Bond is Retiring
Missouri Republican senator Kit Bond, 69,
will not run
for reelection in 2010. His departure creates a vacancy in a key swing state, where a Democrat, Claire McCaskill,
holds the other Senate seat. This open seat will no doubt set off a feeding frenzy in both parties.
However, on the Democratic side, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, member of a well-known Missouri dynasty,
is probably the front runner if she wants the job.
Matthews Not Running in Pennsylvania
Hardball host Chris Matthews spent some time thinking about running against Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA),
but ultimately decided
not to run.
Nevertheless, the Democrats have a deep bench in Pennsylvania. Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) would be the strongest
candidate, but if he is not interested, there are at least half a dozen Democratic congressmen who may soon
test the waters.
Vacant Minnesota Seat May Affect Holder Confirmation
Senate Republicans are refusing to seat Al Franken. In addition,
the President-elect Barack Obama's seat is also currently vacant
pending some resolution of the appointment of Roland Burris to it
by the scandal-plagued governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich (D).
As a consequence, the current Senate is 57 Democrats and 41 Republicans
even though it is likely to end up 59 Democrats and 41 Republicans.
Nevertheless, Republicans are insisting on allocating committee slots
now and they are claiming 41/98-ths of them even though later they will
entitled to only 41/100-ths of them. On some committees, this flips one
seat. Once such committee is judiciary, which will vote to confirm or
reject Eric Holder for attorney general, and which currently has a 9-9
split between the parties. Politico has
more on this.
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