Back in 2000 Democrats were not going to put up a serious challenger against Mack. But then he announced his retirement, months before the end of the Senate session. Worse, he refused to resign early, meaning Republican Gov. Jeb Bush could not appoint a Republican replacement, who would have had an advantage in the 2000 election.
As a result of Mack’s failure to put the party first — and Republican Senate leader Trent Lott’s lack of leadership in declining to pressure Mack to step aside early — Democrats easily defeated McCollum, who ran a lackluster campaign.
“McCollum is lining up people, even though we’re not encouraging it,” said a Florida GOP staffer. “We’re waiting on Washington to sort through some other candidates before we start lining up our support. Frankly, I think we’d be better off if McCollum didn’t run, given his past performance.”
Mack, who has remained out of the limelight since his retirement, is expected to help McCollum with his fundraising in-state. Rep. Mark Foley, a rising star in the House GOP, has already begun laying out his desires and plans for a Senate run, focusing much of his early energy on Washington-based fundraising along the K Street lobbying corridor.p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online