Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Friday, April 27, 2007

Democratic Unity - The Harmonious Big Tent

  • It looks like the Senate Democratic Caucus is unified and taking all comers as they demonstrate unequivocal support for Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democratic agenda. Similarly, it's impressive to see that the freshman members of the Democratic Caucus are working together so adeptly.

  • Maine: Collins Watch wonders why Susan Collins hasn't yet come out against Alberto Gonzales. Could it be that she is continuing to carry George W. Bush's water? Could it be that she is actually pleased with the job Gonzales has done? If either of those is the case, it's reason enough to vote her out of office.

  • Massachusetts: The MA-GOP may have their sacrificial lamb to put up against Senator John Kerry: Jeff Beatty, who took less than 30% of the vote in a 2006 Congressional race and raised less than $50,000. The Congressional district Beatty ran in was the most favorable to Bush and least favorable to Kerry in 2004 of any of Massachusetts' ten Congressional districts; so, if Beatty couldn't crack 30% or manage any significant fundraising in that district, it's unlikely that he'd be able to accomplish anything further statewide.