Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Friday, May 04, 2007

Destination Unknown

  • Nebraska: The Lincoln Journal Star has state AG Jon Bruning taking shots at Chuck Hagel:

    Attorney General Jon Bruning said Thursday he’ll not be deterred from a 2008 Senate bid by the fundraising power of Sen. Chuck Hagel or the “strong-arm tactics” employed by his political operatives. ...

    Hagel, he said, is out of touch with the views of most Nebraskans on critical issues like the war in Iraq and immigration reform.

    But, he suggested, that may be because the senator has “lived in Virginia his entire adult life except for a couple of years” when he worked in Omaha.

    “When he’s done with politics,” Bruning said, “Hagel will live in Virginia.
    Harsh words. Looking forward to a nasty primary. Meanwhile, Leavenworth Street looks at the power-backers behind the Bruning and Hagel camps; and, the New York Sun, in a piece unflattering to Hagel, picks up on the Bloomberg-Hagel possible ticket.

  • Colorado: Colorado Pols sees conservative former Rep. Bob Schaffer stumbling right out of the gate, denying that he announced last weekend:

    Two possibilities:

    1. Schaffer regrets having kicked off his campaign in this clumsy zero-fanfare manner, and is trying to regain control of his message.

    2. Schaffer hasn't decided if he's going to run.

    Actually, there's only one possibility, which is of course the former -- unless these Teller County GOP officials who have absolutely no reason to lie and were very specific about what Schaffer purportedly said to them...are lying.
    It should really gin up enthusiasm for Schaffer among the CO-GOP base when Schaffer insinuates that they're liars. Schaffer '08 - Feel the excitement!

  • New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire picks up on Sprintin' John Sununu cancelling public appearances with constituents. Fortunately for New Hampshire, they won't be his constituents much longer.

  • New Mexico: NM-FBIHOP notes former AG Patricia Madrid's new job and that it is a likely indication that she won't be running for office in 2008. Paging Tom Udall!

  • Alabama: The Anniston Star editorializes on Jeff Sessions' failure on Iraq:

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, in describing a recent visit to Iraq, sounded like a man who had found a single daisy in a 1,000-acre forest utterly scorched by fire. Sessions, who conceded that he wore body armor while in Iraq, overlooked recent reports of unfinished U.S. reconstruction projects and a mounting death toll in the thousands, the equivalent of a Virginia Tech massacre each day. Sessions said he believed Baghdad residents are moving back to the city, a claim not independently supported. He also bragged on what he described as a coalescing of tribal leaders against fighters claiming affiliation with al-Qaida. If true, that's good news but hardly enough to overcome the bad. ...

    The first rule of getting out of a hole is to stop digging. Bush, Shelby and Sessions appear to still be willing to keep at it with their shovels.
    For Bush-Sessions, it's "stay the course" and "keep digging." (HT: Sack Sessions)

  • Think Progress has Smilin' Norm Coleman, Two-Faced Susan Collins and other milquetoast Republicans waffling on Iraq.

  • 7 Comments:

    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Schaffer didn't announce last week. If you know about campaigns, you know that the official kick-off announcement happens at a big event, even if the decision to run has already been made. For instance, John McCain "officially announced" that he's running for President in late April, despite the fact that he's been running since 2006 or earlier.

    Its not a matter of lying, and you and Colorado Pols should know better than this. He's not an official candidate. He's not an announced candidate. But he will be a candidate for Senate in '08. This really isn't hard to understand.

    Also, isn't a bit premature to say that John Sununu won't be a Senator for much longer, given his underwhelming opposition and obvious ability to win tough elections?

    And now that Madrid is out of the running, and Udall has already said "no", are there any Democrats left in New Mexico who might challenge Domenici?

    12:26 PM, May 04, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    I guess standing up in front of 100 people and saying "Im running" isnt an announcement anymore.

    2:01 PM, May 04, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    It never was, not in modern politics. As I said, you should know better.

    2:35 PM, May 04, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    No, va blogger, maybe Schaffer should know better. He announced, and then realized, "Hey, I shoulda had a big announcement event," and is trying to get backsies. But, tough for Schaffer, if his operation is too lame to choreograph a bigger announcement event, it's his campaign's loss. Nowadays, campaigns have several "announcements" - I think McCain has "announced" his 2008 Presidential campaign four or five times. But Schaffer should just have replied to the press immediately and said, "Yeah, those were my comments on Saturday; I intend to run; and I will have a formal announcement event soon." Instead, he's insinuating that the event attendees are liars and that he didn't really announce. Very lame. The first of what I expect will be several campaign gaffes from Schaffer '08.

    3:15 PM, May 04, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Where are you getting this accusation of lying from? Even the original article you posted about the event on Saturday, the people in attendence said "this wasn't his official announcement, but he told us he's running". And lo and behold, that's exactly what happened, and its exactly what Schaffer is saying.

    If this is the type of "gaffe" that you intend to report about Republican candidates (we all know what kind of treatment you give each party), please do everyone a favor and don't.

    4:57 PM, May 04, 2007  
    Blogger LP said...

    Interestingly, in the Schaffer situation Republican blogs also call it a gaffe.

    1:46 AM, May 05, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    HAHAHA - va blogger, would you call "GOPProgress.com" a left-leaning hack blog looking to disparage Republicans and cheerlead for Democrats? Cuz they suggest that Schaffer insinuated that the Teller County GOP are liars. Any explanation?

    2:27 PM, May 05, 2007  

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