Saturday, October 25, 2008



  • Fiscally Conservative, Socially Progressive Spenders (LETTER to Wall Street Journal) In the blue states, a self-described independent is a left-leaning sophisticate wrapped in Izod packaging, driving a Prius and whining about Sarah Palin.

  • Con Games: The Real Third Party (Michael Conniff, Huffington Post) This third party is like no other in the history of politics -- with no leader, no agenda, and no way to measure the profound and growing influence it already has over our national politics.


  • Obama lead on McCain slips to 9 points (Reuters) his lead among independents had fallen to 16 points from 26 Friday.

  • Perceptions of Palin Grow Increasingly Negative, Poll Says (Washington Post) Among independent women, the percentage who view Palin as in tune with people like themselves slipped from 73 to 50 percent.

  • Obama's ground game: 770 field offices--The Democrat's campaign plans 1.2 million 'conversations' this weekend. (Chicago Tribune/The Swamp)

  • Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Obama 51.3%, McCain 41.0% (DL-Online Detroit Lakes MN) The poll, a three–day rolling average survey of likely voters nationwide, shows that Obama continues to dominate among independent voters – he leads by a 56% to 30% margin over McCain among those voters – and among those who have already cast their ballots.

Fulani vs. Bloomberg? (Daily News/Daily Politics) This full-page ad, paid for by Lenora Fulani and her allies in the Manhattan Independence Party, appeared in this week's Amsterdam News and seems to signal trouble ahead for Mayor Bloomberg if he tries to run again next fall on Row C as he did in 2001 and 2005.

"The meeting was prompted by what’s going on in the city right now," said Fulani ally and party official Sarah Lyons. "The city is facing a democracy crisis with a one-time reform mayor has turned his back on the principles of democratic reform."

"As an independent who played a major role in getting Bloomberg elected, Dr. Fulani feels she has an obligation to speak out. Many who support her work felt it was an important moment to speak out also and to acknowledge the extensive quality work she has done for many different communities."

There will also be a radio ad campaign on 98.7 KISS FM, Lyons said.

Listed as "speakers and endorsers" of next week's event in support of Fulani are: Sen. Eric Adams (who has been outspoken in his opposition to Bloomberg's term limits bill), Councilman Charles Barron (ditto) and his wife, Assembly candidate Inez Barron,
Fulani expressed her displeasure with the mayor's effort to extend term limits during an interview with the DN's Frank Lombardi last month, telling him: "As far as I’m concerned the people of New York City have spoken. We have term limits and the elected officials should respect it.”

Last summer, Fulani launched an exploratory committee for a 2009 potential mayoral run. As an enrolled member of the Independence Party, all she has to do is circulate petitions; she needs no permission to run from Indy leaders.

Not so for Bloomberg.

Since the state's highest court has sided with Fulani and her supporters in their legal fight with state Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay, a Bloomberg ally, over who controls Wilson Pakulas in citywide races, they would have to grant him the right to run on the line.

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