Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Christine O’Donnell would vote for Hillary Clinton

    odonnell hillaryHillary Clinton has said she won't challenge President Obama in 2012, but Christine O'Donnell hopes Clinton changes her mind. O'Donnell, who lost her GOP Senate bid in Delaware, said in an interview with "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that she might even be willing to switch parties to help Clinton.

    "I hope she runs," the former tea party candidate said. "I would love to see her take out Obama in the primary. You know, I would even be tempted to change my registration so I could vote for her in the Democratic primary."

    That doesn't mean she wants Clinton to be president. O'Donnell told "GMA" that she'd support anybody in the GOP primary, including Sarah Palin (which only stands to reason, since Palin's endorsement of O'Donnell was pivotal to the insurgent candidate's surprise 2010 primary win).

    You can watch her comments after the jump, courtesy of ABC News:

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  • Scarborough calls on GOP to ‘man up’ and stop Palin

    palin scarboroughJoe Scarborough is taking aim at Sarah Palin's potential 2012 presidential bid, calling on Republicans to "man up" and stop the ex-Alaska governor from seeking the White House.

    "Republicans have a problem.  The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected," the MSNBC host and former GOP congressman writes in a Politico op-ed. "And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private.

    "Enough. It's time for the GOP to man up."

    Scarborough slams Palin for even considering a White House bid, writing that her potential 2012 candidacy is a "dopey dream." "What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a resume as thin as Palin's would flirt with a presidential run?" Scarborough writes. "It makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill's."

    He also trashes Palin for an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham in which Palin dismissed as "blue bloods" former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, after the former first lady expressed hope that Palin would "stay in Alaska."

    "Perhaps her anger was understandable," Scarborough writes. "After all, these disconnected 'blue bloods' had nothing in their backgrounds that could ever make them understand 'real America' like a former governor from Alaska who quit in the middle of her first term and then got rich."

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  • Obama, GOP leaders finally meeting (maybe for posturing more than progress)

    obama leadersPresident Obama is finally meeting with Republican leaders in the wake of the GOP's gains in the midterm elections this month. But it's unclear how much either side is really willing to accomplish.

    The much-anticipated meeting, scheduled for 10:30 Tuesday morning at the White House, had been initially scheduled for two weeks ago but was pushed back at the GOP's request. It's just one hour — an interval that seems too brief for sealing any major agreement or compromise between the White House and Republicans.

    In fact, the public may not even get to see the two sides sitting together. The White House has decided against allowing journalists to observe part of the meeting or photograph Obama and the leaders.

    According to the White House, President Obama planned to use the opportunity to lobby Republicans to ratify a new arms agreement with Russia. And both sides are looking to strike a deal on the soon-to-expire Bush tax cuts. Republicans are pressing for Congress to pass an extension of all the tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest Americans; Democrats have signaled they are willing to approve an extension only for the middle class — though the White House has hinted it might be willing to compromise.

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  • Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Labor unions are not too pleased about President Obama's pitch for a federal wage freeze. (The Page)

    • A Bloomberg candidacy would help Obama in 2012. (The Hill)

    • Incoming House Speaker John Boehner will huddle with GOP governors. (Politico)

    • The Senate will vote "next week" on an extension of middle-class tax cuts. (Bloomberg)

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  • Bolton and Johnson add their names to the list of long-shot GOP presidential hopefuls

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    With no clear GOP front-runner seizing the initiative, two more Republicans have signaled they might wage long-shot bids to win the party's 2012 presidential nomination.

    Over the weekend, John Bolton, the mustachioed Fox News analyst who once served as George W. Bush's ambassador to the United Nations, hinted he's thinking about a 2012 run. "Yes, I am considering it," Bolton told conservative radio host Aaron Klein. "If I did run, and I haven't made a decision, I have never run for office one way or the other, so it would be a pretty big decision to do it."

    Bolton, who does not register on any potential 2012 polls, says he's thinking about the race because nobody seems to be talking about foreign policy. Obama seems to view foreign policy as an "irritation, a distraction from what his real priorities are," Bolton said. "It's important to be able to take him on intellectually and at a policy level in a very direct way, and that's one of the things I'll be considering," he added.

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  • Obama jokes about ‘sharp elbows’ in Washington

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    Three days after an errant elbow to the face left him with 12 stitches in his lower lip, President Obama made light of Friday's basketball accident to reporters at the White House. "Although Washington is supposed to be a town of sharp elbows, it's getting a little carried away," Obama joked today.

    The president was playing five-on-five basketball with a group of family, friends and staff on Friday when he took an accidental elbow to the face from Rey Decerega, director of programs at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Speaking today with the wound clearly visible on his lower lip, Obama said doctors had given him "a clean bill of health."

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  • Frederica Wilson finds a fellow hat fan in Congress

    wilsonhat2Looks like Frederica Wilson may have found an ally in her crusade to lift the congressional ban on wearing hats on the House floor.

    The newly elected Florida Democrat has found a soul mate, at least in terms of headgear, in Billy Long, a freshman Republican from Missouri who shares Wilson's affinity for cowboy hats.

    As the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader's Cory de Vera reports, Wilson and Long spied each other across the room at a recent breakfast for freshman members of Congress — not exactly a chance encounter, since they were the only two wearing hats.

    "He saw me when we were sitting down to breakfast, and he said he wears hats, too," Wilson tells the paper.

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  • Mark Foley considering a return to politics

    mark foleyFormer Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who resigned from Congress after it was revealed he had sent sexual messages to teenage boys who served as House pages, is considering a political comeback.

    Foley tells the Palm Beach Post's Andrew Abramson that he's thinking about running for mayor of West Palm Beach.

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  • Coleman won’t challenge Steele for RNC chair

    coleman steeleFormer Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman says he won't challenge Michael Steele for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee if Steele decides he wants to seek a second term.

    In an interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Jason Hoppen, Coleman says he doesn't want to disrespect Steele. "I don't think he's gotten credit for the work he's done bringing the tea party and Republican Party together," Coleman says. "I'm not going to be out there knocking down the chair."

    Asked if he would seek the job if Steele chose not to run again, Coleman wouldn't say. "It's a hypothetical," Coleman said.  "If he's out, it's a different circumstance."

    The comments mark something of a reversal for Coleman, who openly flirted with the RNC job over the summer. The former Minnesota senator -- who now chairs the American Action Network, part of what critics call the "shadow GOP" — went so far as to schedule a trip to the RNC's summer meeting in August, though he canceled at the last minute after warnings that his politicking might prompt a backlash among RNC members.

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  • Tom DeLay convicted of money-laundering charges

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    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was found guilty by a Texas jury late Wednesday on money-laundering charges related to campaign contributions his political action committee made during the 2002 election cycle.

    The verdict comes five years after DeLay, whose hard-charging personality led to his nickname, "The Hammer," was forced to step down as the No. 2 most powerful Republican in Congress and four years after he was forced to resign his House seat.

    At issue was $190,000 in corporate campaign contributions given to DeLay's PAC, Americans for a Republican Majority. Prosecutors alleged that DeLay took that cash and funneled it through the Republican National Committee to evade a Texas law that bans corporate contributions to state candidates. The RNC later gave $190,000 to seven Texas candidates specified by DeLay.

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