Big Thursday Rundown
First and foremost, our thoughts are with Elizabeth Edwards and the Edwards family.
Colorado: Colorado Pols has much on the aftershocks of Scott McInnis' exit from the Senate race. First, McInnis suggests other potential candidates not named Bob Schaffer, and then rumors that McInnis was pushed out of the race are looked at. There may still be some big fireworks with the CO-GOP yet.
North Carolina: Blue NC has Liddy Dole as the sixth least powerful Senator.
To see the entire Senate power ranking, courtesy of Congress.org, click here. Highlights include the bottom 16 being all Republicans except for two freshman Democrats and the top 17 being all Democrats except for two senior Republicans. The most impotent Senators up in 2008 include: Dole at 95, Smilin' Norm Coleman and Sprintin' John Sununu tied at 93, Lamar Alexander at 78, John "Box Turtle" Cornyn at 77, Two-Faced Susan Collins at 75, and Jim "In Denial" Inhofe at 71.
Oklahoma: Notorious global warming denier and possible Holocaust denier Jim "In Denial" Inhofe gets spanked at the Senate Environment Committee hearing the other day, courtesy of Think Progress.
Louisiana: A Southern Media & Opinion Research poll has former Senator John Breaux down significantly against Republican Bobby Jindal. Does anybody know more about SM&OR's background? This passage makes me a bit skeptical:
The pollster says "not a lot of people could name anything he (Breaux) has done for Louisiana recently."Well, no kidding. Breaux has been out of office for a couple of years, so he hasn't been in the public eye "recently." It makes me skeptical that the poll was as non-partisan and objective as I like my polls. Definitely a red flag, but we'll have to wait for subsequent polling by other outfits to determine how much of an outlier this one is. If other polls have Breaux down 20, then we're in bad shape for LA-Gov, which probably doesn't help Mary Landrieu in 2008, though several outcomes are possible. If other polls have the LA-Gov race much tighter, then I'll keep a raised eyebrow toward SM&OR polls.
UPDATE (8:13pm): Oklahoma: Firedoglake has a nice listing of where Jim Inhofe's bread is buttered. Special interests financed 34 trips for Inhofe worth over $45,000. If there's one thing Inhofe isn't in denial about, it's his ATM card from the United Bank of Big Oil.