These are George W. Bush's advisors: General David Petraeus declares that "success" in Iraq would require a decade-long military presence; and, "War Czar" Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute informs us that a military draft "has always been an option on the table." I'm sure that Republicans running for Senate and House seats will be thrilled when their constituents hear that.
Oregon: It seems pretty clear that Gordon Smith's support for Bush's Iraq War has not been tied to personal convictions or a belief in what is in America's and Oregon's best interests; but, rather, Smith's support for Bush's Iraq War has been tied simply to public support for the war. When the war is popular, Smith is all for it. When the war is unpopular, Smith gets skeptical. That would be the exact opposite of leadership. Also, Smith gleefully admits how unaware he is to the travails of some Oregonians:
"When a USDA survey (in 2002) found that Oregon had the highest hunger rate in the nation, I was thunderstruck," Smith told a crowd of about 100 people. "I could hardly believe it was the case that in a place like Oregon, the Eden in which we live, that there were people who were going hungry."In 2002, Smith had already been a Senator for over half a decade! Yet he was blissfully unaware that his state had the highest hunger rate in the nation. I suppose when a problem affects people that are unable to max out their contributions to his political campaigns, Gordon Smith doesn't pay close attention to their problems. At least, that's what Gordon Smith himself appears to be saying.
Maine: Good for the media in Maine to finally be highlighting the difference in Susan Collins' and Olympia Snowe's clearly different positions on Iraq:
By contrast, several people on Thursday who thanked Snowe for her war stand quickly added that they want Maine's other senator, Republican Susan Collins, to either join Snowe in calling for a withdrawal of troops or lose her seat next year. Collins is being challenged for re-election in 2008 by Democratic Rep. Tom Allen, who opposes the war.It would be nice if that paragraph was a little higher up in the article, but it's a start. Make no mistake, Collins will do everything she can to muddy the difference between her position and Snowe's and try to continue basking in Snowe's reflected popularity. But for all of Collins' rhetoric about the need for a change in Iraq, she continues to vote the way George W. Bush wants her to. If you live in Maine, don't be shy about writing letters to the editor of your local paper discussing the difference in positions between the Bush-Collins "stay the course" stance and the Snowe-Tom Allen "bring the troops home safely" stance.
Virginia: Former Governor and now-former Presidential candidate Jim Gilmore is considering a 2008 Senate bid if/when John Warner retires. Tom Davis must be less than thrilled about this. Given how poorly regarded Gilmore's term as Governor was, I wouldn't terribly mind his entry into the race.
Louisiana: For anybody who may be confused, Daily Kingfish clarifies what currently-Democratic Treasurer John N. Kennedy running for re-election in 2007 means (or doesn't mean) for a 2008 Senate challenge to Senator Mary Landrieu.
Idaho: Larry Craig is one frighteningly Orwellian word-parser (watch both YouTube clips!).
Texas: Democrats in Texas are getting aggressive. John Cornyn is taking it on the chin for his votes against health care for sick children and against ethics reform legislation. (HT: Stop Cornyn)
New Jersey: With the withdrawal from the 2008 Republican Senate primary, and subsequent endorsement, of conservative assemblyman Michael Doherty, assemblyman Joe Pennacchio sounds like he is moving closer to formally announcing a bid. (HT: Blue Jersey) PoliticsNJ profiles the two likely Republican combatants in the primary: Pennacchio and Anne Evans Estabrook. The profile notes that the Assembly's Republican whip Jon Bramnick has not ruled out a bid.
Kentucky: A bad omen for Mitch McConnell? Republican voter registration in Kentucky is at its lowest level in nearly a decade. Also, a movement has arisen to draft Lieutenant Colonel and Democrat Andrew Horne to enter the 2008 Senate race. Lt. Col. Horne has been suggested as a possible candidate.
How long until "Republicans for None of the Above" has its own PAC?
Isn't it a little, what's the word?, unpatriotic (and, well, criminal, too?) to leak classified information? I only ask because Republican elected officials are getting awfully comfortable doing just that lately.
Kos and SusanG of Daily Kos have a terrific op-ed in the Washington Post today on "How We Won the Mainstream." Look for Markos to debate Harold Ford tomorrow on Meet the Press regarding the future of the Democratic Party. Should be very interesting.