Friday Morning Miscellany
Colorado: I guess Bob Schaffer wants to kiss goodbye any shot at claiming moderates in a Senate bid as he and the Club for Growth walk hand-in-hand along the beach, courtesy of Colorado Pols.
Oklahoma: Think Progress offers us the new "Inhofe Scale" where a score of 100 "is commensurate with the sort of willful delusion he says is contained in Inhofe’s 'greatest hoax' speech." The Scale's creator, Lou Grinzo, offers this frame:
And by "willful detachment from reality" I mean far more than simple ignorance. If my neighbor's eight-year-old son suggests that it would be cheaper to make cars fly than to clear roads with snow plows in the winter, he's speaking from simple ignorance and the typical boyhood fascination with all things that fly. If that boy's father were to make that same suggestion in all seriousness, then we could only conclude that he was delusional or willfully detached from the facts.Alaska: At least Ted Stevens is guaranteed some opposition, as we wait for Democratic Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich to announce a decision. Ted Gianoutsos will be running under the flag of the Veterans Party of Alaska.
Georgia: "Conservative Democrat" DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones is in, I think, but he has a seemingly unusual affect toward media coverage:
Although DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones quietly filed his paperwork to run for U.S. Senate this week, he was more direct Thursday when he walked into Saxby Chambliss' Washington office and told the incumbent Republican senator that he has competition.It's unusual that he wouldn't have any fanfare or media coverage either as he filed his paperwork or after the meeting with Chambliss. Hard to read, I guess.
Jones, a former Democratic state representative now in his second term as DeKalb CEO, has been reluctant to publicly declare his candidacy. But on Monday, without fanfare, he notified the Federal Elections Commission that he is entering the 2008 Senate race as a Democrat.
Ann Kimbrough, chief of staff to Jones, said her boss visited with Chambliss, Georgia's senior senator, as well as Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat who represents most of DeKalb, to inform them of his candidacy. Jones himself could not be reached for comment.
Fun fact from The Hill, courtesy of Daily Kos:
Fox News viewers supported George Bush over John Kerry by 88 percent to 7 percent. No demographic segment, other than Republicans, was as united in supporting Bush. Conservatives, white evangelical Christians, gun owners, and supporters of the Iraq war all gave Bush fewer votes than did regular Fox News viewers.Fox News:
Fair. Balanced. Loyal Bushies.