October, 2014

Political Reporters Not a Factor Anymore

Joe Klein: “It may be too much to ask that we journalists stop trying to do what we do worst — predicting the outcomes of races — and start doing what we should do best: hounding the candidates into specific answers on difficult questions. My sense this year has been that most politicians now assume that the vexing need to deal with journalists is pretty much over, unless they commit a mouth misdemeanor or something unseemly emerges about their past.”

Newspaper Endorses Indicted Congressman

Staten Island Advance: “On one side is the sometimes hot-headed Republican incumbent who is facing a 20-count federal indictment. On the other is a career Brooklyn Democratic pol, who, term-limited out of his high-ranking post in the City Council, thought about other city offices before he settled on the idea of the job representing in Congress a borough he knows little about, his claims of deep ties here notwithstanding.”

“That’s the choice voters have. And that’s the choice we have in making an endorsement in a race that could not be much uglier.”

“That choice for us is Michael Grimm. Surprisingly, if a choice is to be made, Mr. Grimm should be that choice, even under these circumstances.”

Will Joe Biden Run in 2016?

Politico: “Most of the time, it’s not so hard to tell what Biden’s thinking — he’s just said it. But even his inner circle doesn’t seem to know where his head is on 2016 — whether he is actually going to get in the game or stay on the sidelines, dreaming of his glory days.”

“Throughout the midterms, he has been helping out candidates all over the country. It’s not clear to anyone, though, that there’s been the kind of strategy to help himself he’d need if he were serious about a White House run.”

Lots of Suspense Heading Into Election Day

New York Times: “Washington’s bad habit these days is nail-biting as the two parties nervously execute their midterm endgames and try to navigate the path to power. But political players and election watchers might want to take a moment to savor the uncertainty.”

“Five days before the 2014 election and after $4 billion in spending, we still don’t know for certain what’s going to happen next Tuesday – or beyond… At least six states in the struggle for control of the Senate – Alaska, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, North Carolina and New Hampshire – remain truly up for grabs with runoffs likely in Georgia and Louisiana. Nearly a dozen governor’s races are within the polling margin of error.”

Graham Says He’ll Help White Men as President

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is toying with the idea of a presidential bid, joked in a private gathering this month that “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency,” according to an audio recording of his comments provided to CNN.

Graham also cracked wise about Baptists, saying “they’re the ones who drink and don’t admit it.”

Polls May Be Undercounting Democrats

Nate Cohn: “Polls show that the Republicans have an advantage in the fight for control of the Senate. They lead in enough states to win control, and they have additional opportunities in North Carolina and New Hampshire to make up for potential upsets. As Election Day nears, Democratic hopes increasingly hinge on the possibility that the polls will simply prove wrong.”

“But that possibility is not far-fetched. The polls have generally underestimated Democrats in recent years, and there are reasons to think it could happen again.”