Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Taking Heat

  • Passage of the day: courtesy of The Hill:

    Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said she thinks her former GOP colleagues Sens. Mike DeWine (Ohio) and Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) lost reelection because of Bush’s unpopularity.

    “It’s definitely because of the president and his policies, more from the standpoint of immovability and not being willing to adjust policies in response to real-time circumstances,” she said. “It wasn’t just the fact that things weren’t working well in Iraq, it was the president wasn’t willing to adjust his policy to recognize and acknowledge that.”
    Unfortunately for the Senate GOP, Bush has not gotten any 'popularer' (as GWB might put it) or more flexible or more willing to compromise. Bush should continue to be an anchor to Republicans in 2008. (HT: AmericaBlog)

  • New Mexico: The Albuquerque Tribune continues to highlight Pajamas Pete Domenici's role in the Attorney Purge scandal, this time through the prism of Domenici's vote in support of Alberto Gonzales. (HT: NM-FBIHOP)

  • Minnesota: The Hill profiles retired Lt. Col. Joe Repya, potential primary opponent for Norm Coleman. While I wouldn't expect Repya to beat Coleman in a primary, the primary challenge should pull Coleman back to the right, turning off moderates, and force Coleman to spend some money, further weakening him for the general election.

  • Kentucky: Draft Forgy highlights Mitch McConnell losing the support of conservatives both in Kentucky and nationwide. The Bridge now suggests that we can expect a July announcement from Charlie Owen about entering the Senate race.

  • North Carolina: Blue South sees Brad Miller fighting to protect taxpayer dollars from George W. Bush and Duncan Hunter.

  • Alabama: I'm not going to lie. I'm still smarting from Commissioner Ron Sparks' announcement yesterday. There was a lot of enthusiasm brewing for him. I hope State Senator Vivian Figures can generate as much ardor in Alabama.

  • Maine: With Susan Collins having Joe Lieberman helping her raise campaign funds (in what I can only assume is a "Hooray Unlimited Iraq Occupation"-themed fundraiser), Tom Allen has Ned Lamont watching his back.

  • You can watch the trailer for Michael Moore's new documentary on health care, "Sicko," right here. I suggest you take a look.

  • 16 Comments:

    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Are you still going to post updates from the Draft Forgy blog, even after it was confirmed that Forgy has nothing to do with it (and its likely being run by Democrats)? I would think having DitchMitchKY would be enough to target McConnell with.

    As far as Coleman goes, some on SSP believe that Coleman may use the primary to his benefit, like Arlen Specter did in 2004. Attacked on the right and on the left, Coleman can make the claim to the voters that he is in the middle, and must be doing something right. He doesn't neccesarily have to run to the right, and it may be a positive and not a negative for him.

    12:07 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Anthony_Distler said...

    Mitch McConnell may be done as minority leader after 2008, but I think he'll still be in the Senate. I don't see Kentucky being a Tom Dashelle-like ousting.

    12:46 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Brian said...

    Alabama is gone for this cycle. Sparks will probably run in 2010 for either Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Shelby's seat if he retires.

    1:10 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    AD: Its Tom Daschle.

    And why do you think he may be done as Minority Leader? Anybody in that position is going to get yelled at, whether its by moderates who think he's too far to the right (like the Main Street Partnership) or by the right-wing who thinks he's too moderate (like the Club for Growth). I think McConnell is doing a good job, and I think the best reason for him to stay is he understands how politics work, instead of being driven by pure ideology.

    1:27 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    draft movements only count if they are astroturfs for the guy being drafted?

    no wonder you are a republican.

    1:27 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    No, but I consider the Draft Forgy in particular to be a sham, since its most likely founded and maintained by Democrats looking to take a shot at McConnell rather than any real grassroots effort to elect Larry Forgy to the Senate.

    1:47 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Anthony_Distler said...

    Republicans are getting increasingly frustrated with McConnell's leadership, or lack there-of. Most look to Trent Lott as the real Republican leader at this point.

    1:50 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    As I always say, when you want to talk to someone who has their finger on the pulse of the Republican Party, talk to a Democrat.

    2:21 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Ari said...

    Oh, so Olympia is lamenting the reduced ranks of the Mod Squad, eh? If she’s that incensed about it, why doesn’t she, I dunno, pull a Jeffords, go independent, and caucus with the Dems? (Yeah, yeah, I know, she’s a New England Republican by marriage, twice over. But, come on– she’s so pro-environment, her own party wants nothing to do with her! Plus, if I were she, I would’ve turned away from Bush back in 2000 when he called Greeks “Grecians!”)

    2:41 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    and when you want to talk about general election politics in 30 different states, call va blogger, a Republican who lives in DC.

    3:05 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    So I was doing some searching, and according to the WhoIs database, whoever bought DraftForgy.com bought the domain on May 18th, and for a term of one year.

    Granted, they could also choose to renew it. However, Kentucky's primary was on May 24th, the next-to-last Thursday of the month. If its the same in 2008 (excepting, of course, the presidential primary in February), then it would take place on May 22nd. Its interesting that the Draft Forgy movement doesn't anticipate itself lasting even up to the date of the primary.

    4:33 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    thats a pathetic stretch.

    Maybe they realize that if he isnt in the race by a week before the primary he wont get in at all?

    4:51 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Must you resort to such inflammatory language? I simply said it was interesting that the site is set to expire days before the primary. Much more "pathetic" stretches have been made on this blog.

    5:27 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger Blue South said...

    ok buddy. whatever you say.

    i apologize for questioning your infinite wisdom.

    5:31 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Yes, its in my infinite wisdom that I think the information is "interesting". Thank you for challenging that assertion; you've done the liberal blogosphere a great deed of service.

    5:42 PM, June 13, 2007  
    Blogger jak said...

    va blogger: it's "it's"

    Don't you ever tire of being an unprincipled shill for Republican failures, va blogger?

    I love how you'll spout off some unsupported fantasy in one post, like the Draft Forgy being run by Democrats, then use your previous post as a reference, as if your uninformed speculation had, in the course of a few hours, hardened into concrete, indisputable fact. Goebbels and Stalin would be proud.

    You frequently accuse S2G of being a partisan cheerleader, but have you looked in the mirror lately? Not that I'd blame you if you haven't.

    On that note, I present the First Rule of Va Blogger posts:

    #1. Add the text "(I hope, I hope, I hope!)" to the end of every post.

    8:23 PM, June 13, 2007  

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