Congressional Quarterly has compiled a set of "top three" likely appointees for cabinet positions, for both a potential McCain and potential Obama presidency. Massachusetts Senator John Kerry -- much rumored for a position -- is conspicuously absent.
Kerry rumors most often center on Secretary of State. CQ names Susan Rice, Richard Holbrooke, and Bill Richardson as the three most likely for the job under Obama.
Sarah Palin did an interview this morning with FOX News's Carl Cameron, and opportunity which "Campaign Carl" apparently felt was best used discussing one of Palin's earlier interviews on another network.
This gave Palin the opportunity to submit answers to the questions she blanked on before, and to explain why she couldn't answer the first time around.
A whopping 54% of households in the Boston-area TV market watched last night's vice presidential debate -- the third-highest viewership of the 55 top local markets. And we don't even have a local horse in the race. We're not even a swing state (although portions of southern NH are included).
Ranked #2 was the debate's host city of St.
I guess John McCain can go back to campaigning now....
...for the House to vote on whether we plummet into an economic abyss...
--On another C-SPAN channel, US Rep. Bill Delahunt -- longtime Norfolk County DA -- just gave a rather impassioned oratory during a House hearing on the US Attorney firings scandal. The committee is taking testimony from the Inspector General about his latest damning report on the topic.
Sarah Palin did well enough tonight to salvage her chances of emerging from this campaign as a legitimate mainstream national political figure, which I was glad to see. She still has a long way to go, and could easily backslide, but for now she's made clear that she is a serious political talent who, with time, is likely to master national policy matters.
Some of the state's high-powered women are holding a fundraiser for Sara Orozco tonight at the Omni Parker House (suggested donations start at $100) to power her campaign against state senator Scott Brown. Martha Coakley, Therese Murray, Lida Harkins, Barbara Lee, Cheryl Cronin, Maria Jobin-Leeds, Victoria Steinberg, Andrea Cabral, Sheila Capone-Wulsin, Rebecca Haag, etc.
During the day:
--Attend a prayer vigil for Sarah Palin at the debate site in St. Louis, or organize one yourself.
--Keep your Internet tubes clear so you can receive news of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens's hearing on a motion to dismiss his criminal corruption charges.
--Watch the way Joe Biden should really try not to patronize a female VP opponent.
Be sure to check out two articles in the new issue of the Boston Phoenix -- neither by me -- about the treatment of protesters at the Republican National Convention, and the treatment of that treatment by the media.
Also, please read Chris Faraone's report from yesterday's less violent protests here in Boston.
It's important to remember that a nationally televised debate is important for its effect on the 20% or so of voters who are persuadable. It doesn't matter that, as one poll recently suggested, 33% of voters say that Palin makes them "less likely" to vote for McCain -- going from "snowball's chance in hell" to "iceberg's chance" is not important to the campaign at this stage.
Seldom does so much polling data drop in a single day with so much bad news for one candidate. Let us briefly review.
Results from six new national polls were released today; Obama leads in all six, by margins ranging from 4 to 9 points. That's in addition to the various daily tracking polls, which also all show Obama ahead by similar margins.
Just before 5:00pm (in time to get clips shown on the evening news), Senator Chris Dodd yielded the floor for 10 minutes to the man who beat the tar out of him in the Presidential race, Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
He's not phoning it in, no sir!
"The fact that we're even here... it's an outrage," Obama said. "Millions of jobs could be lost.
Susan Collins, endangered Republican of Maine (yes, Tom Allen trails badly in the polls, but the national anti-GOP mood may yet reach that race), just spoke on the bailout bill. She's voting yes, but like most others wanted to be on the record lambasting everybody she could possibly blame for the situation: "greedy Wall Street traders," "unscrupulous mortgage bankers," "naive or deceptive borrowers," etc.
Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, is now speaking; he has asked for Article I Sec. 8, and the 10th Amendment to the Constitutionto be entered into the record to demonstrate that we got into this whole mess because of unconstitutional Congressional funding. He's particularly angry about Amtrak. Coburn, a practicing physician, also says that we are treating a cancer patient by treating everything -- including "clearing the mucus" -- but not the cancer. Oh, and he's voting yes on the bailout.
--Attend a prayer vigil for Sarah Palin at the debate site in St. Louis.
--Prepare your bid on one of John McCain's homes.
Just prior to the debate:
--Drink a six-pack, to become mentally sympatico with Palin.
During the debate:
--Mute the audio during Ifill's questions to Palin, and see if you can determine the question from Palin's answer.