5) Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen apologized
on Sunday's Meet The Press
for her previous comments that Ann Romney
has "actually never worked a day in her life." The comments were pretty damaging, and veered the Obama campaign and other Democrats off message as they were forced to weigh in. The fact that the comments are still making headlines weeks later also illustrates the influence of Rosen.
4) Keep an eye on this issue in the Massachusetts Senate race: Elizabeth Warren
said on Friday that she did not realize that Harvard as a Native American member of the faculty in the 1990s. The Boston Globe reports
today that The Association of American Law Schools desk book -- a directory of law professors -- includes Warren among the minority law professors listed, from 1986-1995. The directory says the listings were based on self-reporting. More from the Globe:
Warren's unexpected minority status sparked controversy last week, when the Boston Herald reported that the school had named her a minority professor in the 1990s at a time when the campus was facing criticism about preponderance of white men on the faculty.
A Warren spokesperson told the Globe
she did not use minority status to advantage when she was hired at Harvard. Sen. Scott Brown
's campaign has said Warren should apologize for letting the university claim she had "special minority status.''
3) The Wisconsin recall primary is only eight days away. Today, Tom Barrett
will be stumping with Sen. Herb Kohl
while Falk will hold a live online session on student loan debt.
But the focus will be on the GOP side on Tuesday, as Chris Christie will stump
with Gov. Scott Walker
. The general recall election will be all about turnout (there are very few undecideds) so it is not surprising that the polarizing governor would bring in another polarizing figure to gin up the base.
Also check out Sunday's NYT A1 piece
on how the race is shaping up as an early test of labor versus corporate money, for a larger view of the campaign.
2) There are also only eight days left to go until primary day in Indiana, and the state's biggest papers weighed in on the race over the weekend. The largest Indiana paper, the Indianapolis Star
, went for Sen. Richard Lugar
, as did the Louisville Courier Journal
and the Terre Haute Tribune Star
. Treasurer Richard Mourdock
landed the Evansville Courier & Press
It's good news for Lugar, who needs all the help he can get headed into next week, but newspaper endorsements alone are not likely to shift the narrative too much. The AP's Sunday piece raises a larger question
about the campaign: Did Lugar wait too long to attack Mourdock?
And in case you missed it on Friday, Sarah Palin
announced she is supporting Mourdock -- placing her opposite Sen. John McCain
, who is for Lugar.
1) Former President Bill Clinton appeared alongside President Obama last night at a tony fundraiser at the McLean home of Terry McAuliffe
, which raised a cool $2.1 million for the re-election campaign. Clnton, notably, said Obama "is not Houdini" in defending the president's economic performance.
Pay close attention to that new, defensive message coming from the Obama campaign - that they've been spending the last three years working hard to "clean up" the mess they inherited. If economic growth doesn't pick up, it's going to be the main argument they'll be making for a second term.
Josh Kraushaar contributed to this report.