links for 2009-11-09

  • Now it's not like the PAC's fundraising choices were Carly's decision, Team Carly notes. Sniff…sniff…sniff…we smell a "We Are SOOOOOOO Republican" quote coming on:

    "The HP PAC is employee directed and its contribution decisions are determined through a committee process that involves dozens of people," Fiorina spokesperson Julie Soderlund told us Monday. "Carly and Frank Fiorina have never personally donated to Democratic candidates and have given and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Republicans."
    Joe, what a frakking reach. Flap belongs to the American Dental Association and California Dental Association PACS which also give to Democrats.
    So, I, too am a Barbara Boxer and Democrat donor.
    How stupid……but then again, you are.

  • I’ve been fascinated by the rise of Chuck DeVore, a Republican state assemblyman from California whose grassroots campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) — and against brand-new Republican candidate Carly Fiorina — has transformed the Republican primary from a coronation to a neck-and-neck battle between conservative activists and GOP leaders. When I interviewed DeVore in May, Republican strategists were far more bearish on his chances. Why? To call DeVore an “outspoken conservative” is to make an understatement. Here, for example, is an review, posted by DeVore last week, of Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism.”
    Certainly not a mainstream opinion. Is DeVore jumping off the extreme right cliff?
    (tags: Chuck_DeVore)
  • Within minutes of Saturday’s historic House vote on health care reform, Republicans pronounced the political death of Rep. Thomas Perriello (D-Va.), pointing to the vulnerable freshman congressman’s vote in favor of the bill.

    And in the aftermath of the politically charged vote, Perriello wasn’t the only Democratic congressman whose fortunes were being reassessed. The GOP, which voted nearly in lock step against the measure, began crowing about the demise of various other vulnerable members and seized on the moment as a milestone in the path back to a House majority.

    (tags: Obamacare)
  • President Obama's victory dance yesterday for the House-passed health-care bill came as Senate foes — mainly Republicans with one key Democrat moderate — pronounced the measure mortally wounded, if not outright DOA.

    Speaking from the Rose Garden after the squeaker 220-215 Saturday-night vote, Obama urged senators to be like runners on a relay team and "take the baton and bring this effort to the finish line on behalf of the American people."

    (tags: Obamacare)
  • In California's race for governor, Meg Whitman jumped further ahead of her two GOP rivals in a new statewide poll released Sunday. And the poll also found something surprising: Men are much more likely to support the former eBay chief than women.

    Forty-one percent of men 50 and older said they would support Whitman if the June primary were held today, but only 26 percent of women in that age group who are registered to vote said they would cast a ballot for her. The numbers were similar for Republicans 49 and under, according to a poll conducted by the Los Angeles Times and the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at the University of Southern California.

    (tags: Meg_Whitman)
  • If China, the world’s most populous country, could vote next year in the U.S. Senate race in California it’s likely that Carly Fiorina would easily win the race. Fiorina, who announced her decision to challenge current U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer this week, is widely admired in China.

    Fiorina’s memoir “Tough Choices” was translated into Mandarin and released in China in 2007. The book continues to be prominently displayed in book stores across the country. In it, Fiorina recounts some of her experiences in China as CEO of Hewlett Packard.