Wednesday’s campaign round-up

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* After success in the special election in New York’s 26th, Democratic Party officials are telegraphing their punches: they plan to duplicate the strategy in districts nationwide.

* As Rep.-elect Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) takes a victory lap around the district today, Fox News is choosing to largely ignore the Democratic victory. I wonder why that is.

* In Wisconsin, if former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) decides to run for retiring Sen. Herb Kohl’s (D) seat, PPP shows him as the clear early frontrunner. In hypothetical match-ups, Feingold leads all of the likely Republican candidates in margins ranging from 10 to 15 points. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) does well, but not nearly as well.

* Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) is likely to find his Ohio-area district squeezed out through redistricting, and has eyed the state of Washington as his new home. But in the Washington district he’s eyeing, only 12% of local voters think Kucinich should run.

* Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced months ago that he wouldn’t run for president in 2012, but as of yesterday, he’s apparently reconsidering his decision. There’s no reason to think he’d be competitive if he runs.

* Mitt Romney is arguably the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, but FredomWorks, a right-wing outfit led by Dick Armey, is apparently determined to derail the former Massachusetts governor’s campaign. “Romney has a record and we don’t really like it that much,” the group’s communications director said.

* And in a rather comical display, former Georgia Sen. Zell Miller (D), arguably the nation’s most notorious Democrat In Name Only, has become the co-chairman of Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign.