Friday Quick Hits and Predictions
MINNESOTA: In the category of stupid candidate tricks, meet gadfly hopeful James D. McBroom (Independence-MN). McBroom just legally changed his name to "James Broom Wellstone" and announced his candidacy against US Senator Norm Coleman (R). The seat was formerly held by the late US Senator Paul Wellstone (DFL), who died in a plane crash one month before the 2002 election. And talk about misleading, the guy's new campaign website features video and pix of Senator Wellsone. This ploy has failed in Minnesota in the past, when frequent candidate Mary Jane Rachner legally changed her name to Patricia Reagan to run for Congress yet again in the 2000 GOP primary. It made no difference, as Reagan/Rachner lost by the same lopsided margin as she always did. Look for the strategy to work just as well for McBroom/Wellstone next year.Definitely disturbing. I wonder if the Wellstone family can or will request that photos of, videos of, and references to Senator Wellstone be removed from McBroom's website.
1) John Warner, Larry Craig, and Chuck Hagel will all opt against running for re-election to the Senate in 2008.
2) Thad Cochran will run for re-election.
3) Popular former Governors Jeanne Shaheen and Mark Warner will enter their states' respective Senate races and win.
4) At least four incumbent Republican Senators running for re-election will face primary opponents.
5) Assuming Tim Johnson opts for a re-election bid and his health remains stable, Democratic Senators will repeat their 2006 feat of holding every incumbent seat, yes including Mary Landrieu's.
6) Either Pete Domenici or Ted Stevens won't be a Senator after January 2009.
7) The DSCC will ouraise the NRSC in every quarter for the remainder of 2007.