A new Boston Globe poll in Massachusetts finds Charlie Baker (R) has edged ahead of Martha Coakley (D) in the race for governor, 38% to 37%.
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Dan Balz: “He has waded into national issues. He has taken on President Obama over border security. He has spoken critically of the administration on foreign policy at the Heritage Foundation. He has appeared on Sunday talk shows and given numerous interviews. Along the way, he has scooped up favorable coverage from a once-scornful media.”
“Oh, yes. He also was indicted by a grand jury in Austin — two felony counts of abuse of power.”
The Des Moines Register reports Perry is headed to Iowa next week.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “is expanding his political operation, a move sure to stoke speculation that the Texas Republican plans to run for president in 2016,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“In recent weeks, the Cruz team signed contracts with three Republican consultants with national experience and ties to some of the early presidential primary states.”
Amy Walter: “Despite dismal numbers for President Obama, a public deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country, and a Senate battleground based almost solely in red states, Republicans aren’t running up the score in Senate races, even in deep red states. Many are asking: why hasn’t the bottom dropped out on Democrats yet? The answer is: it already did.”
Chris Cillizza: “As with all gaffes, the worst ones are the ones that confirm people’s pre-existing suspicions or fit into an easy narrative. That’s why ’47 percent’ stung Mitt Romney so much, and its why ‘don’t have a strategy‘ hurts Obama today.”
Washington Examiner: “There are gaffes — and then there are gaffes… Rather than the average inartful comment that disappears after a few news cycles, the no-strategy line could help cement charges that Obama lacks the competency to handle multiple crises at once.”
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) has come under fire after making a statement that a Hispanic student attending a forum was an illegal immigrant, WGCL-TV reports.
Said Deal: “There’s a fundamental problem that can only be resolved at the Congressional level and that is to deal with the issue of children, and I presume you probably fit the category, children who were brought here.”
The student responded: “I’m not an illegal immigrant. I’m not. I don’t know why you would have thought that I was undocumented. Was it because I look Hispanic?”
“Mitt Romney, widely criticized by Republicans for losing a presidential race that many thought to be winnable, is suddenly one of his party’s most sought-after campaigners,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“He has lent a hand to GOP Senate candidates in Arkansas, North Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire in a travel schedule that has included three-dozen fundraising events and rallies in the past year.”
The Week: The amazing resurrection of Mitt Romney
Rick Perlstein: “The Book of Job, maybe. It’s the best story I know at driving home the fact that the world just isn’t always a reasonable place. Not grasping that, I think, is Barack Obama’s tragic flaw: He still seems to stubbornly believe that if he just explains clearly and calmly enough to his friends across the aisle why his ideas will bring the greatest good to the greatest number, there’ll finally be no more Red America and no more Blue America. But my 18 years studying conservatism has convinced me the right just doesn’t work that way — they’re fighting for civilization stakes, and he’s a liberal, so, Q.E.D., he’s the enemy. His longing to compromise with them just ends up driving the political center in America further to the right.”
Byron York: “A few weeks ago Washington was buzzing with predictions that Republicans will impeach President Obama. Now, Washington is buzzing with predictions that Republicans will shut down the government.”
“Both have come mostly from Democrats facing long odds in November’s midterms, hoping the GOP might do something suicidal before voters go to the polls. For them, sheer ecstasy would be Republicans shutting down the government while keeping House offices open to draft articles of impeachment. The only problem is, well-connected Republicans insist it’s not going to happen.”
“In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill,” the Washington Post reports.
“Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.”
“A House Republican-led investigation of the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, will extend well into next year, and possibly beyond, raising concerns among Democrats that Republicans are trying to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential prospects,” the New York Times reports.
Wall Street Journal: Is the stage set for a 2016 campaign about foreign policy?
“After weeks of sometimes deeply personal testimony, tedious and tawdry exhibits and scores of witnesses, jurors in the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, today will hear closing arguments,” the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), “a 2016 White House aspirant trying to win backing in the first Southern presidential primary state, is sending four aides from his political-action group to help the S.C. Democratic party with the November election,” the Columbia State reports.
“No other major Democratic candidate has offered staffing help to the state party.”
“White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest subsequently insisted that Obama specifically articulated a ‘comprehensive strategy’ for dealing with the Islamic State during the briefing… Overall, Earnest said the word ‘strategy’ at least 24 times during his CNN interview.”
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.”
— President Obama, quoted by CNN, on how the United States will deal with the ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) will soon visit Iowa to support the re-election campaign of the state’s governor, the Washington Post reports.
“Pence’s trip, set for Sept. 8, is the latest sign that he is considering a 2016 presidential bid.”
Sam Wang has updated his Senate forecast which shows Democrats with a 70% probability of retaining control of the upper chamber.
One reason his forecast is more favorable to Democrats than others is that he’s relying more on actual polls than so-called “fundamentals.”
“This year’s Senate race is harder than any electoral forecast that the other forecasters have ever had to make. To be frank, 2008 and 2012 were easy. My own experience is guided by 2004 Presidential race, which was as close as this year’s Senate campaign. In 2004, I formed the view that the correct approach is to use polls only, if at all possible.”
Matt Bai: “If you’ve been at the beach and missed the latest world news, let me briefly catch you up. Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola’s rampaging through West Africa.”
“All of which has led to some of the most blistering criticism of Barack Obama’s presidency — and not just because he found time to golf. Republican leaders have called Obama feckless and incompetent, a man without a grand plan.”