Tuesday, August 14, 2012
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
But in the Republican Party, the Keynote is your dance partner for the evening, and your VP is the one you go home with at night - and those aren't the same people.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Republican Linda McMahon officially announced her candidacy for Senate Tuesday, hoping to replace outgoing Democrat-turned-Independent Joe Lieberman. She joins a list of familiar faces in state politics lining up for the race.
Monday, March 14, 2011
By Anna Sale
Last year, President Obama was calling investment in new nuclear power plants “a necessity.” He reiterated his call for nuclear investment in his State of the Union this year and in his budget proposal, which calls for $36 billion in loan guarantees for new nuclear construction.
Then, in the last 72 hours, two hydrogen explosions rocked Japan in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami and earthquake.
Now, Washington is readying its response, with key lawmakers urging caution, rather than a reconsideration, of domestic nuclear policy.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
By Azi Paybarah
Finally, a profile of Josh Isay, the consultant to, um, everyone? (Bloomberg, Caroline Kennedy, Schumer, Christine Quinn, Netanyahu):
IF THERE WAS EVER A TIME JOSH ISAY could be neatly categorized as a "Democratic operative," that time is over. He is now the guy who could represent Quinn or Stringer or some other Democrat if those are the choices for mayor in 2013, but who is just as likely to represent the next Bloomberg, if and when one surfaces, if that candidate is the one he likes best, and has enough money, and looks likely, with some expert help with messaging, to win.
Certainly, he will not feel constrained by any sense of partisan duty.
(As one of Isay's consultant friends put it, "Josh is highly motivated by making profit, which is fine.")
When the Democratic primary electorate rejected Joe Lieberman in Connecticut, Isay (like Schumer, and other Democratic senators) helped Lieberman beat the Democratic nominee in the general. Isay did his best to help Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida, who became an independent only when it became clear that he was going to lose his Senate primary. Outside American politics, Isay has worked for Netanyahu and Israel's Likud Party, which is increasingly explicit about its ideological alligment with the U.S. Republican Party. (There was a tradition, dating back to the Bill Clinton era, of top Democractic consultants working for Likud's opponents; Netanyahu's first American guru, by contrast, was Arthur Finkelstein, the reclusive archconservative who masterminded the rise of former governor George Pataki and the Senate campaigns of Al D'Amato.)
As far as American politics is concered, Isay said, “I consider myself kind of a, what is Koch’s expression? A liberal with sanity. I think that’s Koch’s expression.”
Isay will likely get a piece of President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, perhaps playing a bigger—and proportionately more lucrative—part than in 2008, when Knickerbocker SKD handled mail in the northeast, and television in the west.
“I don’t know how they’re going to organize it for the next presidential,” said Isay. “But Anita [Dunn, business partner in D.C.] was communications director for the White House and will certainly play a role in whatever they want to do.”
For more, check out Jason Horowitz's piece about Isay, Pollock and Wolfson.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut Senator who had a turblent relationship with the Democratic Party, is reportedly set to announce he will not seek a fifth term in office.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
On NY1's roundtable last night, political consultants panned the No Labels movement.
Democrat Doug Forand said there was a "smugness and almost naivete" in their material. Not that there was much material (more on that here).
"I don’t think you can in this day and age get away with saying things like ‘we’re not going to talk about social issues because that’s not what we talk about.’ These are real issues in political campaigns," Forand said.
Republican Susan del Percio knocked the messengers.
"You have [Charlie] Christ who couldn’t make it in the Republican Party, [Joe] Leiberman who couldn’t make it in the Democratic Party and you have Michael Bloomberg whose been labeled a Democrat, Republican and Independent. I mean, he’s had more labels than anybody," she said.
(Lieberman was scheduled to attend the No Labels launch on Monday, but didn't make it because of travel delays.)
Democrat Risa Heller gave the most entertaining take-down of the movement, saying it's striking at the right time, but what they're calling for is impractical.
"Campaigns are fights," said Heller. "So, even if we were all members of the purple party or whatever it’s going to be called, we’d still fight, have a campaign and get mad at each other and bicker and go negative and do whatever. Government, when you’re talking about real issues, that matter to real people, every single day, people are going to fight about it, even if we’re members of the non-partisan party. I’m going to feel one way and you’re going to feel another."