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Rasmussen, Bearer of Dark Tidings

How interesting. A new Rasmussen poll reveals another vulnerability among Senate Republicans that wouldn't have seemed obvious until the crosstabs were in front of you: Senate Minority Leader (and Kentucky Republican) Mitch McConnell.

Something Unexpected

We have been hearing that Obama's got a ton of supporters (or maybe even a few tons of a ton of supporters) but I didn't expect this - literally, the list of donors to the Obama campaign is proving to be too large for the FEC to process. I didn't even know such a thing was possible.

Getting The Fear, Lobbyist Edition

We're taking the long holiday weekend seriously around here — I may or may not have planted a vegetable garden yesterday — but that doesn't mean the world stops spinning or politics stops happening.

News Roundup, 5/22/08: In An Ocean of Panic

It is a time of some casting about for the Republican Party as they search for everything from a slogan to an identity.

News Roundup, 5/12/08: The Proverbial Rich Tapestry

From McCain's lobbying ties to superdelegate shifts, this weekend had plenty to offer in the way of political news.

Obama, Clinton, and Superdelegates

The current media trend in reporting on national politics is to report that Senator Barack Obama has either caught up to Senator Hillary Clinton on superdelegates or that he is now in the lead. The superdelegate count has always been an ever-shifting sandpile with no foundation, with every media outlet having a unique method of counting and, indeed, their own totals for each candidate.

News Roundup, 5/7/2008: The Aftermath

Last night's results were surprising, but were they decisive?

A Hoosier Barnburner

Obama conceded on Indiana. (Sort of.) Clinton claimed victory. (But was awfully conciliatory.) However, I think the most interesting news tidbit came out of Russert about half an hour ago, when he just sort of mentioned off the cuff that Clinton has cancelled her entire public schedule on Wednesday (except for one fundraiser in Washington.) Patrick suspects deals have already been cut; I am inclined to think deals are being cut right now, but to what end, I don't know.

Early Exit Polls

The early line shows Hillary Clinton winning by five in Indiana and Barack Obama winning by 12 in North Carolina. You can get the numbers here, which I have no doubt are being constantly updated.

News Roundup, 5/6/2008: Margins of Error and You

Yes, yes, there are some primary contests today. But there are also very exciting things happening here at home, like some new polling data that looks great for Texas Democrats.

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