BERMAN-SHERMAN SHOWDOWN: JTA’s Ron Kampeas reports on the looming showdown in the San Fernando Valley between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman.
FRANK’S SHARP TONGUE: JTA’s Ron Kampeas notes that Barney Frank’s announcement that he would not seek reelection was s feisty as the rest of his congressional career.
COLEMAN’S ‘SUPER PAC’ SANGUINITY: Former senator from Minnesota and current Republican Jewish Coalition board member Norm Coleman suggests that so-called “Super PACs” — vehicles for unlimited donations to influence elections — may make a positive contribution to the political process. He happens to head a Super PAC called the Congressional Leadership Fund.
BLOOMBERG FOR LUGAR: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a fellow centrist Republican.
WEST SLAMS CAIN: Rep. Allen West of South Florida says fellow Tea Party favorite Herman Cain is “a distracter.”
IOWA’S UNDECIDED EVANGELICALS: Iowa’s evangelicals, a key constituency in the state’s first-in-the-nation Republican presidential caucuses, have yet to find a favorite GOP candidate.
OBAMA’S IRAN WEAKNESS: Former Bush administration official Elliott Abrams accuses President Obama of a weak response to the storming of the British embassy in Tehran and other Iranian provocations.