Beth Reinhard: “By picking a fight so publicly in what former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin famously decried as the ‘lamestream media,’ the [American Crossroads] super PAC has royally antagonized the very conservative grassroots it is hoping to tame. The backlash on Monday was swift. Freedom Works President Matt Kibbe called the super PAC’s plans ‘Orwellian.’ ForAmerica Chairman L. Brent Bozell III declared, ‘The days of conservatives listening to the moderate GOP establishment are over.’ Tea Party Express called the Conservative Victory Project ‘a big mistake that will lead to neither conservatives, nor victories.’”
“The Arkansas House voted Monday to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest, sending the proposal to a state Senate that approved more stringent restrictions last week,” the AP writes. “The House also voted to block insurers from covering abortions if they participate in the online marketplace created under the federal health care overhaul.”
“Hillary Clinton has found her post-State Department home on the World Wide Web,” Politico notes. “HillaryClintonOffice.com is bare-bones so-far, sporting only a picture of the former Secretary of State and a contact form. According to registration data, the site was created Jan. 31, and was last edited Sunday. The URL was registered through GoDaddy.com.”
“Former Boy Scout leaders and activists on Monday delivered a petition with 1.4 million signatures to the Irving, Texas, headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America, urging the organization to end its ban on gay members and leaders,” USA Today writes. “Scouting executives said they were considering dropping the national ban during a three-day meeting that began Monday. A decision, if there is one, is likely Wednesday, the organization said.”
Said Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an outspoken conservative former Scout: "I think most people see absolutely no reason to change the position, and neither do I.” Rick Santorum yesterday said there was a “war” on the Scouts.
GEORGIA: “Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says he won't be jumping into next year's race for the U.S. Senate in Georgia,” USA Today writes. “‘I'm just loving being mayor. I'm focused on being mayor,’ Reed said Monday on MSNBC. ‘I'm going to keep being mayor.’ Reed mentioned two fellow Democrats who would be "terrific" candidates: Rep. John Barrow, a five term congressman who has long been a GOP target, and Peter Aman, Atlanta's former chief operating officer.”
IOWA: Steve King leads the GOP field for Senate in a new poll.
MAINE: Gov. Paul LePage (R)’s “greatest fear”: newspapers.
MASSACHUSETTS: “Three more high-profile Republicans announced in rapid succession Monday that they will not be candidates in the special US Senate election Monday, leaving the GOP with the prospect of fielding a relative unknown in what the party had hoped would be a pitched battle for John F. Kerry’s former seat,” the Boston Globe writes, adding, “In fast moving developments since Brown announced Friday that he would not run, several prominent GOP personalities — including former governor William F. Weld, former lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, former Senate minority leader Richard Tisei, and Mitt Romney’s son Tagg — announced they would not run in the special election.”
More: “Now, the only Republican openly acknowledging interest in the seat is Gabriel E. Gomez, a venture capitalist who has been quietly moving around party leadership circles in recent weeks telling GOP movers and shakers he is seriously thinking of running. Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and fighter pilot, is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C., Tuesday with officials from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Gomez will be accompanied to the meeting by Ron Kaufman, the state party’s national committeeman, who has been involved in the GOP’s scramble to find a credible candidate.”
State Rep. Dan Winslow might announce he’s getting in today.
Andy Card might run for the seat in 2014.
NEW JERSEY: Gov. Chris Christie (R) was on Letterman. After chomping on a jelly donut, he declared, "I'm basically the healthiest fat guy you've ever seen in your life."
Frank Lautenberg (D) pulled in just $11,000 in the fourth quarter of 2012, Roll Call reports.
OHIO: “Conservative groups wanted to stop the march of Obamacare expansion at ground zero: the states,” Politico notes. “But one of their best hopes just caved. John Kasich, the fiercely conservative governor of Ohio, announced Monday that he’s going to expand Medicaid dramatically using federal money — a 180-degree turn from what conservative groups swore their allies in governors’ mansions would do when the Supreme Court gave them an out last year.”