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July 23, 2010

FRIDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP.... Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* In an entertaining twist in Colorado, former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) has delivered an ultimatum to the GOP's two gubernatorial candidates: if they're trailing in the polls in mid-August, they should agree to drop out and let him jump in. If they're inclined to ignore him, Tancredo has said he'll run as a third-party candidate in the fall.

* The DCCC reserves television time in 40 House districts: "The Democrats' strategy to preserve their House majority became clearer Thursday as the party made a $28 million investment in television advertising for the final weeks of the fall campaign, a plan that is designed to build a firewall to protect freshmen and longtime incumbents."

* In Florida's crazy primaries, the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows Rick Scott leading Bill McCollum in the Republican gubernatorial primary, 43% to 29%.

* Speaking of Florida, it's a Rasmussen poll so take the results with a grain of salt, but the pollster shows Marco Rubio (R) narrowly leading Charlie Crist (I) if Kendrick Meek is the Democratic nominee, but Crist narrowly leading Rubio if Jeff Greene is the Democratic nominee.

* There's a crowded field of Republicans running for the Senate in West Virginia -- as of late yesterday, the field had 10 candidates -- but none are expected to be able to defeat Gov. Joe Manchin (D) in November.

* In Kentucky, a Braun Research poll shows Rand Paul (R) with a narrow lead over Jack Conway (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 41% to 38%.

* In Arizona's Republican Senate primary, J.D. Hayworth has a new attack ad, going after Sen. John McCain's previous support for a bipartisan immigration package, having worked with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy on a comprehensive bill. The ad has the advantage of being true.

* And in Kansas, The Hutchinson News endorsed Tracey Mann's (R) congressional campaign in advance of his primary, but that was before the paper's editorial board realized he "questions the citizenship of President Barack Obama despite evidence that is irrefutable to most objective, rational people." The paper has since decided to "withdraw that endorsement."

Steve Benen 12:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (11)

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At the risk of being the "grammar police" there's a common mistake in the blurb concerning the WV Senate race; most of us commit this error without being aware it's an error. While I usually don't attack anyone for spelling or grammatical errors, especially in forums (it always seems like it's the last line of attack from trolls who are losing arguments), this is the sort of mistake I'd like to see go away, especially amongst people who write for a living.

"None" is essentially "not one," so you'd always conjugate the verb after "none" the same you would after "not one" or "not a single solitary one."

"...none are expected..." should be "none is expected..."

If I have any spelling or grammatical errors in this post, feel free to rip me a new one. It's only fair. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: slappy magoo on July 23, 2010 at 12:38 PM | PERMALINK

Well Mr. Magoo your point is satisfying to me . I also see where it makes perfect sense to raise petty , and irritating non entities to a discussion that has been , sadly , forced to base an attempt to organise "thought" around contemporary issues of politics where one of the persistent parties is the so called "Republican" party .

Posted by: FRP on July 23, 2010 at 12:48 PM | PERMALINK

Wonder what happens in FL when Crist starts a heavy ad rotation (not until September, surely) linking Rubio to the Palin crazy.

Will be fun.
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Slappy, you're right. None am a worse grammar pedant than me. Also, too.

In other words: So what?

Posted by: efgoldman on July 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Slappy, you're right. None am a worse grammar pedant than me. Also, too.

In other words: So what?
Posted by: efgoldman on July 23, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK
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I assure you, the bug up my butt over this issue isn't THAT big. And again, were this mistake made by any one of us plebes, dashing off our witty comments before going back to work, I'd have even less of an issue about it. It was meant to be constructive criticism, and nothing more.

What I find more interesting is your need to pipe up with a sarcastic "so what" when someone offers constructive criticism. Not smarmy "hey, stupid" comments, but genuine constructive criticism to someone who writes professionally. As this new doohickey thing called the internet starts to take off, there will be more writers and less editors. So giving someone a friendly tip, in my opinion, is hardly a bad thing.

In other words: eff you.

Posted by: slappy magoo on July 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM | PERMALINK

@ slappy

I certainly would have used a comma to set off the introductory dependent clause ending in "grammar police."

Posted by: cr on July 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

@ slappy

I certainly would have used a comma to set off the introductory dependent clause ending in "grammar police."

Posted by: cr on July 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK
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WHY IS EVERYONE PICKING ON ME! LEAVE ME ALONE, YOU HATERS, OR MY DADDY'S GONNA REPORT YOU TO THE CYBER POLICE! IT'S NOT MY FAULT I'M MORE POPULAR AND PRETTIER THAN YOU! WOOOOOOOE IS MMMMMEEEEEEEE...

Posted by: slappy magoo on July 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Eff you too, also as well, yet again.

Posted by: cr on July 23, 2010 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

If they're inclined to ignore him, Tancredo has said he'll run as a third-party candidate in the fall.

Just what the Democrats need.

As to Senatorial candidate Buck, for those not from Colorado, just remember that Greeley Colorado is commonly considered the intellectual toilet of the state.

Posted by: TCinLA on July 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

Eff you too, also as well, yet again.

Posted by: cr on July 23, 2010 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK
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That's code, isn't it? You're contacting Laurence Harvey to kill the President, aren't you?

Posted by: slappy magoo on July 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

In Alaska, a local poll puts Sen. Lisa Murkowski far ahead of her Tea Party-backed primary challenger. Which proves that Murkowski must be getting support from Democrats, her challenger says, and makes Murkowski unsuitable for the general election.

Oh, and earlier this week a Tea Party-affiliated group withdrew an endorsement in Alaska's Lt Gov race because the Republican candidate donated money to... Lisa Murkowski.

Posted by: G on July 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM | PERMALINK

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