Eve Fairbanks

Michele Bachmann = Mark Foley?
October 24, 2008

It really is amazing and kind of heartwarming, the frenzy Michele Bachmann has triggered. I would have thought you could have gotten away with that kind of comment, after a few self-abasing apologies, but apparently not. Her call to investigate legislators for anti-American views supposedly helped inspire Colin Powell's Obama endorsement, and then yesterday, Minnesota's former GOP governor, Arne Carlson, jumped onto the Obama train as a direct result of Bachmann's words.

Who's Down And Out After A Mccain Loss?
October 23, 2008

Beyond Schmidt, Davis, Salter, etc, which rising star staked absolutely everything he had on John McCain? Senator Lindsey Graham, whose partnership with the Arizonan was so intense it superceded his identity as a South Carolina legislator and approached the level of Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid-esque bromance. Graham let his other party connections lapse in favor of his brotherhood with McCain, and a Mac loss leaves him out in the cold.

The Old Kansan Vs. The Janitor
October 21, 2008

A fun voting anecdote, via Ben Smith: I voted today. I'm a 33 year old, white criminal defense lawyer in southwest Kansas. The early voting is at the courthouse. I arrive to find 12 old white people occupying all the voting machines. I wait. A machine opens up. The 80 something white male who had been using the machine is now up at the front table asking if he can vote again. The lady running the table says "no, one person, one vote." He replies, "well, I just want to make sure we don't have some terrorist running the country." This obviously catches my attention so I look at the old man.

Gop Radical Carl Mumpower Goes Positive
October 20, 2008

Even North Carolina Republican congressional candidate Carl Mumpower, who is so right-wing he did his own extra-judicial crack busts and wants to impeach George W. Bush for being too moderate, thinks this electoral season's negative campaigning is getting out of hand. So he announced he would do no more "sound-bite" advertising and released this statement: Most commercial advertising is devoted to manipulating voters with small slices of truth flavored with fantasy sprinkles.

Freshman Gopers Attempt To Destroy Their Party
October 20, 2008

What are they putting in the water at the freshman GOP caucus meetings? First, Minnesota freshman congresswoman Michele Bachmann told Chris Matthews that Obama probably had "anti-American views" and called for a broad investigation into anti-Americanism in both chambers of Congress, triggering a denunciation from none other than Colin Powell and enabling the lamest defense of a politician by her flack ever: "Michele Bachmann, people either love her or they hate her," her spokeswoman told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Admit That The Waters Around You Have Grown
October 20, 2008

Just a taste of the way the political wind's blowing just about now: CQ Politics, the go-to source for House and Senate horserace obsessives, changed its authoritative ratings on two dozen House races across the country. Not one of its rating changes benefits the Republican. --Eve Fairbanks

Your Morning Cup Of Joe
October 20, 2008

A new call for video submissions from the McCain campaign, flagged by reader DW: How are you Joe the Plumber?   Tell us in 30 seconds ... In these tough economic times, there is no doubt that John McCain and Sarah Palin stand firmly on the side of hardworking "everyday Joes" who understand the value of honest work and the American Dream. That's why we want to hear from you and share your story with the American public. It's simple ... make an ad telling us why you are "Joe the Plumber" in 30 seconds and your video could end up on the air as a TV ad.... Ideas and Suggestions: Be creative!

A Harbinger Of A Big House Majority?
October 10, 2008

Roll Call yesterday suggested, for the first time that I've seen, that GOP Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona could lose to his Democratic challenger, tax lawyer Bob Lord. That would be just so many varieties of bitter for House Republicans. First of all, it hurts to lose seats in your presidential nominee's state (they're already likely to lose one, the disgraced Rick Renzi's seat). Second, that should have been a safe seat (the district went 58% for Bush in 2004).

Romney Angles For 2012?
October 10, 2008

Mike, I wonder how that Romney counterfactual, gloomy for conservatives, improves Mitt's chances in 2012? Ever since he lost the GOP primary, Romney's practically redefined the word "obsequious" vis-a-vis McCain.

Palin Comparison
October 08, 2008

To try and place the amazing Sarah Palin phenomenon, gurus have been reaching for historical analogues: she "embodies the most basic American myth-- Jefferson's yeoman farmer" (Joe Klein); no, she's "the next Ronald Reagan" (Richard Viguerie); no, "she's our Obama" (Jay Nordlinger). But what about Bill Clinton?The fitness-obsessed, policy-lite, skirt-wearing conservative from Alaska would not, on the face of it, seem to have much in common with the Big Mac- scarfing, policy-relishing, skirt-chasing Democrat from Arkansas.