Maine: Yesterday, I mentioned that CREW released a new report "exposing massive failures and billions wasted at Dept. of Homeland Security." I also reminded readers that Susan Collins was Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs during the middle years of the decade and should have provided oversight on the billions in waste and mismanagement at Homeland Security. Well, it turns out that, back in 2006, lots of Senate Democrats felt the same way:
All seven Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday pressed Chairman Susan Collins to hold hearings on the billions of dollars in Iraqi reconstruction funds that have been squandered due to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.
We've known about this waste and mismanagement at DHS and in Iraq for a long while, and Senate Democrats urged Collins, as Committee Chair, to actually conduct oversight hearings to look into it. But, yet again, Susan Collins was more interested in protecting George W. Bush's administration than she was in protecting Maine and the rest of America from waste and mismanagement at the Department of Homeland Security and in Iraq. Just another reason Susan Collins should be kicked out of office on Election Day 2008.
Tennessee: Cross former TN-Dems Chair Bob Tuke off the list of possible challengers to Lamar Alexander. Next up, Nashville attorney Kevin Doherty, who has a very interesting background. Fun fact about Doherty: he was student body President of Princeton University following the tenure of now-New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Hopefully Doherty will announce a decision in the near future.
Some Florida Republicans are upset with Martinez over his immigration position, others in the agricultural community are unhappy about his support for CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement), and party activists grumble about his brief, hands-off RNC Chairmanship. Considered a fairly poor campaigner with weak name ID and no discernable association with any particular issue, Martinez could be vulnerable to a challenge from the right. Others who know Martinez -- who was largely strong-armed into the race by the Bush White House -- say he is simply not enamored with serving in the Senate and may opt to not seek a second term.
As noted in the Guru's Quick Glance at 2010, Martinez has weak approvals and is one of the oldest freshman Senators in recent memory. Florida will indeed be one of the top ten targets for Democratic pick-ups in 2010.
Texas: The Texas College Democrats have produced a tremendous YouTube video illustrating the similarities between The Grinch and one John Cornyn: