I'm gonna break away from lead-off Virginia stories for a minute here...
Katherine Harris--the former Secretary of State and Congresswoman who on her own keeps the mascara business going--has announced she will be running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Bill Nelson (D). Nelson was elected in the open-seat race in 2000, defeating Congressman Bill McCollum (R). Nelson is now the only statewide elected Democrat, which would be considered a problem. He is likely at the top of the GOP's hitlist, but with Katherine Harris it will be difficult. She is such a polarizing figure due to her role in the 2000 recount that ALL democrats will vote for Nelson, MOST blacks who felt disenfranchised in 2000 will vote for Nelson, and MANY undecideds who don't want a lockstep conservative will vote for the moderate Nelson. Senator Nelson will win this one by at least 7% easily.
I'd like to make an endorsement in the 1st legislative district House of Delegates race in Scott County. I believe Rex McCarty is a hardworking man. He comes from a bluecollar family and will be a great voice for the district. And, if he defeats Terry Kilgore (Jerry Kilgore's twin brother), it will send a real message to Jerry. Maybe after November 8th, Jerry and Terry can set up a political consulting firm and hire Scott Howell. I'm sure George Allen will be needing some help in 2008.