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Michael Steele’s tarnished legacy at the Republican National Committee

In the most favorable political environment for Republicans in decades, party chairman Michael Steele ordinarily might be lavished with the praise of candidates and party officials for leading the GOP to the brink of a historic triumph. But no. Instead, the party’s controversial chairman heads an organization that lags the Democrats by $15 million in fundraising, is in debt and has largely been overshadowed by third-party groups that have raised in a few months almost as much as Republican National Committee has since January 2009. Frustration with the chairman is evident in some states. In Ohio, where the governor’s race
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Boehner plays politics with plum committee assignments

Deep in rural Georgia, the Republican who may become the next speaker of the U.S. House is playing let’s-make-a-deal with voters. Minority Leader John Boehner promised this week that if southwest Georgia residents unseat Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop, he will support placing GOP challenger Mike Keown on the House Agriculture Committee. It’s a promise designed to get Keown votes in a red-soil district that harvests the nation’s largest peanut and pecan crop. As Republicans campaign to win a majority in Congress, Boehner has dangled similar promises in Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota and Hawaii, sometimes in districts where single economic interests
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Right-wing extremist Cantor claims tea party is not extreme

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, the Virginia Republican and darling of the party’s extreme right wing, claims tea party supporters are not extremists. As compared to what? Cantor told CBS’s “The Early Show” today that tea party activists “are people who are concerned about the fiscal state of this country.” If Republicans recapture the House, Cantor pledged to work closely with the new tea party-backed GOP members as the new majority leader. Of course he would. Cantor has close ties to the right-wing, well-heeled Koch brothers who back the tea party and paid for the GOP consulting firm that created
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Obama drawing large crowds at campaign rallies

Focused on turning out base voters, President Barack Obama is being cheered at raucous rallies and spreading this message: Don’t turn your back on the change happening in Washington. He’s expecting a double dose of cheer on Friday when he headlines a pair of rallies to boost two high-profile Democrats in tossup races: California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. “We are excited about these last 10 days” before the Nov. 2 election, Obama said Thursday night. The president is on a four-day campaign swing and visiting states where Democratic Party strategists think he’s the
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Poll predicts huge gains by Republicans

All signs point to huge Republican victories in two weeks, with the GOP now leading Democrats on virtually every measure in an Associated Press-GfK poll of people likely to vote in the first major elections of Barack Obama‘s presidency. In the final survey before Election Day, likely voters say the GOP would do a better job than Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government. Most also think the country’s headed in the wrong direction. More than half disapprove of Obama’s job performance. And even more don’t like the Democratic-controlled Congress. Neither party is popular. But likely
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Obama returns to old themes to close out election

Closing out a perilous election season for Democrats, President Barack Obama‘s final argument sounds like this: Do you want to stick with progress or return to failure? He’s talking about control of Congress, not himself, but there is no escaping his imprint on this election. With every echo of the spirited 2008 campaign, every mention of the unfinished work and every photo he takes with another candidate, Obama serves up another reminder that his own agenda is at stake on Nov. 2. It is part of the tricky balance for the White House — deploying Obama to the right places
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Are Blue Dogs an endangered political species?

In the conservative farm state of South Dakota, Representative Stephanie Herseth Sandlin‘s best chance of winning re-election rests on her ability to remind voters just how often she disagrees with her fellow Democrats. Football fans staring at bar room TV sets see ads touting her ‘no’ votes on the healthcare overhaul, the auto-industry bailout and the cap-and-trade climate bill — all landmark policies of President Barack Obama. Orange-clad pheasant hunters roaming the corn stubble may notice her endorsement by the National Rifle Association. Business groups hear of her battles with the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal regulators. That might
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Another stupid mistake by tea party darling Christine O’Donnell

Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, a tea party candidate whose lack of grasp of issues shocks even the party faithful, shocked a law school audience during a debate Tuesday when she claimed the Constitution didn’t call for a on Tuesday questioned whether the U.S. Constitution calls for a separation of church and state. O’Donnell didn’t even know the provision is part of the First Amendment. In fact, she didn’t appear to have any idea what was in the amendment. In a debate before an audience of legal scholars and law students at Widener University Law School, O’Donnell criticized
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McCain agrees with Palin when it comes to key tea party issues

Stop the presses! Arizona Sen. John McCain and his former Presidential running mate actually agree on Sunday. McCain is saying on ABC’s Good Morning America” that he agrees with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s belief that Republican congressional candidates will suffer at the polls if they stray from the tea party’s anti-spending, anti-tax message. McCain says Republicans should heed the tea party messages that connect with voters. McCain warned that Republicans”betrayed our base, particularly in the area of fiscal responsibility” after they gained control of Congress in 1994 and voters turned away from the party in the following elections. “What
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Sharron Angle to Hispanic students: ‘You look Asian to me’

Republican Sharron Angle, the off-the-wall candidate who wants to be the new Senator from Nevada, thinks some Hispanics look like Asians and she’s willing to say so publicly. Angle, running against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shocked a group of Hispanic high school students last week when she said “some of you look a little more Asian to me.” Angle’s off-fhe-cuff remark is the latest “oh my God” comment from the tea party candidate. “You know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino,” Angle told the students. “Some of you look a little more Asian to me.” Her
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