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First poll on the impact of George Felix Allen Junior's racial slur

A News-7 SurveyUSA poll conducted yesterday found that a majority of Virginians (56%) had heard about Senator George Allen's remarks to a campaign volunteer for his opponent, Jim Webb.  

Of the 309 people who were familiar with the story, two-thirds (67%) thought it was inappropriate for Sen. Allen to refer to the college student of Indian descent as "Macaca," but the respondents were more evenly divided over whether the comments were a racial slur.  

Allen has apologized for the remark.  Half those surveyed said he needs to say more, while 46% thought the apology was sufficient.

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Gallup has just published their latest poll...

The latest Gallup survey, conducted Aug. 7-10, 2006, finds registered voters more likely to say they will support the Democratic candidate in their district rather than the Republican candidate by a nine-point margin, 50% to 41%. every survey thereafter, the Democratic lead has ranged from nine to 16 points.

...All of the individual results since the Feb. 28-March 1, 2006, survey are within the margins of sampling error of each other. however, it is important to note that none of the last three surveys has shown a Democratic lead of greater than 11 points. If this pattern continues, it will represent a statistically significant narrowing of the gap between the two parties, but still a solid Democratic advantage.

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 We now all know George Allen's racial slur. This story appears to have some leg. WoPo editorial slams George Allen really hard and I think it deserves a separate diary.

George Allen's America

"MY FRIENDS, we're going to run this campaign on positive, constructive ideas," Sen. George F. Allen told a rally of Republican supporters in Southwest Virginia last week. "And it's important that we motivate and inspire people for something." Whereupon Mr. Allen turned his attention to a young campaign aide working for his Democratic opponent -- a University of Virginia student from Fairfax County who was apparently the only person of color present -- and proceeded to ridicule him.
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This is on the recommende list, but the story is getting bigger. Washington Post just filed this report

S.R. Sidarth, a senior at the University of Virginia, had been trailing Allen with a video camera to document his travels and speeches for the Webb campaign. During a campaign speech Friday in Breaks, Virginia, near the Kentucky border, Allen singled out Sidarth and called him a word that sounded like "Macaca."

"This fellow here over here with the yellow shirt, Macaca, or whatever his name is. He's with my opponent. He's following us around everywhere. ...

"Lets give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia," said Allen, who then began talking about the "war on terror."

In an interview, Sidarth said he suspects Allen singled him out because he was the only non-white face in the audience, which he estimated included about 100 Republican supporters.


Is George Allen a dangerous racist?

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I am not kidding. DLC Jonathan Chait has some harsh words for Lieberman and calling him to fold the tent in this upcoming article Joe Lieberman's irrational campaign.
Sore Loser

The longer Senator Joe Lieberman's reelection campaign in Connecticut goes on, the harder it gets to detect any rationale for his candidacy that's persuasive to anybody who isn't Joe Lieberman.

When he announced earlier this summer that he would run as an independent if he lost the Democratic primary, his stated reason was that turnout was likely to be tiny. Instead, turnout was heavy. But Lieberman says he's running as an independent anyway.

Lieberman says his antiwar opponent, Ned Lamont, relied on the support of Al Sharpton, demagogic bloggers, and other unsavory characters. This is perfectly true. But Lieberman is just as happy to accept the good wishes of odious figures such as Sean Hannity and Karl Rove.

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Sat Aug 12, 2006 at 06:59 PM PDT

Saturday Night Katherine Harris

by firestorm

First, the lastest poll conducted Aug. 6-9 on our favourite drama queen Katherine Harris.

Nelson:     60%
Harris:     25%
Undecided:  15%

"Harris is out of the question as far as I'm concerned,'' said George Williams, 59, of Greenacres, who said he is not affiliated with either party. "I don't think she's a righteous person."

"I'm appalled that (she) does not withdraw,'' said Judy Reinach, 65, a Republican from Key Biscayne. "I don't think her credentials warrant her being in the U.S. Senate. I don't know anybody for her."

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Following the terror scare and loserman's defeat, there are two polls that are warning signals for liberals.

Montana Senate: Burns Bouncing Back

MT Senate:
Jon Tester:    47%(50%)
Conrad Burns:  47%(43%)

Tester's support among fellow Democrats has slipped from 90% to 84%. Burns now gets 14% of the vote from Democrats, up from 7% a month ago.

The race had been leaning towards the Democrats, but Rasmussen Reports now rates it as a toss up.


Do you believe a call for withdrawl from Iraq is a huge mistake for midterm election?

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My Left Nutmeg was discussing the final # of a new Rasmussen poll released a while ago.

The final numbers from Rasmussen, after surveying 550 "likely voters on August 9 & 10 (i.e. post-primary):

Lieberman 46%
Lamont 41%
Schlessinger 6%

That's more than the 3% spread they teased. Other highlights:

Very unfavorable: 18% Lieberman vs. 23% Lamont
Very favorable: 31% Lieberman vs. 19% Lamont

Rell beats DeStefano 57% to 35%

Voters trust Lieberman over Lamont on the "War on Terror" 55% to 31%.

Most important issues are theconomy (37%), Iraq (23%), and national security (16%).

They claim a MOE of + or - 4% with a 95% level of certainty


Does the new poll # exceed your expectations?

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George Stephanopoulos on ABC just reported

According to a close Lieberman adviser, the President's political guru, Karl Rove, has reached out to the Lieberman camp with a message straight from the Oval Office: "The boss wants to help. Whatever we can do, we will do."

This is getting more and more interesting... UPDATE Lieberman camp in their [non-denial denial]

Even given Lieberman's generally good relations with the White House, this seemed hard to believe. So we asked Lieberman advisor Dan Gerstein, who had this to say: Not true. Rove made a personal call, no help was offered, and we are not interested regardless. --Michael Crowley

Do you believe a more viable GOP candidate will ensure a Lamont victory?

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Tue Aug 08, 2006 at 01:03 PM PDT

Lieberman on the brink of defeat?

by firestorm

It appears that Lieberman is going to drink some real lemonade tonight, according to Chris Bowers

 just talked with Eddie, and he told me that yes, turnout was very high in some places and pretty low in other places. However, he told me, there was a consistent pattern where it was very high in Lamont wards and very low in Lieberman wards. This is not surprising. We have poll watchers all over the place, and canvassers to back them up in those same wards. Lieberman, by contrast, has no one at the polls, has cancelled the rest of his public appearances today, and has invited his supporters not to volunteer, but instead to attend a party at 5pm, during peak voting. Things seem to be going well today for Ned Lamont, and Joe Lieberman is on the brink of a defeat--possibly a defeat that would surpass expectations, thereby finishing Lieberman off
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This is just posted on politicalwire

Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) told Fox News that he's likely to go forward with his independent bid if he loses Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Watch the report: Windows/Quick Time.

What a jerk. We need to finish him once and for all. I'm just beyond anger.

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Sun Aug 06, 2006 at 01:58 PM PDT

Katherine Harris Unhinged

by firestorm

The best amusement prize should go to Katherine Harris in this election cycle. This article Ex-Harris aides provide peek into campaign is just priceless.

Aides also painted a picture of Harris as someone who was obsessive about her appearance.

Harris, 49, frequently wore tight-fitting outfits, low-cut tops or short skirts that several aides said they considered inappropriate for a middle-aged Senate candidate.

At least one aide went shopping with Harris to help her find more suitable clothing, but there was little change in her apparel.

Even when the press noted her sexy outfits, such as when she wore a form-fitting hot pink shirt while riding a horse at the Arcadia rodeo, Harris found it amusing, the aides said.


Do you believe Katherine Harris' breasts are authentic?

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