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Tilting at Windmills

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April 13, 2009

MONDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP....Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* Club for Growth Chairman Pat Toomey stepped down from his position this morning, almost certainly in advance of a Senate campaign against Sen. Arlen Specter (R) of Pennsylvania.

* In New York's 20th, Democrat Scott Murphy now leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 35 votes.

* New York City Michael Bloomberg has worked to gain multiple ballot slots as he seeks a third term, and has been largely successful. Bloomberg will be the Republican nominee, despite having left the GOP in 2007. He will also be the Independence Party nominee.

* Is Sen. Richard Burr (R) vulnerable in his re-election prospects in North Carolina next year? It sure looks like it.

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) must be pretty worried about next year's Republican primary.

* There's apparently some kind of rule requiring every likely presidential candidate to write a book, and apparently, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is sticking to the rules.

* On a related note, it's one of those rumors I find very hard to believe, but New York magazine's John Heilemann said over the weekend that Jindal is thinking about running against Sen. David Vitter (R) next year*. Don't count on it.

* corrected

Steve Benen 12:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (6)

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"Jindal is also just 38 years old -- meaning that he can bide his time and wait for the right opportunity to run for president. In 2016, he will only be in his mid-40s and could well be looking at a country hungry for change after eight years of Democratic control."

How nice for Chris Cilliza to assume we'll be in power for a full eight years! He's not hedging, is he?

Posted by: phoebes in santa fe on April 13, 2009 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

"In New York's 20th, Democrat Scott Murphy now leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 35 votes."

Still counting? Our election system is pathetic, and the fact that most people don't seem to care is even more pathetic.

Posted by: CJ on April 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM | PERMALINK

Apparantly they have more than just steers and queers in Texas now. We caan add tea baggers to that list.

Posted by: Gandalf on April 13, 2009 at 1:14 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, Gandalf. We Texans also have some Asians who ought to spell their names easier.

Posted by: sagacity on April 13, 2009 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

Bloomberg is going to be on the ballot TWICE for the same race? Did California annex NYC over the weekend while I was watching the Red Wings/Blackhawks game and impose some of their wacky election laws?

It makes no sense that a person can be on the ballot twice and have the votes count for him either way. They should treat Bloomberg the Repub as a different person from Bloomberg the Independent. He would split his own vote. Of course, then the candidate from the Croation Separatist Expansion Party and BBQ Club (the dreaded CSEPBBQC) might have achance to win.

Posted by: Tim H on April 13, 2009 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

Jindal's deal is apparently with Regnery Publishing. Have you met Al Regnery? His Regnery Publishing is home plate for the looniest of the loons, and having Jindal sign with them might be good news, if it helps publicize -- and thus expose and discredit -- Regnery's work.
http://www.nndb.com/people/245/000108918/

Posted by: Helen Highwater on April 13, 2009 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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