Sunday, December 10, 2006

Finals time is here again...

After Tuesday, it's all downhill from there.

In the meantime, Pol Watchers blogs the Bluegrass and well, I got a mention.
Being a college student, The Kentucky Democrat (a.k.a. Daniel Solzman) doesn't know as much as he would like about potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Beshear, who last held public office in 1987. But Solzman does give Beshear credit for resigning his position with the Kentucky Democratic Party after Jerry Lundergan was elected chairman.
Ryan Alessi takes a look at the statewide races. If Jonathan Miller does not run for Governor, there's no doubt that he will run for Attorney General if Stumbo does run for Governor.
For instance, two Democrats who have said they're considering running for governor also have expressed interest in succeeding Stumbo as the state's top law enforcement official.

Outgoing Treasurer Jonathan Miller, 39, said earlier this year he would run for attorney general only if Stumbo doesn't, but he has recently looked at the governor's race himself.

"My focus right now is on the real and not the hypothetical," Miller said. "I'll be making my decision as quickly as I can."

Louisville attorney Jack Conway, 37, has been exploring a run for governor but has been courted by party leaders as a potential replacement for Stumbo or as auditor if incumbent Democrat Crit Luallen doesn't run again, said Mark Riddle, a Democratic campaign consultant who is advising him.

"Jack is a rising star in the party," Riddle said. "Jack has been mentioned in every capacity."
In any event, I've got to update my 2007 rumored candidates post again.

Outgoing Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee will be on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this Monday.

Mick LaSalle reviews Ever Again, a documentary on the rise of new anti-Semitism narrated by actor Kevin Costner.

It's Sunday and you know what that means. It's time for the Bayh watch.
Bayh also was scheduled to be in New Hampshire today, attending two house parties hosted for him by state Sen. Peter Burling and incoming state Sen. Molly Kelly.

Bayh contributed to the 2006 campaigns of both Burling and Kelly.
What a shame. I know that it's Senate rules and all for Senator Mitch McConnell to have the Republican leader's desk but to give Senator Jim Bunning the desk of the Great Compromiser, Senator Henry Clay, is a disgrace to the late Senator. Someone else is more deserving of that desk. Someone that is actually willing to compromise with the other side and not act so overly partisan against the other side. Henry Clay was a statesman when he was a Senator. He helped negotiate some of the greatest compromises between the north and the south while he was in the Senate. Bunning is a guy that labeled his 2004 opponent as someone who looked like Sadddam Hussein's son. Those comments alone do not make Bunning look good as someone who is fit for that desk. Give it back to McConnell for all I care. Heck, loan it to Dick Lugar or even Evan Bayh. I remember reading about Sen. Henry Clay growing up. Bunning will NEVER be close to the statesman that Clay was. Clay was key on compromises on issues relating to slavery in Missouri Compromise of 1820 and the Great Compromise of 1850. This American would have voted with the North in those days.

To show you how great of a statesman he was, Clay was elected Speaker of the House on his first day in Congress. One can never forget the Great Triumvirate of Senators Henry Clay (Ketucky), Daniel Webster (New Hampshire) and John C. Calhoun (South Carolina). Whether or not they agreed on the issues, they were the greatest statesmen and orators ever to grace the Senate chamber in my opinion.

I think that ends my rant and I know many members of the GOP will disagree with me but Clay's desk belongs to a statesman.

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