Coleman, Schaffer, Kennedy and Sununu
I made my first contribution of the 2008 Senate cycle this past weekend with a check to Minnesota’s Norm Coleman. Norm has done a great job in dogging the U.N. and generally supporting the Administration, and though he was skeptical about the surge, he is supporting the Administration’s request for funding. Norm is solidly pro-life and supported both the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito, and is facing an onslaught from MoveOn.org because of their deep affection for the hard left Al Franken. You can contribute to Norm’s campaign here.
The open seat in Colorado is also on the Democrat’s target list, and Mark Udall is a very left-of-center Dem, running against a very solid conservative in Bob Schaffer, a three term Congressman who kept his term limit pledge. Schaffer is running neck-and-neck with Udall and can win the state and hold the seat. You can help him online here.
The GOP’s best chance for a pick-up is in Louisiana, where John Kennedy switched parties this year and threatens to oust Mary Landrieu, who deserves to be fired. You can support Kennedy online here.
New Hampshire’s John Sununu is also facing a tough re-election fight from former Granite State governor Jean Shaheen, but Sununu is a skilled campaigner and New Hampshire as purple as they come. You can help Sununu online here.
It is a tough year for the GOP given the number of seats it must defend, but Harry Reid is doing his best to make the Republicans competitive, and Mitch McConnell’s principled opposition gives the Republican base reason to believe that it isn’t throwing good money after bad and that the years ahead will see a renewal of the GOP’s Senate wing commitment to conservative governance. Jon Kyl’s election to the whip post solidifies this commitment, and the GOP’s battle to stay close to the Dems will be a surprise story over the next 10 months.