GOP Digs Holes, Dems Conquer Mountains
Oklahoma: Remember Jim "In Denial" Inhofe's recent denial that WMDs were "never the issue" behind the Iraq War? Well, the DSCC catches a bit of Inhofe hypocrisy:
Inhofe in 2002: Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez became "Bennifer"; Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie becames "Brangelina"; will Jim Inhofe and hypocrisy become "Inhypocrisy"?
About a month ago, Oklahoma Republican [Senator Jim Inhofe] fretted on "Meet the Press": "Our intelligence system has said that we know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction -- I believe including nuclear. There's not one person on this panel who would tell you unequivocally that he doesn't have the missile means now, or is nearly getting the missile means to deliver a weapon of mass destruction. And I for one am not willing to wait for that to happen."
Nebraska: Some members of the Nebraska right-wing blogosphere are none-too-enamored of Chuck Hagel. Now it seems that "Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom" will begin an initiative called "Show Hagel the Gate in 2008." Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom appears to be a Club for Growth-style organization opposing most any tax or regulation on the free market. I wonder if they'll get behind state AG Jon Bruning's effort? Hagel may have McConnell and Novak, but he'll need more actual Nebraskan right-wingers to survive the primary.
Colorado: Colorado Pols has been following a situation that may turn into a scandal for GOP state AG and possible Senate candidate John Suthers. It seems that AG Suthers developed a memo regarding the constitutionality of Democratic Governor Bill Ritter's property tax freeze. The scandalous part, Colorado Pols highlights, is that, according to Denver State Rep. Terrance Carroll, Suthers "released the memo to legislative Republicans weeks before giving it to members of the Democratic majority." Seems like inappropriate partisanship impacting legit policymaking in the AG's office. We'll see how things unfold, but it looks like there will be questions that need answering. Could this keep Suthers from making a Senate bid? Stay tuned.
New Hampshire: CQPolitics looks at Sprintin' John Sununu's electoral vulnerability on Iraq, thanks to Sununu's blind adherence to Bush's policy rather than the will of New Hampshire voters.
Oregon: Congressman Earl Blumenauer just seems like a really good guy.
Western Democrats are forming a new political action committee to focus on issues of importance to the West. This innovative organizing should prove especially helpful to both incumbent and challenger Democratic Senate efforts in Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming & New Mexico (should we actually get candidates there).