Sabatos Crystal Ball

Tweets of the Week

Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics December 10th, 2009


The Crystal Ball’s Tweets of the Week is a look back at the highlights of the past week in politics in snippets of 140 characters or less. To get this analysis as soon as news breaks, follow University of Virginia Center for Politics Director, and Crystal Ball founder, Larry Sabato on Twitter by clicking here.

10:46 AM Dec 4th: New Rasmussen SC poll shows 66 percent believe Gov. Sanford’s ethics are at least as good as most pols. Sad. Cynical. Also not true.

10:48 AM Dec 4th: I believe a fair sample of pols and a fair sample of general public would reveal about the same level of sin. Pols really do represent us.

11:06 AM Dec 4th: “Wave” senators, first elected in good years for their party, always have to sweat out election number 2. Only the strong survive. And the lucky.

10:03 AM Dec 5th: My far-flung UVA friends will want to know that Mr. Jefferson’s Lawn is being covered with snow–the big fat flakes we all love. Pristine.

10:23 AM Dec 5th: Back to politics: New Mason-Dixon poll shows Mayor Oscar Goodman(I) of Las Vegas winning 3-way GOV race w/Brian Sandoval(R) and Rory Reid(D).

10:25 AM Dec 5th: The embarrassment that has been Gov. Jim Gibbons(R) will cause NV to think twice about Goodman. Sandoval still likely favorite in the race.

10:27 AM Dec 5th: Few voters like having their state humiliated by the antics of public officials. If they have enough advance warning, voters won’t do it.

10:32 AM Dec 5th: Sen.Max Baucus(D-MT) joins the rogue’s gallery with revelations that he nominated his mistress for U.S. attorney. But he’s not up until ’14.

7:36 PM Dec 5th: NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg has spent over a quarter billion of his own $ on his 3 elections. NJ GOV. Jon Corzine has spent $131m on his three.

7:37 PM Dec 5th: They hold all-time record for most personal spending. YET Corzine lost in Nov, and Bloomberg had a close shave.Money isn’t guarantee of win.

4:59 PM Dec 6th: Cartoonists have just started morphing Obama into another big-eared POTUS–LBJ. It’s a warning of Christmas Future if Afghan comes 2=Vietnam

10:14 PM Dec 8th: Landslide for Martha Coakley(D-MA). Almost 2-to-1 over Rep. Mike Capuano. Coakley is all but SEN-elect. Nominal contest with R on 1/19.

10:19 PM Nov 30th: MA has never elected a woman to SEN or GOV before. D voters in liberal MA may have thought barrier needed breaking. Glass duly shattered.