Just to keep the locals aware of what's happening nationally: The winds are changing on the federal level - with Senator Chuck Hagel's (R) announcement that he'll retire. This, of course, follows Senator John Warner (R) of Virgina's recent announcement that he'll retire too, opening up an easy fight for another Warner of Virginia, Mark - a popular, former Governor. Larry Craig's (R) demise certainly makes these winds seem more like a gail-force hurricane, but it's doubtful Democrats will be able to take Craig's Idaho seat. Still, Hagel's seat isn't a huge uphill battle, especially since former Senator Kerrey is considering rejoining Capitol Hill. Kerrey may not be the progressive we want him to be, but I'll take anything to get to a veto-proof majority. Oh, and there are potential pickups for Democrats from Maine to Texas and many states in between. Anyone else starting to think R really stands for RIP?
And that's the quick recap. To think, I didn't even make one Larry Craig joke! (My friend asked why I haven't blogged about Craig. My answer: It's too easy.)