Archive for January, 2006

Burns Routing Challengers

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

In fundraising, that is.
There have recently been rumors about the possible retirement of Sen. Conrad Burns.  His fourth quarter fundraising should help to dispel those rumors.  Burns raised over $800,000 in the fourth quarter, putting him in control with nearly $5 million in the bank.  His next closest competitor, John Morrison, raised $400,000 in the […]

Good News From the Gopher State

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Via Gary Miller at KvM: Rep. Mark Kennedy more than doubled up Democrat frontrunner Amy Klobuchar in the fourth quarter of 2005.  This comes in the wake of a poll last week showing Kennedy having closed the gap on Klobuchar to a statistical dead heat.
As Democrats talk up their chances of taking back the Senate, […]

Alito Confirmed

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

In recent years, the Supreme Court has strayed so far from the Constitution that it is doubtful whether its members could ever return to it.  So far has its jurisprudence fallen that judges who look to the Constitution in their rulings, like Janice Rogers Brown, are called extremists.  Sadly, now even Republican nominees, including Judge […]

Conrad Plays It Safe

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Hours after the release of a Rasmussen poll showing that he is perhaps a little more vulnerable than previously thought, Sen. Kent Conrad annouced that he will vote in favor of the confirmation of Judge Alito.  Conrad’s decision is politically prudent.  The potential A-list challengers, Gov. Hoeven and former Gov. Schaefer, decided not to run, […]

Linc Missing Again

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Once again, Lincoln Chafee has chosen to side with the Democrats on a critical issue.  While some may have expected him to vote in favor of confirmation, this really will not shock anyone.  So for those of you keeping score, Chafee voted against the President, against Priscilla Owen, against the Bush tax cuts, and even […]

Clinton Campaigning Hard

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Illinois’s third Senator headlined a fundraiser for Senator Maria Cantwell on Friday night, demonstrating a strong committment to closing the gap in the Senate making friends in early primary states.  The appearance demonstrates a major problem with the New York State Republican Party’s inability to find a viable candidate to challenge Clinton in her Senate […]

Project Missing Linc

Friday, January 27th, 2006

On Wednesday, Judge Samuel Alito ratched up his fiftieth vote in favor of confirmation, including the vote of Democrat Ben Nelson.  He now has the support of fifty-three Republicans and three Democrats.  One of the two “Republicans” is Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island.  Coincidentally, Chafee was also missing in the 2004 Presidential election, writing […]

Rockin the Boat

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Two days ago, Senators Tom Coburn and John McCain announced an ambitious goal of challenging every proposed pork project on the Senate floor.  This is perhaps the strongest demonstration of a commitment to fiscal responsibility that any elected Republican has shown since the revolution of ‘94.  The plan will call Senators like Ted Stevens to task for […]

Dan Mongiardo: 2006 Edition

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

In 2004, the math-be-damned Kos Dozen showed just how much time and money can be wasted with a fatally flawed “challenge every race” strategy.  Like it or not, the actual number of House and Senate races that are or can be competitive is much smaller than the total number of races.  As such, most races get almost […]

Why I’m Backing Bob Casey, Jr.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Doug posted a comment in a previous thread indicating that he was curious as to why I was supporting Bob Casey, Jr.  Since many others probably have the same question, I’ll take this opportunity to explain.
First, Bob Casey is not a Democrat in the mold of Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer.  I won’t pretend that […]