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Would a GOP Senate Takeover Help Clinton’s Chances?

Clinton, Paul, and Biden are slated to attend fundraisers to help their respective parties in the midterms.

Adam Wollner
Aug. 21, 2014, 7 a.m.

Former Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton (D) “will host a high-dol­lar fun­draiser for the Demo­crat­ic Wo­men’s Sen­ate Net­work at her home, along with” DSCC chair­man Mi­chael Ben­net, on Sept. 9. (Politico)

“A Re­pub­lic­an takeover of the Sen­ate this fall would hurt” Pres­id­ent Obama “for the fi­nal two years of his pres­id­ency, but it might help … Clin­ton if she runs to suc­ceed him. Re­pub­lic­an con­trol of both the House and Sen­ate would provide … Clin­ton a clear­er tar­get to run against in court­ing voters fa­tigued by Wash­ing­ton dys­func­tion. The longer an un­pop­u­lar pres­id­ent and his more-un­pop­u­lar par­tis­an ad­versar­ies battle to a stand­still, the easi­er it is to of­fer her­self as a fresh start. ‘It would be bad for the coun­try,” said Stan­ley Green­berg, Pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton’s former poll­ster, but ‘total grid­lock would al­low Hil­lary to be the change.’” (New York Times)

“Clin­ton is em­phas­iz­ing her roots in the Mid­w­est, a re­gion crit­ic­al to elect­or­al suc­cess and a call­ing card for any politi­cian look­ing to hone an im­age of no-non­sense prac­tic­al­ity.” (Wall Street Journ­al)

AFL-CIO polit­ic­al dir­ect­or Mike Pod­horzer “said uni­ons want to be more uni­fied be­hind a can­did­ate than they were in 2008, when Clin­ton and … Obama battled for the nom­in­a­tion, split­ting labor. He also pushed back against the sug­ges­tion that work­ers have ‘con­cerns’ with Clin­ton. But Pod­horzer ac­know­ledged labor has ques­tions about what Clin­ton will em­phas­ize in an ex­pec­ted run for the White House.” Pod­horzer: “People want to see where she’ll be on work­ing fam­ily is­sues, if she de­cides to run.” (The Hill)

PAUL: BACK TO N.C. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “is sched­uled to head­line a” North Car­o­lina Re­pub­lic­an Party fun­draiser in Char­lotte next Monday. Paul “vis­ited Char­lotte about three months ago ahead of the state’s GOP Sen­ate primary in May, at­tend­ing a rally for” phys­i­cian Greg Bran­non (R). (Raleigh News & Ob­serv­er)

BIDEN: WINDY CITY BOUND. Vice Pres­id­ent Biden will raise money for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) “and Demo­crat­ic mem­bers of Con­gress” in Chica­go next Monday. (Chica­go Tribune)

PERRY: NOT ALL THAT MEETS THE EYE. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “waived his right to ap­pear at his ar­raign­ment hear­ing on Fri­day morn­ing and entered a plea of not guilty to two felony counts: ab­use of of­fi­cial ca­pa­city and co­er­cion of a pub­lic of­fi­cial.” (Texas Tribune)

“The con­ven­tion­al wis­dom fol­low­ing … Perry’s in­dict­ment on charges of ab­use of power has been strik­ingly uni­form in the na­tion­al me­dia ““ the gov­ernor’s get­ting a raw deal. … But as is of­ten the case, there’s more to the story. Here are five things to con­sider in eval­u­at­ing the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom. … 1) The case is about polit­ics. … 2) Perry pun­ished a dis­trict at­tor­ney for drunk­en driv­ing. … 3) The case is about a veto. … 4) The dis­trict at­tor­ney was in­vest­ig­at­ing in­sider deal­ing in a Perry pro­gram. … 5) The in­dict­ment was an ef­fort to dam­age Perry’s 2016 pres­id­en­tial hopes.” (Dal­las Morn­ing News)

RY­AN: TEA PARTY PUSH­BACK. Scot­tie Nell Hughes of the Tea Party News Net­work on Rep. Paul Ry­an’s (R-WI) new book: “Maybe it was the pro­spect of big pub­lish­ing bucks, or the ad­or­a­tion of na­tion­al me­dia, or maybe he genu­inely be­lieves this is his tick­et to the top of the GOP pres­id­en­tial bal­lot, but … Ry­an has de­cided in his new book … to damn con­ser­vat­ives as the cra­zies be­hind a ‘sui­cide mis­sion’ for the coun­try””even as he writes, oddly, that Re­pub­lic­ans must hew to con­ser­vativ­ism to win.” (Politico)

O’MAL­LEY: DWS AGREES. DNC chair­wo­man Debbie Wasser­man Schultz “also thinks de­port­ing chil­dren de­tained at the bor­der is send­ing them back to ‘cer­tain death.’” (Politico)

WAR­REN: RE­CUS­AL. Sen. Eliza­beth War­ren (D-MA) “was ‘res­cued’ by a hand­ler after be­ing asked a ques­tion about … Clin­ton.”

War­ren: “Hil­lary is ter­rif­ic.” Re­port­er: “Is she still the best choice though?” War­ren: “I’m sorry?” Re­port­er: “Is she still the best choice?” War­ren: “Look …” Re­port­er 2: “You’re be­ing res­cued. The res­cuer is here.” (BuzzFeed)

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