Democrats Already Looking Ahead to 2012?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Head Start

Even though we have yet to get through midterm elections, it appears Democrats are gearing up for 2012 -- already starting opposition research.

The Democratic National Committee has formally asked the Pentagon for any correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates. That list: Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Haley Barbour, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, John Thune, Mitch Daniels, Bobby Jindal and Tim Pawlenty.

The Minnesota governor -- Pawlenty -- tells ABC -- quote -- "I find it ironic that they have given up the current fight and are instead so focused on the president's own reelection."

The Uninvited

New documents appear to show conservative leader and Marine Corps veteran Tony Perkins was dis-invited from speaking at a military prayer luncheon because of opposition to President Obama.

Government watchdog Judicial Watch obtained documents related to the Family Research Council president's scheduled address at the February event at Andrews Air Force Base. One Air Force e-mail sent days before the event read: "The [Family Research Council's] webpage has numerous Obama issues to which the organization is opposed. The organization can oppose initiatives, but the commander-in-chief is named... concern: Suppose the media gets a hold of this story."

Another e-mail from that same day shows Perkins' invitation was rescinded.

The Air Force says it stands by its decision to rescind the invitation because of what it calls personal attacks against the president on the website. Perkins says of the incident -- quote -- "This underscores how political correctness has scaled the walls of our nation's military and left unrestrained threatens our national security."

Witchy Woman

And finally, Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's campaign has apologized to Wilmington radio station WDEL after threatening to crush it with a lawsuit.

The campaign wanted video of an O'Donnell appearance on a radio show turned over so it could be destroyed. The station refused. Here's a bit of the interview that was streamed live on the station website:


RICK JENSEN, RADIO HOST: But you're criticizing him --




JENSEN: On him -- on running for county executive.

JENSEN: Actually, economically feasible in 2014. What?

O'DONNELL: I'm not running for county council, Rick