Unusually Large Friday Rundown
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell's first ads are up, and McConnell is so desperate, he's running on Democrat Alben Barkley's record! I'm not joking. As DMKY's Sonka points out:
And I can’t wait for the Club for Growth to see this ad!!! This is a love letter to pork and federal government spending through earmarks. Calling Senator Forgy!!!Speaking of Larry Forgy, The Hill has some interesting commentary on his likelihood of entering the 2008 Senate race:
But that could soon change for McConnell, with opponents lining up not only on the Democratic side but from an angry Republican-turned-Independent as well.A Larry Forgy primary challenge would force McConnell to spend money and weaken him for the general election against the Democrat. A Larry Forgy independent bid in the general election could mean curtains for McConnell! Running as an independent would make the Club for Growth no less likely to financially back Forgy - in fact, it could make them more likely since the CfG would probably like to back non-Republican candidates who share their philosophies, to extend their cred. I wholeheartedly support Forgy's decision to run as an independent, should it come to fruition.
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy has made no secret of his anger over what he sees as McConnell’s role in dividing the state party by throwing Fletcher under the bus at the onset of his administration’s scandals and backing former Rep. Anne Northup in the GOP primary last spring. He believes this led to Fletcher’s defeat this week. ...
But Forgy is furious, and he told The Hill Thursday he is not ruling out an independent bid to unseat McConnell, though he insists he doesn’t want to be a spoiler.
Forgy, who was the party’s nominee for governor in 1995, said he is “pretty sore” at McConnell and the state party for what he sees as their betrayal of Fletcher.
“The only difference between that and cannibals is that cannibals normally don’t eat their friends,” Forgy said.
New Mexico: (Rumor alert!) Rumor has it that Congressman Tom Udall has decided to run for Senate in 2008, and it's only a matter of time until he announces.
Oregon: Speaker Jeff Merkley is using a phenomenal tactic against Gordon Smith, evidencing Smith's double-speak to Republicans.
Mississippi: Republican Thad Cochran says an announcement is coming regarding his 2008 electoral plans in "a few weeks." (HT: TPM) But could Cochran be facing health problems? I only ask because of some of the quotes in the aforelinked article (emphasis added by me):
"I certainly hope he does not retire," said Paul Mize Sr., a longtime Tupelo friend and confidante. Mize said Cochran is healthy, active and enormously helpful to Mississippi's interests in Congress.Is there any reason to think Cochran isn't "healthy" or "mentally well-organized"? Is this a case of "methinks thou doth protest too much"? We'll see. Oh, and this article also contains the dumbest sentence I've seen in a while: "Support for a sixth Cochran term is widespread among his Mississippi backers." Thanks, NE-Miss Daily Journal, support for Cochran is widespread among his backers. Basically, the newspaper dedicated column space to say that Cochran's supporters support him. Man, oh man...
Former Cochran chief staff counseI, Brad Prewitt, an attorney and business consultant in Tupelo, said he hopes Cochran runs, adding, "He is logically, mentally a well-organized man. I think he is weighing all the factors about what to do with the rest of his time."
Virginia: Another sign the Old Dominion is turning blue: the elder statesman of the VA-GOP is criticizing the VA-GOP.
Nebraska: Draft Scott Kleeb has been re-launched. Check it out!
Arizona: MyDD's Singer offers another look at a 2010 Senate bid by popular Democratic Governor Janet Napolitano. Polling has Governor Napolitano handily beating Republican John McCain 47-36.
Ohio: In another look ahead to 2010, Bush administration official Rob Portman may be considering a run for Senate then if George Voinovich retires. I think a Voinovich retirement in 2010 is more than likely for several reasons: 1) he will be 74 on Election Day 2010; 2) his lackluster approval is around the 50% mark (last clocked at 48-44); 3) the OH-GOP's stench of corruption still lingers as an electoral anchor; and, 4) he saw what happened to Mike DeWine - why would he want to end his career on an electoral loss?
Rudy Giuliani won't say if, as President, he'd pardon his good buddy, the recently-indicted Bernie Kerik, saying, "It wouldn’t be fair to ask that question at this point." Well, Rudy, it's perfectly fair to ask that question at this point; and, I think everybody should work under the assumption that Rudy would pardon Bernie until Rudy says otherwise.
Al Gore is really cool.