Political Points: Berman vs. Sherman, ‘Super’ Sanguine, Bloomberg aids Lugar
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Political Points: Berman vs. Sherman, ‘Super’ Sanguine, Bloomberg aids Lugar

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.

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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.