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Liveblogging the Berry-Murray Debate

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 8:10 pm - May 26, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Virginia Politics

Here am I in the NRECA center where I used to attend Arlington County Republican Committee meetings and after some audio difficulties the debate is about to begin.

Does this moderator know what he’s doing?  He forget to ask the candidate who won the coin toss (Murray) to deliver his opening statement and thought it was time for questions.  Now, Murray is speaking, reminding us of the election of MIke Lane to the Arlington Country Board, the last Republican to win election in this jurisdiction–and the last campaign on which I worked in the Commonwealth.

He’s telling us about the 151 precincts in this district and talking about his momentum.  He says, “Send me to Congress and we’ll spend within our means.”  His delivery is kind of flat. Kind of?  Well, very flat.

Matthew rises to speak, thanking us for coming out.  He is far more animated than his rival, salutes the Republican Jewish Coalition, the lead sponsor of this event, saying “If there’s one group” that Jim Moran wouldn’t like.  He says he decided to run to give the 8th District the kind of campaign it hasn’t had.  He says what he’s going to do, end TARP, returning the money to the taxpayer, end earmarks.  He says he comes from three generations of entrepreneurs, reminding us what his father said about the worst words he could here, “I’m from the government, I’m here to help you.”

He says he’ll cut the corporate tax rate and oppose card check.  Interestingly, he’s not distinguishing himself from his Republican rival, but instead showing how he differs from the Democrat he’s going to beat in November.  Much more specific than his rival and the applause was far more sustained. (more…)

Carly surges!

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:33 am - May 26, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Two polls show my gal Carly surging in the race to take on Barbara “Call Me Ma’am” Boxer. According to Public Policy Polling, Fiorina has “opened up a 20 point lead with 41% to 21% for Tom Campbell and 16% for Chuck DeVore“:

Carly Fiorina’s superior resources always had the potential to blow her opponents for the California Republican Senate nomination out of the water, and in the closing stretch that appears to be exactly what’s happening.

And Public Policy isn’t the only poll which shows Carly surging.  According to a “new SurveyUSA polling conducted for KABC-TV Los Angeles, KPIX-TV San Francisco, KGTV-TV San Diego, and KFSN-TV Fresno“:

. . . support for former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is up sharply in the past 2 weeks, from 24% on 05/10/10 to 46% today 05/24/10. Fiorina’s support has more than doubled among womenseniorsHispanics, the less educated, and in the Inland Empire. During these 2 weeks, Former Congressman Tom Campbell’s support dropped 12 points, from 35% on 05/10/10 to 23% today 05/24/10.

Now that people are finally paying attention in this contest, the choice is becoming clearer to Golden State Republicans.

UPDATE:  A third poll now shows the same thing:

A new Magellan Strategies poll in California confirms other recent surveys which show Carly Fiorina (R) has surged into the lead for the Republican Senate nomination.

Fiorina leads with 44%, while Tom Campbell (R) is at 21% and Chuck DeVore is at 14%.

The Washington Pattern Obama is Not Trying to Break

President Barack Obama on the Tonight Show, March 2009:

And one of the things that I’m trying to break is a pattern in Washington where everybody is always looking for somebody else to blame. And I think Geithner is doing an outstanding job. I think that we have a big mess on our hands. It’s not going to be solved immediately, but it is going to get solved. And the key thing is for everybody just to stay focused on doing the job instead of trying to figure out who you can pass blame on to.

Emphasis added.

Chris Stirewalt on the Administration’s reaction to the Gulf Oil Spill just over a year later:

But with news about the laxity at the Mineral Management Service and in the Interior Department, it looks like the White House may be turning back to one of its favorite enemies – Dick Cheney.

Maureen Dowd tells us: “One West Wing official admits that, even with all the crises they were juggling, they should have acted more urgently to re-examine the dark legacy of Cheney in the Energy and Interior Departments.”

And since a new Pew poll shows that a quarter of Democrats and half of all adults think the president could have done more, Darth Vader makes a politically convenient target to at least rally his base back to Obama’s side.

Targeting the Bush administration when the president’s appointee has been running the regulatory agency for 11 months may be kind of thin gruel, but this is, as they would say, is crisis communications.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Dan’s Return to DC May 26 & 27

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:57 am - May 26, 2010.
Filed under: Dan's Cross Country Odyssey,Travel

After a wonderful few days in the Big Apple and its suburbs, I’m heading down to my old haunts in and around our nation’s capital later this afternoon. 

I encourage you to join me tonight at the debate between the first candidate we endorsed in this cycle, Matthew Berry and Patrick Murray, his rival for the Republican nomination to take out Democrat Jim Moran in Virginia’s Eighth Congressional District.

This debate follows the regular monthly meeting of the Arlington County Republican Committee, starting at 8 PM in the NRECA Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington [Ballston].  This at North Taylor Street near the Ballston-MU Metro station.  For a map, go to  There is free parking in NRECA garage.  (Enter from North Taylor Street.)

And afterwards, we will retreat to a local watering hole where the candidate will be joining us.

To RSVP for (or ask about) any of these events, just e-mail me.

Tomorrow night, Thursday May 27, some bloggers are holding a Happy Hour in my honor in the district.  You’re welcome to join us for that and a dinner to follow.  For location and to RSVP, just e-mail me.