“Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right”

It really was not a surprise to me that Maine’s Senator, Olympia J. Snowe (Republican), announced that she would not run for reelection.  She first ventured to Washington in 1978 as a member of the U.S. House.  She won the Senate seat in 1994.   In 2006, Snowe was reelected with 74% of the vote.

Snowe, like many Americans, has grown tired of the polarizing place called the United States Congress.  Destroying people is considered a sport in Washington, D.C., so I really can’t blame her for getting out – and getting out on her own terms.

The Western Word ranked Snowe as the #9 in my list of the 10 Most Vulnerable Senators up for reelection in 2012, because the far-right members of her party wanted to replace her.

Her decision has given hope to the Democrats of capturing the seat.  Republicans now have to worry about holding on to it. Continue reading

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Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Fall 2011 Update)

12/27/11 Note:  Several sources (CNN) (Politico) are reporting that Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) will announce that he is not seeking re-election in November 2012.  The Western Word (TWW) had Nelson listed as the “Most Vulnerable” Senator up for re-election in 2012.

The honor of being TWW’s #1 Most Vulnerable Senator now falls on Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) with Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) moving up to #2.

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This is my third column about the U.S. Senate elections of 2012.  If you missed one of the previous columns, you can read them by clicking on these dates:

November 2010. 

March 2011.

About a year from now (September 2012) we will be in campaign “frenzy” mode.  You’ll be getting fliers in your mailbox, calls on your telephones, and your local television and radio stations will be saturated with campaign advertisements.  The national campaign to elect a President will be in full swing.  It will be hard to escape the grips of the political campaigns.  For us political junkies, it will be fun! Continue reading

Super Max – Super Committee

Who’s the cat that won’t cop out…when there’s danger all about?  MAX!  Right On!

OK, maybe the theme song from Shaft goes a little too far in describing Montana’s Max Baucus and his career in the United States Senate – way too far – Baucus is really not cool at all.

Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has picked Montana’s Max and two other senate democrats (Patty Murray, John Kerry) for spots on the new Super Committee.  They will join nine others in cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget before Thanksgiving.  The Super Committee needs seven votes to pass anything – Max Baucus could easily be that seventh vote.

Baucus was “working” at a market in Billings on Tuesday when word came that he was Harry Reid’s man.  Baucus took time out from stacking the grocery shelves with yogurt to issue a statement saying, “I’m humbled to be appointed to the committee to help tackle this critical issue for Montana and the American people.” Continue reading

Politics 2012: 10 Most Vulnerable Senators (Updated)

*This column has been updated (Sept 2011). After reading this one, click HERE to view the update!

Back on November 4, 2010, while some folks were dissecting the results from the election on November 2, here at The Western Word (TWW) I developed a list of the 10 Most Vulnerable Senators for 2012.

Ironically, that column has been one of the most widely read and linked columns ever written here at TWW. Thanks to my faithful readers from around the world!

Since it’s now March 2011, let’s take a look at the November list, do some editing and come up with a more up to date one! To refresh your memory, here is my list from November 2010: Continue reading