Monday Night Round-Up
The following Senators up for re-election in 2008 voted to express confidence in Alberto Gonzales: Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Larry Craig (R-ID), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), James Inhofe (R-OK), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and John Warner (R-VA). This was a vote under the "Bush rubber stamp" column and will not be forgotten.
Iowa: Amid speculation over GOP Rep. Tom Latham not ruling out a challenge to Senator Tom Harkin, WaPo's Cillizza gets to the point:
Even so, most neutral observers don't expect Latham to run. He has done little in the way of fundraising -- $215,000 on hand at the end of March -- and his chief of staff recently took a job on the west coast.While a reasonable argument can be made as to why a Latham Senate bid would be good news for Democrats (Dems would have an open shot at his swing seat), I don't expect Latham to take the shot.
Minnesota: About two months ago, the Guru pontificated about the possibility of a primary challenge to Norm Coleman. Well, MN Publius has heard rumors (yes, just rumors for now) that Coleman might just get a primary challenge, in the person of Joe Repya, a military veteran who recently lost his bid to Chair the MN-GOP. On another note, MyDD's Singer offers an intriguing interview with Senate candidate Al Franken.
Wyoming: Want to represent Wyoming in the U.S. Senate? Inquire within.
Oregon: Lest anyone be confused, Gordon Smith is not pro-choice.