Mostly as a result of the damage House Republicans sustained during the 16-day government shutdown, we are making changes to our ratings in 15 House seats, all but one in Democrats’ direction. Democrats still have a very uphill climb to a majority, and it’s doubtful they can sustain this month’s momentum for another year. But Republicans’ actions have energized Democratic fundraising and recruiting efforts and handed Democrats a potentially effective message.
Fitzpatrick mostly stuck with the GOP party line during the shutdown. He said he supported a ‘clean’ resolution to reopen the government from day one, but at no point voted against House Speaker John Boehner. They both voted against a majority of the House GOP this week for the bipartisan measure to end the shutdown.
His Democratic challengers seized the opportunity and hammered Fitzpatrick for not doing more to forge a compromise. Kevin Strouse and Shaughnessy Naughton both took turns calling him a hypocrite and equating him with the Tea Party.
Action star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been lobbying for support to change the law to allow him to run for president in 2016, Page Six has exclusively learned.
We’re told Ahnold has been openly talking about his political ambitions while in New York to promote his new movie with Sylvester Stallone, “Escape Plan.”
One source said: “Schwarzenegger has been talking openly about working on getting the constitutional rules changed so he can run for president in 2016.
He is ready to file legal paperwork to challenge the rules.”
Arnie was born in Austria, and the US Constitution prevents foreign-born citizens from holding the nation’s top job. Any amendment to the Constitution must be approved by two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate.
Hey, as long as it doesn’t favor a Democrat, the Republicans on the Supreme Court should go for it!
Anthropologist Karen Ho talks with Jay about Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, based on interviews with employees of Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and other firms.