Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thursday's throwdowns

Not too much time for blogging today, but here's a few quick items:

More good news for Republicans for the 2010 elections from the polling world:
"Republicans have solidified support among voters who had drifted from the party in recent elections, putting the GOP in position for a strong comeback in November’s mid-term campaign, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
The findings suggest that public opinion has hardened in advance of the 2010 elections, making it tougher for Democrats to translate their legislative successes, or a tentatively improving U.S. economy, into gains among voters. Republicans have reassembled their coalition by reconnecting with independents, seniors, blue-collar voters, suburban women and small town and rural voters—all of whom had moved away from the party in the 2006 elections, in which Republicans lost control of the House. Those voter groups now favor GOP control of Congress… The voters who said they were most interested in the November elections favor Republican control of Congress by a 20-point margin, with 56% backing the GOP and 36% backing Democrats—the highest gap all year on that question."

Just don't get cocky, GOP...

Meanwhile, in PA, don't change your bet--right now Suffolk has Sestak running away from Specter in the Dem senatorial primary there...

Yesterday, the Tigers split a doubleheader with the Yankees, winning game 1 2-0, but losing the second game 8-0. Still, not a bad day. In the first game, the big news was Rick Porcello--he pitched 7 strong innings of shutout ball. In the second game, the Yankees just had too much Phil Hughes.
Meanwhile it was Rangers 10, A's 1: the big story there is Derek Holland. He showed flashes of brilliance last year. This year he started out in the minors, largely to rehab from a spring training injury. He was dominant there; and he dominated last night, with 6 innings of shutout ball and 7 Ks. It was also nice to see Josh Hamilton and Vlad Guerrero go deep.