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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Alito Confirmed

There are a few things that haven't pleased me about the Bush Administration, but I must say that the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts and now Justice Samuel Alito are two tremendous achievements for conservatives.

I hope that Republicans will make sure to hold the following Senators accountable for their 'NO' votes on Alito this fall:

Nelson (D-FL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Chafee (R-RI)
Cantwell (D-WA)


Blogger GOPHokie said...

Chafee is the best we can hope for RI. Cantwell was held accountable but they stole the election anyway.
Nelson's best competitor is the person the dems hate more than anyone for the FLA recount.
Menendez doesnt run until at least '08 I think. Stabenow is the only possible one we can use this vote as an issue on.

2:11 PM

Anonymous The Ghost of Tom Joad said...

Good luck with that list.

Katherine Harris was so bad in Florida that the GOP tried to get another Republican to run against her and failed. She will fail against Nelson.

Stabenow is safe since Elizabeth Dole did such a magnificent job recruiting this year.

Chafee had to prove that he is a moderate...whatever that means in Rhode Island. I hope that the Republicans give him a primary challenge. It will make it an easy Democratic pick-up.

Cantwell will cruise against Mike McGavick. You're probably wondering...who?

Menendez is your best shot...good luck with that. The Republicans are going to be defending more seats this year than attacking. I predict a 4 seat net gain for Dems.

2:35 PM

Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

Any other year, I'd say that Kean Jr. could beat Menendez. But with a anti-GOP tide in a massively Democratic state, I doubt they can pull it off.

You guys need to defende Burns (he's done, basically), Santorum (same deal), and Dewine (done, if Hackett gets the nomination).

3:02 PM

Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

If we hold Chafee accountable, the seat will go Dem. We might want to think about that. Even if I were the Senate whip, I'd give him a pass on this vote. It's important not to flirt with losing the majority in the Senate.

BTW, anyone have a bead on which D's voted for Alito?

3:37 PM

Blogger Old Zach said...

Dem 'yes' votes were:
Nelson (D-NE)
Conrad (D-ND)
Johnson (D-SD)
Byrd (D-WV)

3:56 PM

Blogger Doug said...

Unless I'm mistaken, Menendez is up in November. He was appointed to fill the remainder of Corzine's term when Corzine went to Trenton. Right now, it looks like the GOP might actually have a shot at this one --- thanks mostly to the fact that the Republican frontrunner is Tom Kean, Jr., son of one of the more popular Republicans to occupy the NJ statehouse.

4:31 PM

Blogger Doug said...


I've seen poll numbers that show Kean doing quite well against Menendez.

4:32 PM

Blogger Not John Behan said...

I believe there is a primary challenger in Rhode Island - Stephen Laffey, Cranston Mayor.

The National Republican Senatorial Commitee was spending money against Laffey, embracing the same perspective as Ghost of Tom Joad.

Centrist, ... I think Burns can win again. Schweitzer, the biggest threat, is now Governor. But Santorum is toast. His legions of social conservatives have left him and will stay home, happily so, and watch pro-life Democrat Casey, win.

Casey ain't his old man, but he's close enough for those conservative R's who liked his Dad and feel betrayed by Santorum's support of Specter over Toomey in the last primary.

5:32 PM

Blogger Jonathan said...

Dewine (done, if Hackett gets the nomination).


The same Hackett that compared the GOP to Osama bin Laden? The same Hackett that said that 60+ % of Ohioans were un-American because they don't support gay marriage?

Yeah, nothing rallies the electorate (especially GOP moderates) to your side quite like insulting them that way! Good luck with that, Wishful Thinker! LOL!

10:58 AM


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