Idaho: Speaking extemporaneously, I fully agree with mcjoan's thought that it is not entirely beyond the realm of possibility that Senator Larry Craig decides to up and run for re-election, either out of spite to the Republicans who threw him under the bus or out of a sense that he still could win re-nomination. The former reason is predicated simply on how pissed off he is. The latter is predicated on how many people enter the Republican primary. If GOP Lt. Gov. Jim Risch is the only big name in the race, then it may be a moot point for Craig; but, if a few credible names enter the primary and splinter the vote a few ways, such that 35-40% of the vote could win the primary, I certainly wouldn't be shocked if Craig went for it. At this point, he doesn't have much left to lose. Meanwhile, Republican rancher Rex Rammell has officially entered the GOP primary and has a major bone to pick with Jim Risch, so expect some sparks to fly there.
Nebraska: Stu Rothenberg offers an uneven look at Scott Kleeb's chances in a possible 2008 Senate bid, highlighting all of the reasons he and Democrats would have momentum, only to say that none of it really means anything. He points out that Democrats have won nine of the past eleven NE-Sen races and nine of the past fifteen NE-Gov races, but also notes that all eighteen victories were for the same four Democrats. Then, he notes that "2006 and 2008 are very different years" when lessening the meaning of Kleeb's strong '06 Congressional showing, and uses election results from as far back as, I'm not kidding, 1974 to demonstrate the overrated value of Kleeb's '06 showing. Of course, Kleeb would be an underdog to Mike Johanns. I'm not debating that. I just find it very uneven that Rothenberg would seemingly discount Kleeb's '06 result because 2008 is a "very different" year, but he finds results from the mid-70's awfully relevant. While '08 will be a Presidential election year, I think most observers would agree that 2008 will prove to be very similar to 2006 in terms of national trends and key issues. (By the way, Draft Kleeb!)
Virginia: Republican Jim Gilmore has many, many flaws. But, I will give him some credit: he is hilarious!
North Carolina: The OLF siting issue in North Carolina is one of the major local issues that doesn't get national press, but could have a major impact on the NC-Sen race. And Elizabeth Dole just keeps looking terrible on it.
Republican Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is "underwhelmed" by George W. Bush's "depth" and "complexity" on Iraq. So are we all, Corky.
Well, this is the latest contemptible lack of disclosure from the Bush administration.