Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday Morning Tidbits

  • WaPo's Cillizza releases his June edition of the Senate Line. And, for the first time, there are 8 Republican-held seats and only 2 Democratic-held seats (South Dakota and Louisiana), with Nebraska making its Line debut. Every month, I keep expecting North Carolina to find its way onto the list - I have to suppose that NC's Dole has been sitting on the imaginary 11-spot for months. Unless new Republican rumblings occur in steadily placid Iowa, Arkansas, or Montana, I would have to imagine that we should see an 8-to-2 GOP-to-Dem listing on the Line for many months to come, just another indication of the Republican's perilous 2008 Senate map.

  • South Dakota: The Argus Leader suggests that Senator Tim Johnson is a safe bet for re-election if he is able to run, noting that:

    Adding to Republican woes is the fact that they also are beginning to take seriously Gov. Mike Rounds' comments on several occasions that he has no interest in running against Johnson.
    While anything can happen over the next many months, this has to be more than a bit demoralizing for the NRSC.

  • Alaska: Think Progress highlights a new development in Ted Stevens' corruption saga:

    Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK), “dogged by a federal probe of political corruption in Alaska, disclosed Thursday that he has asked the Senate Ethics Committee to review his latest financial disclosure report.” Ethics reviews of lawmakers’ financial reports “are unusual unless they are under a legal cloud.”
    Yes, I think it's safe for meteorologists to forecast "legal clouds" following around Ted Stevens for the foreseeable future.

  • Oregon: Gordon Smith loses a key corporate backer:

    Plaid Pantry Inc.'s president and CEO Chris Girard said he will no longer support the lawmaker either financially or personally, due to the senator's current stance on tobacco tax legislation. ...

    Now, with Smith supporting a federal excise tax and state cigarette tax increase, Girard wrote that he can no longer support the senator.
    Perhaps Girard might be interested in helping out a potential primary opponent to Gordon Smith.

  • Kentucky: Mitch McConnell is getting no love these days. DMKY's Gunterman sees the Louisville Courier-Journal taking McConnell to task on the Alberto Gonzales no-confidence vote, calling McConnell a "partisan henchman." Meanwhile, MyDD's Singer looks at McConnell's vulnerability given current political trends both in and out of Kentucky.

  • Wyoming: Lest anyone be losing sleep over it, Lynne Cheney is not an applicant for the vacant Senate seat.

  • Those obstructionist McConnell Republicans are up to more of the same, this time on energy policy.


    Blogger Political Realm said...

    Senator Lynne Cheney? Chilling though.

    10:52 PM, June 15, 2007  
    Blogger jamie said...

    No Dem. would have appointed Cheney even if she had been interested. Cheney is still popular in WY. but there are too many decent options out there to consider, and any body who's last name is Simpson or Mead has a leg up on the rest of the pretenders.
    It won't be Cheney, or former Gov. Geringer. Neither one has any business being any where close to the U.S. Senate, both neo-cons at heart.

    11:28 AM, June 16, 2007  

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