And you college football fans thought you were having a weird year. Pity the poor political junkies.
This all happened in just the last couple of days: a Libertarian candidate raked in over $4 million in one day, a liberal senator says Newt Gingrich is a genius, and supposedly fed-up Dems capitulated on yet another Bush nominee.
The latest Evans-Novak Political Report has quite a bit on Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), the so-called “fringe” candidate running for the White House. Paul’s online haul is, per the report, “the largest single day of online fundraising in political history, and the largest single day of donations for any Republican candidate ever.” The report crows quite a bit about Paul, but that shouldn’t come as a total shock, as Novak has previously sung the praises of the Texas maverick.
Speaking of singing praises, liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says that wannabe president Newt Gingrich, disgruntled architect of the Contract with America and the ’94 GOP takeover, should be counted among the likes of Einstein, Newton, Jefferson, etc. “Newt Gingrich is a great thinker,” Schumer said after a briefing from the former House Speaker, “who is trying to find a way to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans, and that’s a good thing.”
Is forced camaraderie even necessary for the GOP? The Evans-Novak report suggests that the minority Republicans are presently operating from a bizarre position of strength. Regarding the recent approval of Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey by a Senate committee including two pro-Mukasey Democrats (Schumer being one of them), the Novak report said bluntly of the Dems, “their eventual capitulation also followed their pattern…: Raise a cry, attack the White House and then give the White House what it wants.”
It should come as no surprise, really, that Novak et al. misidentify Schumer as a Republican before asking aloud, “Will two years of Democratic retreat on Iraq and anti-terror issues depress the base?” I think the picture below says everything you need to know.
Sen. Russ Feingold (c) appears depressed by base GOP appeasers.