Quick Hits: Volume XI
-Bubble-headed hack Nick Coleman is outraged, OUTRAGED that a scurrilous wingnut buh-law-ger is digging into the personal records of twice-divorced gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton. While I'm not a huge fan of such practices, I would advise Nick to cut the self-righteous bullcrap. In 2006, I recall Nick raising exactly ZERO objections to his Star Tribune colleagues drudging up a 1995 domestic abuse arrest of Alan Fine, who was the GOP candidate in MN CD5. What was buried deep in that story was the charge against Fine was eventually expunged from his record, and completely ignored was the fact Fine's ex-wife continued to rack up domestic violence charges.
Thankfully in 2006 my buh-law-ger pal Mitch Berg was kind enough to do the work that Nick and his fellow shills were unwilling to do.
-The Gallup Poll is hardly considered a right-wing spin machine. And that's why the latest Gallup tracking is so shocking.
Republicans lead by 51% to 41% among registered voters in Gallup weekly tracking of 2010 congressional voting preferences. The 10-percentage-point lead is the GOP's largest so far this year and is its largest in Gallup's history of tracking the midterm generic ballot for Congress.
When the the GOP made historic gains in the 1994 election season, I recall President Bill Clinton, who was midway through his first term, basically conceding that he received loud and clear the voters' message. So if Congressional Republicans make similar inroads in two months, I find it incredibly unlikely that the White House's current occupant will show anything resembling humility. Call it a hunch.
-This Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00, Kevin Ecker and myself will be hosting The First Team edition of the Northern Alliance Radio Network an AM 1280 The Patriot. We'll be live on location at the Minnesota State Fair, with our booth residing at the corner of Dan Patch Ave. & Cosgrove St., just inside the main entrance off Snelling Avenue. Thus far we've booked as guests Joel Demos, the GOP endorsed candidate who will oppose incumbent Keith Ellison in Congressional District Five, and MN Sen. Chris Gerlach (R-Apple Valley). Come on out and say hello if you have a chance!