Welcome back from Thanksgiving, everyone. Hope you all had an excellent holiday.
Christie: Governor Christie got some unexpected positive news over the holiday weekend, receiving the endorsement of the conservative Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire. The paper endorsed Gingrich in 2011. Nate Silver analyzed the data before the Gingrich announcement, noting that the endorsement had typically been worth 11 points in NH, which would be huge in this fractured race.
Kasich: Lately Ohio Governor has had his eye out exclusively for Trump, and refused over the weekend to say he’d support Trump in a general election.
Cruz: The Texas Senator got some good news over the weekend–he’s being targeted for a frivolous lawsuit over his birthplace by left-winger Alan Grayson. Can’t really cook up the press better than this one.
Trump: Five Thirty Eight tells us we don’t need to worry about Trump doing so well in the polls.
AZ-Sen: We haven’t heard much from Kelli Ward lately, the Arizona State Senator who is primarying John McCain this cycle. While she hasn’t won any news cycles lately, she’s apparently still at it, garnering support from Tea Party groups and others disenchanted with McCain.
NH-Sen: Senator Ayotte is expressing some reservations about the possibility that Donald Trump win the primary. Expect to her endorse Rubio–or maybe even Cruz if she perceives that he endorsement will have the effect of stopping Trump.
IL-16: In a poorly timed remark, Congressman Adam Kinzinger said he would expect an apology from a Planned Parenthood official if the Colorado Springs Shooting turns out not to be based on anti-abortion extremism. The shootout was not yet over, and of course, all indications currently are that the shooter was motivated by politics.
Immigration: The White House is opposing an extension request in the appeal of the Fifth Circuit decision invalidating President Obama’s changes to domestic immigration policy. The White House wants the case heard this term–i.e., ruled on by next July–so that it doesn’t get pushed out beyond the President’s term.
Hawaii: In other legal news, Justice Kennedy enjoined the counting of ballots in an election in Hawaii. The election was only for Native Hawaiins, and some Native Hawaiians and non-Natives object to the the Court deciding the case. The full Supreme Court will soon hear a petition for additional review.
LA-Gov: Here’s a long retrospective on the Louisiana Governor’s race. The jockeying between Edwards and Mitch Landreiu might be the best part of it.
Pres-1896: Speaking of retrospectives, here’s a very retro piece on William McKinley’s election to the presidency in 1896, and what it might still mean for today’s generation of politics.
Open Thread Question For Readers: The holiday season is coming up, and I’m curious what book recommendations you have for those flights or down time between meals and opening presents. What are you favorite political books? Interested in both fiction and non-fiction, but you get more points for fiction.