The Party of National Insecurity

Wisconsin's WEAU reports that in a recent poll of Democratic voters in the state of Washington, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) came in fourth behind Clinton, Gore, and Edwards.

Clintons of Chappaqua:

In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, Jeffrey Rabin reported that Bill Clinton "thanked President Bush for siding with moderates in his own party regarding immigration" while accusing the GOP's hard-liners of "using the immigration issue to divide Congress and the nation." LINK

Without disclosing which portions of the bill he disagrees wtih, the story indicates that Clinton "said he favors the Senate's approach," while maintaining that there are "some elements of the bill he dislikes."

Yes, we Noted the great World Cup cutaway.

2006: Senate:

Robin Toner continues her New York Times series on the Pennsylvania Senate race. Today's installment looks at Sen. Santorum's battle to shed any sense that he has "gone Washington." LINK

In a Perfect Storm of a cliché, Toner slipped into her lede "fights for his political life" past an obviously dozing editor.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is fuming, Roll Call's Mary Ann Akers writes, at Maryland GOP Senate candidate and Lt. Governor Michael Steele's decision to showcase a photo that suggests the two politicians are on friendly, even intimate, terms. LINK

In his Sunday column, the Washington Post's David Broder asked Rep. Mark Green (R-MN), the GOP's Senate candidate in Minnesota, if he agreed with CQ's description of him as "a dedicated conservative and loyal Bush supporter." LINK

Per Broder, Kennedy "seemed surprised" before saying: 'I don't know if I'd use any of those words to describe me. . .'"

In Sunday's Los Angeles Times, columnist Steve Lopez ripped Sen. Kennedy for signing a DSCC fundraising solicitation which was heavy on calling the Republicans "shameless" and light on affirmative ideas. LINK

2006: House:

Timed with today's visit by the Vice President on behalf of Rep. Ron Lewis of Kentucky, the Wall Street Journal's David Rogers writes that if Democrats are to gain the 15 seats needed to control the House, they must widen the battlefield with long-shot sleeper races like this one."

The AP Notes that Mike Weaver, the Democrat challenging Lewis, has received campaign help from Gen. Wesley Clark. LINK

In the competitive Democratic primary in Brooklyn's 11th congressional district, Chris Owens is hoping to take over the family business from his dad, Rep. Major Owens, who has held the seat for 24 years. The New York Times' Jonathan Hicks has the story. LINK

Andrea Peyser columnizes in the New York Post that it is not just racial politics at play in the NY-11 Democratic primary, but religion has a role as well. LINK

2006: Governor:

In a move to attract the "Milliennials," Florida gubernatorial candidates are trying to woo support from younger generations by adding podcasts and blogs to their websites and are hosting hip-hop and R&B concerts, meet-the-candidate parties at martini bars and night clubs, and are pasting their profiles on websites like facebook.com and MySpace. The Sun-Sentinel's Hollis has more. LINK

Pat Healy of the New York Times looks at the expected fundraising disparity between statewide Republican and Democratic candidates in the Empire State in a year likely to lean heavily toward Democrats. LINK

The New York Post's Dicker writes up the expected gubernatorial fundraising totals too. LINK

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