The Politico is musing about the prospect of a 60-seat filibuster-proof Senate majority for Democrats in 2010. I see it as very likely.
Why is it valuable to have a strong majority for Senate Democrats? To be blunt, they enact good policy. For instance, Senate Democrats just got their ethics reform package signed into law. Senate Democrats are in favor of strong ethical standards. Are Senate Republicans? Ask Ted Stevens or David Vitter what they think. (You'll probably get a "no comment.")
Is the NRSC up a creek without a paddle? I happen to think so.
New Hampshire: As expected, Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand has withdrawn from the 2008 Senate race and endorsed popular former Governor Jeanne Shaheen. It has the benefit of being simultaneously the classy move and the politically smart move for Marchand. He ran a thoughtful, positive campaign; and, Republican Judd Gregg is up for re-election in 2010. As such, I hope Marchand doesn't surrender Senatorial aspirations. Meanwhile, the Nashua Telegraph almost-comically runs the understatement headline of the cycle so far: "Shaheen's bid could be trouble for Sununu" - y'think!?!
Alaska: The clock ticking on Ted Stevens' career is getting louder:
Ex-Veco Corp. CEO Bill Allen admitted in court Friday that he had company employees work several months on a remodeling project at the Girdwood home of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens. ...Of course, Stevens has no comment. With this admission, I can't imagine how Stevens makes it to Christmas this year without being indicted for something. (Of course, if we need indictment charges sped up, I know a Senator who's happy to make a phone call.)
Under cross-examination by defense attorney James Wendt, representing former state Rep. Pete Kott, Allen acknowledged that the more than $400,000 he admitted spending in the bribery charge was for other legislators - and for work done at the Girdwood home of Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate.
Virginia: Though some wonder if GOP Rep. Tom Davis will move forward with a Senate bid, having to fight former Gov. Jim Gilmore in a primary, only to then face popular former Governor Mark Warner, Davis assures supporters that "all systems are go" for an upcoming Senate bid.
South Dakota: Who thinks they can take down the Tim Johnson powerhouse? I can't wait for a formal re-election campaign kick-off.
Nebraska: The Omaha World-Herald is reporting that former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub will enter the 2008 Senate race on Monday morning. The OWH article notes that Daub has been criticized for being "too aggressive and divisive." Then I say, "Welcome to the primary!" (HT: NNN)
Louisiana: Cliff Schecter's GottaLaff offers choice quotes from David Vitter's mistress/prostitute. Amongst her revelations:
Vitter would shower twice per visit, once before, once after, always being careful to use unscented soap to avoid accusations of smelling, well, not like the macho guy he is.Real class act, that Vitter. He still has yet to be fully honest with his constituents about the whole affair and his chronic patronage of prostitutes. Is it too much to ask that the Louisiana press maybe follow up with Vitter about it?
He divulged to her that, during their 4 or so months together, he and his wife were trying to have children.
Fun fact: Former Senator Lincoln Chafee is no longer a member of the Republican Party.
Former Fed Chair Alan Greenspan bashes George W. Bush as fiscally irresponsible. No duh.