The Note: The Pop-pop and Mom-mom Parties

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2006: landscape:

Adam Nagourney and Janet Elder write up the latest New York Times/CBS News poll showing "Americans have an overwhelmingly negative view of the Republican-controlled Congress. . ." LINK

"The disdain for Congress is as intense as it has been since 1994, when Republicans captured 52 seats to end 40 years of Democratic control of the House and retook the Senate as well. It underlines the challenge the Republican Party faces in trying to hold on to power in the face of a surge in anti-incumbent sentiment," writes the duo.

The poll also finds the generic congressional ballot at 50% for the Democrats and 35% for the Republicans. Nagourney and Elder are sure to include the important caveats that the playing field is much narrower than it was in 1994 and Americans feel a lot better about their own representative than they do about Congress as a whole.

With a different emphasis, Ron Brownstein writes up the latest Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg News poll results which, like the New York Times poll, shows continued Republican vulnerabilities, but unlike the New York Times poll, also shows the President (another 44% to test drive) and Republicans with some momentum. LINK

"Democrats hold a lead in the poll, 49% to 39%, when registered voters are asked which party they intend to support for Congress this year. But that advantage may rest on softening ground: On virtually every comparison between the parties measured in the survey, Republicans have improved their position since early summer."

"In particular, Republicans have nearly doubled their advantage when voters are asked which party they trust most to protect the nation against terrorism -- the thrust of Bush's public relations blitz in recent weeks."

When you take these polls and mix them in with the USA Today/Gallup poll from Tuesday, one thing is clear. We'll have to wait to the next round of polling for this to shake out a bit.

The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny (read that a few times over just to get used to it) brings his Nebraska values to the Paper of Record and writes up the various national political committee's fundraising figures and tries to goad Sen. Schumer into a spat with Howard Dean, but to no avail. LINK

Touted in a New York Times' house ad today in the Arts section: Adam Nagourney's upcoming Sunday Magazine piece on Ken Mehlman ("Can Ken Mehlman pull off one more G.O.P. win?")

Nagourney has an associate describing Mehlman as being "flabbergasted" after learning that the anonymous GOP Senate candidate in Dana Milbank's Washington Post story was his friend, Michael Steele.

Future PAC, a group of African American women (many well-known), announced its plans to focus on turning out the expected 2.6 million black women who may be inclined to stay home on Election Day in a midterm election year. The effort is focused on 25 cities in 6 potential battleground states. Board members include, Donna Brazile, Minyon Moore, Susan Taylor, and Cicely Tyson.

Senator Allen gets religion:

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