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Friday, October 23, 2009

Bye Bye Reid!
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is under fire from many of his liberal colleagues to include a government-run health insurance plan, also known as a “public option,” in the Senate health care bill according to CBS News {Article}. The story reveals that liberal advocacy groups are turning up the heat on Reid, saying they will run him out of Washington if he does not bring the public option to the Senate floor. If liberals in Nevada do not get behind Reid next year, he could see his four-term Senate career come to an end. A recent Mason-Dixon poll showed the Nevada senator trailing two possible, relatively unknown, Republican challengers.

Corzine On The Hot Seat
The former northern New Jersey political boss Joseph Ferriero was found guilty on fraud and corruption charges by a federal jury yesterday. New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie wasted no time pointing out that current NJ Governor Corzine gave NJ Democrats over $400,000 when Ferriero led the party. “The Governor bears some degree of responsibility for this as well because, sadly, he gave over $400,000 of his own personal money to enable this felon to lead the Bergen County Democratic Organization— in fact to lord over the Bergen county political scene for much of the last decade,” said Christie. A number of political analysts believe Republican victories in both Virginia and New Jersey would encourage party activists and energize Obama opponents, setting up a major battle for control of Congress in next year's midterm elections.

Obama’s “Enemy List”
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the third-ranking Senate Republican, said Wednesday the Obama administration appears to be launching a Richard Nixon-like political strategy of making an "enemies list" of people who disagree with the president. Alexander, who once worked in Nixon’s administration, cautioned the White House that taking a “street brawl” approach of attacking political opponents “can get you in a lot of trouble.” The Senator joined Sean on the NewsMaker hotline to discuss his comments. Alexander explained he had no evidence of such an “enemy list” but said he has “an uneasy feeling only 10 months into this new administration that we're beginning to see the symptoms of this same kind of animus developing." Alexander's criticism, which was similar to remarks made by Karl Rove, comes during a heated public battle between Fox News and the White House. Alexander also cited deepening disputes betw een the White House and business groups like the insurance industry, Wall Street and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Lamar Alexander

Andrew Lamar Alexander (born July 3, 1940) is the senior United States Senator from Tennessee and Conference Chair of the Republican Party . He was previously the 45th Governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987, U.S. Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993 under President George H. W. Bush and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000 .