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Quote of the Day
(from: Political Wire @ April 22, 2012, 11:10 AM)

"I'm going to try something different this year. I'm going to try to stay out of this one."

-- Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), in an interview on Fox News Sunday, saying he won't endorse a presidential candidate.


Re-Evaluating Ike
(from: Political Wire @ April 22, 2012, 11:00 AM)

The New York Times reviews Eisenhower in War and Peace noting author Jean Edward Smith makes the "startling claim" that apart from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower was "the most successful president of the 20th century."

Smith carefully traces Eisenhower's "preparation for the presidency, and that's what this biography is really about. (Only a quarter of the book is devoted to the White House years and beyond.) From it, Eisenhower's own views on success in leadership emerge reasonably clearly. To reduce them to the length of a tweet -- an exercise my students recommend, and which Ike might well have approved -- they amount to achieving one's ends without corrupting them."

"Ends, Eisenhower knew, are potentially infinite. Means can never be. Therefore the task of leaders -- whether in the presidency or anywhere else -- is to reconcile that contradiction: to deploy means in such a way as to avoid doing too little, which risks defeat, but also too much, which risks exhaustion. Failure can come either way."


GOP Insiders Think Romney Will Pick Portman
(from: Political Wire @ April 22, 2012, 10:39 AM)

An informal BuzzFeed survey of more than half of the Republican State Chairmen and national committee people at the GOP meetings in Arizona this weekend finds that two-thirds said they believe Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is the most-likely and best-qualified running-mate for Mitt Romney.

Said one: "He's from Ohio, and we need to win Ohio, it's that simple."


Rubio Mulls Presidency ? of Condo Association
(from: Washington Wire @ April 22, 2012, 10:17 AM)

Associated Press
Sen. Marco Rubio speaks in Washington last year.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, often mentioned as a candidate for vice president — or maybe even for president someday – had a snappy retort when asked Sunday about his political ambitions.

“The biggest trap I have seen in politics is when someone goes into a position with the idea of creating a platform to run for something else, it almost always ends up bad.” Mr. Rubio told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of The Union.” “So I deliberately don’t think about what specific things this will lead to.”

Pressed further about all the talk whether there might be a President Rubio someday, the 40-year-old freshman senator joked, “Maybe they mean of a condominium association. There’s real power there.”

He also sidestepped the question of whether he would make a good vice-presidential candidate for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

“He has folks that he has hired and has asked to go through a vice presidential process,” Mr. Rubio said. “The last thing that he needs are those of us in the peanut gallery to be saying what we would or would not do… I know Mitt Romney is going to make a good choice for vice president. And I know Mitt Romney is going to make a great president.”

Republicans have hoped that Mr. Rubio, a  Cuban American, would help Mr. Romney win Florida, and help the party’s prospects with Hispanic voters. However, a PPP poll released earlier this month showed a Rubio pick actually hurt Mr. Romney in Florida, with his support dropping by two percentage points against President Barack Obama.

President Obama carried 57% of the Hispanic vote in Florida in 2008, when he ran against Sen. John McCain (R. Ariz.). But  Mr. Rubio said he believed Mr. Romney would mount a better showing.

“You have to work on it,” Mr. Rubio said. “Americans of Hispanic descent, especially in Florida, are swing voters…they’re willing to vote by Republicans or Democrats on an election by election basis. The No. 1 issue,  in the Hispanic community, let’s be clear is economic empowerment.”

Asked about whether Mr. Romney’s aggressive stance against illegal immigration would hurt him with Hispanic voters, Mr. Rubio pushed back: “This notion that somehow, in order to appeal to Hispanic voters, you have to support illegal immigration, is  just not true,” he said.

Follow Alan Zibel on Twitter @AlanZibel


Romney to Merge Staff with RNC
(from: Political Wire @ April 22, 2012, 10:08 AM)

Mitt Romney's top aides "plan to move quickly after the primaries on Tuesday to integrate the campaign's growing staff with the Republican National Committee, in an effort to avoid logistical stumbles that have hampered past nominees," the New York Times reports.

"Romney has been careful not to push the committee into a formal support role while two of his rivals -- Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul -- continue campaigning for the nomination. But aides to Mr. Romney expect that dynamic to change after Tuesday, when he is expected to win all five of the primaries, including those in New York and Pennsylvania."


Walker Says He Won't Be Recalled
(from: Political Wire @ April 22, 2012, 10:07 AM)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) predicted he won't be recalled from office in June, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Said Walker: "I think when we win, it will not only reaffirm what we did. It will send a powerful message to every politician...in our state and even in our city governments who are trying to take on the tough issues and do the right thing. It will send a powerful, powerful message that you can stick your neck out, you can make the tough choices and there will be voters helping you along the way."


New Voter Laws May Hurt Obama
(from: Political Wire @ April 22, 2012, 08:14 AM)

Here's a potential problem for President Obama's re-election bid: "New state laws designed to fight voter fraud could reduce the number of Americans signing up to vote in this year's presidential election by hundreds of thousands," Reuters reports.

"Voting laws passed by Republican-led legislatures in a dozen states during the past year have sharply restricted voter-registration drives that typically target young, low-income, African-American and Hispanic voters -- groups that have backed the Democratic president by wide margins."


First Independent Legislator in Arizona Is Appointed, Not Elected
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 22, 2012, 04:22 AM)

Richard Winger reports on the unusual circumstances under which Arizona gained its first independent state legislature–not by election, but by resigning and appointment.

Arizona is one of a minority of states that has never had a state legislator who wasn?t a Republican or a Democrat during the last 100 years. But on April 2, Daniel Patterson, who had been elected as a Democrat to the State House, 29th district, in 2008 and 2010, changed his registration to independent. Then he resigned.

When Arizona has legislative vacancies, that vacancy is not filled by a special election. Instead, the County Commission (from the county that includes that district) appoints someone. The law says the County Commission asks for a list of suggested replacements from the political party that the legislator being replaced belongs to. But the law doesn?t explain what to do when the legislator being replaced is an independent. Therefore, the Pima County Commission has decided to appoint an independent to fill the vacancy. But, the County Commission appointed a 5-member committee to sift through the various applicants, and two of the members of the committee are Republicans, and two are Democrats. The fifth member is an independent.

This link says the candidates have been narrowed to three options by the County Commission.

The citizen committee has since narrowed their list of recommended appointees to three. They are:

- Nicholas A. Fontana
- Albert Jordan
- Leon D. Sierra

The county commission will appoint the member on Monday, April 23rd, 2012.

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Nationwide Poll Finds Gary Johnson at 6%
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 22, 2012, 03:48 AM)

A new poll put out by Public Policy Polling, widely respected for its accuracy, has placed Gary Johnson at 6%. This article has some very biased commentary.

I know what you?re thinking: The damned libertarians are going to blow it by pulling a Nader on Romney. Is that what the data says, though? That 11 percent among indies does fit with a ?disaffected Paul fans ready to go third party? narrative, but look closely at the first table. The only group among which Johnson pulls double digits is ? ?very liberal? voters, who I assume prefer him to O either because they?re disgruntled that Obama didn?t deliver single-payer yet or whatever and are looking for a protest vote or because they really, really like Johnson?s platform on legalizing drugs.

The numbers in the polling show that Johnson should be angling to capture very liberal voters, as well as independents.

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Latest Voter Registration Numbers For California
(from: Independent Political Report @ April 22, 2012, 03:22 AM)

The latest report on registration by party in California is out and the winners are: Independents, unqualified parties, the Constitution Party of California, the Peace & Freedom Party, and the American Independent Party. All of those groups made gains, however small. The Democratic Party, Republican Party, Libertarian Party, Green Party, and Americans Elect all declined.

Democrats declined from 43.63% to 43.49%. Republicans declined from 30.36% to 30.31%. The American Independent Party increased from 2.52% to 2.53%. The Green Party declined from .654% to .648%. The Libertarian Party declined from .548% to .547%. The Peace & Freedom Party increased from .347% to .349%. Americans Elect has such small registration, percentages are meaningless, but it went from 3,165 registrants to 3,104. The Constitution Party went from 121 registrants to 234 registrants. Independent voters went from 21.24% to 21.31%. Members of other parties (all of them unqualified) went from .68% to .81%

Thanks to Richard Winger for the analysis.

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