Aravosis and Singer both offer missives on Senate Republicans' chronic filibustering to prevent any action on Iraq or any other issue (and, in Aravosis' case, the media's inability to call the GOP on it). Just more obstructionism from those status quo-loving McConnell Republicans doing their darnedest to make sure nothing gets done for America.
Louisiana: And the hits on David Vitter's love of prostitutes just keep on coming. The first prominent local Louisiana Republican to call for Vitter's resignation has spoken up:
On Tuesday, Louisiana Republican State Central Committeeman Vincent Bruno called on Vitter to resign "for his own good, the good of the party and the good of his family." ...Meanwhile, Talking Points Memo digs up Vitter's 2004 Senate campaign commercials, and it appears that they all feature discussion about and appearances by or photos of Vitter's wife and kids, y'know, the family he cheated on with prostitutes. Vitter, not the media and not his opponents, brought his family and his "family values" into the political realm. Now, Vitter deserves every ounce of scrutiny and criticism he receives. And, if Vitter lived up to his own standard, he would resign. TPM also offers a few more tidbits on Vitter, and NOLA.com's albeit non-scientific poll on whether Vitter should resign currently stands in favor of resignation by a 57-43 margin.
Should Vitter remain in office, says the Republican state committeeman, then: "We're the party of hypocrites: 'Vote for us and we'll lie to you, we'll engage prostitutes and we'll cheat on our wives.'"
North Carolina: Holy cow. Public Policy Polling looked at match-ups between Elizabeth Dole and state legislators Grier Martin and Kay Hagan. Dole is held to 43% by both of them, and, against Martin, the difference is only six points (43-37)! I would imagine that Dole has a huge name recognition edge over State Representative Grier Martin, so to start with only a six-point deficit is pretty remarkable. These numbers should certainly encourage him toward a decision in favor of a Senate bid. Meanwhile, Dole continues to "hope" for our troops in Iraq without offering any commitments for action on her end.
Texas: State Representative Rick Noriega on Thursday will take steps toward making his candidacy for Senate official. If you go to RickNoriega.com, you'll see the message: "Under Construction, please come back soon!" Looks like he's making all appropriate preparations.
Virginia: Raising Kaine offers that, in the likely event of a John Warner retirement, Rep. Tom Davis' road to the GOP Senate nomination in 2008 might not be so pre-ordained.
Kentucky: The ad campaigns focusing on Mitch McConnell's failed record on Iraq are now earning free media. And Roll Call is highlighting McConnell's absence from the Iraq debate.
Massachusetts: The Hill looks at John Kerry's lackluster poll numbers suggesting that he is vulnerable to a serious challenge. The Hill points to rumors of "former Rep. Peter Blute (R), a talk radio host who served two terms in the House in the mid-1990s" considering a bid. Note to NRSC: Kerry is vulnerable. Dump $5 million in Massachusetts. Go for it!
Nebraska: New Nebraska Network highlights state AG Jon Bruning's rightward drift on criminal sentencing over just the last two years.
New Jersey: From Senator Frank Lautenberg comes the quote of the day, joking at those who might be worried about his age: "I can send you a copy of the colonoscopy I just took. It's really something to admire."