>Mike Allen's Playbook quotes a "top D" who describes Lincoln's comeback as "a HUGE win for President Clinton. He went into a tough, toss-up election and brought it home for his candidate, at the same time the White House appeared to be distancing itself." Allen also runs a quote his colleague Ben Smith obtained from a "senior White House official":
Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise. If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November.
Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix notes that the South Carolina gubernatorial primary drew the largest turnout in a non-presidential Republican primary since 1996. Defying conventional wisdom, the last-minute nasty attacks on Nikki Haley seem to have spurred voters to come out for her rather than against her.
MSNBC's First Read explains that since the South Carolina presidential primary has predicted the GOP nomination for thirty years, the uber-conservative Haley (if she wins her runoff, as expected) may well push the 2012 Republican presidential field to the right.