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:
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) spent his final full day in England yesterday blowing off scheduled media-availability events and ignoring reporters’ questions. When journalists asked questions anyway, Christie snapped, “Is there something you don’t understand about ‘no questions’?” Does the governor not understand that reporters don’t have to take his orders?
* In related news, the latest Monmouth University poll in New Jersey found Christie’s approval ratings continuing to slide among his own constituents. In a hypothetical presidential matchup against Hillary Clinton, the governor trails the Democrat in the Garden State by a whopping 26 points.
* It’s not yet clear if Sen. John McCain (R) will face a primary challenge next year, but if he does, the far-right Club for Growth is apparently interested in possibly supporting the senator’s GOP rival. Reps. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) and Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) have expressed interest in the race.
* Speaking of Arizona, no high-profile Democrats have expressed an interest in the Senate race, but Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) has been the subject of some chatter. Asked yesterday if she’s thinking about the race, the congresswoman replied, “No. I’m really thinking about doing a good job for my constituents in Congressional District 9.”
* There is no Democratic frontrunner in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, but Rep. Alan Grayson (D) is talking as if he’s a likely candidate. The two-term Democrat won in 2008, lost in 2010, and made a comeback in 2012.
* They may be wasting their time, but some of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) more enthusiastic backers have opened a “Draft Warren” office in New Hampshire, complete with a state director and three field organizers.
* Would it surprise you to learn that Mike Huckabee, as a young man with a newspaper column in 1973, advised Christian teens to “stay away from dancing”?
* And right-wing neurosurgeon Ben Carson, apparently moving closer to a Republican presidential campaign, appeared on a conservative radio show to suggest protests against police violence may help terrorists. “Can you imagine how delighted they are when they see all of this strife, internal strife?” Carson said. “They’re saying, ‘Oh my this is going to make it easy for us. We’ll get in there, we’ll infiltrate, we’ll get things going and they won’t even notice what’s going on.”