Eyebrows Sufficiently Raised
The Guru wishes Governor Jon Corzine a speedy recovery. The Governor sustained injuries that were not life-threatening in a car accident this afternoon, resulting in leg and rib fractures that were attended to surgically this evening.
Virginia: Both The Hill and WaPo are confirming that, yeah, John Warner raised only a measly $500 in Q1. Is there any possible explanation for this other than an imminent retirement announcement? Seriously - anything? Is he trying to lull the DSCC into a false sense of security? I'm open to suggestions before J. Warner shoots straight up the Retirement Watch charts. Paging Mark Warner!
Louisiana: With Bobby Jindal running for Governor and Jay Dardenne already significantly behind Senator Mary Landrieu in polling, the speculatively nominal GOP frontrunner to challenge Landrieu is GOP Rep. Richard Baker. Say, how much did Rep. Baker raise in Q1? Just $94,000, with only $66,000 cash-on-hand. Pretty weak. I'll say it again: given that Senator Landrieu is supposed to be the Democrats' most vulnerable incumbent, she's looking pretty secure at the moment.
Arkansas: Speaking of fundraising, Democratic Senator Mark Pryor took in $1.74M in Q1, with a cash-on-hand total clocking in at over $2M. How strong is that? To put it in perspective, the Morning News article notes that "Tim Hutchinson had $600,000 in his campaign bank account in 2001, the year before his loss to Pryor." The article also mentions that former Governor Mike Huckabee only managed to raise $500K for his Presidential bid in Q1. Seems like a very strong showing for Senator Pryor.
Alabama: The Birmingham News reports on Ron Sparks' recent liveblog on Daily Kos. I ask you, how often does a paper of record report on a liveblog? I take it as a sign of growing enthusiasm. (HT: Sack Sessions)
Maine: Remember Collins Watch calling out Two-Faced Susan Collins for her hypocrisy on out-of-state money funding in-state political activity? Think Progress now picks up the ball and runs with it. Two-Faced Susan will have a lot of duplicity to answer for once Congressman Tom Allen officially enters the race.
North Carolina: Remember Liddy Dole dragging her feet on "the Navy’s plan to put an outlying landing field [OLF] near an important wildlife refuge in northeastern North Carolina"? Well, in the poll that showed Dole under 50% and with only a relatively meager lead against Congressman Brad Miller, there was also a question regarding support for the OLF. 47% oppose, 32% support. Whoops - what's that sound? It's the sound of Liddy Dole missing another opportunity to both demonstrate leadership and represent the wishes of her constituency at the same time.
New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire enjoys watching Mayor Steve Marchand put the smackdown on Sprintin' John Sununu. I like it, too.
New Mexico: More home-state bad press for Pajamas Pete Domenici? You betcha. This time in the pages of the Las Cruces Sun-News.