Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Saturday Round-Up

  • Wyoming: The Associated Press:

    Wyoming Republican Party Chairman Fred Parady has scheduled a press conference for Monday to detail how nominees will be picked to fill the US Senate seat vacated by the death of Senator Craig Thomas last Monday.
  • North Carolina: The Greensboro News-Record offers a scathing editorial of Elizabeth Dole on immigration:

    When the U.S. Senate needed deal makers, it found too many deal breakers. One was Elizabeth Dole, the North Carolina Republican who's up for election next year.
  • Alabama: United Food is recalling 5.7 million pounds of potentially contaminated ground beef and Tyson is recalling more than 40,000 pounds. Y'know, the Senate could really use an expert in food safety whose knowledge and experience could help protect the U.S. food supply. Now where could we find somebody like that? (Hint: It's Commissioner Ron Sparks.) Meanwhile, Left in Alabama rightly suggests that Jeff Sessions is neither a fan of Constitutional rights or, what do you call that thing, oh yeah, the Earth.

  • South Carolina: Typically, I'm very much against posting innuendo about people's private lives, especially regarding one's sexual orientation. I've made it a point to steer clear of all rumors, however public or widespread, about the private lives of Larry Craig and Susan Collins, for instance. It shouldn't have any role to play in an election, in a policy vacuum anyway. But when the public policy issue is the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the military, AmericaBlog makes a point regarding Lindsey Graham.

  • Maine: Tom Allen spent some time blogging on Firedoglake. He covered topics including health care, Iraq (and noted how the two biggest Iraq hawks, McCain and Lieberman, are two of Susan Collins' closest Senate allies), Constitutional rights and habeas corpus, voting no confidence on Alberto Gonzales, and much more.

  • New Hampshire: John Sununu is a coward. Period.

  • Oregon: Blue Oregon has the goods. Successful businesswoman Eileen Brady is considering a Senate challenge to Gordon Smith. BO's Chisholm also looks at speculation regarding potential Senate candidates retired Air Force General Merrill McPeak, state Treasurer Randall Edwards, and Portland developer John Russell.

  • Kentucky: Democratic state Attorney General Greg Stumbo is publicly considering a Senate challenge to Mitch McConnell.

  • Iowa: MyDD's Singer makes the case that a Tom Latham challenge to Senator Tom Harkin might be good news for Democrats.

  • Alaska: SSP's James takes a look at Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich's 2008 electoral options and opportunities.

  • Colorado: Conservative Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer seems to be admitting that he is BS.


    Blogger Blue South said...

    I dont get the point of the post on Graham. Graham might stink of hypocrisy, but isnt the whole point of the the "dont ask" part involve NOT investigating? Or did I miss something?

    Anyway, their post seemed in poor taste. Or at the very least was unnecessary.

    11:33 PM, June 09, 2007  
    Blogger Political Realm said...

    I definitely agree about Latham challenging Harkin being a benefit for Dems. Harkin always gets a strong challenge, but he's beat more Republican Congressmen than any senator in history.

    The state and national Dems rarely put much financial focus on defeating Latham in his district (he had to run very few ads to win when I used to live there). The seat is drawn competitively, but Latham routinely has easy races.

    From my perspective, Latham is little more than an empty suit/generic Republican candidate. He is never particularly impressive on the stump nor is his well known throughout the state.

    That could be a definite pickup opportunity for Dems, though I'm not sold on the fact that Latham will actually challenge Harkin.

    3:50 PM, June 11, 2007  

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