Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday Rundown

  • Texas: San Antonio Express-News columnist Jaime Castillo uses Republican Henry Bonilla's recent ouster from office as a bellwether marking John Cornyn's vulnerability. Oh, and Cornyn's lousy approval numbers are a good indicator, too.

  • New Hampshire: CQPolitics profiles Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand and looks at the New Hampshire Senate race dynamics.

  • Maine: NPR reports: "In Maine as in many states, the war in Iraq is the foremost issue on the minds of voters." Tough news for Susan Collins, who has repeatedly voted in support of Bush's unlimited Iraq War, without oversight or timetables, and who has endorsed the Presidential field's most vocal pro-unlimited-Iraq-War voice in John McCain.

  • Kentucky: Draft Forgy is on the job with two more pieces of bad press for Mitch McConnell. First, from the Washington Times: McConnell's hypocrisy on immigration reform. Second, from the Louisville Courier-Journal: constituent displeasure with McConnell over immigration.

  • Minnesota: Now that he is a candidate for office, Al Franken recognizes one of the values of public financing of elections: more time with voters discussing issues and less contributor call time. It would be extra-classy of Franken, should he discuss public financing in the future, if he notes something to the effect of, "Hey, I have my Hollywood money and Mike Ciresi has his lawyer money. We have the resources to run for office. But somebody like Dr. Peter Agre, who has a unique background and might have good ideas to contribute, doesn't have comparable resources. Another reason we need public financing to balance the playing field."

  • Alaska: The contractor employed in Ted Stevens' RenovationGate is lawyering up and no longer publicly commenting.


    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Are you going to spam your own blog with every worthless post made on the DraftForgy blog?

    Can you please point to one real individual, other than someone in the liberal blogosphere or the DraftForgy blog itself, that thinks that Senator McConnell is going to face any difficulty winning re-nomination?

    There's a difference between credible candidates and wastes of time. For instance, you've reported almost nothing on what Ty Pettit has done in Oregon in his campaign against Gordon Smith. Why? Because he's not a credible candidate. What makes Larry Forgy a credible candidate other than your wishful thinking that Senator McConnell will have a problem getting re-elected?

    12:30 PM, June 04, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    Other than the fact that his supposed machine couldnt get a popular congresswoman elected over an indicted and unpopular incumbent?

    Other than where people in Kentucky stand compared to where he stands?

    Other than all of that?

    1:15 PM, June 04, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Anne Northup must have not been that popular, given her '06 loss and her '07 primary loss. And most of the speculation that McConnell's "machine" was "supporting" Northup comes from the same liberal blogs that so badly want to see him defeated that they confuse wishful thinking and actual events. Senator Bunning endorsed Northup in the primary. McConnell remained neutral. Was he working behind the scenes to get her elected? Perhaps, but her failure of a campaign and his immediate endorsement of Fletcher show that perhaps the reports of his behind-the-scenes workings were a tad bit exaggerated by those who have plenty to gain by distorting the truth.

    So, "other than" two hopelessly biased, but not terribly accurate, musings? Yes. I'm looking for solid that there is any credibility in a Forgy challenge. Liberal bloggers don't count.

    1:33 PM, June 04, 2007  
    Blogger Anthony_Distler said...

    Ted Stevens has his own "Gate"? Now I'm jealous. I wanna gate, too!

    3:44 PM, June 04, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    Anthony - If you want your own "Gate," an easy way to get one is to get elected to the Senate and then have corrupt corporate executives who have been indicted on charges of bribing elected officials oversee the expensive renovations to your home. It's a start, anyway.

    3:52 PM, June 04, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Actually, Anthony, if you want to have your own "gate", then you should be a Republican office-holder, then have the FBI say you're not a target in an investigation. That way, liberal blogs will start to go out of their minds with wishful thinking, exaggeration, and an extremely skewed analysis to bridge the leap of imagination it takes to believe you are in any danger.

    I, for one, look forward to liberal bloggers like S2G making a large amount of hay over this, much in the same style he's inflating Larry Forgy's presence in Kentucky (currently an unknown blip on no one's radar). Or in the same style that he counted Tom Allen's chances (before he came out 25 points down to Susan Collins), or the liklihood of a strong Democrat challenging Gordon Smith. It seems there is no barrier between fact and fantasy for the self-proclaimed Guru. Wishful thinking and blind speculation is the same as factual analysis. It shouldn't be surprising, though, from the same group of characters who link to each other's posts about a candidate (Ron Sparks, for instance) and considers that to be "momentum".

    4:47 PM, June 04, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    This from the party that brought us Whitewatergate and Travelgate.

    VA go peddle your wares somewhere else.

    8:24 PM, June 04, 2007  

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