Biden: How to Be Wrong and Right at the Same Time

February 2, 2007 · 12:20 AM EST

When Delaware Senator and Presidential hopeful Joe Biden (D) described Illinois Senator Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he created the ultimate sin: He used inelegant and politically incorrect language to make a…

Musical Chairs in Georgia in 2010?

February 2, 2007 · 12:01 AM EST

Don’t be surprised in four years if a couple significant Georgia Republicans attempt to switch roles. In 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) will be term-limited and could very well seek an open U.S. Senate seat, vacated by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R), who would run for governor, according to one GOP insider…

KY Governor: Northup Poll Shows Dead Heat in Primary

February 1, 2007 · 10:16 AM EST

A new poll for former Cong. Anne Northup has her running even with incumbent Gov. Ernie Fletcher in the Republican primary. The January 28-29 Public Opinion Strategies survey showed Northup and Fletcher at 39% each, wealthy businessman Billy Harper at 10%, and 12% undecided. The candidates are…

Are Democrats Surging Out West? Numbers Say No

by Stuart Rothenberg January 31, 2007 · 11:05 PM EST

More than a few journalists and political pontificators have noted recent Democratic gains in the Mountain West, which includes Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Some see those gains in 2004 and 2006 as shattering a reliable Republican region, while others…

Say What? RNC Attacks Hillary

January 31, 2007 · 2:01 PM EST

From a January 30, 2007 Republican National Committee Research Briefing about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton entitled, “Hillary Swipes John Edwards’ 2003 Language and Ideas….”

First, the RNC charged that Senator Clinton stole Edwards’ story about his father, presenting the following evidence:

Say What? Mississippi Senate

January 31, 2007 · 12:02 AM EST

From a January 29, 2007 Roll Call story on Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and his looming decision on whether to seek reelection:

“Thad Cochran has a long history of putting Washington before Mississippi,” according to DSCC spokesperson Dierdre Murphy, “and it is going to hurt his Senate re-election bid…

Say What? Tom Vilsack

January 30, 2007 · 10:52 AM EST

[Say What? is a new semi-regular feature on]

Stuart Rothenberg

From a January 29, 2007 Tom Vilsack for President press release, reporting that the Democratic Presidential hopeful raised “more than $1.1 million in last 7 weeks of 2006.”

“Tom Vilsack proved…that he’ll…

Say What? Minnesota Senate

January 30, 2007 · 12:05 AM EST

[A new, semi-regular feature on]

Stuart Rothenberg

Okay, I know that I shouldn’t do this, but I’m going to do it anyway. We’re starting a semi-regular feature in which we identify really, really silly comments that we read or hear. I know that I’m not single-handedly…

For Democrats, Bergen County Spells Success

by Stuart Rothenberg January 28, 2007 · 11:02 PM EST

For Republicans, New Jersey, once a GOP-leaning, anti-tax state, stands as a stark reminder of how things have changed, particularly in the Northeast. But the better example — and warning of things to come — is Bergen County, a suburban bedroom community that has moved away from its Republican…

It’s Time for Bush, Democrats to Do Immigration

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 24, 2007 · 11:02 PM EST

House Democrats got off to a good start this month when they immediately addressed ethics, the minimum wage, the recommendations of the 9/11 commission and the cost of prescription drugs.

Those are legislative items with considerable national appeal, and while the House bills could bog down in…