Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sunday Rundown

  • Oregon: When Gordon Smith isn't trying to rhetorically dance around Iraq, he runs a frozen food company, Smith Frozen Foods. Well, Smith Frozen Foods was recently fined for dumping wastewater into a nearby creek, marking "at least the third time since the early 1990s that the company has been fined for polluting Pine Creek." As Loaded Orygun's Torrid Joe notes, "As spills go, this sounds neither massive nor especially toxic--but there's no such thing as a good waste dumping violation. And being the third such violation, however minor, it suggests a less-than-dilligent attention span to protecting their nearby waterway." Smith's company's shady environmental record has been a campaign issue going back to Smith's first Senate run. And I expect it will come up again this time around. It brings new meaning to the phrase, "Dump Gordon Smith."

  • North Carolina: Activate your conflict-of-interest alarms. The top political reporter from the News & Observer, Rob Christensen, has gone to work for Elizabeth Dole's re-election campaign. Blue NC breaks down some Christensen's most recent "reporting" on Dole's re-election campaign.

  • Nebraska: How Jon Bruning runs the state Attorney General's office could be an indication of how he'll run a Senate office. And what does he do when a miscommunication in his office leads to constituent confusion? Bruning blames the intern. I'm not joking.

  • Texas: John Cornyn threw a hissy-fit when name-called General Petraeus "General Betray Us" in a newspaper ad to the degree that he filed a Senate resolution condemning the ad, calling the ad "character assassination of the first order." Well, it turns out that conservative noise-machine Rush Limbaugh not too long ago called decorated war veteran and U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel "Sentor Betray Us." I won't hold my breath waiting for Cornyn's resolution condemning Limbaugh. Why? Because John Cornyn is a grandstanding hypocrite.

  • Georgia: Rasmussen Reports clocks Spineless Saxby Chambliss' approve-disapprove at 58-30. It's possible that some of the 58% approval might not be rock solid as he only matches up against Dale Cardwell 49-33. While I'm not rushing to make bets that Chambliss will lose in 2008, as much as I would love to see that happen, it shows that he could be vulnerable to a strong challenger (Read: please reconsider, Senator Cleland! Please!).

  • Mississippi: Best-selling author and former State Representative John Grisham has been on the record slamming the Bush administration. While I'm sure that Grisham has never been shy about his convictions, this rhetoric seems particularly pointed. Could Grisham be interested in returning to elective politics? Could somebody beg him to consider a Senate challenge to Thad Cochran if they see him in the near future?

  • Louisiana: David Vitter earmarked $100,000 for a religious group that challenges teaching evolution in public schools. I wonder what this religious group's position is on cheating on one's wife with prostitutes.


    Blogger Josh said...

    Doesn't Grisham live in Charlottesville, VA now?

    6:54 PM, September 23, 2007  
    Blogger Matthew said...

    Yes, Josh... you are correct... and on that note, it would be good if Grisham ran for governor here in Virginia... I live in Alexandria, VA and he would likely get 75% of the vote in my city... he would do very well in Northern Virginia.

    Grisham would probably be running against George "Macaca" Allen, who possesses a massively fake southern accent... Allen is a surfer from California... I laugh every time I here that guy talk... it was an aberation when the guy was elected in 2000 when he defeated war hero Chuck Robb... the lesson Democrats learned from that election is that if Macaca attacks, you cannot allow him a free pass... you have to attack him back... because he is a man of no substance.

    7:47 PM, September 23, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Grisham has stated he doesn't have an interest in running for office, especially federal office, but I'd be surprised if he was ever on a ballot again.

    While George Allen is considering a comeback in 2009, he'll face stiff competition in the primary from LG Bill Bolling and AG Bob McDonnell. Its refreshing to see, however, that Democrats are already scrambling to find a candidate on account of their extremely weak bench.

    9:04 PM, September 23, 2007  
    Blogger Josh Prywes said...

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    11:01 PM, September 23, 2007  
    Blogger Josh said...

    Yeah I highly doubt that Allen comes out for Gov. If GOP wins the White House in 08 he might get appointed something instead.

    Also, Georgia is safe Republican. Senator Chambliss has no chance of losing re-election. Its not just that there is no strong Dem. candidate, its that Chambliss enjoys widespread support.

    11:02 PM, September 23, 2007  
    Blogger Josh said...

    Just for the record, I (Josh 6:54pm 9/23) am a different Josh than Josh (11:02pm).

    SenateGuru---is there any was to distinguish us, other than in our writing style?

    8:12 AM, September 24, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    You could always sign each post with your name and last initial. For example:

    -Josh M.

    8:20 AM, September 24, 2007  
    Blogger Matthew said...

    I hope George "Macaca" Allen runs for office again... he's in trouble because he is substance free that relies on the politics of personal destruction and is someone who can "dish it out" but can't take it... Bob "Regent University Law School" McDonnell would most likely lose to Bill "Fiscal Destruction the 2nd" Bolling.

    VA Blogger, sounds like you are using Fox News techniques... when and where did Grisham say this?

    11:05 PM, September 24, 2007  
    Blogger Kari Chisholm said...

    The last time they tried to recruit Grisham to run for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, he said something like, "They expect Senators to wear socks. I'm not interested in wearing socks."

    1:53 PM, September 25, 2007  

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