Welsome to the middle of the week folks. We've had a couple of big news days so far.
Clinton, 2016: Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly encouraged Hillary Clinton to make another run for President in 2016. Pelosi stopped short of saying that Clinton would definitely be as good a President as "Washington, Jefferson, or Adams," but then said "maybe" she would be.
Cabinet, Hagel: It looks like Chuck Hagel won't sail through the Senate for the position of Secretary of Defense. Complaints range from his demeanor to his endorsement of Bob Kerrey last cycle. I also received several e-mails from Mark Kirk's office (R-IL) today indicating that Hagel's comments about "the Jewish lobby" are going to haunt him in this process. Looks like McCain, Graham, and Collins are already weighing their options.
NJ-Gov: Christie backers are saying they hope to raise 2 milion in the next two weeks, delivering that sum by new years. Very ambitious.
More NJ-Gov: Former Democratic New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne did Cory Booker no favors in a recent interview, saying that the Mayor is a bad administrator and that he has no shot against Governor Christie next year. Burn. For his part, Booker has purchased the domain names BookerforGovernor.net, BookerforSenate.com, and even CoryBookerforPresident.com!
MI-Gov: Yes, PPP showed Snyder's popularity plummeting since Right-to-Work passed in Michigan. But there's plenty of time before November 2014, and the key stat is that even now, voters oppose a Snyder recall by a 48-44 margin. Scott Walker's victory earlier this year will certainly make Dems think twice before wasting money and energy on a losing recall effort.
FL-Gov: Bolstering his liberal credentials, Charlie Crist plans to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee today on the issue of voter ID. This is just a drop in the bucket though, considering Crist once said Sarah Palin was more qualified to be President than Barack Obama.
HI-Sen: Hanabusa obviously has the insider track to replace the deceased Senator Daniel Inouye, but the state central party plans to submit three names to Governor Abercrombie. Who will the other two names be, and would Abercrombie seriously consider defying Senator Inouye's dying wish that he appoint Hanabusa?
MT-Sen: Baucus said yesterday that he supports the creation of a blue ribbon commission to explore legislative responses to the Newtown school shooting. The responses may include gun control measures. Expect this to be a major issue in the 2014 race.
SC-Sen: Some good analysis on how Tim Scott earned his appointment to the Senate, and wasn't just an affirmative action pick for Haley.
HI-1: Will Djou run in the special if Hanabusa is appointed to the Senate? John Fund calls it "likely" though he cites nothing other than the fact that Djou has run in the past and knows he'd probably win again in a special. I'm inclined to hope Djou runs, but I'm not sure he'll want a fourth race in 3 years.
CA-36: Potential 2014 candidate Brian Nestande touted his education credentials in introducing a bill with very conservative Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen to ensure education funding in the state. Keep an eye on Nestande, who was once regarded as Mary Bono Mack's heir aparent, but now would have to unseat an incumbent Raul Ruiz to win the seat.
MA-GOP: The Phoenix says it thinks it hears despondency from Massachusetts Republicans. Not the first obituary for Republicans in the state, but it would be notable if there were solid evidence that the GOP can't score recruits because of increasing hopelessness.
Special elections: States and localities hate special elections. They cost money, time, and energy. They're low turnout affairs and often can't be consolidated with other elections. So expect there to be some whining that we're already facing 5 special in the next few months.
Assault Weapons Ban: Will Dems push for an assault weapons ban even if they know that it would have a minimal impact on the availability of guns that might be used in school shootings? Or is it just posturing that will be much ado about nothing.
France: For you international junkies. Gerard Depardieu has gone Galt, and the French still love him. France's burdensome tax rates caused Depardieu to apply for Belgian citizenship recently, along with several other prominent French millionaires.