• And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

    Spin Room

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is doing her best to spin Tuesday's special election defeat in New York's Ninth Congressional District.

    She denies it is a sign of things to come for President Obama telling the Wall Street Journal -- quote -- "It's a very difficult district for Democrats."

    However, history tells a different story.

    That seat has been occupied by now-Senator Charles Schumer, former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and, of course, Anthony Weiner all Democrats.

    The last time a Republican held it was 1923.

    One district voter told the New York Times -- quote -- "I am a registered Democrat, I have always been a registered Democrat, I come from a family of Democrats -- and I hate to say this, I voted Republican."

    California Dreamin

    On the opposite coast, the president could have more trouble than expected in his re-election bid.

    A field poll released today shows that only 46 percent of voters in California approve of the job President Obama is doing.

    That's down eight points since June.

    A new Bloomberg poll shows that just 29 percent of voters nationwide say they will definitely vote for the president in 2012.

    Meantime, the president's re-election campaign has launched an effort to ward off what it considers misinformation put out by Republicans.

    AttackWatch.com is a site where supporters report smears and the campaign rebuts them.

    I'll Never Let Go

    And finally, the 2012 campaign season is already in full swing but one former presidential candidate is still fighting the battles of 2004.

    Independent Ralph Nader's legal team went before the Maine Supreme Court today.

    Nader wants to sue the Democratic Party and its allies for trying to keep him off the ballot in several states.

    He is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees, court costs and other relief.

    Nader received less than half of one percent in the 2004 popular vote.