Kentucky: The Politico looks at the effort to repay the defeat of Tom Daschle in 2004 with a coordinated effort to defeat Mitch McConnell. My favorite passage is McConnell wrapping himself up in Bush's blanket:
Chief among them is McConnell's airtight association with Bush and the Iraq war. In January, McConnell said, "The president doesn't have a stronger supporter in the Senate than the person you are looking at."McConnell wants to ride the anchor straight to the bottom. I encourage his descent. And do visit Ditch Mitch KY regularly for the lowdown.
Returning the favor, Bush told McConnell's supporters last month: "I'm glad to have Mitch by my side."
Those words, though, could haunt McConnell later.
A Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll last month found that 43 percent of Kentucky voters approved of Bush's job performance and 55 percent disapproved -- the worst of his presidency, but better than the national average.
Minnesota: MN Blue wonders if Norm Coleman wants to follow up the Iraq mess with an Iran War.
Raising Kaine wonders who will be the next Lincoln Chafee, noting Susan Collins and focusing on Gordon Smith:
If there's a Lincoln Chafee in 2008, it may come in the form of Oregon's Gordon Smith. Oregon is not as blue as Rhode Island, but Smith has been frantically running to the middle recently to hide his very right-of-center voting record. A new DSCC poll has Democratic Congressman Pete DiFazio leading Smith by 4%, 42-38. Yet that same sample of people have a generally positive opinion of Smith by 56-25, favorable/unfavorable. And, like Chafee, Smith could face a tough primary challenge. 1998 GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Sizemore recently told Blue Oregon when asked about challenging Smith, "that's not farfetched."I'll bet Chafee is saving a seat for Smith.
What do the graduating seniors at Miami Dade College at Kendall, St. Vincent College, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy have in common? I feel sorry for all of them that they won't have a more eloquent commencement speaker.