The governors of New Hampshire and Iowa (key states, those!) both expressed caution (and a dose of skepticism) in trying to draw national significance from the Connecticut Democratic primary for Senate.
"I think to some extent it could be perceived as a referendum on what's going on in Washington, a referendum on the Bush Administration, and a referendum on the war. It could be. But how that translates into other congressional races in November, I think remains very unknown," said Gov. John Lynch (D-NH).
On the potential Lieberman independent bid, Lynch added, "It's his decision. I can't say one way or the other. It's his decision."
Gov. Vilsack (D-IA) tells The Note, "I'm sorry. I don't go down that road. I don't know that it necessarily impacts the national Democratic party. You can physically write about IT, but I don't know that you are r-i-g-h-t about it. . . "
". . . I love Joe Lieberman. I have the highest respect for him. I think he is a great guy. And I think he is a man of great integrity. But if Joe Lieberman loses the primary, I'm supporting Ned Lamont because he is the Democratic primary winner," added Vilsack.
And here's one Republican governor's thoughts on Sen. Lieberman's political predicament. NGA Chairman/Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) had this to say to reporters over some salmon and asparagus:
"Frankly, I think that's a tragedy, should something happen to him, because - and maybe this hurts him because Republicans admire him - but they admire him, at least I do, because he is a statesman and stands on his own and he's willing to stick with the position he has held. I think he has shown an extraordinary amount of real class. And I felt that way before the Iraqi war -- even as a vice presidential candidate and as a longtime Senator. Sen. Lieberman was always one of those people that exuded what we hoped for in politics which was a sort of bigger sense of things than 'my world, my party, my way.'"
Ney drops out:
The DCCC's Bill Burton reacted to Ney dropping out by saying: "The first thing we know about Joy Padgett is that she's Ney's handpicked candidate -- a distinction about as prestigious as Michael Brown giving you something called a FEMA Gold Star for Competence."
NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds (R-NY) counter-punched, saying: "Ohio's 18th is a ruby red Republican district and I am confident it will remain in GOP hands come November."
"I Will (Possibly) Survive," Roll Call's Heard on the Hill muses on Burton's upcoming birthday party, with invitations citing the theme as "I Will Survive" and the faux host as "Bob Ney." LINK
Now that Ney has ended his bid for the House, Kennedy spokesgal Laura Capps tells ABC News that the party's new theme is "Bob Ney's Cheeseburgers in Paradise Karaoke Challenge."
The nation's governors in the Holy City:
The "news" out of the NGA summer meeting in Charleston, SC:
1. Dean David Broder of the Washington Post and the AP's Robert Tanner on the discontent among the governors with the House/Bush Administration plan to allow the President to take command of the National Guard in the event of an emergency: LINK
2. Incoming NGA Chairman Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) gave the Arizona Republic a Sunday exclusive on her year-long innovation and education initiative: LINK