NRSC Chairman John Cornyn this morning acknowledged that the GOP Senate nominee in Alaska, Joe Miller, is in real trouble. But, he added, his party will be satisfied if incumbent Repbulican-turned-independent Lisa Murkowski prevails as a write-in candidate.
"We are supporting the nominee of our party, which is Mr. Miller, and -- but are concerned," Cornyn said. "I think that polls are very close now between Senator Murkowski and Joe Miller, and what we want to make sure of is that the Democrat doesn't win."
Cornyn was responding to an earlier report that the GOP had largely given up on Miller, who's tanked dramatically in the polls in recent days. Murkowski and Miller are running against Democratic nominee Scott McAdams.
Yesterday's tracking poll -- which overlaps this one by three days out of the four-day sample -- had an identical Toomey lead of 45%-43%, after several previous days that had Toomey with stronger leads.
In Wilmington, Delaware this afternoon, the Tea Party Express will take Christine O'Donnell on one more trip around the dance floor before the election music stops. With just hours to go before Election Day, the Republican Senate nominee and and the Tea Party Express are likely set for different paths: O'Donnell to an almost certain loss to Democrat Chris Coons, and the group to what's sure to be some post-election tea party infighting. But today, they will share the same stage one more time.
The group's final bus tour of the campaign cycle is rolling to a stop Monday, but not before touching down in Delaware, where Tea Party Express money and resources helped O'Donnell defeat the GOP establishment pick, Mike Castle, in this September's Republican primary.
Since that time, O'Donnell has come to represent the best and the worst of the tea party phenomenon. Her ability to knock off Castle -- an odds-on favorite for the seat, with the endorsement of just about everyone in mainstream Republican politics -- was indicative of the tea party's ability to scare the pants off the establishment. That could have a big effect on how the party moves forward if the GOP wins big on Tuesday. But O'Donnell's apparent failure to engage voters in Delaware beyond her tea party base also tells a tale of the tea party: the one where candidates find themselves trapped underneath the movement's sometimes eccentric policy views.
Jon Stewart's said at Saturday's rally that he didn't really care how it gets received by pundits and cable news - he's just happy so many people showed up.
"I know there are boundaries for a comedian pundit talky guy," he said in his closing remarks, "and I'm sure I'll find out tomorrow how I violated them." But really, he said, "I'm really happy you guys are here. Even if we're not sure why."
No one seems to be sure exactly how many people packed the National Mall today for the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, but there's one thing everyone can agree on: sanity and/or fear are extremely popular.
MTV's spokesperson told the Washington City Paper's Mike Madden that 250,000 people came out to see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert take the stage Saturday, while Viacom (the parent company of MTV and Comedy Central, home to Stewart's and Colbert's show) told the New York Times' Brian Stelter that "well over 200,000" were in attendance.
The Rand Paul supporter who was caught on camera stepping on the head of a MoveOn activist has been charged with fourth-degree assault, the Lexington Herald-Leaderreports.
Timothy Mark Profitt, 53, is charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault after he stomped on Lauren Valle's head and neck. Profitt "intentionally placed his foot on the shoulder/head region on the victim," a criminal summons says. The newspaper reported that court records say Profitt will be arraigned Nov. 18. Such a charge carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail, a $500 fine, or a combination of both, the newspaper reported.
Unlike Glenn Beck's rally, there was no ban on signs at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Attendees took full advantage, breaking out the creativity with signs poking fun at Tea Partiers, myths about President Obama, extremism in the political realm, Republicans and the optics of rally signs in general.
On Oct. 30, 2010, Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., drawing thousands of people from around the country.