Archive for June, 2007

Republican Challenger Emerges in Montana

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

Senator Max Baucus remains a heavy favorite for reelection, but his road to it just got a bit tougher.  On Friday, state Rep. Mike Lange announced that he will challenge Senator Baucus next year.  Lange is not the strongest possible challenger.  Some have still not given up hope that popular US Rep. Denny Rehberg will […]

In Defense of Leader McConnell

Friday, June 29th, 2007

When he became Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell said that forty-nine is not a bad number in a house that takes sixty to control.  He was speaking specifically to the issue of judicial nominations, but his parlimentary maneuverings have led Democrats to admit that they do not have operational control of the Senate.  Now, many are […]

Moment of Truth for Ensign

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Senator John Ensign inherited a disaster from Elizabeth Dole.  Republicans got pummelled in fundraising, recruitment, and results in the last cycle.  This put Ensign in a position in which he was forced to appeal to the RNC for funds early in the cycle.  Though recently closing the monthly gap, Ensign […]

On Primaries

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Over at, an excellent site, Mark Harris asked whether I think primary challenges are ever justifiable.  It is an important question, and I thought it worthwhile to post my reply here as well.
 In 2004, I worked for a pro-life organization that was heavily involved in the Pennsylvania primary.  Though a 501(c)3 organization, I can […]

Schumer Whiffs Again

Monday, June 25th, 2007

The DSCC has failed yet again to snag a competitive challenger, this time in North Carolina.  Today, Rep. Brad Miller announced that he will not challenge Sen. Elizabeth Dole next year.  Schumer had earlier tried to get Gov. Easley into the race, but he opted out, well aware that it would be extremely difficult even […]

Sessions Strikes It Rich

Monday, June 25th, 2007

President Bush’s approval numbers make him poisonous for stump speeches, but he can still rake in the dollars.  Last week, President Bush hosted a fundraiser for Sen. Jeff Sessoins, raking in over $800,000.  Lest his $2+ million advantage wasn’t enough to deter challengers, that is now over $3 million, in a deep red state.  It’s […]

WY Treasurer Considering Unnecessary Primary Challenge

Monday, June 25th, 2007

Wyoming Treasurer Cynthia Lummis is not ruling out a primary challenge against new Sen. John Barrasso.  Lummis was likely not chosen due to her earlier public fued with the Governor, and it appears as though her ego may prompt her to start a fight that we need not have.  Barrasso is by all accounts a […]

Welcome Sen. Barrasso

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has selected State Senator John Barrasso as the newest US Senator.  Barrasso is a conservative who believes in “limited government, lower taxes, less spending, traditional family values, local control, and a strong national defense.”  Barrasso is a pro-life convert who, after being defeated as a pro-choice Senate candidate, went to the […]

Potential Primary Challenger Makes Right Decision

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

Georgia State Senator Chip Rogers announced that he will not challenge Sen. Saxby Chambliss.  Rogers would have been a single-issue challenger, with the issue being immigration.  Because the pro-enforcement forces are not yet as well-organized as other members of the conservative coalition, he almost certainly would have failed in a primary bid.
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AL Democrats Making Like Oregon Counterparts

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

It’s becoming more andmore difficult to see the difference between Alabama Democrats and Oregon Democrats.  Today, state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, a recruit targeted by DSCC Chair Chuck Schumer and much of the left wing blogosphere, said that he will not challenge incumbent Sen. Jeff Sessions.  He claims that this is to keep Alabama Democrats […]