Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Big Tuesday Rundown

  • South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson is preparing to return to the Senate. Great news. Like Jordan coming back for the second three-peat... if Senator Johnson had a better fifteen foot shot and the Senate held sessions in a gym. Still, a remarkable comeback.

  • Minnesota: New polling, with some disheartening results: Coleman-Franken at 54-32 and Coleman-Ciresi at 52-29. The silver lining of the poll is that it found Smilin' Norm Coleman dipping below 50% for the first time, with only 48% saying Coleman was doing a "good" or "excellenet" job and only 43% having a favorable opinion of him. Also, the poll saw Amy Klobuchar's approval significantly higher than Coleman's and her disapproval significantly lower. MNCR notes that Ciresi's camp suggests that the poll is more favorable to him than Franken, as Franken's name ID stands at around 80% while voters are just getting reacquainted with Ciresi. So Coleman is vulnerable and not too popular, but neither Franken nor Ciresi have yet to catch fire. Could this motivate others to enter the DFL primary?

  • Colorado: Colorado Confidential has the goods on state AG John Suthers and retired General Bentley Rayburn both passing on a Senate bid in favor of conservative former Rep. Bob Schaffer. Looks like a bloody CO-GOP primary might be avoided after all. Bummer. Meanwhile, Colorado Pols looks at "Backwards" Bob Schaffer's last two weeks. Oh, and while you're at it, throw a few bucks Congressman Mark Udall's way.

  • North Carolina: Blue South announces that is up and running. Check it out!

  • Illinois: It looks like the IL-GOP may have found a sacrificial lamb: Steven Sauerberg, a suburban doctor with "little history of political involvement." When I hear something like "little history of political involvement," the first thing I'd like the Durbin camp to do is go through voting records for the last decade and highlight the number of elections in which the opponent didn't show up to vote. Always a crowd-pleaser.

  • Maine: Endless Iraq War fan Joe Lieberman (CfL-CT) will be raising money for endless Iraq War fan Susan Collins. (Note that WaPo's Cillizza incorrectly dubs this a "bipartisan" fundraiser. Lieberman is not a member of the Democratic Party.) Welcome Joe-mentum to Maine by contributing to Congressman Tom Allen's campaign to unseat Two-Faced Susan Collins.

  • New Jersey: GOP state assemblyman Michael Doherty, considered one of the most conservative members of the NJ state Legislature, is getting serious about a Senate bid.

  • Nebraska: Republican Hal Daub begins a listening tour to drum up support for a possible Senate bid.

  • Georgia: DKos diarist biglib offers a thorough rundown of possible GA-Dem Senate challengers to "Shameless" Saxby Chambliss. Nothing definitive, though, besides my yearning for former Senator and true patriot Max Cleland to reconsider and seek a rematch.

  • Greatest thing ever! Slate offers us an illustrated guide to GOP scandals! (HT: MN Publius)


    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    I wonder if the DraftBradMiller blog will enjoy the same rousing success as the DraftPeterDeFazio blog did.

    2:20 PM, May 15, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
    --Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizenship in a Republic" Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

    It's one thing to be a worthless critic. It's yet another thing to relish the role quite so much.

    2:50 PM, May 15, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    First they ignore you...
    Then they fight you...
    Then they laugh at you...
    And then you win...

    3:27 PM, May 15, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Are you contending that your face is marred by dust and sweat and blood? Seriously?

    Speaking of revelling in the role of being a worthless critic, how about all the time and energy you've devoted to posting one-sided, partisan smears against sitting Republican senators? Or because you own a blog, that raises you from the rest of us "cold and timid souls"?

    3:31 PM, May 15, 2007  

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