In the tradition of my recent months-long (and popular) WikiLeaks and Occupy live-blogs, today marks the start of my daily focus on the 2012 election campaign. Unlike most campaign blogs, this one will remain active nights and weekends, and cover the latest news and controversies across a very wide range of races and issues that progressives care about. (See my preview and personal background here.) As the author of three books about influential political campaigns, I also bring a certain historical perspective to this very topical task. You can bookmark the blog by clicking my name at the top or by going here. Send tips to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And now, away we go, updated from the top—return often for new stuff!
9:30 "MACAMA" MAN WINS Yes, George Allen has easily carried GOP primary in bid to return to U.S. Senate. Returns about to come in from key votes in Arizona–especially the race for Rep. Giffords seat–and Nevada, and TPM has page ready to bring them to you.
6:15 ROOM FOR A HASHTAG, TOO Obama at Maryland fundraiser today on the GOP campaign message: "You can pretty much put their campaign on a tweet and have some characters to spare."
5:25 CITIZENS UNITED REDUX Our own Katrina vanden Heuvel with detailed look at actions actions across USA to un-do the horrific SCOTUS decision.
4:10 JOE WALSH: LIFE IN THE BASH LANE I’ve had fun from the start (given my Crawdaddy pedigree) with Tea Party candidate, now congressman, Joe Walsh, given the, shall we say, goofy image of the Eagles’ guitarist of the same name. Now comes word that the original wacky Joe Walsh has endorsed the opponent of t new wacky Joe Walsh in the latter’s tough re-election fight against Tammy Duckworth in Illinois. He’ll even play a benefit for her. His statement: "I’m the real Joe Walsh and I’m proud to back a real American success story — Tammy Duckworth. Tammy’s story, her service to our nation and her continued commitment to working families (like the one I come from!) have convinced me that she’s the right choice for Congress." And you know you can’t forget those lionized.
More from the music world: Pearl Jam’s bassist backs Sen. Jon Tester and helping with a September fundraising ploy in Missoula.
3:40 GUNNING FOR MITT The Atlantic picks as its photo of the day this shot (so to speak) via Buzzfeed: Mitt’s older brother holding a gun on mom after birth of young WIllard….Bob Shrum, longtime Dem insider and speech writer (I first met him in 1978), joining Daily Beast/Newsweek to pen weekly column.