Hope you're off to a delightful weekend:North Carolina: Elizabeth Dole tells the Associated Press and the News Observer that she is running for re-election. The News Observer notes:
Dole has been the subject of rumors over the past year suggesting that, at age 70, she may not seek a second term. The rumors have been fed by a slow start in organizing her re-election effort.The News Observer doesn't elaborate on how awful she was as Chair of the NRSC (though the New Republic did) and how that could contribute to a less-than-stellar re-election bid for Dole. Nor does it mention that she's already behind Mike Easley in polling. She will have a tough re-election bid, though - and let's do all we can to make it tougher. Volunteer. Contribute. Y'know, once we have a candidate. (Mike Easley, I'm waiting!)
Dole said she does not have to be reminded that this is a difficult time for Republicans, having spent the past two years as chairwoman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee when the GOP lost control of the Senate. She called it "the worst political environment in memory."
Texas: John Cornyn displays the kind of blind loyalty to George W. Bush that could hurt him if he represented somewhere other than Texas. The piece ends, though, with:
Cornyn is a favorite at the White House, where he remains a Bush insider and close friend of Karl Rove. But his unalloyed defense of Bush's Iraq policies have some back home wondering whether he has gone too far.An opening for a challenge? It would be nice to hear more rumblings from TX-Dems.
"He's pretty much married himself to the president and to Karl" Rove, Bush's top political adviser, said Harvey Kronberg, editor of the Quorum Report political newsletter. "I'm just speculating, but we like to see a modest amount of independence here in Texas."
Alabama: Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, Jeff Sessions is still coming up with new rationales for the Iraq War.