In an interview with the conservative NewsMax, right-winger Paul Weyrich relays a bit of conversation he had with NRSC Chair John Ensign (emphasis added by me):
Weyrich: The Senate is going to be a disaster. I think we could lose six seats. Right now with 49 seats they can stop virtually anything. For example, I think they'll be able to defeat the Law of the Sea Treaty. If they lose six seats they’d be down to 43. With that number, considering that some of those would be liberals, you’re not going to be able to stop much. In recognition of the chief cheerleader for the Senate Republicans actually saying that he expects to lose multiple seats, the Guru would like to offer the NRSC an amendment to one of their current slogans - see the graphic to the right.
The chairman of the Senatorial Committee was at my recent lunch and he was very candid. He didn't say anything about every seat being won. He basically [predicted] a net [loss] of two seats — he thinks they're going to lose three but pick up Louisiana.
Some fun headlines following Democrats' Election Day ownership of Republicans this week:
Reuters: Democrats find success in once-conservative Virginia
The Politico: Dems salivate after wins on GOP turf
WaPo's The Fix: Kentucky: Will Dems' Bandwagon Roll Over McConnell?
Kiplinger Forecasts: 2008 Senate Races: Democratic Gains Likely
Kentucky: Fresh off of her landslide re-election victory, an effort to draft state Auditor Crit Luallen to run for Senate next year against Mitch McConnell has begun. As I mentioned yesterday, rumors are intensifying that she is considering a bid. Also, a recent Rasmussen poll has Luallen down only 10 points on McConnell in a hypothetical match-up, and a recent Herald-Leader poll has Luallen down only 5 points. In both polls, Luallen holds McConnell to under 50. I don't know much about Luallen at present, but, from what I've recently read, she strikes me as a cross between Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and former Texas Governor Ann Richards. Not a bad mix. MyDD's Singer has more. Also, the aforelinked Fix piece on Kentucky mentions another new name rumored to be considering a Senate bid: wealthy businessman Greg Fischer, CEO of Dant Clayton. Meanwhile, the Larry Forgy drum beat gets louder; Mitch may see a primary yet!
For more on Mitch McConnell, here's some video:
New Mexico: New polling has Congressman Tom Udall soundly defeating Republican Congresscritters Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, 55-38 and 54-37, respectively. (Draft Udall!) Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is in a statistical dead heat with both Republicans. By the way, the more Chavez makes comments like this, the more he deflates his own chances.
Massachusetts: Any hopes the MA-GOP had of luring Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling into a 2008 Senate race against Senator John Kerry were dashed when Schilling signed his one-year contract with the Red Sox earlier this week.
Texas: General Wesley Clark is speaking up for Lieutenant Colonel and State Representative Rick Noriega.
North Carolina: Survey USA offers polling numbers on the NC-Sen Democratic primary: State Senator Kay Hagan 39%, Businessman Jim Neal 31%.
Nebraska: A 2008 Senate run by Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey is looking less and less likely.
Kansas: The Kansas Republican Party is getting sued... again.
Mississippi: Nearly overlooked by the Guru in all of the Election Day excitement: Democrats regained the majority in the Mississippi State Senate! Congrats, MS-Dems!
Turns out that the most accurate pollster in the KY-Gov race was Survey USA.
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