Monday Morning Miscellany
Rhode Island: If the RI-GOP Chairman's vagueness is any indication, it looks like there will be some difficulty in finding even a token challenger to popular Senator Jack Reed. ProJo notes that Reed raised over three-quarters of a million dollars in Q1, with $1.67 million cash-on-hand.
Kentucky: Ditch Mitch KY offers some logical skepticism over the poll numbers that Mitch McConnell's camp selectively released.
Alabama: Over at Doc's Political Parlor, rumor has it that General Wesley Clark has been very helpful to Commissioner Ron Sparks as he considers a Senate bid.
Oregon: Blue Oregon urges Congressman Earl Blumenauer to step up and dislodge Gordon Smith from his Senate seat.
Nebraska: The Lincoln Journal Star sees "high drama" in the potential Bruning v. Hagel GOP primary:
Clearly, Hagel is vulnerable within the base of his own party in Nebraska, which at its core remains fiercely loyal to George W. Bush. Just glance at letters-to-the-editor or the Internet to take the temperature of some of the Republican outrage against Hagel.Florida: Though he's not up until 2010, it looks like GOP Senator/"Republican Party General Chairman" Mel Martinez could be in some more hot water "after federal auditors found repeat violations of federal election law in his 2004 Senate campaign." And this is the guy Bush tapped to oversee the RNC? Just another chapter in the Republican Culture of Corruption.
Perhaps no one speaks more forcefully for that base on the political right than Dick Cheney, who has all but run Hagel out of the party.
If Hagel seeks re-election, he’ll find himself in the midst of what is likely to be a bitter, even ugly, primary battle.