May, 2013

Learn How to Cook Mitt’s Meatloaf Cakes

Coming this fall: The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions by Ann Romney.

“For Ann, cooking is far from just a meaningless chore; it is ‘part of the most important occupation on earth–raising a family.’ But while cooking for her husband, their five sons, five daughters-in-law, and twenty-one grandchildren has been rewarding, it can also be challenging. Ann shares some of the tips that have helped her along the way, as well as the stories behind many of her favorite recipes–including Mitt’s Meatloaf Cakes, homemade ice cream, and Welsh Skillet Cookies.”

The GOP’s Built-In Midterm Turnout Advantage

David Wasserman: “Midterm elections have always drawn older voters, and usually drawn white voters, to the polls in disproportionate numbers. Older voters are less transient, have grown deeper roots in their local communities, and pay much more attention to non-presidential elections than their younger counterparts. In the 1980s, that didn’t hold partisan consequences. Today, that amounts to a built-in midterm turnout advantage for Republicans.”

O’Connor Warns Against ‘Politicians in Robes’

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor “made a plea for preserving the impartiality and independence of the American judicial system,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

In particular, she said she opposes the election of judges.

Said O’Connor: “I think there are many who think of judges as politicians in robes. In many states, that’s what they are… They seem to think judges should be a reflex of the popular will.”

How Obama’s Data Team Beat the Pollsters

Joshua Green points out how many have claimed the Obama re-election campaign’s models proved more accurate than traditional tracking polls in the run up before the election.

“A number of Obama vets repeated this claim to me, so I asked them to provide some evidence to back it up, and they did. Here, for the first time, is a chart based on internal data that shows how the Obama campaign’s swing state model performed against the much maligned Gallup poll over the last several months of the race.”

Jackson Calls Ticket Most Homogeneous Ever

Dogged by past controversial statements, Virginia Lt. Gov. candidate E.W. Jackson (R) tied himself closely to gubernatorial candidate Ken Cucinelli (R) in an interview on WMAL-AM today.

Said Jackson: “We are in fundamental agreement, I’ve heard that this ticket is probably more homogeneous than almost any ticket ever in the history of Virginia, So there’s no stark disagreement between us.”

Bernanke Wants Geithner to Replace Him

Al Hunt: “Ben Bernanke’s term expires in January and he has told associates that the eight challenging years he will have served would be enough. Some people close to the president say his top personal choice to succeed Bernanke would be former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. They established a close bond over four years.”

“Geithner, however, publicly and privately insists that he doesn’t want the job, and needs, for personal and financial reasons, more time in New York after years of government service. Even if he’s the president’s preferred pick, it’s uncertain that he would be pressured to take the job; that isn’t usually Obama’s style.”

Lawmaker Quits Amid Allegations of Stealing Funds

South Carolina State Sen. Robert Ford (D) resigned “effective immediately” as a hearing began on alleged ethics violations against him, The State reports.

Ford “is accused of depositing campaign donations into personal bank accounts, and spending campaign money on personal medical expenses, gym memberships and purchases from adult stores.”

But he denied the charges just yesterday: “I don’t take no money from my campaign for me. Every penny went for projects.”

The 2014 Political Environment

Will the factors which dominated the 2012 elections continue to play a major role in 2014?  Will Republicans’ issues with minority, female, young, and moderate voters persist? Or will the historical pattern of second-term presidents running into problems push the outcome in the opposite direction? Finally, will the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as “Obamacare”) become a liability for Democrats once again, in the way it did in 2010?  The Cook Political Report has identified and graphed five key metrics to watch over the next 17 months.

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Graves Suspends Campaign with Bachmann Out

Jim Graves (D) is going to “indefinitely suspend his campaign” for Congress from Minnesota’s 6th congressional district now that Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced she’s not running for re-election, MinnPost reports.

“Translation: He is not running. He is dropping out of politics to concentrate on his family and his business.”

Said Graves: “Basically, after all that’s gone on, and with Michele Bachmann now stepping down, I’ve been talking to my friends and family and frankly, the feeling is, ‘Mission Accomplished.'”

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“Frankly, if you don’t have a thick skin — and I’ve developed an almost rhinocerosly thick skin going through this process — then you probably shouldn’t put yourself up for office, particularly if you want to be mayor. I certainly understand completely … that people have some pretty tough things to say to me, and I’ve certainly seen them all.”

— New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D), quoted by Politicker.

Rising Economy May Shift Landscape for Midterm Elections

“The 2014 midterm election is shaping up as something the United States has not seen in nearly a decade: a campaign run in a strengthening economy with deficits on the decline,” Politico reports.

“No one is popping champagne corks yet, and risks remain. But the altered terrain, if it holds, could benefit Democrats and challenge Republicans whose rise to power in the House in 2010 came via a tea party movement that blasted President Barack Obama and his party for ignoring a stagnant economy and piling up an endless run of trillion dollar deficits.”

“Times have changed since 2010. Barring a fresh crisis — and there are certainly a few that could arise — many economists expect growth to return to a fairly healthy level by next year as house prices and the stock market continue to rise and the jobless rate falls closer to its historic average of 5.8 percent.”