Forty-three days out, and there are a lot of moving parts. Telling, for me anyway, was this one: at a CNBC town hall on econmic issues, am African-American woman, who is a military veteran, said this to President Obama: “I’m one of your middle class Americans. And, quite frankly, I’m exhausted. I’m exhausted of defending you.” Says a lot about where the intensity is – and isn’t – heading into the final six weeks. To the bullet points: Mario isn’t afaid to challenge the Democrats’ motives on immigration issues, but he isnt about to let former Speaker Newt Gingrich do it! And count him among those who think the O’Donnell win in Delaware means one less worry for the Democrats. Erick’s first point is instructive; remember – like him or not – he has been ahead of the curve on many of this year’s big developments. His point No. 3 is snarky, but don’t think for a minute that Team Obama doesn’t wish the former president’s book tour started AFTER the election.–John King
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– 1984: Newt Gingrich's accuses the Democrats of pandering for Latino votes through the introduction of the Dream Act on his vote pandering Latino blog.
– Tale of Two Cities: Health insurers raise rates on already mortgaged working Americans while they commit to tens of millions to beltway lobbyists and campaign spending.
– Alice In Wonderland: The Tea Party gets madder as the guest list includes O'Donnell who dabbled in witchcraft, has a very fluid bio, and mimics Palin's attire. Happy un-election Ms. O'Donnell!
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– In Texas at the RedState Gathering, there was a lot of talk about victory. Republicans may be in danger of getting overconfident.
– There is one race in America that is not a referendum on Barack Obama and that's the Nevada Senate race. It will be a referendum on Harry Reid. Unemployment has edged up in Nevada.
– President Carter's new book, White House Diary, is out. In it, he says he "overburdened Congress with an array of controversial and politically costly requests. Looking back, I am struck by how many unpopular objectives we pursued." Maybe someone will give Barack Obama a copy lest history repeat itself too much.
Right before elections, you can be sure that politicians will be making visits to state and county fairs in their districts. Where there are politicians, political reporters aren't going to be far behind.
US News & World Report spoke to a number of politicos about their state fair favorites, including CNN's John King:
CNN's John King has a bunch of favorites he's had at the many state fairs he's covered in his journalism career. But one stands out: Beer-on-a-stick, which is essentially a wooden paddle that holds three cups of beer.
"I had beer-on-a-stick at the Minnesota State Fair last year. Can't beat that. The deep fried Reese's was surprisingly good, too, and they have amazing chocolate chip cookies there. Sen. Amy Klobuchar tried to sell me on the chocolate dipped bacon, but I passed."