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  •  Alexander would be tough to beat (0+ / 0-)

    He's been winning statewide elections since 1980 -- twice for governor, and once for Senator. We can hope, perhaps, that he decides he doesn't like being in the minority, and instead chooses to retire.

    Do we know yet if he'll run?

    •  We don't know (3+ / 0-)
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      And that's the million dollar question.
      Ford could run again in 08.  If he runs against Lamar, he'll probably lose again.  If he runs against an open seat, he'll probably win, because there are almost zero possible candidates from TN.  None of the republican challengers got more than 40% of the vote, in any of the five House of Rep races or the Governor's.  They just aren't there.  Lamar might be the only chance the GOP has...which might be why they're offering him such a high post (whip) for a fifth-year senator.

      There are atheists in foxholes. But there are no Evangelicals.

      by Sidof79 on Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 05:56:45 PM PST

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    •  Probably depends if he gets the minority whip job (1+ / 0-)
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      If so, he obviously runs again.
      If he gets passed by for the job, I suspect he'll look for greener pastures outside of being in the Senate minority.

      He's up again Lott for whip. And Lott is an experienced SOB streetfighter to be against.

      from TPM:

      Senate Minority Whip

      Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is claiming that he has enough votes sewn up to take the position, but formerly ousted Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) has also been lobbying hard for the position.

      Alexander represents the wing of the party that believes the GOP lost the election because they drifted from their core small government principles. "We've (Republicans) drifted from our core values," Alexander told the Associated Press. "We haven't gotten control on entitlement spending. We've forgotten that we're opposed to the idea of Washington knows best." Lott, who was forced to step down as Majority Leader after speaking nostalgicly of Strum Thurmond's run for President on a segregationist ticket, is likely to make nostalgic noises about restoring Reagan-era conservatism, as he blames the current leadership's abandonment of conservative values for the party's poor electoral showing.

    •  He could end up the Pres nominee (1+ / 0-)
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      Not through the Primaries, but in the event of a deadlocked Convention, Lamar would be an acceptable compromise to all the Republican factions.

      51,245 votes for US Senator.

      by ben masel on Fri Nov 10, 2006 at 07:12:33 PM PST

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