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. ...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.
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.
Colorado: Colorado Pols sees conservative former Rep. Bob Schaffer stumbling right out of the gate, denying that he announced last weekend:
Two possibilities: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!
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.
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. ...For Bush-Sessions, it's "stay the course" and "keep digging." (HT: Sack Sessions)
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.
Think Progress has Smilin' Norm Coleman, Two-Faced Susan Collins and other milquetoast Republicans waffling on Iraq.