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9:32 AM Dec 11th: Jenny Sanford files for divorce: She’s impeached Mark when the South Carolina legislature wouldn’t.
1:13 PM Dec 12th: Our old friend Populism will be back with a vengeance in 2010. Both parties will ask voters to “Keep the Big Boys Honest.”
1:14 PM Dec 12th: Democrats will define the Big Boys as the Banks, the Wall Streeters, and Mr. and Mrs. Moneybags.
1:15 PM Dec 12th: Republicans will define the Big Boys as Government–Big Spenders, Big Taxers, Big Debtors.
2:40 PM Dec 14th: We’ve said it often: When D pure retirements (no running for higher office) hit 10, we’ll call it a significant trend. Patience, pls.
2:45 PM Dec 14th: The overall trend, historically and otherwise, is obvious.There will be R gains. But circumstances in specific districts and states will change.
10:27 PM Dec 15th: Lots of sitting GOVs are hurting, some more than others.Paterson(D-NY) has been dead GOV walking for a year now.When will he end the misery?
10:31 PM Dec 15th: Sometimes partisan polarization makes no sense. Marist poll shows Michelle Obama has high job ratings from 83% of Dems, only 32% of Rs
10:34 PM Dec 15th: M. Obama has avoided all major controversy, focused on family, fashion, healthy food, good causes. Hey, what the heck more do you want?
10:42 PM Dec 15th: Attack on PM Silvio Berlusconi reminded me of a comment from a shrewd observer of Italian politics I heard in Rome a month ago.
10:45 PM Dec 15th: “Berlusconi is loved by far more Italians than hate him–but the hate is so intense he could end up like [assassinated ex-PM] Aldo Moro.