Isaac Chotiner

...goes to Obama 86-13. That's a higher percentage than South Carolina, and somewhat surprising. --Isaac Chotiner 

Change gets 53%, 22% say experience. Obama wins change voters by 72%-25%. These are obviously early numbers but for what it's worth... --Isaac Chotiner 

Did McCain and Huckabee cut a deal to ensure that the latter won West Virginia's convention? It sure seems that way, and the Romney campaign is angry. Still, this will probably strike most people as just desserts rather than a dirty trick. --Isaac Chotiner 

Shrum, on what he sees as Mitt Romney's big mistake, from Meet the Press: [H]e remade himself...from a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-environmental person into someone who didn't want to do anything about global warming, was opposed to gay rights and wanted to outlaw abortion. So he could have been Giuliani without the 9/11 credentials; the GOP would have handed him the nomination on a silver platter! Here's hoping Shrum stays away from the Democratic nominee this year... --Isaac Chotiner

How fitting that America's greatest state may decide the most exciting election in years. There are a slew of new poll numbers out in Super Tuesday states this morning, but the California data is especially interesting. And, shockingly enough, two polls from the state have Mitt Romney now tied or leading John McCain!


Alec MacGillis and Anne Kornblut have a nice front page summary on where the Democratic race stands in this morning's Washington Post. Their conclusion, in short: Obama has momentum, but does he have enough time between now and Super Tuesday to reach parity with Senator Clinton? These grafs caught my eye, however: Polling and election results so far suggest that the more time Obama has to present himself to voters, the better he fares.


Even for those of us who are not '24' watchers, The Wall Street Journal's amusing front page story on the show is well worth a read. Concerned that Jack Bauer was becoming too closely identified with torture and the Bush administration's foreign policy, the producers sought to reinvent their hero. This (eventually ditched) idea was particularly hilarious: On May 31, the show's head writers went in for a meeting at the studio to present their first big idea: sending Jack to Africa.


If you watched even a few minutes of the Democratic debate on Thursday night, you're well aware that many of the biggest applause lines were swipes at Republicans.


Two national polls have been conducting nightly surveys since the former North Carolina senator departed the race, and both show his supporters moving more to Obama than Clinton. First, Gallup: Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as close as they have been since the polling program started at the beginning of 2008. Forty-four percent of Democratic voters nationwide support Clinton, while 41% support Obama, within the poll's three-point margin of error.