Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Afternoon Round-Up

  • Alaska: Apparently Ted Stevens' own lawyer would categorize him as "pretty far up the creek." Good times.

  • Illinois: The Quad-City Times mentions that, in addition to political unknown Steve Sauerberg, 2006 GOP gubernatorial candidate Andy Martin may join a 2008 Republican Senate primary. Martin got just over 6,000 votes in the '06 GOP-Gov primary, or about eight-tenths of one percent. The article makes no mention of my favorite Republican Illinois Senate candidate, trucker Mike Psak.

  • Georgia: Strategic Vision has polling out on Spineless Saxby Chambliss against the Democrats currently running. Against all announced Democrats, Chambliss scores in the mid-to-high 50s with all Democrats running in the mid-to-high 20s. Not a big shock, unfortunately, though Chambliss' approval barely squeaks over the 50% mark. However, just to keep me wishing and hoping, Insider Advantage polls a hypothetical Chambliss rematch against war hero and former Senator Max Cleland. Chambliss edges Cleland 36-24, with a whopping 40% undecided. I've said it before, but not a day goes by where I don't hope that Cleland reconsiders and enter the 2008 Senate race.


    Blogger NewRed said...

    Thanks for the link to the Psak site, it was...interesting. I hadn't heard of him before. I don't expect much competition from the IL GOP for Durbin's seat for two reasons, 1. the state GOP is a total mess, MUCH more so than the national party, 2. Durbin is literally the only statewide official (all of which are Democrats - see #1) that does not live in Chicago. He has a good base of support in Springfield, which is our capitol located downstate. With the high Chicago and moderate downstate support, he's unbeatable.

    4:49 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    newred/va blogger,

    Relatedly, that's why I think the IL-GOP should get behind Psak for Senate. Sauerberg is going to run a standard, partially-self-funded, go-nowhere but lose respectably for a first-timer 62-38 campaign.

    Mike Psak has much more of an everyman, blue-collar-scholar feel to him. He's a wild card that might actually engage previously-unengaged voters.

    Since the IL-GOP has nothing to lose, I'd like to see them be a little ballsy and get behind Psak.

    4:54 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Will you please stop referring to newred as me? Your paranoia, while amusing, is getting old.

    5:03 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger JeremiahTheMessiah said...

    I agree. Quit calling them the same thing. Newred is clearly from Illinois, while VA is clearly from Virginia. Their styles are both significantly different (VA is more confrontational, while newred comes off as more approachable)

    We also know that VA's second name if he were banned is unabridged. Since he wasn't banned, he has no reason to be deceptive and make a new account. I was skeptical at first, but now it's starting to get ridiculous.

    5:36 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger Matthew said...

    I have seen VA Blogger post on Not Larry Sabato...

    7:45 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    This comment has been removed by the author.

    7:56 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    ...I also posted on Raising Kaine, but Lowell Feld is extremely trigger-happy when it comes to banning people who don't agree with him. Rounding out VA Blogs, I also have posted on Too Conservative and Mason Conservative.

    7:57 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger jak said...

    While it is getting old, I think blurring the clear distinction between newred and va blogger is more of a gag at this point rather than a legitimate accusation of duplicity. S2G might be suggesting that newred and va blogger are mere ideological clones, any superficial differences notwithstanding.

    While I'm a staunch S2G supporter on the merits of his site, I still think it reflects poorly on him to resort to petty insults against readers of his blog, especially without provocation. Let's all make an effort to raise the tone of civility in the comments section.

    7:59 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger Matthew said...

    Tom Davis probably has to spend his free time defending, um, Jeanemarie Devolites Davis?

    8:33 PM, October 26, 2007  
    Blogger The Sleep said...

    Did anyone read Noriega's statement when Mikal Watts pulled out? Really dignified and classy. A decided contrast with the Gilmore thing.

    11:02 PM, October 26, 2007  

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