- The once-proud Southern Democratic Party (By Bob Livingston, Southern Political Report) This last Saturday, Louisiana held her primary elections, and a trend that has become evident throughout the South was once again made glaringly apparent. The once dominant Democrat Party is withering on the vine and may soon find itself less relevant in some state and local political contests than independent voters.
- Underwater - President Obama will struggle to win reelection if his approval rating doesn’t rise. (Charlie Cook, National Journal) It’s worth noting that in the Oct. 17-23 aggregation of Gallup tracking, Obama’s job-approval rating among independents was only 38 percent. This was a group he carried by 8 percentage points over John McCain in 2008, 52 percent to 44 percent. Among “pure” independents, those who don’t lean toward either party when pushed, the president’s approval rating was 32 percent.