Why Super PAC Names are Impossible to Remember

Reuters: “The bland sameness of the names means that tens of millions of Americans may not realize who funded the television advert they just watched denigrating or trumpeting a particular candidate. A few blinks, and the names all run together – just as they’re supposed to… That’s because many of these groups want to stay in the background while spending hundreds of millions of dollars to support their candidate or their cause. A group that spends most of its cash on vicious attack ads, for example, can hide behind the anodyne gloss of a name that is easily forgotten or confused.”

“The best super PAC names convey commitment to a vague ideal without using language so electrifying or catchy that it could make the name stick too long in public memory.”

Can Hillary Mix the Best of Bill and Barack?

Ron Brownstein: “As president, Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, which authorized states to deny recognition to same-sex marriages performed in other states. As a presidential candidate, Hillary Rodham Clinton launched her 2016 campaign on Sunday with a video that featured two gay men excitedly planning their own same-sex wedding.”

“That contrast captures a profound shift since Bill Clinton’s presidency—not only in American social attitudes, but also in the nature of his party’s electoral coalition. If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic presidential nomination, she will inherit from President Obama a very different coalition than the one that elected her husband. Her great opportunity is to meld the different support that each man mobilized. Her great risk is that she won’t be able to re-create quite as much of either man’s coalition as she needs to win.”

Bush Will Delegate Many Functions to Super PAC

Jeb Bush “is preparing to embark on an experiment in presidential politics: delegating many of the nuts-and-bolts tasks of seeking the White House to a separate political organization that can raise unlimited amounts of campaign cash,” the AP reports.

“Should Bush move ahead as his team intends, it is possible that for the first time a super PAC created to support a single candidate would spend more than the candidate’s campaign itself — at least through the primaries. Some of Bush’s donors believe that to be more than likely.”

National Journal reports GOP strategist Mike Murphy will forgo a top position with the campaign to run Bush’s super PAC instead.

Sandoval Confounds Many Republicans

“In a Republican Party hoping to woo Hispanic voters in 2016, few can claim the résumé of Gov. Brian Sandoval. He is the state’s first Latino governor and the national GOP’s ideal candidate to run for the U.S. Senate seat Harry Reid plans to vacate that year,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“But Mr. Sandoval has upended GOP politics, declining to say whether he’ll run for the Senate and pushing for the largest tax increase in Nevada history. His tax-increase proposal has divided GOP state legislators here during a biennial session.”

Can Christie Stop the Bleeding?

“To put it mildly, this is not the presidential campaign Chris Christie would have envisioned for himself,” Bloomberg reports.

“No wonder the New Jersey governor and one-time Republican rock star is heading to Washington D.C. on Tuesday. At the State Department, where he’s scheduled to deliver a foreign policy speech at the Washington Conference on the Americas, he’ll get a break from Monday’s double barrel shot of bad news on the home front: The defection of a longtime political ally and personal friend to a political rival and a Quinnipiac poll showing him with a record-low approval rating of 38 percent in his state.”

“All of these developments have unfolded against a more ominous backdrop: Christie awaits word on whether he or members of his staff will face criminal indictments in the so-called Bridgegate scandal.”

Huffington Post: Bad news for Chris Christie

McCain Denies Cruz Claims

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) “denied reports that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is pushing him to hold hearings exploring whether soldiers should be able to carry concealed guns on military bases,” the Huffington Post reports.

Said McCain: “I was fascinated to hear that, since I haven’t heard a thing about it from him, nor has my staff heard from his staff.”

Hillary Clinton Embraces Elizabeth Warren’s Message

New York Times: “For anyone who wondered what kind of economic message Mrs. Clinton would deliver in her campaign, the first few days made it clear: She is embracing the ideas trumpeted by Ms. Warren and the populist movement — that the wealthy have been benefiting disproportionately from the economy, while the middle class and the poor have been left behind. And the policies Mrs. Clinton is advancing, like paid sick leave for employees and an increase in the minimum wage, align with that emphasis.”

“But now, the former secretary of state must convince voters that she is the right messenger for the cause of inequality, not simply seizing on it out of political expedience.”

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“We have a woman running who got fired from a company; now she’s running for president. She got fired from a company in a vicious manner. They eventually walked her out. And she also lost an election, not by a little bit, by a landslide. I won’t use names. Now I turn on the television, and she’s running for president. I don’t know.”

— Donald Trump, quoted by the Washington Post, talking about Carly Florina.

Top Christie Adviser Defects to Bush Camp

Joseph Kyrillos, who chaired Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign and ushered his agenda through a Democratic-controlled legislature, is backing Jeb Bush in the GOP presidential race with a $10,000 donation, according to the Washington Post.

“The defection of Kyrillos to Bush’s camp is a blow to Christie, who places a premium on loyalty and had hoped to keep his network of allies in New Jersey with him, should he decide to seek the Republican nomination.”