Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."
New York (CNN) - Sometimes it seems as if we've seen this movie before: Voters want change, and a candidate's long résumé is not necessarily a plus.
After all, we elected Barack Obama president - he, a newbie to the Senate club from Illinois (two years served), a former state senator and constitutional scholar. Impressive, yes, but not lengthy. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who ran on her "lifetime of experience" and made it clear we really would probably want her answering the Red Phone at 3 a.m. How did that work out for her?
(CNN) – Republican Sen. David Vitter's indiscretions have been a frequently used advertising theme for his Democratic opponent, Rep. Charlie Melancon.
And a biting new ad released Thursday proved no exception.
"Our tax dollars pay David Vitter's salary and he used it for prostitutes," the narrator in the ad says. "In return we got a disgraced senator… The real sin is that David Vitter is still a senator."
(CNN) – The national Tea Party group that helped Joe Miller win the Republican Senate primary in Alaska now says they're going up with two new commercials in support of the GOP nominee.
Tea Party Express tells CNN Thursday that one of the two ads touts Miller's biography while the other criticizes Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who was defeated by Miller in the August primary and who is now running as a write-in candidate in next week's general election.
(CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer questioned the timing of recent reports that she was involved in a 1988 alcohol-related car accident, blaming opposition to her candidacy in the final days of a tight race for her first full term as governor.
"It's interesting that so much stuff rises to the top for whatever the reasons, but yeah it's the silly season, I think people are digging and trying to discredit different candidates not only here in Arizona but certainly across Arizona," Brewer told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview set to air Thursday on John King, USA at 7 p.m. EST.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney was in South Carolina Thursday to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.
The former Republican presidential candidate endorsed Haley and donated $42,000 to her campaign earlier this year.
The campaign for Haley's Democratic opponent, Vincent Sheheen was critical of the Romney visit because of the health care law enacted when Romney was governor of Massachusetts.
Washington (CNN) - As Election Day gets closer, the rhetoric gets more intense, interesting and, shall we say, passionate. Here are some things you might have missed.
Kendrick Meek gets some Heat
Florida Democratic Senate hopeful Kendrick Meek said in a news release that Miami Heat basketball star Dwyane Wade will vote for him next week. Meek needs to have a better performance than the Heat, which lost its season opener to the Boston Celtics this week.
What's next? Chocolates?
Nevada Republican Sharron Angle, hoping to take down incumbent Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, has taken the high road after comedian Joy Behar - a co-host of ABC's "The View" - called her a "bitch." Angle's response? She sent Behar flowers with the greeting "Joy, raised $150,000 online yesterday, thanks for your help. Sincerely, Sharron Angle."
Whether or not you've downloaded CNN's Election Center App and participated in the iReport Election Project, you're probably interested to see what issues people think are most important for next week's midterm elections.
So we've crafted this nifty tool to help you view the political pulse of the country. It pulls in all the data that people are entering into the app, like their political philosophies and which issues they feel are important. You can sort by political identity to see what issues people care about most and what words they use to describe their political beliefs. You can even browse the political philosophies of iReporters who've participated, from the "pragmatic Democrat" to the "disillusioned Libertarian."
(CNN) – Jon Stewart has called his upcoming 'Rally to Restore Sanity' a "call-to-reasonableness," but the Democratic National Committee is hoping it's a call to Democrats as well.
When 'Daily Show' fans descend on our nation's capitol on Saturday, the DNC will hold a get-out-the-vote phone bank at its national headquarters, and they're inviting rally attendees to stop by to man the phones.
Lancaster, Ohio (CNN) – Democratic officials recently sought information from the Pentagon on nine prominent Republicans who could challenge President Obama in 2012, according to report by ABC News Wednesday.
Among them was Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who mounted an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2008 but has since remained cagey about whether he plans to abandon a cushy Fox News gig to take another shot at the White House.