Title: Democratic Primary frontrunner in Tuesday’s special election (and mayor of Newark)
Campaign Status: The transformational twitter-head is expected to rampage to victory tomorrow night, undeterred by 11th-hour stories detailing his cozy connective tissue to Wall Street investors.
Message: Congress is broken and I will make nice with the Tea Party the same way I won over Ras Baraka in Newark.
Most Recurring Line Heard by the Media During His Campaign: “Last question, guys,” usually near the start of every scheduled press conference.
Biggest Campaign Challenge: The presence of a federal campaign team from Obama Land who don’t know what the hell they’re doing in New Jersey, and worse – don’t know what the hell they’re doing.
How He’ll Fix it: He won’t; he’s too far ahead to have to worry about it.
Best Argument: His hackneyed undergirding message that Congress can’t communicate – wasn’t that Obama’s message? – is actually borne out by the fact that Holt and Pallone couldn’t decide between them who was going to be the U.S. Senate candidate.
Best Weapon: Either Eva Longoria (who’s appearing on the campaign trail today with the candidate) or GOP frontrunner Steve Lonegan.
Campaign Spin: He was born to be Senator from New Jersey, not President – at least until the C-SPAN crews start invading NJ in 2014.
The Reality: Martin O’Malley came here last week to butter up a potential vice-presidential candidate in case Hillary Clinton doesn’t run; and to convince Booker that Booker is not vice-presidential material in case Clinton does run.
Prognosis: It’s a nail-biter.