Scott Brown’s Granite State bust | TheHill

Scott Brown’s much anticipated Granite State brawl with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D-N.H. has turned out to be more of a Granite State bust.The former Massachusetts senator is still the most competitive Republican in the New Hampshire race. But polling has shown Shaheen holding a consistent single-digit lead and posting strong approval ratings from voters in the state even as races in similar blue-leaning battleground states have tightened in the GOP’s favor.Perhaps most problematic for Brown is not Shaheen’s lead but his persistently middling to low popularity in the state.In nearly every poll, New Hampshire voters are at best split on how they feel about him, and in some cases view him more negatively than positively.  A WMUR-UNH poll out in early July showed him underwater by about nine points; an NBC-Marist poll out last week showed voters split, with about 40 percent each viewing him positively and negatively.It’s a situation, said one New Hampshire GOP strategist who has worked on federal and national races there, that should have the Brown campaign worried. “I would be concerned if I was them,” the strategist said, who requested anonymity to speak freely. “You don’t ever want to be underwater at this point in a race.”

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Why Im a Centrist Who Is Turning Liberal – Thomas Ricks blames an inept military and intelligence overreach for his shift

NEWSER – Reporter and author Thomas Ricks has long been what he would describe as a “detached centrist.” Hes also a big fan of the free market and a strong national defense, and hes financially comfortable as he approaches the age of 60. Conventional wisdom might suggest that he should be “drifting into a cautious conservatism” right about now, but Hicks writes in Politico Magazine that he is as surprised as anyone to find himself shifting to the left instead. Among his reasons:

via Why Im a Centrist Who Is Turning Liberal – Thomas Ricks blames an inept military and intelligence overreach for his shift.

Rookie Congressman Makes Big Gaffe at Hearing – Floridas Curt Clawson speaks to US officials as if they were foreigners

NEWSER – A newly elected congressman is making his first national headlines for all the wrong reasons. In a gaffe spotted by Foreign Policy, Florida Republican Curt Clawson spoke to two US officials testifying before a House panel as if they were foreigners. “Im familiar with your country; I love your country,” Clawson told Nisha Biswal of the State Department and Arun Kumar of the Commerce Department. “Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, Im willing and enthusiastic about doing so.” At one point, he requests cooperation from “your government,” and, after a few seconds of silence, Biswal makes a diplomatic save: “I think your question is to the Indian government,” she said. “We certainly share your sentiment, and we certainly will advocate that on behalf of the US.”

via Rookie Congressman Makes Big Gaffe at Hearing – Floridas Curt Clawson speaks to US officials as if they were foreigners.

Robert McDonnell trial to cast unflinching light on Virginia couple’s friends, marriage – The Washington Post

The star witness is a flashy dietary supplement executive who boasted of friendships with Linsday Lohan and Paris Hilton. A manicurist, a party planner and a yet-to-be-named public official from another state also could take the stand.In their much-anticipated federal corruption trial set to begin Monday, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will seek to win acquittal on multiple charges and restore their honor in the eyes of the law.But during the anticipated five-week drama that will unfold in a Richmond courtroom, the McDonnells also will submit themselves to a potentially humiliating spectacle that will showcase an intimate view of their frayed marriage and odd personal relationships.“It’s going to be ugly,” said L. Douglas Wilder, another former governor, who is friendly with McDonnell and has followed the case. “The more you read, the more sleaze develops. It’s not going to be nice for anyone.”McDonnell, 60, a Republican who until January held the same office once occupied by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, is the first Virginia governor to be charged with a crime.

via Robert McDonnell trial to cast unflinching light on Virginia couple’s friends, marriage – The Washington Post.

Sarah Palins Oddball Speech In Denver Sounds Downright Inebriated | Crooks and Liars

Judge for yourself: Did Sarah Palin get into Aunty Peggy Noonans jar of Magic Dolphin Pills before her speech in Denver this week?Weve edited down the rambling 30-minute-plus address on Wednesday to the Western Conservative Summit, but you can get the drift just a few minutes in. And if nothing else, there were pink Obamas dancing across her teleprompter during the affair, judging by how often she kind looked at her screen funny, wrinkled her nose, and rambled on.All we can say is: Thanks, John McCain, for imperiling the nation with your astonishing lack of judgment.

via Sarah Palins Oddball Speech In Denver Sounds Downright Inebriated | Crooks and Liars.

Erik Rush Thinks Obama Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 | Right Wing Watch

In a classic just asking the question column, WorldNetDaily pundit Erik Rush argues today that the Obama administration may have been behind the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, suggesting that the White House worked with the Ukrainian government in order to blame Russian-backed militia groups for the crash.This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Rush also claimed that President Obama was behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

via Erik Rush Thinks Obama Shot Down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 | Right Wing Watch.

GOP split in Mississippi over tea partys McDaniel spreads to national party – CSMonitor.com

Is Chris McDaniel a modern-day Don Quixote tilting at windmills or is he a brave warrior, fighting to the last, for a just cause?Either way, the tea party candidate’s protracted battle against six-term Sen. Thad Cochran R of Mississippi has deepened the split in an already divided Mississippi Republican Party – and is spreading further into the national GOP.More than three weeks after state Senator McDaniel lost his primary runoff to Senator Cochran by more than 7,600 votes, he is still not conceding the race – and not going away quietly. On Thursday he is launching a three-day “Truth and Justice” tour of Mississippi.

via GOP split in Mississippi over tea partys McDaniel spreads to national party – CSMonitor.com.

Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox News For Complaining About Obama Traveling

Some Fox News correspondents are upset that President Obama hasnt visited the Mexican border during an immigration crisis, but then again, theyre also upset that he likes the Enlightenment.On Tuesday nights “Colbert Report,” Stephen poked fun at the cable news networks negative coverage of Obamas recent trips to Colorado and his upcoming vacation in Marthas Vineyard. But it was Fox News’ Peter Johnson Jrs mocking tone when describing Obamas trip to Europe that really made Colberts segment.“The Enlightenment!” Colbert said in a bougie accent. “The 17th and 18th Century movement that believed that knowledge was worth acquiring and that the scientific method is superior to superstition and witchcraft!””Garçon!” he continued, “Please bring us pasteurized milk and vaccines so we can all live past age 30!”Watch the full clip above and stay until the end to hear Colberts own Eurotrip story.

via Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox News For Complaining About Obama Traveling.

WHOOPS! AZ Republican Mistakes Busload Of YMCA Campers For Immigrants, Paints False Picture For News Station VIDEO | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers

AZCentral is reporting that Tea Party Republican congressional candidate and state legislator Adam Kwasman showed up to the scene of an expected Phoenix protest of the arrival of Central American refugees, ready to make political hay.

via WHOOPS! AZ Republican Mistakes Busload Of YMCA Campers For Immigrants, Paints False Picture For News Station VIDEO | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers.

GOP moderates revolt in Kansas – Manu Raju – POLITICO.com

WICHITA, Kan. — Moderate Republicans have been kicked around by the tea party for years in Congress and the states.Here in Kansas, they’re fighting back.

A moderate GOP uprising is in full swing against Gov. Sam Brownback, the fierce fiscal and social conservative whose policies led to a purge of middle-of-the-road Republicans from the legislature early in his tenure.In a rare and surprising act of political defiance on Tuesday, more than 100 Republicans, including current and former officeholders, endorsed Brownback’s opponent, statehouse Democratic leader Paul Davis. Polls show the challenger with a surprisingly strong shot at taking out Brownback in November.

via GOP moderates revolt in Kansas – Manu Raju – POLITICO.com.