Oklahoma: Does the Senate Ethics Committee have to open up an investigation to see if Jim Inhofe was doing the bidding of one of his biggest donors when he recently tried to sabotage open access legislation? I think so.
Idaho: Former Congressman and current Senate candidate Larry LaRocco is offering clear, decisive positions on Iraq. And what does Republican Jim Risch have to respond with?
The almost-certain Republican candidate for the Senate seat, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, declined to respond to LaRocco’s statements. His son and press director, Jason Risch, said, “We’re not running against Larry LaRocco. Until there is a primary and nominations, we won’t be making any comments.”Ummm, Jim, forget about responding to Larry LaRocco. How about offering a comment on - what's that called? - Iraq. You know, you should have a position on it - it might come up during the campaign, and you might actually have to comment on it, even before the primary election, tedious as that might be for you.
North Carolina: Rumors suggest that we should plan on State Senator Kay Hagan entering the 2008 Senate race to unseat absentee Elizabeth Dole. Stay tuned.
Virginia: Want another reason why Mark Warner will trounce Jim Gilmore? Look at this quote by Gilmore's spokesman upon Tom Davis' withdrawal from consideration for a 2008 Senate bid (emphasis added by me):
Dick Leggitt, a spokesman for Gilmore, praised Davis for his service to the people of the 11th District but said "it is apparent that the Republican Party prefers a candidate who contrasts with Mark Warner on the issues, instead of echoing Mark Warner's positions."Is it just me, or does that quote by the Gilmore spokesman seem awfully antagonistic toward Davis? Gilmore got what he wanted - a clear path to the nomination and an ostensibly united VA-GOP; and, still, his spokesman takes shots at his partisan brethren. Meanwhile, Davis is peeved with the state and national GOP, perhaps peeved enough that he'll retire and give his House seat to the Democrats.
Louisiana: Oy. The Economist declares that Republican Bobby Jindal's 54% gubernatorial victory is a harbinger of doom for Senator Mary Landrieu's re-election bid next year. The article, of course, does not mention that, in the same election in which Republican Bobby Jindal took 54%, Democrat (and Senatorial brother) Mitch Landrieu took 57% in his Lieutenant Gubernatorial re-election. I wonder if The Economist is even aware of this.
New Mexico: Regarding Martin Chavez' recent comments, ditto what James says.
Vote for who you think is the scariest Republican Senator.