Tuesday Night Items
Kentucky: Congratulations to Governor-elect Steve Beshear and Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Mongiardo! Looks like it'll be a resonating 60-40 result. DMKY has a great map showing how blue Kentucky is tonight. It's a big night for the KY-Dems as it looks like Democrats will win not only the Governor's office and Lieutenant Governor's office, but also Attorney General, Auditor, and Treasurer, with Republicans taking only Secretary of State and Agriculture Commissioner. (Auditor Crit Luallen's victory, another 60-40 landslide, could be a springboard to a 2008 challenge to McConnell - stay tuned.)
Meanwhile, Mitch McConnell isn't even going to appear at corrupt loser Ernie Fletcher's defeat party. Some class act. With Fletcher's resounding defeat, what does possible 2008 Mitch McConnell primary opponent Larry Forgy have to say?
Forgy said earlier tonight that he blames U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Republicans for dividing the party.Run, Larry! Run! Draft Forgy is already itching to go for it. In other news, Mitch McConnell doesn't care about the well-being of miners.
[Former GOP Chairwoman Ellen] Williams, in an exasperated tone, pleaded with Forgy not to run against McConnell in the 2008 election.
South Carolina: Attorney Michael Cone has expressed interest in challenging Lindsey Graham (or whoever wins the 2008 Republican Senate primary) to a Senate race. Cone is a graduate of the Citadel, a Navy veteran, and a graduate of the University of South Carolina law school. Two policy areas that Cone has spoken on are making the U.S. independent of foreign oil and curbing illegal immigration. Given that much of the dissatisfaction with Graham among Republicans stems from Graham's position on immigration policy, a Democrat running to Graham's right on immigration would present quite a problem for him. Cone is a political novice, so let's not get ahead of ourselves; but, this indeed has the potential to get interesting.
Nebraska: The big farm bill may not get finished before the end of 2007. If only the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Johanns, didn't quit his job (like he's quit every political job he's held) to chase his next gig before work on the bill was truly finished. This significantly screws over Nebraska farmers, not that Mike Johanns has ever been a friend of farmers.
Virginia: Another sign the Old Dominion is turning blue: the State Senate is on the brink of returning to Democratic control. This includes the demise of the loathsome Jeannemarie Devolites Davis. Will JMDD's defeat encourage Tom Davis to retire and open up his House seat?
We currently have the lowest level of Army recruits ever - well, since 1973 when Army service became all-volunteer. Heckuva job, W.