The Obama campaign is belatedly realizing that it needs to have more
women in the top positions of the campaign organization and is rapidly
correcting the problem. In addition to the recent hire of Patti Solis
Doyle this week, it also
hiring Stephanie Cutter, John Kerry's 2004 communications director as a
senior advisor and Jen O'Malley Dillon as battleground states director.
More hires of women in key positions are expected.
Some of the committees have
their May fundraising efforts.
The RNC has $54 million cash on hand to the DNC's paltry $4 million.
The DNC has actually raised quite a bit of money, but it is spending it
on Howard Dean's 50-state strategy. The RNC is saving its pennies to
help John McCain in the Fall.The DSCC has $39 million on hand to the
NRSC's $22 million. The NRCC has $7 million in the bank. The DCCC
hasn't reported yet.
In case you missed the announcement in February, Ralph Nader is
continuing his quest for the Harold Stassen Award. This is Nader's fourth run, so he needs six more
after this one to break Stassen's record. When people confront him blaming him for George W. Bush's victory in
2000 and thus the Iraq war he replies that the people who should really get the blame are George H.W. Bush
and Barbara Bush for creating him in the first place.
Here are today's presidential polls.
Iowa and Nevada are close, as expected, with McCain leading slightly in Nevada
and Obama leading slightly in Iowa. Both will be battleground states this year.
The New Hampshire Senate race looks like it is going to be a landslide for three-time former
governor Jeanne Shaheen.
Perhaps the most indicative poll of all today is in IN-09,
an R+7 district in which Rep. Baron Hill (D) and Mike Sodrel (R)
keep taking turns at being a congressman.
Hill now is leading 51% to 40%. We saw earlier this year that
Democrats swept three open seats in Republican territory (IL-14,
LA-06, and MS-01). Now we are starting to see what might happen
to incumbent Democrats in Republican territory--they might be
reelected in landslides. While it is still too early for Hill to
break out the champagne, when a Democrat has an 11-point lead in
a heavily Republican district it does not bode well for the GOP
in contested House races.