An Embarrassment of Political Riches
Senate Democrats actually want to lower the cost of health care. Hmmm, maybe we should elect more of them.
The Senate had its vote on real stem cell research. The vote came down 63-34, with 3 not voting (all of whom would vote yes) - in other words, one vote shy of overriding a Bush veto. Senators up for re-election in 2008 who voted against stem cell research included: Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Norm Coleman of Minnesota, John Cornyn of Texas, Larry Craig of Idaho, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, Pete Domenici of New Mexico, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and John Sununu of New Hampshire. This vote will have repercussions, especially for the highly vulnerable Sununu and Coleman.
New Hampshire: Speaking of, there was a lot of focus on how John Sununu would vote on stem cell research. Apparently, Sununu wants his approvals to drop even further, as he voted against the stem cell legislation. Blue Hampshire offers local reaction and the AP adds Democratic response, especially in light of Judd Gregg's support for the bill.
North Carolina: Congressman Brad Miller is publicly considering a challenge to Elizabeth Dole. This is just breaking, so there should be more news on this tomorrow. This can't be pleasant news for Dole, who polls poorly in any poll not conducted by Republicans, who fell short of her own fundraising goals, and who is rated the sixth least powerful Senator.
Maine: Collins Watch catches another Two-Faced Susan moment: hypocrisy on out-of-state funding of political activities in Maine. Meanwhile, Turn Maine Blue appropriately ties the failings of John McCain to McCain's Maine state co-Chair, Susan Collins.
Oregon: Blue Oregon analyzes Congressman Peter DeFazio's electoral strength, comparing his numbers to others' results in Oregon; meanwhile, Loaded Orygun looks at Gordon Smith's upcoming decision between holding hands with the voters of Oregon or holding hands with Karl Rove.
Alabama: Agriculture and Industry Commissioner Ron Sparks sat down for an informative live-blog on Daily Kos, answering numerous questions as he ponders a potential Senate bid.
Idaho: Could we see a heated Republican primary in Idaho? The Magic Valley Times-News reports:
And former GOP Gov. Jim Risch, 64, who beat LaRocco 58 percent to 39 percent in November's lieutenant governor's race, told The Associated Press there's a "reasonable likelihood" he'll run if Craig doesn't.Risch suggests that he would get behind Craig if Craig ran again. But if Craig retired, then we could see GOP Lt. Gov. Risch and GOP Rep. Mike Sampson squaring off, with Robert Vasquez in to keep things interesting. It'd be fun to watch, and it would sap GOP resources. Fingers crossed!
Republican Robert Vasquez, an illegal immigration foe from Caldwell, is also running.
Craig, 61, won't decide if he'll vie for a fourth term before "late summer or early fall," he said.
Meanwhile, there's at least one wildcard: U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, says he'd consider it.
South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson is a tenacious fighter and a bad-ass role model.