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• The Edge: Rubio rockets in media mentions after debate
• Noonan performs last rites for Jeb
• Carson, Cruz have huge post-debate cash hauls
• Power Play: So you’re inevitable. Now what?
• Fortunately, Linus was unharmed
THE EDGE: RUBIO ROCKETS IN MEDIA MENTIONS AFTER DEBATE
In the first measurement of which candidates have driven the discussion following the third debate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has had a breakout moment. Rubio posted the largest single gain of any candidate so far in The Edge from the New Analytics Company.
The Edge is a one-of-a-kind measurement from the New Analytics that “scrubs” television, radio, print, internet and social media for mentions of the 2016 candidates. It is not a public opinion survey, but the team at New Analytics believes that The Edge provides a way to show changes in the race before polls can reflect them. The data are compiled into a single score and provided to Fox News First. You can view the full results here.
Donald Trump, 26.48 [+.66]; Jeb Bush, 16.70 [+3.82]; Ben Carson, 15.37 [+1.84]; Marco Rubio, 13.74 [+7.06]; Ted Cruz, 7.59 [+.82]; John Kasich, 6.02 [+2.09]; Carly Fiorina, 5.81 [+.30]; Mike Huckabee, 5.65 [+1.07]; Chris Christie, 5.38 [+2.00]; Rand Paul, 5.1 [.28]
#mediabuzz - Can’t get enough of The Edge? Host Howard Kurtz will use the company’s media scores for the presidential candidates to further analyze the media’s coverage of the 2016 race. Watch “#mediabuzz” Sunday at 11 a.m. ET, with a second airing at 5 p.m. ET.
NOONAN PERFORMS LAST RITES FOR JEB
Of all the triage reports on Jeb Bush’s candidacy, the not unkind but very thorough disassembly by Peggy Noonan in today’s Wall Street Journal will perhaps do the most to end talk of a comeback for the former Florida governor.
“I speak of his candidacy in the past tense, which is rude though I don’t mean it rudely,” Noonan writes in her column which is, alas, paywalled. “It’s just hard to see how this can work. By hard I mean, for me, impossible.”
Noonan’s opinions and her platform in the paper of record for the GOP donor class hold tremendous power in the party. Her description of the younger Bush as “not ready for prime time” will help drive sentiment stronger still toward the idea that Bush’s continued campaign can only hurt the party’s 2016 chances.
‘We have the most money’ - WSJ: “‘It’s not on life support,’ said Mr. Bush, who is backed by a super PAC that raised a record-setting $103 million in the first half of 2015. “We have the most money. We have the greatest organization. We’re doing fine.’”
Keeps dumping on Rubio - David Catanese got the latest batch of opposition research dumping from Jeb Bush’s campaign on Marco Rubio. There’s nothing we haven’t seen before, but a clearer blueprint for how the former Florida governor plans to ruin the White House hopes of his former protégé.
‘Pop Art, Politics & Jeb’ - More from Catanese: “They’ll need that message to be heeded in order to make it to their fourth-quarter fundraising rollout, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the trendy Art Basel in Miami. The event is called, ‘Pop Art, Politics & Jeb.’”
CARSON, CRUZ HAVE HUGE POST-DEBATE CASH HAULS
WashEx: “Ben Carson and Ted Cruz raised large sums of cash for their presidential campaigns during CNBC’s debate on Wednesday. The Carson campaign told the Washington Examiner it raised $500,000 from the start of the debate until midnight Eastern Daylight Time, and hauled in $2 million during the past 48 hours. … Cruz, meanwhile, raised more than $770,000 through midnight after the CNBC presidential debate, his campaign confirmed to the Examiner.”
“As I listened to the questions rolling out that they each became more and more egregious. And it became apparent that the moderators, they weren’t there trying to actually help primary voters decide who to vote for. – Sen. Ted Cruz on “Special Report with Bret Baier.” Watch here.
Christie hammers NYT and debate moderators - After an NYT editorial headlined “Gov. Christie, time to go home” came out Thursday, the New Jersey governor went on the offense with a new slew of online ads targeting the newspaper as well as the CNBC debate.
WITH YOUR SECOND CUP OF COFFEE…
A Jewish composer’s quest to write music that could “make you feel like you were alive on the streets of Brooklyn” ended up having a career defined by a ballet about the American heartland. Aaron Copland’s score for the ballet ‘Appalachian Spring’ premiered at the Library of Congress on this day in 1944. The piece was composed without Copland knowing that the ballet was supposed to be set in Western Pennsylvania, and yet he managed to capture the adventurous frontier spirit of the region in his orchestral masterpiece. History details the best known part of the score: “The most recognizable passage of ‘Appalachian Spring’ is the portion Aaron Copland adapted from the Shaker song ‘Simple Gifts’— ‘This a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free’—which was largely unfamiliar to Americans prior to Copland’s adaptation. Copland’s artful incorporation of the folk tradition with his distinctly modern sensibility is what made Appalachian Spring the transcendent work that it is.” ‘Appalachian Spring’ won a Pulitzer Prize in 1945.
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Real Clear Politics Averages
Obama Job Approval: Approve – 46.0 percent//Disapprove – 50.0 percent
Directions of Country: Right Direction – 27.4 percent//Wrong Track – 63.3 percent
SIXTEENERS HAMMER LATE-NIGHT BUDGET DEAL
Fox News: “The final vote on passage was 64-35, as Democrats joined forces with Republican defense hawks over the objections of GOP presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio, all of whom voted against the deal. The bill is aimed at averting a debt default, avoiding a partial government shutdown and setting spending priorities for the next two years… Cruz said the Republican majorities had given Obama a ‘diamond-encrusted, glow-in-the-dark Amex card’ for government spending. ‘It’s a pretty nifty card,’ Cruz said. ‘You don’t have to pay for it, you get to spend it and it’s somebody else’s problem.’”
[Winners and losers - The Hill offers its scorecard on the latest round in the battle of the budget.]
Rand’s stand: Less than 20 minutes - Sen. Rand Paul promised in Wednesday’s debate that he would hold the Senate floor to block a mammoth spending and borrowing package. Joel Gherke was on hand: “‘This filibuster will go on to about 1:00 in the morning and then we will find out who the true conservatives in this town are,’ [Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.] said on the Senate floor…Under Senate rules, he had only limited power to delay the vote on the budget agreement …his Thursday remarks clocked in at less than 20 minutes.”
Ryan takes speaker’s gavel with call to fix ‘broken house.’ - Fox News: “Republican Rep. Paul Ryan succeeded retiring John Boehner as House speaker on Thursday, appealing for unity and ‘understanding’ as he embarks on the tough task of trying to heal deep divisions in the party and the chamber itself….‘We’re not solving problems, we’re adding to them,’ Ryan said…Ryan, though, vowed to do his best to take ‘the tough issues ... head on.’ Lamenting that Americans see ‘chaos’ in Washington, he rattled off a to-do list that includes fixing the tax code, growing the economy and paying down the debt. He also called for a more transparent legislative process.”
Fox News Sunday: Ryan’s role - Speaker Paul Ryan discusses his new role and his vision for his party in the House. Plus, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and former New York Gov. George Pataki. “Fox News Sunday” airs at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET on Fox News. Check local listings for air times in your area.
POWER PLAY: SO YOU’RE INEVITABLE. NOW WHAT?
It’s over. Her pod of feeble rivals easily vanquished in a single debate and a Biden distraction overwhelmed by the march of her campaign machine, Hillary Clinton’s coronation is assured. With her base onboard the ease of Clinton’s revival raises the question: was the Democratic primary really ‘over’ the whole time? Democrat Joe Trippi and Republican David Payne test that theorem with Chris Stirewalt. WATCH HERE.
[For Republicans sorting through the array of potential nominees, the focus will soon become less who they like to which candidate is best suited to defeat Hillary Clinton. Trippi and Payne offer their take. WATCH HERE.]
Inbox alert - WashEx: “State Department officials are set to publish a new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails thanks to a court order...[T]he release of thousands of additional pages of emails she kept on a private server in her basement will likely revive questions about why she went to such great lengths to conceal her records when she served as secretary of state. The drumbeat of emails emerging at the end of each month from the State Department has prevented the email controversy from fading, despite the Clinton campaign’s attempts to diffuse the story.”
Pro-GOP group releases ad on Hillary’s VA comments - Washington Free Beacon: “America Rising released an ad Thursday that highlights comments by Hillary Clinton downplaying the extent of the Veterans Affairs scandal. The ad, titled ‘Not Widespread?,’ contrasts news coverage of the scandal with Clinton’s claim that the scandal ‘has not been as widespread as it has been made out to be.’ The ad ends with a heated rejoinder to Clinton’s comments by Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.).”
Shocker - WaPo: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign on Friday morning during an appearance on MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe.’ ‘The candidate who I believe can fundamentally address income inequality effectively, the candidate who has the right vision, the right experience and the ability to get the job done is Hillary Clinton,’ he said.”
FORTUNATELY, LINUS WAS UNHARMED
KPNX: “Halloween came early for drivers and pedestrians as a giant, inflatable pumpkin emerged from a group of trees before bouncing through a Peoria [Ariz.] intersection and down the roadway in video captured on Thursday…The video shows the 25-foot tall, 350 pound orange jack-o’-lantern roll every which way and even across multiple lanes of traffic before it got stuck beneath a streetlight pole… After the pumpkin got free from the streetlight pole it traveled about a quarter of a mile by bouncing over a wall, rolling through a business parking lot and eventually got stuck in a neighborhood park…Luckily, nobody was injured in the great pumpkin escape, but it did damage street lights in the intersection of 83rd and Grand avenues, but those have now been repaired.”
AND NOW A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“I think a more likely scenario is one of the two outsiders at the top remains as a finalist and one will come out of the other lane…either Rubio or Cruz. They really handle themselves with dexterity on the stage in the way that nobody else did.” – Charles Krauthammer on “Special Report with Bret Baier.”
Chris Stirewalt is digital politics editor for Fox News. Want FOX News First in your inbox every day? Sign up here.
Chris Stirewalt joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in July of 2010 and serves as digital politics editor based in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he authors the daily "Fox News First" political news note and hosts "Power Play," a feature video series, on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on the network, including "The Kelly File," "Special Report with Bret Baier," and "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace." He also provides expert political analysis for Fox News coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.