Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Night News

Lots of late-night reading for you:

  • AP reports: Senate GOP turns back Iraq pullout plan. Among the Senators voting against a "joint resolution to revise United States policy on Iraq": Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Norm Coleman (R-MN), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Liddy Dole (R-NC), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), John Sununu (R-NH), and John Warner (R-VA). I'm sure they'd appreciate it if you didn't mention it to their constituents.

  • New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire illustrates how out of step Sprintin' John Sununu is with the voters of the Granite State on environmental issues.

  • Tennessee: Political Insider notes that Harold Ford's contract with Fox News has an out clause should he run for Senate in 2008. Why would he need that? Hmmmmm...

  • Nebraska: Jon Bruning really can't control himself. Chuck Hagel offers his non-announcement and Bruning establishes an exploratory committee, should Hagel eventually step aside. Is it an indication that Bruning has inside info that Hagel will retire, or does he really just lack restraint?

  • Bluegrass Report has Kentucky GOP Senators and Tennessee GOP Senators getting into a bit of a tiff.

  • 3 Comments:

    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    I don't see how you can characertize Bruning's actions as a lack of control. Though he has decent statewide numbers, in order to run the best possible campaign (should Hagel step aside), he needs to ramp up his fundraising and statewide appearances. And since Hagel is demurring until this fall or possibly later (he has until February to make up his mind), it potentially jeopardizes Bruning's campaign if he waits that long to get started.

    I don't think the move was done to pressure Hagel, especially since Bruning said he wouldn't challenge him. I think the move was done as the best possible course of action to ensure that the seat stays a non-competitive race. I also don't think any Republican, including Chuck Hagel, really minds.

    9:55 AM, March 16, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    Wow.

    10:40 AM, March 16, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Seriously. You reference twice in one paragraph, so you obviously think that Bruning did something wrong. How do his actions represent a "lack of restraint"?

    11:08 AM, March 16, 2007  

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