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Allen, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, has failed to recruit strong candidates in states where other Republicans believed the party had a shot at beating incumbents. An exception may be North Carolina, where Republican Rep. Richard Burr appears to have a better than average shot at picking up departing Sen. John Edwards’ seat. Elsewhere, though, Allen has no one strong to face Arkansas’ Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Florida Sen. Bob Graham (who has yet to announce whether he will seek another Senate term while he pursues the Democratic presidential nomination).
Yet another state where Republicans were thought to have strong pickup possibilities is Georgia, where Democrat Zell Miller has announced his retirement. “For Miller’s seat we have to view it as nothing but a hold,” says a Senate Republican leadership staffer. “Miller votes for us so many times that he might as well be part of the caucus. If we lose that seat it’s like we’ve lost doubly so.”
Allen has been putting the hard sell on restaurateur Herman Cain, an African American, to challenge for that seat. And several state party officials have thrown their hat in the ring.
While it doesn’t appear that Republicans will lose their slim Senate majority, it also doesn’t appear that they will pick up the five or six seats that they were hoping to earlier this year.
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