Late Night Rundown
Idaho: Republican Robert Vasquez is bowing out of his Senate primary challenge citing an inability to adequately fundraise. Oh well. Woulda been fun to see him mix it up in the ID-GOP Senate primary debates.
Alaska: When Republicans in the Senate or House complain about reckless spending on pork, know their hypocrisy. The #1 pork offender by a vast margin: ancient Republican warlock Ted Stevens [emphasis added by me]:
As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens secured funding for pet projects worth $1,044 for each Alaskan in 2005 — more than three times any other state, an analysis of newly released federal data shows.Do Republicans have the gall to refer to themselves as the Party of "fiscal responsibility"?
Nebraska: DaveSund at SSP offers background on the history of the schism in the NE-GOP between the Hagel/Heineman Republicans and the Bruning/Osborne Republicans.
West Virginia: Carnacki at WV Blue illustrates the pathetic weakness of GOP attacks against popular Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller.
WaPo's Cillizza looks at the potential of Democrats to gain a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, suggesting both a one-cycle and a two-cycle scenario. For the record (and to initiate discussion), looking at the 2008 and 2010 maps, I do believe 60 is very well within reach for the Democrats by 2010. (Remember: 2010 contains many GOP vulnerabilities.)
Right-wing chickenhawks were all in a tizzy and up in arms over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's recent comments on Iraq, despite, lo and behold, a majority of Americans agreeing with the Democratic Senate Majority Leader. Now, I wonder how all of those chickenhawks feel about Laura Bush saying that nobody is suffering more when it comes to Iraq than George W. and Laura Bush - certainly not the families of the 3300+ killed American soldiers, certainly not the 24,000+ wounded. Disgusting. Truly, inhumanly disgusting.