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November 16, 2010

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

* As the vote counting continues in Alaska's U.S. Senate race, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has pulled ahead of Joe Miller (R) for the first time in the overall vote tally. It's a lead she seems unlikely to relinquish.

* Sen. George LeMieux (R) of Florida, appointed to the post when Mel Martinez (R) retired unexpectedly, seems intent on running for a full term in 2012. But LeMieux will have an uphill challenge when he runs -- he hasn't made much of an impression on Floridians, who don't know who he is.

* Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) will probably seek re-election in 2012. But it's not at all clear how he'll run, whether he'll seek a major party nomination, or whether he'll have the support necessary to win. In 2006, he persevered thanks to token GOP opposition -- a luxury he won't enjoy next time. Connecticut GOP Chairman Chris Healy told Roll Call, "The Republican candidate this time will be supported and stronger. And any Republican who gets over 25 percent of the vote, there's no way Lieberman can win as an Independent."

* Not surprisingly, Sen. Richard Lugar (R) will run for re-election in 2012 in Indiana. The 78-year-old incumbent is favored to win another term, but he may yet face a right-wing primary challenger.

* Steve Daines (R), an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor in 2008, announced that he'll take on to Sen. Jon Tester (D) in Montana in 2012. The key GOP candidate to keep an eye on in Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R), who would likely be a more credible opponent for the Democratic incumbent.

* Former Houston Mayor Bill White (D) ran a respectable gubernatorial campaign in Texas this year, but Dems shouldn't expect to recruit him for other upcoming races -- White said yesterday he's not running for the Senate in 2012, for example.

* The Family Research Council, a religious right powerhouse, ran attack ads against Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (R) in New Orleans last month, criticizing him for not being right-wing enough. Cao lost, and now he's blaming the FRC.

* And speaking of Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) insists he's really not running for president in 2012. No one's sure whether to believe him.

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George LeMieux -

Isn't this the seat that Marco Rubio just won?

Posted by: Jack on November 16, 2010 at 12:05 PM | PERMALINK

When Lieberman runs and loses he can stay at home and tell the dog to support Israel and invade Iran

Posted by: Stewart Dean on November 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM | PERMALINK

"And speaking of Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) insists he's really not running for president in 2012. No one's sure whether to believe him."

Whether to believe Jinal?

1) Is he a republican?
2) Does he open his mouth and blow air out of it?
3) Do his lips move when he opens his mouth and blows air out?

If the answer to all of the above is yes, then he is probably lying.

"Not surprisingly, Sen. Richard Lugar (R) will run for re-election in 2012 in Indiana. The 78-year-old incumbent is favored to win another term, but he may yet face a right-wing primary challenger."

Not surprisingly, I used to believe that Lugar was something of a 'statesman'. Surprisingly, he never once disobeyed Mitch McConnell's edicts to vote no. Not surprisingly, I no longer have any respect for Lugar. Teaparty him, please rethugs!

Posted by: AmusedOldVet on November 16, 2010 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

Could someone please start a petition to deny government healthcare for the new republican who ran a campaign against government healthcare and threw a fit because he has to wait 28 days for it?

Posted by: js on November 16, 2010 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

That's too bad about Bill White, who really is a national-class political talent. But it looks like it will be years before a sane person can get elected to statewide office in Texas again.

Posted by: kth on November 16, 2010 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Lieberman could keep it simple this time and just run as the Likud's first official candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: max on November 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

Do conservatives consume a higher fat diet than the average American?

http://www.livescience.com/health/maternal-diet-affects-offspring-personality-101116.html

"Even if we take the offspring, after they're weaned from their mothers, and put them back onto a normal, healthy diet, their susceptibility to stress and anxiety still remains," Grove said. "This really appears to be a permanent issue that occurs in utero."

Posted by: cld on November 16, 2010 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

additionally,

http://www.livescience.com/health/maternal-diet-affects-offspring-personality-101116.html

The babies of the moms on the fatty diet were overwhelmingly more freaked out by the toys and stranger, the researchers found. That was especially true of female monkeys, which were reluctant to approach the toys (although they responded eagerly to food). The male offspring of fatty-diet moms were more likely to behave aggressively, threatening the human intruder in the stranger test, for example. Overall, the researchers report, 78 percent of the high-fat diet offspring displayed anxious or aggressive behavior during the tests, compared with 11 percent of the healthy-diet offspring.

Regardless of whether the high-fat-diet moms became obese or stayed lean, their babies were more anxious, Grove said, suggesting that it's diet, not obesity, that influences their offspring's behavior. The problem seems to lie with serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being, the researchers found. The brains of fetuses and babies of high-fat diet moms showed disruptions in serotonin signaling.

What may be happening, Grove said, is that a high-fat diet inflames the placenta, which in turn exposes the developing fetus to inflammatory proteins called cytokines. Cytokines are known to disrupt the development of the serotonin system.

And thus the entire audience of Fox News.

Posted by: cld on November 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM | PERMALINK

Cao lost because he's in a bright blue district, period. He's the Mike Flanagan of the south.

Posted by: shortstop on November 16, 2010 at 1:33 PM | PERMALINK

And speaking of Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) insists he's really not running for president in 2012. No one's sure whether to believe him.

And no one cares enough to give it much thought, either.

Posted by: Redshift on November 16, 2010 at 1:36 PM | PERMALINK

Palin/Jindal/Leiberman 2012!

Posted by: Trollop on November 16, 2010 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

Oops, that's spelled Lie-berman..

Posted by: Trollop on November 16, 2010 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK
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