Archive for August, 2007

Craig Heading Out at End of September

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Sen. Larry Craig will announce his resignation tomorrow, effective September 30.  That runs the clock out to the end of the third quarter and will allow now Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, Craig’s likely replacement, a month to get his affairs in order and buy him three months to file an FEC report, as the third […]

Warner Retiring. What Now?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Sen. John Warner announced this afternoon that he will not seek reelection.  Now all eyes turn to liberal Rep. Tom Davis, Warner’s favorite for his replacement.  Davis will likely not have the primary to himself, as former Gov. Jim Gilmore is also considered likely to run.  Such a primary would be bloody, and while many […]

Dead Man Walking

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Since the news of Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest broke yesterday, he has had a disastrous press conference, been removed from his committee assignments, had at least three elected officials call for his resignation, and seen a poll that says that a majority of Idahoans want him to resign.  That’s not death by a thousand cuts.  It’s more […]

Johnson Seeking Reelection

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Sen. Tim Johnson made his first public appearance since his brain hemorage last December on Monday.  He also spoke with CNN’s Bob Woodruff and, according to USA Today, said he’s running for reelection.  While I’m glad that the Senator is back on his feet, this decision will make it extremely difficult for us to win […]

Kennedy Sees the Light

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Not that Kennedy.  This Kennedy!  That’s right.  Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has fulfilled the first part of the Vitter prophecy by switching to the GOP.  Kennedy announced the switch on the website of his reelection campaign.  Kennedy has been heavily recruited by Karl Rove to challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu, possibly the Senate’s only vulnerable Democrat, next […]

“Senator Larry Craig Caught With His Pants Down”

Monday, August 27th, 2007

No, that’s not my headline.  It’s the Nation’s.  Yes, we have yet another Republican sex scandal.  As if Senator Vitter’s six year old excapades weren’t bad enough, Sen. Larry Craig has piled on.  While Craig’s activities on their own fall into the same category as Vitter’s, they are politically much more damaging for a number […]

Time to Pony Up

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

Okay folks.  I’ve been blogging for well over a year now providing commentary mostly on Senate races and some Senate policy-making.  It’s not a major contribution to the conservative cause, but it’s something.  Now, I’m asking you, the readers, to do something.
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Kerrey Looks Likely to Run

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey now appears likely to launch a bid for the seat expected to be vacated by Sen. Chuck Hagel.  Kerrey has said that he will not run against Hagel, but that he also expects that Hagel will call it quits.  A Kerrey candidacy would put the seat in play while maintaining a […]

AL Dems Find Sacrificial Lamb

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

State Sen. Vivian Figures will run for Senate against Sen. Jeff Sessions.  Figures is an unknown.  Alabama’s deep red.  Sessions is swimming in dough.  Game.  Set.  Match. Sessions.

Where Principle and Pragmatism Converge

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Alaska state Rep. Mike Kelly has written a letter to the editor calling on Senator Ted Stevens, among others, to announce their retirements in light of recent scandals.  He does not delve into the details of the scandals surrounding those toward whom the letter is directed, but he does make it clear that they no […]