Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Safe Democrats

  • Rhode Island: The Phoenix wonders what's next for 2006 RI-GOP Senate primary loser Steve Laffey, suggesting that a 2010 gubernatorial bid is likely while a 2008 challenge to Senator Jack Reed is very unlikely. Another sign that Reed could very well wind up with a free pass or only token opposition.

  • CQPolitics continues its Senate analysis with "Safe Democratic" seats in Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island and West Virginia. I concur that these are all very safe. With WV's Shelley Moore Capito and DE's Mike Castle expected to run for House re-election, and Senators Richard Durbin, John Kerry, and Jack Reed expecting only token opposition, these should be very comfortable re-election bids. Michigan is likely the only state of the six that might feature a notable Republican opponent. CQPolitics lists as potential candidates:

    There are some prominent Republicans mentioned as possible 2008 candidates, though, who could give Levin a stronger test than usual were any of them to run. They include 8th District Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and state Attorney General Mike Cox. None of them is expected to run.
    The Guru will keep an ear out for rumblings; but, as CQPolitics notes, none are expected to run.

  • Now that it looks like we may have a new entry in the Presidential race, the Guru wonders when religious and social conservatives will start making a big deal out of the fact that Republican former Senator and would-be Presidential candidate Fred Thompson knocked up his high school girlfriend out of wedlock and ultimately divorced her.


    Blogger Blue South said...

    Capito just picked up a challenger. State Senator John Unger will officially announce in about 2 hours.

    1:48 PM, May 31, 2007  
    Blogger nhuixnhuix said...

    Re: Fred Thompson

    I am also quite stunned that noone has mentioned his wife. I am sure she is a lovely person but I seriously doubt that the blonde-with-big-boobs twenty five years younger than him thing is exactly the image I want my first lady to project.
    If there is anything that church ladies hate more than independant strong women aka Hillary or Teresa, it is the obvious trophy wife.
    I am very surprised noone has mentioned that in the media yet because I cannot believe it is not going to come up.

    2:36 PM, May 31, 2007  

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