Ensign Staffer Reunion Cancelled

The Las Vegas Review Journal finds another casualty of Sen. John Ensign’s sex scandal: “It’s forced the cancellation of a rockin’ party.” “An ‘Ensign Reunion’ of the senator’s former staffers had just been scheduled when Ensign went before the cameras last month to declare that he’d had an extramarital affair with a woman who worked […]

Kirk’s Seat Ripe for Takeover

Rep. Mark Kirk’s (R-IL) decision to run for U.S. Senate from Illinois moves the state’s 10th congressional district House seat to the top of Democrats’ list of open seat takeover opportunities. Cook Political Report: “One of only six remaining Republican-held districts won by John Kerry in 2004, the North Shore seat has been trending towards […]

Specter Blasts Sestak’s Voting Record

The Pennsylvania Democratic primary for U.S. Senate has already turned nasty. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) unleashed a blistering web ad attacking Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) for having the “worst voting record in Pennsylvania.” He also accused the former Naval officer of being “AWOL” for Pennsylvanians. Visit Source

Still in the Middle of the Fight

Nate Silver: “I’m not about to go out on a limb with some sort of prediction that health care is going to pass this year. It could very easily fail. But it’s not going to fail without the White House fighting like mad for it, and with most or all of its options being exhausted. […]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Let’s pass reform by the end of this year.” — President Obama, in today’s speech on health care reform, perhaps extending his previous deadline for action from August. Update: Roll Call reports White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reiterated that President Obama “wants initial bills passed in the House and the Senate by the August […]

RNC Launches Health Care Ad

Countering a Democratic ad released last week, the RNC launched a new television ad today that will air in Arkansas, Nevada and North Dakota and target the senators in those states. Stuart Rothenberg has some background on the strategic considerations behind the ad. Visit Source

Obama Will Rally Troops with DeMint’s Comment

Last week, on a conference call with conservative activists dealing with health care reform, Ben Smith reported that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) said, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” According to ABC News, you will be hearing that quote this week from the White […]

Quote of the Day

“My advice, for what it’s worth: Resist the temptation. This is no time to pull punches. Go for the kill.” — William Kristol, a key strategist in the defeat of the Clinton health care reform effort in 1993, arguing in the Weekly Standard that “with Obamacare on the ropes, there will be a temptation for […]

Jindal Wades Into Health Care Debate

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “will wade into the national debate over health care this week by penning op-eds in Politico and the Wall Street Journal and appearing on a series of cable chat shows today and tomorrow,” the Washington Post reports. “That Jindal is adding his voice to the chorus of Republican critics of […]

Jindal Wades Into Health Care Debate

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “will wade into the national debate over health care this week by penning op-eds in Politico and the Wall Street Journal and appearing on a series of cable chat shows today and tomorrow,” the Washington Post reports. “That Jindal is adding his voice to the chorus of Republican critics of […]