The Political Report – January 27, 2023

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has announced he is running for U.S. Senate in 2024, joining a growing field of Democrats who are seeking to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who has not explicitly said she would run for reelection, the Washington Post reports.

Schiff told KQED that he made his Senate campaign announcement after talking to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).  Said Schiff: “I wouldn’t be doing this without her blessing.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told Raw Story that “she’s not not running. In fact, she has no plans to decide — let alone announce — her 2024 intentions until next year.” Said Feinstein: “I need a little bit of time, so it’s not this year.” She added that she isn’t fazed by her current — or potential — Democratic challengers: “Oh, I don’t mind it. The more, the merrier.”

Feinstein said last week she’d decide whether to seek re-election in the “next couple months” while her fellow Democrat, Montana Sen. Jon Tester, said Tuesday he’d make up his mind before the end of the first quarter of the year.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is backing former Trump campaign adviser Harmeet Dhillon in her bid to take the Republican National Committee chairmanship away from Ronna McDaniel, The Hill reports.  Said DeSantis: “I think we need a change. I think we need to get some new blood in the RNC.”  He added: “We’ve had three substandard election cycles in a row: ‘18, ‘20 and ‘22. And I would say of all three of those, ‘22 was probably the worst.”

“Mike Lindell is running for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. But no one involved in the RNC, which is gathering for its winter meetings in California this week, seems to know why—or who’s backing him,” Vice News reports.

“Lindell, a close ally of former President Donald Trump and a lead booster of Trump’s 2020 election lies, is one of three candidates vying for the chairmanship. The MyPillow CEO and election conspiracy theorist has been publicly endorsed by exactly one of the committee’s 168 voting members. And many of the RNC’s voting members are rolling their eyes at his quixotic bid to take over the party and force it to put his obsession with supposed election fraud front-and-center, just months after candidates he backed cost them winnable races across the country.”

Richard Thau: “DeSantis has a choice to make as he inches towards a presidential run: Either consume a lot of time and resources educating voters on the evils of ‘wokeism,’ or stress another issue position that would more intuitively bring swing voters to his side. Attacking the woke may stir the base, but our evidence indicates it may not be that helpful in winning the center.”

“When Governor DeSantis declares, ‘Florida is where woke goes to die,’ many of these swing voters have no clue what ideology he’s trying to bury.”

Washington Post: Backlash grows against DeSantis decision to block AP African American studies class.

Daily Beast: “According to five Republicans familiar with the discussions, [Governor DeSantis’] top lieutenants have quietly recruited a network of conservative social media influencers as part of a broader attempt to circumvent the mainstream press and appeal directly to GOP primary voters nationwide.”

“As Donald Trump prepares for his first public events since announcing his presidential campaign, dozens of members of the Republican Party’s governing body are expressing doubts about his ability to win back the White House and are calling for a competitive primary to produce a stronger nominee in 2024,” the New York Times reports.

“The 168 members of the Republican National Committee are gathering in Southern California to select their own leader on Friday, and interviews this week with 59 of them — more than one-third of the committee’s membership — found few eager to crown Mr. Trump their nominee for a third time. While they praised his policies and accomplishments as president, many expressed deep concerns about his age (he’s 76), temperament and ability to win a general election, often in unusually blunt terms.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) “is angling to be Donald Trump’s running mate in 2024,” NBC News reports.

“That goal is at the heart of Greene’s recent efforts to rebrand herself as a politician who can stand astride the divide between the party’s hard-liners and its establishment wing.”

Dan Pfeiffer: “In political terms, the 2024 presidential election is light years from now and we know very little about how it will shape up. Donald Trump announced his candidacy right after the midterms but has avoided the public since then. In fact, there is a chance that he will be sitting in prison when you are reading this. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, fresh off a big win in 2022, was leading the race to be the non-Donald Trump (but still very Trumpy) candidate. Mike Pence was actively plotting a campaign despite the fact that the Republican Party’s most committed voters recently endorsed his death by hanging. A bunch of other lesser lights (see: Cruz, Ted) and grifters (see: Pompeo, Mike) were also planning on running for President.”

“The candidates are not the only ‘known unknowns.’ What’s happening in the economy? How high is inflation? What’s the price of gas? Is Trump in jail? Is he running for President from a jail cell?”

“As a reminder of how fast things can change, the entire 2020 race was upended in early March when the pandemic began in force. Something similar happened less than two months before the election in 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed.”

“Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under former President Donald Trump, has hired key staff and is canvassing potential donors as she explores a presidential run against her former boss in 2024,” CNBC reports.  “Haley is putting together a national finance committee and communications team in advance of a potential campaign, these people explained. Some of the new hires have been directed to report for work at Haley’s nonprofit Stand for America Inc. and her political action committee Stand for America PAC in Charleston, S.C., by Feb. 1.”

Ron Brownstein: “As many as a dozen or more states could redraw the lines governing their congressional elections again before the 2024 election, more than enough to shift the balance of power in a House where the two parties have only managed to eke out mirror image five-seat majorities over the past two elections.”

“Experts agree it’s unprecedented in modern times for this many House seats to remain in flux this long after the decennial redrawing of Congressional districts that last occurred following the 2020 Census.”

With such narrow margins, these fights could decide control of the House.

“There’s not a darn reason we should’ve lost.”— Kari Lake (R), on Steve Bannon’s podcast, coming close to finally admitting she lost the race for governor in Arizona.

Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom has certified an application for a petition that, if successful, would get rid of the state’s ranked choice voting system and non-partisan primary, Alaska Public Media reports.

Former Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who lost a Senate bid in Ohio last year, announced that he’s joining the leadership council of a political nonprofit that promotes the natural gas industry, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Politico: “Those preparing to challenge Donald Trump in the GOP’s presidential primary are taking their time, privately discussing the prospect of waiting until spring or summer to get in.”

“Part of it is strategic: an effort to make someone else an early Trump foil. Part of it is fear: wariness around their own ability to raise money to sustain a drawn-out campaign.”

Meanwhile, Semafor reports the RNC wants Republican candidates to be put to the test during primary debates — even if that means having networks that conservatives normally shy away from host the events.

Bloomberg: “The former president, itching to seal up support early in what remains a key state in the Republican presidential contest, has checked in with Iowa influencers who have stood by him in the past.”

“Senators Chuck Grassley and Governor Kim Reynolds didn’t answer when he telephoned recently, and neither of them are willing to give their party’s former leader their nod this early, according to people familiar with the matter. Nor are Joni Ernst or other top state elected officials.”

Amanda Carpenter: “In 2024, nearly half of the Democratic caucus—23 senators—is up for re-election. Of those, eight are considered vulnerable: five in battleground states (Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Virginia) and the other three in solidly red states (Ohio, Montana, West Virginia). Republicans, on the other hand, have only 11 senators up for re-election in the 2024 cycle, and all of them represent states Trump won in 2020…”

“So even though it’s early and elections are unpredictable, the map math is hard to deny: Republicans stand a much better shot of taking control of the Senate than Democrats do of keeping it in 2024.”

More than half of Democrats now identify as liberal, suggesting that the long-vilified “L-word” may be losing its potency as political kryptonite, The Hill reports.

Donald Trump hosted the conservative influencers behind “Libs of Tik Tok” and Babylon Bee at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago as part of a new charm offensive by the Republican presidential candidate, NBC News reports.

“Negotiations hit a standstill on Tuesday between DirecTV and conservative cable channel Newsmax, prompting the pay-TV provider to cut loose the pro-Trump network from its lineup,” the Daily Beast reports.

“On the surface, this should have been a typical cable package negotiation in an era of cord-cutting, shrinking subscription numbers, and reduced television revenues. Instead, it looks like it will become yet another salvo in the ongoing culture wars and partisan gripes fueling American politics and cable news.”

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1 comment on “The Political Report – January 27, 2023

  1. Schiff needs to gtfo of Katie Porter’s way.

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