NY-Sen B: Nothing to see here

Former Governor George Pataki has decided not to run for Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand this year, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Instead, he said in an interview Tuesday that he would create a new national organization aimed at building support to repeal the recently enacted health-care overhaul.

Mr. Pataki's decision to bypass the Senate race marks another major coup for Ms. Gillibrand, who has been enormously successful in knocking out competition on both sides of the aisle despite appearing to be vulnerable politically.

I agree with Phillip Anderson of The Albany Project blog; it sounds like Pataki wants to run for president. He must be delusional if he thinks he has a chance in a GOP primary with his relatively moderate record as governor.

A year ago, Gillibrand seemed less than secure for the 2010 election, but various potential high-profile challengers have declined to take on this race. (New York's other U.S. Senate race has always been in the safe D category with Chuck Schumer.) Taniel of the Campaign Diaries blog noted yesterday that with Gillibrand no longer threatened, the last Senate seats that could still become competitive are Washington and Wisconsin. I think three-term incumbent Patty Murray would prevail even if the GOP's best candidate, Dino Rossi, got in the race. Ditto for Senator Russ Feingold against the GOP's dream recruit, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.

UPDATE: Unintentional comedy alert as new Republican enters race against Gillibrand. He is David Malpass, who was chief economist for Bear Stearns from 2001 until the company collapsed in 2008.

NY-Sen B: Nothing to see here

Former Governor George Pataki has decided not to run for Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand this year, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday.

Instead, he said in an interview Tuesday that he would create a new national organization aimed at building support to repeal the recently enacted health-care overhaul.

Mr. Pataki's decision to bypass the Senate race marks another major coup for Ms. Gillibrand, who has been enormously successful in knocking out competition on both sides of the aisle despite appearing to be vulnerable politically.

I agree with Phillip Anderson of The Albany Project blog; it sounds like Pataki wants to run for president. He must be delusional if he thinks he has a chance in a GOP primary with his relatively moderate record as governor.

A year ago, Gillibrand seemed less than secure for the 2010 election, but various potential high-profile challengers have declined to take on this race. (New York's other U.S. Senate race has always been in the safe D category with Chuck Schumer.) Taniel of the Campaign Diaries blog noted yesterday that with Gillibrand no longer threatened, the last Senate seats that could still become competitive are Washington and Wisconsin. I think three-term incumbent Patty Murray would prevail even if the GOP's best candidate, Dino Rossi, got in the race. Ditto for Senator Russ Feingold against the GOP's dream recruit, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.

UPDATE: Unintentional comedy alert as new Republican enters race against Gillibrand. He is David Malpass, who was chief economist for Bear Stearns from 2001 until the company collapsed in 2008.

Why Did Tommy Thompson Actually Drop Out?

Common wisdom holds that Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race for the White House due to his remarkably poor showing at the Ames, Iowa straw poll earlier this month. But could it have been something else entirely different that caused him to drop out?

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson decided to forego his appearance on Comedy Central 's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" Monday night.

A spokeswoman for the show said that Thompson, who abandoned his campaign for president after a poor showing in the Aug. 11 Iowa Republican straw poll, said didn't need the publicity since he was no longer running.

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Thompson's original decision to appear on the mock-news show had prompted concern among some supporters who said privately that they feared Thompson might not fare well with the quick-witted Stewart. [emphasis added]

Notice that Thompson supporters were concerned about their candidate appearing on The Daily Show before he dropped out of the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Thompson might spin this as a result of his decision to end his candidacy, but might The Daily Show have in fact played a role in Thompson's decision?

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Tommy Thompson is out

I'm not sure that it has any real impact on the race, but Tommy Thompson, former Gov. of Wisconsin, is dropping our of the race for the Republican nomination.  This is almost certainly a result of his poor showing in Saturday's Iowa straw poll, where he placed sixth.  Thompson had previously said he would drop out of he didn't place first or second in the poll.

"I have no regrets about running," Thompson said in a statement released by his campaign. "I felt my record as Governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services gave me the experience I needed to serve as President, but I respect the decision of the voters."

Thopmson's dropped bid for the nomination will likely have limited impact on either the Republican or Democratic race for the nomination, as he has languished near the bottom of the Republican heap ever since he announced his campaign.

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2008 Election Weekend Calendar Preview (August 3-5, 2007)

[This weekend preview is being re-published from 2008Central.net]

Two big events this weekend. Democratic candidates converge in Chicago for the YearlyKos Convention tomorrow, while Republicans have a debate Sunday morning in Des Moines.

Barack Obama

  • Obama addresses YearlyKos tomorrow, before heading to Atlanta for Women's Awards Dinner for the SCLC. Sunday he has a fundraiser in Utah and a Town Hall Meeting in Nevada.

Bill Richardson

  • Richardson campaigns all weekend in Iowa, squeezing in an appearance at YearlyKos tomorrow afternoon.

Chris Dodd

  • Dodd's wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd, will campaign tomorrow and Sunday in Nevada, while Dodd himself appears at YearlyKos tomorrow afternoon.

Dennis Kucinich

  • Kucinich will also address the YearlyKos convention.

Hillary Clinton

  • Clinton has a slew of fundraisers lined up this weekend in the Hamptons on Long Island. Tomorrow morning she will address the National Organization of Police Organizations and the YearlyKos Convention before heading back to Long Island.

John Edwards

  • Edwards also addresses the YearlyKos Convention, before campaigning in Iowa on Sunday.

Mike Gravel

  • Gravel is also attending YearlyKos.

Duncan Hunter

  • Hunter is participating in the debate this Sunday in Iowa.

John McCain

  • McCain holds a town hall meeting Saturday in Iowa, and participates in the debate on Sunday.

Mike Huckabee

  • Huckabee campaigns in Iowa today and debates on Sunday.

Mitt Romney

  • Romney has some fundraisers scheduled for Maine today, before debating on Sunday morning and campaigning in Iowa the rest of the day.

Ron Paul

  • Paul has a campaign event scheduled in Pittsburgh today, before appearing at the debate on Sunday. His son is appearing at an event tomorrow in St. Louis.

Rudy Giuliani

  • Giuliani debates on Sunday morning and campaigns in Iowa the rest of the day.

Sam Brownback

  • Brownback is also participating in the debate.

Tom Tancredo

  • Tancredo has campaign events in Iowa tomorrow and Sunday sandwiched around the debate.

Tommy Thompson

  • Thompson also campaigning in Iowa this weekend, along with debating.

Visit our up-to-date campaign calendar section for complete schedules.

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