Sabato's Crystal Ball

Tweets of the Week

Larry J. Sabato, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics September 17th, 2009

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The Crystal Ball’s Tweets of the Week is a look back at the highlights of the past week in politics in snippets of 140 characters or less. To get this analysis as soon as news breaks, follow University of Virginia Center for Politics Director, and Crystal Ball founder, Larry Sabato on Twitter by clicking here.


7:20 PM Sep 11th: What a tough decision awaits on Afghanistan. Almost all of us supported invasion after 9/11, but it gets ever more complicated.

7:26 PM Sep 11th: As you get older, you finally realize that many problems simply can’t be fixed. Afghanistan and U.S. campaign finance are two sad examples.

8:03 PM Sep 13th: When you question people who have doubts about Obama, moderates especially, they often use some variation of 4 words: “Too far, too fast.”

8:10 PM Sep 13th: Belief that Obama is “in a rush” to do too much, combined with bad economy, is fueling some buyer’s remorse that could show up in ’10 races.

1:43 PM Sep 14th: Which party will best use populism in 2010? The Dems, who target big business, or the GOPers, who aim at big government?

7:35 AM Sep 15th: CA might consider changing theme song from “CA Here We Come” to “CA There They Go.” For first time ever, CA may lose House seat in ’10 census.

11:24 AM Sep 16th: Confused by the blizzard of numbers in VA campaign finance reports? Let me summarize for you: Both sides will have all the money they need.

11:27 AM Sep 16th: One candidate In VA (and NJ) will spend more than the other. But there’s a point of diminishing returns. Everybody will exceed it, promise.

12:48 PM Sep 16th: Has race been a part of the judgments rendered by many Americans about Obama? Yes, both ways, in election of ’08 and governing of ’09.

12:50 PM Sep 16th: Critics of Obama should agree to be sensitive about the words and symbols used in criticizing him. No racial depictions, stereotyping, etc.

12:53 PM Sep 16th: Supporters of Obama should agree that any POTUS can and should be open for criticism on just about everything connected to policy and politics.