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October 13th, 2002:

Ginger’s back

Ginger is back from hiatus and she’s moved to a new directory. Update your blogrolls and give her a warm welcome back.

May as well mention the recent updates and additions while I’m here. Surely by now you know that Karin Kross has moved her blog to a new site. Meanwhile, two other friends of mine have started blogging. HWRNMNBSOL (and yes, I know what that stands for) has a gaming blog. Binkley is a friend of many years who lists me as a blogparent. It’s good to have both of them on board.

We also have Kevin Drum, whom I met last week and who I should’ve blogrolled awhile ago, (Note to Kevin: I’m not a camera buff, but I found the discussion fascinating anyway.), and finally Max Sawicky, whom I suspect everyone here is already reading. I really need to make a donation to so I can get multiple blogrolls and organize things a bit better. It’s also on my list.

The Chron on the Senate

A fairly boilerplate treatment of the several close Senate races nationwide in today’s Chron, along with some “independent polling” numbers that are sadly not included in the online edition. (Yes, that’s our daily fishwrap for you.) Anyone who’s a regular in the political end of the blogosphere is familiar with all of this, but there was one paragraph that jumped out of the page and whacked me across the nose:

The White House’s own analysis of the Senate races this year identified Texas, Tennessee and North Carolina as states likely to elect new Democratic members. More problematic for Republicans this year, however, is the close race in Arkansas.

Emphasis mine. I can see the White House being worried about Texas (they’ve sure given John Cornyn all the help he can handle) and North Carolina, but Tennessee? Is that one even on the radar screen? Kos? William? Any comment on this?

If these three states really do go Democratic (and frankly I’d be thrilled if any one of them did), I can’t see the Dems losing control of the Senate. Wow.

UPDATE: From my archives, some early evidence that the national GOP was at least worried about Texas and Ron Kirk all along.