Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races

Friday, March 09, 2007

GOP Senators Back Bush Over Their Own Constituents

Looking forward to the weekend?

  • Kentucky: Kos has Schumer and Reid taking it to "Ditch" Mitch McConnell for siding with Bush on Iraq over the will of his constituents. (The Guru also offered some thoughts on this a couple weeks back.)

  • Maine: Turn Maine Blue has the CATO Institute of all places taking it to Susan Collins for siding with the Bush administration over the will of her constituents on Real ID. Siding with Bush over their own constituents? That's what those McConnell Republicans do.

  • New Hampshire: The Democratic primary field continues to narrow as State Senator David Gottesman confirmed yesterday that "he will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2008" so reports the Nashua Telegraph. While a couple other state senators are reportedly considering the race, the primary is shaping up to be between Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand and Activist Katrina Swett, with professor/former astronaut/retired Air Force Reserve Major Jay Buckey considering entry. With Sununu's approval sinking and his continued equivocation on Iraq, I like our chances for a New Hampshire pick-up.


    Blogger the zoom said...

    I don’t understand the term "siding with Bush", isn’t that possible that Susan Collins (or some other Republican) has a mind of their own and it should incidentally be the same as Bush?

    11:50 AM, March 09, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    Susan Collins does have a mind of her own, and she chose to side with the Bush administration over her constituents.

    I didn't say "She's not allowed to side with Bush over her constituents." I just noted that that is what she did.

    To understand how opposed Maine is to Real ID:

    Earlier this year, you know that the Maine Legislature voted overwhelmingly by votes of 34-0 in the Senate and 137-4 in the House for a resolution calling for repeal of Real ID

    However, as chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Susan Collins never even held hearings on Real ID before it passed.

    To give the citizens of Maine a real choice, Rep. Tom Allen introduced a bill in the House, HR 1117, to repeal Real ID.

    The Real ID issue gives a clear illustration that Susan Collins sides with Bush while Tom Allen sides with the voters of Maine.

    12:36 PM, March 09, 2007  

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