Political Posturing: Somebody Else's Spin

nah-nah-nah-nah-nah Kerry "fired-up" to take on Bush in Senate; considers forming PAC; does not rule out '08 run. Dean interested in party chairmanship. [WP, LAT, BG]


Kerry advisors blame ineffective economic rhetoric, acknowledge pre-election evidence of declining support. Carville: "I think we have to come to grips with the fact that we are an opposition party right now and not a particularly effective one. I'm out of denial. Reality has hit." [NYT, WT]

Card agrees to stay on; Rumsfeld hints he'll remain. [WP, NYT, USAT]

Specter jockeys to chair Judiciary Committee as conservative groups wage fight in opposition. Specter: "I was not warning the president of anything. It is just a political fact of life." (No pun intended). [USAT]

Reid warns Bush to proceed with caution. [WT]

Counting in Ohio, highly unlikely to change outcome, attracts scrutiny; effect of irregularities dispelled. [LAT]

20.9m people under 30 voted last week, up from 16.2m in 2000. 51% of the demographic; the largest raw turnout since '72; the only age group Kerry won. [WP]

Hispanic voters "up for grabs"; 44% voted for Bush. Kerry used broad appeals while Bush focused on moral values to engage conservative Hispanic voters. [NYT]

Halliburton revelations could be the unraveling of Bush's second term as Justice Department expands inquiry. [WP]

Bush wants to legalize millions of migrants. [NYT]

Top EPA scientist resigned after election to avoid "somebody else's spin." [WSJ]

Secession talk generates sales of "I seceded" shirts. Lawrence O'Donnell: "Ninety percent of the red states are welfare-client states of the federal government." [WT]

[AFP/File]

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