Morning Jay: A Pledge To America, Delaware, the Blanche Lincoln Award for "Most Doomed House Democrat," and More!
6:30 AM, Sep 23, 2010 • By JAY COST
What’s going on here? I can think of two possibilities. First, the Senate really is a collegial place and Murkowski’s colleagues just didn’t have the heart to boot her like that. Second, it’s a risk averse move. What happens if she actually pulls it out in Alaska? You don’t want her caucusing with the Democrats. If she retains her ranking minority member position through the 111th Congress, she’ll be in a position to be committee chair in the 112th Congress, which might be vital if the goal is to get her to vote with the Republicans in organizing the Senate. And if she wins, that will definitely be Mitch McConnell's goal.
4. In Case You Were Wondering... Blanche Lincoln's chances of being elected Arkansas's next senator are still about as good as my chances of being the next American Idol:
5. The Blanche Lincoln Award For "Most Doomed House Democrat" Goes To... None other than Tom Perriello of Virginia's Fifth Congressional District! He won his district in 2008 by a little under 800 votes even as John McCain carried it by 7,000 Once in Congress, he proceeded to vote for cap-and-trade and health care (twice). His goose is totally, completely cooked. How do I know this? He keeps releasing polls that show him trailing his Republican opponent. That's a very peculiar campaign tactic, but when public polling shows you down 25, you don't really have much of a choice!
6. Another Brutal Poll for Dems from SurveyUSA. Oh my:
SurveyUSA has had some atrocious numbers for Democrats this year, and they must really be hoping that the polling outfit is wide of the mark. It has a good track record, though...