Archive for April, 2006

DeWine´s Test

Friday, April 28th, 2006

When Sen. Mike DeWine part-took in the infamous Gang of 14 agreement that averted the restoration of the Constitution, several members of what would for most Republicans be considered the base accused him of selling out.  He said that those who criticized him did not understand the agreement.  The response of his critics, i.e. sitting […]

Morrison Finished; Burns, Majority Safe

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Writing for the Missoula News, John Adams has an excellent piece discussing Montana Auditor John Morrison’s conflict of interest scandal.  In short, it is not a bimbo eruption but rather a more serious charge that Morrison’s affair interfered with his investigation of David Tacke, whom federal prosecutors put in jail for nine years.  Running a campaign focused […]

Brown Bails

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

After mounting an upstart, underdog campaign, Matt Brown has come face to face with the hard fact that Kossiacks cannot run a campaign.  Having spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on television ads in an attempt to raise money, Brown was nearly bankrupt.  Faced with a major fundraising scandal, he has now dropped his Senate […]

Nelson (NE) Looking Safe

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Sen. Ben Nelson, who should be among the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, currently has an 18 point lead over his nearest rival, Pete Ricketts.  The lead is a combined result of Nelson’s ability to position himself as easily the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Elizabeth Dole’s inability to convince a top tier challenger, i.e. […]

Stabenow Tied to Abramoff

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

After spending a year hammering Sen. Conrad Burns over his ties to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Democrats are now finding two of their own in some hot water over the same issue.  Having received more than $6000 from Abramoff clients, Stabenow sought funds for the Saginaw Chippewa tribe, one of his clients.  Stabenow´s staff will likely […]

Put Up or Shut Up

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Once again, Florida’s State Assembly Speaker is making noise about possibly entering the Florida Senate race.  This has gotten beyond silly.  For over a year, the GOP establishment has desperately attempted to recruit someone other than Rep. Katherine Harris for this race.  It is readily apparent that nobody else has been willing to take the […]

Van Susteren Drops Bid; Advantage Cardin

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Lise van Susteren has dropped her Senate bid, a move that favors Democrat front-runner Rep. Ben Cardin.  She claims to have accomplished “a lot”, but she never made a real impact on polls.  Even so, in a tight race heavily impacted by the politics of race, van Susteren’s departure can make a small but significant […]

Which Primary is Lincoln Chafee Running In?

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Hard to tell with where his support is coming from.  Not only has he won the endorsement of the Sierra Club, but his wife is now asking Democrats to disaffiliate with the Democrat Party so that they can vote for him in the Republican Primary.  Sound familiar?  It should.  Another New England Republican also won the Sierra Club’s […]

No Goodman, No Problem

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman has opted against running for Senate against incumbent Sen. John Ensign.  Goodman said that he had work that he wanted to finish as Mayor.  The decision ensures Ensign another term, as he leads the only Democrat in the race, Jack Carter, by roughly 30 points.
What is especially interesting about the […]

An Original Idea: Fight the Enemy

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

Tom Jackson, writing for the Tampa Tribune, effectively offered that piece of advice to Republicans with regard to the Florida Senate race.  (Of course I’ve been offering that same advice since last November.)  The Florida Senate race has two components: an incumbent who is far too liberal for his state and a challenger who has […]