Saturday Quick Hits
Nebraska: The Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star are both reporting that Chuck Hagel will announce on Monday that he not only won't run for President in 2008 but will also retire from the Senate at the end of his current term. Any bets on whether or not former Senator Bob Kerrey will announce his candidacy before the end of the month? And any other bets on how many Republican candidates will enter the primary? We have the possibility of at least Jon Bruning, Hal Daub, Tony Raimondo and even Mike Johanns.
Colorado: "Backwards" Bob Schaffer's own commissioned poll of his race against Congressman Mark Udall has him down outside the margin of error, 45-40. If Schaffer's own numbers have him down five points, then I can't wait for the non-partisan numbers!
Idaho: Lots of people want to be Idaho's new Senator.
Oklahoma: Democratic State Senator Andrew Rice may be in a unique position to highlight the failures of George W. Bush and Jim "In Denial" Inhofe on Iraq and the War on Terror given his personal experience:
Rice, whose brother was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, calls the decision to go to war in Iraq "a very rash and dangerous thing to do."Sad but very, very true.
He said the country is "bogged down in a war that didn't have anything to do with the murder of my brother." He says the 9-11 terrorists "are not in Iraq and they never have been."
Maine: Finally, the Bangor Daily News demonstrates some semblance of responsibility and has two editors, one with ties to Susan Collins' campaign and one with ties to Tom Allen's campaign, recuse themselves from campaign coverage. Was that so hard, BDN?