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Morning Jay: Special “Good Vibrations” Edition

6:30 AM, Oct 29, 2010 • By JAY COST
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Although he insists he is soldiering on through Election Day, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Lee Fisher essentially drained his campaign treasury yesterday by giving $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party.

Fisher, campaigning in Columbus last night, told The Dispatch he made the move because "I believe it's important to focus on the ground game. A good ground game helps everyone, including me." …

Sen. Sherrod Brown essentially said Fisher was throwing in the towel.

"Running against Karl Rove's Rolodex and fundraising machine, and running short of cash, Lee donated his last $100,000 to the Ohio Democratic Party for its get-out-the-vote effort. That will matter not just to Lee, but to the governor, to members of Congress who are under siege, to our ability to hold onto the majority in the Ohio House of Representatives, and most importantly, to the people of Ohio for years to come," Brown said in a fundraising appeal.

5. What's the Reason?  Barack Obama's job approval is about where Clinton's was in 1994.  Actually, it is probably a tad better. So why are the Democrats in worse shape? I think a big factor is this chart from Rasmussen Reports:

For more than a year, Rasmussen has found 40% or more of "likely voters" strongly disapproving of President Obama. The latest reading is 45%. These voters are not distributed randomly across the country. They're clustered in the Midwest, Mountain West, and South, exactly where the the House, Senate, and gubernatorial races are swinging so heavily Republican. There probably has not been a president since at least Harry Truman who has managed to infuriate such a large percentage of his fellow citizens as quickly as Obama has. I'm not sure what's more ironic -- that he promised he would do the opposite, or for all his partisanship the left is only lukewarm about him.

6. All in All… We’re just a few days away from what could be the biggest Republican midterm victory in better than sixty years. The indications are all around us. So, let’s have the band that knows the most about waves groove us into this final weekend...

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