7) Not a huge surprise here -- Rep. Bobby Scott
, D-Va., won't run for the Senate
next year. He endorsed former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine
6) Elizabeth Warren
delivered what the Boston Globe described
as "her most public introduction to date" on Monday. Warren gave the keynote address at the Greater Boston Labor Council's Labor Day Breakfast. "Whether I fight as an outsider or I fight from the floor of the Senate," she said before she was interrupted by an ovation, "I will continue to stand for you." The speech was well-received, but as the Globe
points out, Warren has yet to face audiences outside her party's core liberal base.
5) Meanwhile, Republican Sen. Scott Brown
is still the most popular major political figure in Massachusetts, but his approval rating has fallen
from a year ago, according to the latest Boston Globe
poll conducted by University of New Hampshire Survey Center. 49 percent said they view him favorably, compared with 26 percent who view him unfavorably. A Globe
poll conducted last September showed him with 58 percent approval and 21 percent disapproval.
4) Rep. Tammy Baldwin
, D-Wis. announced her Senate campaign
Tuesday morning, and she's the instant Democratic frontrunner. All eyes will be on Democratic Rep. Ron Kind
now. But with all the liberal energy behind Baldwin, it would be tough for any challenger in a Democratic primary. The big question now: will playing to the liberal base be a successful statewide strategy in Wisconsin?
3) Five GOP presidential contenders were in South Carolina Monday for Republican Sen. Jim DeMint
's Labor Day forum
. The key takeaways: Romney said the Massachusetts health care he signed would be one of his "biggest assets" in a general election fight against President Obama
; Rep. Michele Bachmann
, R-Minn., in a veiled shot at Romney, said states have no right to mandate the purchase of any good or service.
Missing from the forum was Texas Gov. Rick Perry
, who returned to the Lone Star State
on Monday to deal with wildfires. But he still made his mark in the Palmetto State, landing the endorsement of GOP Rep. Mick Mulvaney
and taking a dig at Romney at a town hall earlier in the day in the Myrtle Beach area, saying "There's one in particular who's created jobs all around the world. While he was the governor of Massachusetts he didn't create many jobs." Perry's frontrunner status is reflected in a new six-figure ad buy
from Rep. Ron Paul
's, R-Texas, campaign. Paul's spot hits Perry for supporting Al Gore
's 1988 presidential campaign.
2) Bachmann is shaking up her campaign. Campaign manager Ed Rollins is ending
his day-to-day management of the campaign and moving into a senior advisory role citing his health and the rigors of a campaign.
It's not just Rollins -- his deputy, David Polyansky
, is leaving the campaign altogether. The Bachmann campaign announced
it is "executing a planned restructuring strategy," and spokeswoman Alice Stewart
said Keith Nahigian
, will become the interim campaign manager.
Staff changes on this scale are always going to raise eyebrows, no matter the cause. We'll soon find out whether this is the beginning of a crumbling campaign for Bachmann -- who despite winning the Ames Straw Poll in August has struggled to keep pace in the polls with Perry and Romney -- or a much-needed shot in the arm. With a series of debates coming up, it's make or break time for the congresswoman.
1) And as Obama prepares for his jobs speech Thursday, his administration quietly halted implementation of anti-smog regulations that he once championed, in an effort to spur job growth. The fact that the news was dropped right before Labor Day weekend shows how problematic this move is for his base. The fact that he needed to go against one of his administration's major principles shows how Republican critics of his environmental regulations have won the political battle.