To no surprise, West Virginia Representative Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) is jumping in the 2014 Senate Race against incumbent Democrat Jay Rockefeller. Moore Capito is in her 7th term as US Representative for the 2nd district of West Virginia; Rockefeller is in his 5th term as West Virginia’s now-senior Senator.
After deciding to skip the 2012 race against the highly popular Senator Joe Manchin, Moore Capito is jumping into a race seen as a pickup opportunity, ripe as either knocking off an unpopular liberal incumbent in a deep red state or an open race. Rockefeller, who says he is running, is seen as one of the most likely to retire before 2014.
A PPP poll had Moore Capito at 48% to Rockefeller’s 44% in 2011 — Moore Capito had a 53/28 favorability and Rockefeller had a 47/41 job approval rating.
The final day of the Democratic National Conference was last night. Quick-hits:
- Gabby Giffords giving the pledge of allegiance. Moving. Brought to tears.
- Caroline Kennedy continues to show why she would have been an awful Senator. And of course, God can’t keep a Kennedy away from a camera.
- Jennifer Granholm was an awful Governor…and her 5 viewers on Current TV (what?) were doubled to TEN on CSPAN
- John Kerry is still smarting from the 2004 loss. But the best line of his speech? “Ask Osama bin Laden if he’s better off now than he was four years ago?”
- Charlie Crist, still bitter about losing to Marco Rubio
- Joe Biden…LITERALLY a buffoon.
- Barack Obama, not his best speech. Where he could have moved the needle with a grand speech, he fell flat. No specifics, just rhetoric. Bill Clinton gave the speech Obama needed to. Obama gave his ’08 speech in ’12, and that won’t cut it.
Just a quick run-through:
- Bill Clinton had the best speech of the night. He didn’t just sling partisan meat, he actually made a case for working across the aisle and politics as a profession. The man can work a crowd, no doubt. He’s funny, engaging, and full of folksy sayings that play with people.
- Elizabeth Warren can speak to the base in a way few others can, i.e. “The system is rigged against you.” But…it appeals to no one outside the base, hence, her struggle to gain traction against Scott Brown. This won’t do much to help her in that race. She’s still Granny Warren, populist extraordinaire; the architect of “you didn’t build that!”
- Kamala Harris is touted as a potential candidate for Governor but she fell FLAT.
- You will never see Sandra Fluke on this blog. She lies, she’s despicable, and disgraceful.
Best picture of the night: Hillary watches Bill from Timor-Leste, 10,000 miles away.