Ruminations in Alabama and Idaho
Alabama: Sack Sessions gives us a two-fer today. The Tuscaloosa News notes that Jeff Sessions was all too helpful to Karl Rove in seeking a replacement U.S. Attorney and parroting White House talking points:
Earlier this month, it was disclosed that an e-mail message from the White House urged the Justice Department to call Sessions to give him information about appointing a former aide to Republican strategist Karl Rove as an interim U.S. attorney in Arkansas to replace one of the fired officials.Let's hope Mr. Sessions' memory improves a bit in the near future. Also, the Huntsville Times sees Commissioner Ron Sparks talking the talk of a likely Senate candidate.
“WH political reached out to Sen. Sessions and requested that he ask helpful questions to make clear that Tim Griffin is qualified to serve,” a January 2007 e-mail message read.
Sessions said last week that he doesn’t recall speaking with anyone at the White House about Griffin before a Feb. 6 hearing. But the record shows that at that hearing, Sessions covered all of the highlights on Griffin in a Republican “talking points” document on the nominee and praised his resume — just as the White House and Justice Department apparently requested, on the evidence of the e-mails.
That may be just coincidence, though failure to recall is a far cry from a flat denial.
Idaho: Red State Rebels pontificates further on Idaho's current lack of Congressional clout and how Larry LaRocco can change that.
Personal note: While Senate races in Alabama and Idaho will no doubt be significantly uphill battles, just the fact that there may very well be fiercely challenged, legit races in these deep red states is a tremendous sign of how 2008 appears to be shaping up and how traditional battleground states like New Hampshire, Minnesota, Maine, and Oregon will be all-the-more vulnerable for the GOP.