Depending on which poll one tends to favor, the Democratic senatorial nominee in Massachusetts is either way ahead of or narrowly behind her Republican rival with the special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat just one week off.
After seeing his presidential approval rating plummet by roughly 20 percentage points during his first year in office, the question now is whether President Barack Obama may be able to fashion a comeback in 2010. If history is a guide, don’t bet on it.
Congressional Democrats received a near-final version of health care reform as their gift from Santa this year. Congressional Republicans got Parker Griffith. The freshman Democratic House member from northern Alabama announced Dec. 22 that he was switching his allegiance to the GOP.
As Senate debate winds down on the most important piece of legislation this year, one can be forgiven if it appears there is only one senator that matters: Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
The Massachusetts Senate primary Dec. 8 did not anoint a new senator to succeed the late Edward M. Kennedy (and his temporary replacement, Paul Kirk). But there was nothing in the results that would point to anything but a Democratic special election victory Jan. 19.