"Today was a major step in the legal effort to clear my name. The court has not issued a ruling on my motion to withdraw my guilty plea. For now, I will continue my work in the United States Senate for Idaho."I think it's safe to say he won't resign on the 30th of September. The judge in Craig's case will issue a ruling "at the end of next week at the earliest." In the meantime, GOP Gov. Butch Otter has a short list of potential appointees ready to go (though no one knows when or if he'll get to use it!).
But liberal groups are eyeing the prospect of a strong GOP challenger — perhaps from Larry Forgy, the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 1995. And the influential anti-tax group Club for Growth signaled Wednesday that it might play a role in a primary fight against McConnell.Maybe CfG is just trying to scare McConnell as debates over spending bills occur. But if they did offer resources to a McConnell primary opponent, it would likely force McConnell to use up a significant chunk of his warchest in a primary. That's especially bad news given that state Attorney General Greg Stumbo has the approval of a large plurality of Kentuckians. Stumbo's approve-disapprove stands at 47-26, with 28% having no opinion (not uncommon for a sub-gubernatorial statewide officeholder).
The Club remarked in a statement Wednesday that the Republican leader “is looking more and more like his counterpart across the aisle, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)” on spending issues.
South Carolina: Mark Lindsey Graham's words:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a pivotal Republican vote in the U.S. Senate on Iraq policy, is willing to give the government of Iraq until Christmas to get its act together.We'll see how Graham feels around New Year's.
But not much more.
Graham told TIME Wednesday that the Iraqi leaders have 90 days to start resolving their political differences with real legislative agreements or face a change in strategy by the U.S. "If they can't do it in 90 days," he said, "it means the major players don't want to."