David Corn

David Corn

Washington Bureau Chief

Corn has broken stories on presidents, politicians, and other Washington players. He's written for numerous publications and is a talk show regular. His best-selling books include Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War.

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DC Ticker on ABC News: Tom Donohue, buy; Joe Miller, sell

| Tue Oct. 26, 2010 9:24 AM EDT

I've previously explained the DC Ticker I compile most days, which is now being featured on ABC News' website show, Political Punch, hosted by Jake Tapper. Here are the picks featured on this week's PP:

Tom Donohue, buy. His Chamber of Commerce is not your father's Chamber of Commerce. No matter how many House and Senate seats the Republicans gain next week, Donohue's standing as a DC powerbroker goes up.

Joe Miller, sell. The Tea Party Republican Senate candidate in Alaska used to be a local government attorney, but he left that post under a cloud. Now a judge has ordered his personnel records made public. Will any skeletons come dancing out of the closet before Halloween—and the election?

Mike Huckabee, buy. He's blasting Karl Rove and other Republican elitists for being dismissive of Christine O'Donnell. This is not about defending an ex-witch. It's about making a play for social conservative voters in the 2012 Republican primaries.

Denis McDonough, buy. He was just named deputy national security adviser. Whether Obama is a one- or two-term president, there's still time for McDonough to reach the top national security job at the White House.

Tom Coburn, buy. Unless a Democratic miracle occurs, there will be more tea party Republicans in the Senate after the election, and that could earn Coburn, a conservative senator from Oklahoma, a spot in the Senate Republican leadership, as its ambassador to those extreme-as-we-want-to-be Senate newbies.

You can receive the almost-daily DC Ticker report by following my Twitter feed. (#DCticker is the Twitter hashtag.) Please feel free to argue with my selections—though all decisions of the judges are final. And please feel free to make suggestions for buy or sell orders in the comments below or on Twitter (by replying to @DavidCornDC). Don't forget: DC Ticker is merely an advisory service. It and its author cannot be held liable for any investments made in politicians, policy wonks, or government officials on the basis of the information presented. Invest in politics at your own risk.

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Is GOP the Party of Hate?

| Wed Oct. 20, 2010 9:22 AM EDT

There's no disputing that the Republican Party is the party of anger these days. Tea party anger. Libertarian anger. Social conservative anger. Hate Obama anger. But Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is trying to brand the GOP as the party of hatred. In a fundraising email for his political action committee, he writes:

I was targeted by the Nixon White House, and the smears of 2004 were no picnic, but something's happening right now in our politics that's disturbingly different than anything I remember.

Hatred is a word mainstream candidates don't use, period. But when Sharron Angle's campaign announced her fundraising totals, they said, "This is a testament to the hatred of Harry Reid." Scary words from a campaign of a candidate who said people would resort to "second amendment remedies" if the rightwing didn't get their way.

Something's afoot. Another Congressman said, "We hunt liberal, tree-hugging Democrats," while Michael Steele called on activists to "get Nancy ready for the firing line," talking about the first woman Speaker in our nation's history.

This politics is dangerous.

In my household, we teach the kids that "hate" is a big word, one that should be used sparingly. But there is plenty of Obama hatred out there—and it extends to Democrats and others. (Remember when furious tea partiers gathered at a Capitol Hill rally organized by the House Republican leadership to protest the health care reform law then under consideration by Congress, and the crowd, referring to Democrats, chanted, "Nazis, Nazis"?) Kerry's point is sound: there's plenty of over-the-top detesting going on in Republican and conservative circles. But the political question is, can Democrats and independents be whipped up to oppose Republicans by worries of rightwing extremism? What's a more powerful motivation: hatred or fear?

DC Ticker on ABC News: Kaine, Sell; Steele, sell.

| Tue Oct. 19, 2010 7:18 AM EDT

I've previously explained the DC Ticker I compile most days, which is now being featured on ABC News' website show, Political Punch, hosted by Jake Tapper. Here are the picks featured on this week's PP

Tim Kaine, sell. His DNC is pumping millions into Democratic campaigns, but it still looks as if the Dems are heading toward a historic shellacking.

* Michael Steele, sell. His party seems to be on the verge of seizing control of the House and picking up a significant number of Senate seats, but perhaps no thanks to the RNC, which has been a fundraising flop.

* Newt Gingrich, buy. His chances of becoming the next president are next to nil, but he's raised a lot of money recently, which will put him where he wants to be: in the discussion of 2012 wannabes.

* Patty Murray, sell. From Senator Mom in Sneakers to running for her life.

* Carl Forti, buy. Dubbed "Karl Rove's Karl Rove," the young political strategist who's guiding several of the outside group pouring secret funds into campaigns to help Republicans will be able to claim a big share of the credit should the GOP score big on Election Day.

You can receive the almost-daily DC Ticker report by following my Twitter feed. (#DCticker is the Twitter hashtag.) Please feel free to argue with my selections—though all decisions of the judges are final. And please feel free to make suggestions for buy or sell orders in the comments below or on Twitter (by replying to @DavidCornDC). Don't forget: DC Ticker is merely an advisory service. It and its author cannot be held liable for any investments made in politicians, policy wonks, or government officials on the basis of the information presented. Invest in politics at your own risk.

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