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Tweets of the Week

Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics August 5th, 2010

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.

9:28 AM Jul 31st: Sometimes I think when smart candidates file for office, they are issued a year’s worth of stupid pills. Would explain gaffes.

9:31 AM Jul 31st: It’ll take a lot more than a ‘no’ on Kagan to reelect Ben Nelson(D-NE) if Gov. Dave Heineman(R) runs against Nelson in ’12.

9:38 AM Jul 31st: Just because something is in the headlines (Rangel/Waters) doesn’t mean it becomes electorally significant. Economy is black hole of ’10.

10:37 AM Aug 2nd: For such an anti-establishment year, there are surprisingly few independents with any real chance to win or even affect SEN & GOV races.

10:40 AM Aug 2nd: For SEN: Only Crist (FL). For GOV: Tom Tancredo(CO), Bud Chiles(FL), Eliot Cutler(ME),Tim Cahill(MA), Tom Horner(MN), Lincoln Chafee(RI).

10:51 AM Aug 2nd: Think conspiracy theories began w/JFK? Today in 1923 Pres. Harding died in SF. Prob heart attack, but books in ’20s said ‘murder most foul’.

10:55 AM Aug 2nd: JFK got a big bio boost on this date in ’43, when PT-109 was sunk in WWII. Since Ike, only JFK & GHWBush were helped to WH by war exploits.

10:57 AM Aug 2nd: Re: Bush, 10 yrs ago today, Bush/Cheney nominated in Philly. Didn’t help in PA that fall. Most conventions don’t. Maybe Obama-Denver in ’08.

8:37 PM Aug 3rd: In case you haven’t heard…Bristol Palin has refudiated Levi Johnston once & for all.

9:12 PM Aug 3rd: MI GOV. Prob doesn’t matter much which R wins tonite. Crystal Ball has had this leaning R for full year. Rick Snyder(R) arguably strongest.

10:29 PM Aug 3rd: Moran clinging to tiny lead over Tiahrt in KS SEN R. Not only will win get seat; since WWII, elected KS SEN has served average of 21+ years.

10:31 PM Aug 3rd: Being an elected Kansas R senator is one of the safest jobs in politics.

10:42 AM Aug 4rd: TN tweeps: Why does your state law mandate THURS primary? TN Elections Div. said law is 100+ yrs old. Even pres. primary often held Thurs.

2:33 PM Aug 4rd: EVERY VOTE COUNTS. Latest proof: MI-1. Last night R primary results, Dr. Dan Benishek 27,091 to Sen. Jason Allen 27,090. 1 VOTE. Recount!