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The Regional Strategy

Republican insurgent Tom Leatherwood explains how he plans to beat Congressman Marsha Blackburn:
Since there is no governor's race on the ballot, Leatherwood figures at least 50 percent of the vote will come out of Shelby County, and maybe more than 70 percent from West Tennessee. He has lined up endorsements from more than two dozen elected officials, most in Shelby County.
(FT: AG)
Jul 14, 2008 9:49 AM

Just Keeping In Touch

Joe Powell doesn't appreciate the amount of mail his Congressman is sending out at taxpayer expense so close to election time:
1st District Congressman David Davis, a Republican, earns a place in the Top Ten members of congress for spending tax dollars on campaign-boosting mailers to potential voters in his district. Of course his glossy mailers are labeled "official business", but the mail was being sent out as his re-election efforts got under full swing.
Jul 14, 2008 9:44 AM

What's The Alternative

A Naifeh Republican is accused of disingenuity on the pro-life issue:
I took a look at the financial disclosure statements for both Cochran and Williams, and noticed that the first item on Williams’ expenditures list is a donation to Abortion Alternatives in Elizabethton. Nice try, Kent. While the donation is, I’m sure, appreciated, it just wasn’t enough to buy an endorsement from Tennessee Right to Life. One must actually vote pro-life in order to receive that endorsement (or at least show a track record of supporting life issues, if one hasn’t held public office before).
Jul 14, 2008 9:42 AM

Running Down A Dream

10,000 Monkeys and a Camera runs down the list of potential McCain Veeps who appear to be disqualifying themselves on a daily basis.
Jul 14, 2008 9:40 AM

Deez Environmentalists

Chris Sanders calls attention to an environmental protest candidate in Senate District 16:
[Dee Butler] says her candidacy was prompted by the discovery of a high levels of toxic materials in the soil and water causing a public health threat. She found a lack of concern from Senator Jim Tracy, whom she hopes to face in November. The piece goes on to cite the wide gap that traditionally separates environmental activism and racial minorities and the propensity of poor and minority communities to be victims of polluters.
Jul 14, 2008 9:38 AM

But Barack Is A Free Trader

Some folks think that Barack Obama can use trade as a wedge issue:
This year, she predicts, the vast differences between Barack Obama and John McCain on the issue -- McCain defends NAFTA and U.S. trade policy; Obama is critical -- will mean voters will consider trade when they cast their ballots.
"It's really a clean, wedge issue," she said.
[Sen. Sherrod] Brown [D-OH] said the 2006 election is part of the reason candidates now are paying so much attention to the issue. "I think Barack wins the state in part because of trade, pure and simple," he said.
Jul 14, 2008 9:35 AM

Riding That Bull Moose

John McCain basically cops to being something other than a Reagan conservative.
[I]t’s hard to believe how McCain — if he truly patterns himself after TR — can keep former Senator Phil Gramm as a) his adviser b) in consideration for any administration post, c) anywhere near him anymore. Gramm’s contention that people who see America in recession are suffering from some kind of political mental problem (”a mental recession”) and that critics of the state of the economy are “whiners” is the kind of old-school, cliched view of fat-cat “the economy looks great to me because I’m rich” Republicans that doesn’t fit into the TR mold.
Jul 14, 2008 9:34 AM

XM Goes For The Political Junkies

The LA Times reports that XM radio will have gavel to gavel coverage of both political conventions and, if you time it right, you can listen for free.
Jul 14, 2008 9:31 AM

Ventura On Al Jazeera

Potential independent candidate for Senate in Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, discusses immigration:
Of the border fence: “When it’s built, I’m going to climb it the opposite way” in protest. “I want pepole to wake up to the fact that a fence today to keep people out, might be a fence to keep people in ten years from now. And I don’t want to live in East Berlin.” Ventura, who spends most of his time in Baja, Mexico, says “the Mexican people — these brown-skinned people we’re so terrified of — I find them remarkable.”
Jul 14, 2008 9:29 AM

Conceding Appalachia?

Daniel Larison discusses Barack Obama's curious early strategy:
What makes this strategy even more odd is that Georgia, North Dakota, Alaska, Montana, and Indiana add up to 33 electoral votes, while Kentucky, Louisiana, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Arkansas add up to 39 electoral votes, and the first five are much less likely to flip to the Democratic side. Winning the latter five may not be easy for Obama, but it should by all rights be easier than winning the others, and even if he is entirely successful in winning the traditionally ”red” states the payoff is not as great. What is still more puzzling about the strategy is that it is unnecessary. Colorado and New Mexico are much more likely to vote Democratic this year than these others, and so long as Obama holds all the Kerry states and wins these along with Iowa he will narrowly win the election.
Jul 14, 2008 9:26 AM