Thursday Quick Hits
Virginia: What has been the immediate reaction to popular former Governor Mark Warner's entry into the 2008 Senate race? CQPolitics shifted its rating of the Virginia Senate race from "No Clear Favorite" to "Leans Democratic." Also, numerous pundits are already calling the race for Mark Warner. Oh, and in case there was any doubt, George "Macaca" Allen re-iterates that he will not run for Senate in 2008.
Colorado: Republican Senate aspirant Wayne Wolf has officially entered the race and has pledged a positive primary campaign against Backwards Bob Schaffer. How long before Schaffer and Tricky Dick Wadhams go unnecessarily negative and just embarrass themselves?
North Carolina: Blue NC further studies the possibility of State Representative and Afghanistan War veteran Grier Martin taking on Elizabeth Dole. Also, Forsyth County commissioner Ted Kaplan has announced that he will not run for Senate in 2008. So, all eyes are on Representative Martin.
Kentucky: Apparently, Mitch McConnell thinks attention to Iraq and maintaining oversight over elected officials are "obsessions" and somehow bad things. I guess Mitch McConnell is the pro-corruption, anti-planning-ahead candidate, then. (HT: DMKY)
Nebraska: Want to see how the NE-GOP pays tribute to Chuck Hagel?
Stu Rothenberg asks, "In 2008 election cycle, how bad is bad for Senate Republicans?" He answers that, "a Democratic gain of five to seven seats [is] a serious possibility next year" and that "for now, Democrats have every reason to hope for — and Republicans to fear — another terrific Democratic Senate year."
Ditch Mitch KY raises a very good point. Will every elected official, candidate, and pundit who denounced MoveOn.org's ad questioning the honesty and accuracy of General Petraeus' report now call on Admiral William Fallon, the Chief of CENTCOM and Petraeus’ supervisor, to resign for denigrating Petraeus' character and integrity? What say you, John Cornyn and Jim Bunning?