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RandySF's Journal
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January 1, 2014

Former First Lady Barbara Bush Hospitalized

Former first lady Barbara Bush was hospitalized today for early signs of pneumonia, but the family said she was "in great spirits."

"Former First Lady Barbara Bush was admitted to Methodist Hospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center yesterday for treatment on a respiratory related issue," family spokesman Jim McGrath said. "She is in great spirits, has already received visits from her husband and family, and is receiving fantastic care."

Houston Methodist Hospital spokesman George Kovacik said she was being treated there.

Bush, 88, whose husband George H.W. Bush was president from 1989 to 1993, used her prominence as first lady to champion numerous civic and charitable causes, primarily as an advocate for global literacy.


January 1, 2014

Karl Rove: GOP Will Capture Senate in 2014

Political strategist Karl Rove congratulated himself on Wednesday for getting 10 predictions right for this year — and he forecast that Republicans will keep control of the House of Representatives and end up with as many as 51 seats in the Senate in next year's congressional elections.

For 2014, President Barack Obama's "disapproval rating will end higher than this week's 53 percent" in the Gallup poll, Rove said in an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal. "Republicans will keep the House with a modest pickup of four to six seats.

"The GOP will most likely end up with 50 or 51 Senate seats (in the former case, keeping Vice President Joe Biden fully occupied for two years presiding over the chamber)," Rove added. "Control of the Senate may not be decided until December's Louisiana runoff.

"Propelled by union contributions, Democrats will outspend Republicans overall in House and Senate races."


January 1, 2014

WashPost's Chris Cillizza invites only Republicans to make predictions in column.

We asked a few political types to send us their fearless predictions too. Here's a few.

* Tom Davis (former Virginia Republican Congressman): "Republicans pick up Senate seat in Hawaii. Charles Djou will pick up the pieces of a late, bitter, internal Democratic primary that has generational and ethnic complications. Without a Presidential race to galvanize and polarize voters, the race will be a local cat fight."

* Dave Carney (Republican media consultant and adviser to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott): "Wendy Davis will lose the Texas governorship by the same or slightly less margin than Bill White did four years ago." (White lost by 13 points.)

* Rob Stutzman (California-based Republican consultant): "Dan Schnur will become the first No Party Preference candidate to win statewide office under the new system when he wins the Secretary of State race. Schnur's victory will be deemed impossible under the old election system and his victory will be hailed as evidence that a political middle can emerge via top two general elections."


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