obama launches the OSU vs. PSU Challenge.
[GA-15] InsiderAdvantage has a tie in the Peach State.  And Bob Barr predicts McCain will lose it.
[VA-13, CO-9] Chuck Todd moves Virginia and [...]

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Morning Reading List – 11 Days to Go

TEM MUST-READ: A detailed account of why North Carolina is a now toss-up.
[SOUTHWEST] McCain slips among Hispanic voters. Not a good sign for him in New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada.
[SOUTH] African-American early turnout in the South is 6-10% above black voters’ share of the population.
[MAP] McCain boosts spending in Bush states, cuts it in [...]

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Morning Reading List – 12 Days To Go

The Big Ten Battleground Poll has Obama sweeping from Happy Valley to the Metrodome.
The Q-Poll has Obama up in the Big 3 and leading by double-digits in Buckeyes and Nittany Lions country.
Robert David Sullivan releases his 10 regions of American Politics in 2008.
Charlie Mathesian maps out McCain’s victory in the Keystone State.
An Obama internal shows [...]

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My Tour of Seven Districts in Virginia

Virginia in mid-October is about as good as it gets, and so I spent my Columbus Day hiking Strickler’s Knob in Page County. I didn’t have any plans to report on the presidential campaign, but on the drive to and from Arlington, I ended up crossing through seven of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts and picking [...]

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Daily Compass: McCain’s Three County Penn. Strategy

I just got back from a National Press Club panel on new media and realized that I’m not updating The Electoral Map nearly enough — especially with 50-some-odd days until the election.  So, here’s my pledge that I’ll update TEM at least five times a week through Nov. 4 — and perhaps beyond.  I’ll also [...]

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Geographically Speaking, Biden is a Smart Choice

Joe Biden, the blue collar, Catholic, foreign policy expert from Delaware is going to help Barack Obama in places like Pennsylvania’s 12th District. It’s hardcore United Mine Worker and United Steelworker country, the “Cradle of the American Steel Industry,” according to the Almanac of American Politics. It was settled by the irascible Scots-Irish that Jim [...]

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The Electoral Map Daily Compass 8.14

Three must-reads today:
Karl Rove identifies the four key battleground states in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal is behind a subscription wall, so I’ll give you some hints: two of the states are on the Hayes-Schembechler axis, one state is home to both Red Rocks and the Air Force Academy and one state invaded [...]

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Chuck Todd’s Latest Electoral Map: Obama 217, McCain 189

Chuck moves Oregon and New Jersey from “lean Obama” to “likely Obama” and moves Iowa from “toss-up” to “leans Obama.”
I’d say that’s about right. The Oregon and Iowa adjustments speak to Obama’s strength in the Upper Mississippi River Valley — or “the ‘region’ of Illinois,” as Chuck puts it — and in the Pacific [...]

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