Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

More In and Out

A relatively quiet Tuesday morning:

  • Iowa: Conservative Republican Steve Rathje has announced his challenge to Senator Tom Harkin. On our presence in the Middle East, Rathje offers his clear position:

    "I'm not saying I'm OK with staying there. What I'm saying is I'm not OK with leaving."
    I hope Rathje brings that degree of clarity to all aspects of his campaign!

  • New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire reports that progressive businessman Gary Hirshberg is taking a pass on a 2008 Senate race. It would have been very interesting to see what he would have brought to the debate, but we still have a wealth of candidates to take down Sprintin' Sununu with.

  • USA Today reports on public perception of the Iraq War:

    Only 28% say the United States will probably or definitely win the war, down from 35% in December and the lowest since the question was first asked in September 2005.
    I wonder if this will help or hurt GOP Senators who have so closely aligned themselves with the Bush administration and who have blocked debate on Bush's escalation.


    Blogger the zoom said...

    I would like to make an argument in defense of Sen. Pete Domenici and Congresswoman Heather Wilson and all the people who got caught in the mess of the fired prosecutors.

    Over the last few days I was thinking to myself "how is it possible that the republicans are out of power, but still have so many ethical problems"?

    To answer the question, I have to go back to communication…

    When the democrats have a problem with an elected official they do their research. They find a small thing they can pin on him, and then make a big noise. They demand an investigation. They demand that the Department of Justice should appoint a 'special' prosecutor.

    A nice fellow sits at home one night listening to the news, and he hears that Sen. Someone Democrat… is demanding an investigation into Somebody Republican, and not just an investigation, but the Attorney General should appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged crime. What is the first thing that crossed his mind? "A special prosecutor….This is a serious crime". Now you can come and knock on his door and tell him that the special prosecutor came up with nothing but the only thing he will now likely remember is "this guy is a criminal". The Republican, under suspicion, is already a shade grey in everyone's mind. So the democrats get the job done.

    What happens if it's vice versa, and the Democrat is under suspicion?

    The Republicans hear that there is a criminal investigation going on involving a Democrat. What do they do? They call (the arrogant, selfish) prosecutor, and ask him (not demand him to investigate) about the investigation… Don’t you think that a phone call to a news reporter is worth more money then to call a prosecutor?

    Ultimately, the voters decide who is eligible for office, largely based on ethical behavior. The republican lack of conveying misconduct to the public is a major factor in their current political status, which doesn't seem to be bettering.

    9:17 PM, March 07, 2007  

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