Disney's Hannah Montana strutted through Washington last week, and it wasn't just the show's teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus who hit pay dirt. So did the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the group that funds GOP Senate candidates. A few weeks before the hottest show of the year arrived, the committee alerted donors that it had some choice seats. The catch: Winners had to raise or pony up $10,000. "I love my daughter, but," jokes one donor. A committee spokesperson says the seats were great, and the final take was in the ballpark of $100,000. "NRSC hearts Hannah Montana!"
I didn't realize John Ensign was such a big Hannah Montana fan.
South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson took in more than $700,000 in Q4, bringing his cash-on-hand to $2.4 million, a pretty massive figure for the Mount Rushmore State.
Maine: This video is outstanding and demonstrates whose interests Susan Collins really represents (HT: TMB):
Kentucky: The non-partisan Survey USA has gauged Mitch McConnell's approval in recent months as ranging from 44% to 51%. And, in September, the non-partisan Lexington Herald-Leader put McConnell's approve-disapprove at a lousy 47-44. Yet McConnell's own pollster laughably insists that McConnell's approval is over sixty percent. (And you thought the NRSC scalping Hannah Montana tickets was funny!)
In other Kentucky news, word is that businessman Greg Fischer will join Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Horne in a 2008 Democratic Senate primary, and that Fischer will announce next week. Assuming that the candidates run a positive primary campaign focused on criticizing McConnell's record, a primary should be very helpful in raising their profiles statewide. Also, a terrific new DSCC piece highlights Mitch McConnell's cozy relationship with Big Oil.
Texas: Rick Noriega not only has a clear vision of how he will defeat John Cornyn and improve the lives of Texans, but he also has a sense of humor:
Democratic Senate candidate Rick Noriega, warning that two aides to Republican Sen. John Cornyn were lurking in the audience, attacked Cornyn Thursday for a series of votes that he said hurt Texans. ...
"I hope by the end of my presentation you'll agree to vote for me as well," Noriega said to the Cornyn employees, to laughs and applause.
I wonder if the Cornyn employees were campaign staffers or taxpayer-funded district office staffers.