Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 3.17.15

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:
 
* With Israeli elections underway today, two far-right American actors – Chuck Norris and Jon Voight – released new ads yesterday expressing their support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
 
* I don’t want to alarm anyone, but a new CNN poll shows Democratic and Republican voters differ on whether or not the Hillary Clinton email story matters. As best as I can tell, the CNN poll did not ask respondents about Republican presidential candidates with similar email issues.
 
* There is apparently a downside to Jeb Bush’s fundraising prowess: expectations are now so high that anything short of amazing will seem like a disappointment. (If I worked for Scott Walker, I’d be telling every reporter I could find that Bush is on track to raise $17 trillion this quarter.)
 
* Speaking of the former Florida governor, Bush will make his first campaign swing through South Carolina today. He’s “lined up friendly audiences,” scheduling events with local Chambers of Commerce members.
 
* Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that he’s decided not to run for the Senate next year. “I will not be seeking office in 2016,” he said, “but I will be working alongside you. Too much is at stake for our beautiful Florida to be on the sidelines.”
 
* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) appears increasingly serious about a presidential bid, hiring some notable Republican operatives, including a former spokeswoman for House Speaker John Boehner, as campaign aides for his national bid.
 
* Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) seems eager to make “repealing” Common Core education standards a centerpiece of his national platform. That’s likely to be tricky – Congress never approved a Common Core law, so there’s nothing specifically to repeal.
 
* And though it seemed as if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was likely to run for president, his latest Politico interview suggests he’s not quite sold on the idea.
 

Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 3.17.15