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Obama: He doesn’t think much about Sarah Palin

President Barack Obama says he respects Sarah Palin‘s political skills but hasn’t thought about the possibility of facing her in the 2012 presidential election. Obama acknowledges that Palin “has a strong base of support in the Republican Party,” but he says he spends most of his time focused on being “the best possible president.” In an interview taped Tuesday with ABC’s Barbara Walters, the president says that if he does a good job, “the politics will take care of itself.” Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, told Walters last week that she’s considering a presidential run. When asked if
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Rand Paul compared Obama to Hitler

Rand Paul, the GOP Senator-elect from Kentucky, in a 2009 interview, compared President Barack Obama‘s rise to power to Adolph Hitler‘s ascension to control of Nazi Germany. The comparison, not unusual for the shoot-from-the-lip Paul, came during an interview with conspiracy propagandist Alex Jones. According to blogger Tanya Somanader, Paul said: You know, Rahm Emanuel, who’s chief adviser to President Obama, said “let no good crisis go past without allowing government to grow.” And it’s happened before. When you have severe crisis, that’s when sometimes strong leaders arise. You had the money destroyed in Germany in 1923 and out of
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Clinton insists she won’t run for President, but…

Hillary Clinton says she isn’t interested in running for President against Barack Obama or anyone else in 2012. “I am not in any way interest in or pursuing anything in elected office,” Clinton said on Fox News Sunday. “I love what I’m doing (as Secretary of State). I can’t tell you what it’s like to represent the United States every day.” But Clinton insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that her denial is neither final or binding. “She will keep her options open,” says one Clinton confident who asks not to be identified. With dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama growing among
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Murkowski: Palin doesn’t have what it takes to be President

Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t think Sarah Palin has the leadership qualities to be president, nor the “intellectual curiosity” needed to make good policy. Murkowski also tells Katie Couric of the “CBS Evening News” that she doesn’t think Palin enjoyed governing. An e-mail sent Monday from The Associated Press to Palin’s media team wasn’t immediately returned. Palin, a former vice presidential nominee, resigned midway through her first term as Alaska’s governor last year. She’s seen as a potential 2012 presidential contender, though Murkowski has said she wouldn’t support a Palin run. Despite their differences, Murkowski she says
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Murkowski leading by 1,706 votes as the count continues

Election workers are scheduled to continue counting ballots in Alaska’s still-undecided Senate race. About 8,800 ballots were to be tallied on Tuesday, a day after election officials said Sen. Lisa Murkowski had emerged from several days of counting with a 1,706 vote lead over GOP nominee Joe Miller. Murkowski waged a write-in campaign after losing the Republican nomination to Miller in August. She has 92,164 votes, but that total includes 7,601 write-in votes that have been challenged by the Miller campaign. Miller has 90,458 votes. Besides the ballots being counted, as many as 600 more ballots from overseas and military
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Hope fades for shoot-from-the-lip tea party candidate

Two weeks after decisive US mid-term polls, a controversial Tea Party member is clinging to hopes of election in Alaska despite growing signs his bid to become a senator on a technicality has failed. In the state which gave the world Sarah Palin, Joe Miller is battling to oust incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski, notably by trying to disqualify so-called “write-in” ballots where voters have misspelled Murkowski’s name. Miller sued Alaskan authorities in federal court even before the count began last week, seeking to reverse a plan to use “voter intent” to allow the misspelled ballots to stand, rather than simply
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New poll pops Palin’s bubble

Sarah Palin, once the star of the Republican and/or Tea parties, is now just a falling star, a new Gallup Poll shows. Gallup surveyed American voters following the Nov. 2 election and found Palin’s unfavorable numbers at a new high — 52 percent — while her favorable rating stands at 40 percent — tying her lowest numbers in older plls. While 80 percent of Republicans hold a favorable view of Palin, the poll found 53 percent of independent voters and 81 percent of Democrats see her in an unfavorable light. Bottom line. Palin could conceivably win the GOP nomination as
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Poll: Palin ‘most polarizing’ of GOP wannabes

Sarah Palin is the most polarizing of the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, while impressions of Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney lean more positive, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. As for the rest — Pawlenty, Barbour, Thune, Daniels — most Americans say, “Who?” The election, of course, is far away, and polls this early largely reflect name recognition and a snapshot of current popularity. A year before the last presidential election, the top names in public opinion polls were Rudy Giuliani for the Republicans and Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democrats. Neither won their party’s nomination. But jockeying among
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White Southern Democrats: An endangered species

The white Southern Democrat — endangered since the 1960s civil rights era — is sliding nearer to extinction. After this week’s elections, the Democratic Party barely holds a presence in the region outside of majority-black urban areas such as Atlanta and Memphis. The carnage for the party was particularly brutal in the Deep South, where just one white Democrat survived across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The Republicans’ effort to win over the South, rooted decades ago in a strategy to capitalize on white voters’ resentment of desegregation, is all but complete. “Right now in most of Dixie
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Independents, seniors said ‘no’ to Democrats

Independents and people 65 and older are two pivotal voting blocs neither party can afford to lose. Right now, Democrats have alienated both. As attention begins to shift to the 2012 presidential and congressional races, President Barack Obama and Democrats must figure out how to woo both groups back to avoid a replay of Tuesday’s Republican triumph. Exit polls of voters in the congressional elections show the damage Democrats must repair — 56 percent of independents and 59 percent of seniors voted for Republican House candidates, with each delivering decisive margins of roughly 20 percentage points for the GOP. For
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