The Ever-‘Present’ Obama

February 16, 2007 · 12:10 AM EST
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Finally and officially, Barack Obama is running for president. His symbolic announcement, in the Land of Lincoln, called for a new era in politics. Obama downplayed his thin federal experience while championing his record on the state and local level, and he talked about the…

For Democrats, Time to Pad Senate Majority and Think 60 Seats

by Stuart Rothenberg February 14, 2007 · 11:10 PM EST

Democrats probably don’t have to worry about losing their Senate majority in 2008, but that doesn’t mean next year’s elections aren’t crucial for them.

A strong ’08 could put the party in sight of a 60-seat majority in 2010, and that filibuster-proof majority would change the rules of the game…

Will the NRCC Really Sit Out Primaries, as Cole Is Promising?

by Stuart Rothenberg February 11, 2007 · 11:05 PM EST

“We’re not going to be in primary situations. Our membership has made it pretty clear that they don’t want us to do that,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) told Roll Call recently, adding that his committee is not “in the game of picking winners and losers.”

Say What? VoteVets Ad

February 9, 2007 · 12:05 AM EST

If supporters of President George W. Bush’s policy of sending another 20,000 troops to Iraq had aired a television ad that argued that opposing the new Bush policy means “you don’t support the troops,” opponents of the President would have rightly gone bananas.

It’s not the troops that they oppose,…

New Print Edition: Maine Senate & Kansas 2

February 8, 2007 · 2:44 PM EST

The new February 8, 2007 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers. We’ve posted the first few paragraphs of each story, but for both articles and the complete breakdown of each race, you must subscribe. At you can subscribe by…

Can Republicans Count on a House Snapback?

by Stuart Rothenberg February 7, 2007 · 11:01 PM EST

Most surge elections, during which one party makes sweeping gains in the House of Representatives at the expense of the opposition, have been followed by a surge back toward the other party two years later.

Will the 2006 elections produce the same snapback, with substantial Republican gains, or…

Can Sen. Clinton Be Elected to the White House in 2008?

by Stuart Rothenberg February 4, 2007 · 11:05 PM EST

If activists, political insiders and journalists are asking whether former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani can win the Republican nomination for president, they are equally consumed with the question of whether Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) can win the White House.

Let’s skip the suspense…

Biden: How to Be Wrong and Right at the Same Time

February 2, 2007 · 12:20 AM EST

When Delaware Senator and Presidential hopeful Joe Biden (D) described Illinois Senator Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he created the ultimate sin: He used inelegant and politically incorrect language to make a…

Musical Chairs in Georgia in 2010?

February 2, 2007 · 12:01 AM EST

Don’t be surprised in four years if a couple significant Georgia Republicans attempt to switch roles. In 2010, Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) will be term-limited and could very well seek an open U.S. Senate seat, vacated by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R), who would run for governor, according to one GOP insider…

KY Governor: Northup Poll Shows Dead Heat in Primary

February 1, 2007 · 10:16 AM EST

A new poll for former Cong. Anne Northup has her running even with incumbent Gov. Ernie Fletcher in the Republican primary. The January 28-29 Public Opinion Strategies survey showed Northup and Fletcher at 39% each, wealthy businessman Billy Harper at 10%, and 12% undecided. The candidates are…