Foy out of Senate race

Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy not running for US Senate.
Tweeting thusly:

I decided not to run for the U.S. Senate seat next year – but I very much appreciate all the support and encouragement I’ve received.

Some folks not happy with Larry Kissell

Has NC gone to the dogs. You know, the blue dogs. There was some hope that that at least some of the people the netroots rallied around would play nice, but those hopes seem to be fading.
Larry Kissell has been taking some heat from people who backed him in both races over his reluctance on health care.
Howie Klein puts it rather bluntly in Have We Been Stabbed in the Back By Larry Kissell?

Next year, Kissell– who has a reputation as an abysmal fundraiser, and won’t get a dime from the netroots ever again– is being challenged by retired Army Col. Lou Huddleston. Huddleston and GOP front groups will call Kissell a Nancy Pelosi clone no matter how he votes and no matter what he does. Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh fans are not going to vote for Larry Kissell. And if he follows through with his threats to vote against health care reform, neither will Democrats, just the way they didn’t come out to vote for Deeds in Virginia.

Statement from Elaine Marshall

Via Thomas Mills:

Statement from Secretary of State Elaine Marshall:

“On Tuesday, I filed my papers to set up an Exploratory Committee for United States Senate. With unemployment at the highest level in decades, foreclosures continuing to increase and people still losing their healthcare, North Carolinians need experienced leaders who will get things done. I look forward to working with people across the state to build consensus and find solutions.

Our current Senator, Richard Burr, has spent 14 years in Washington. He supported the misguided policies that brought our economy to its knees and, now, he’s standing in the way of efforts to get us back on the right track. As a state, we deserve better.”

Marshall in Senate race

Secretary of State Elaine Marshall made it official today: She’ll run to unseat Richard Burr next year.

Marshall tried unsuccessfully to win the nomination and the chance to run against Liddy Dole in 2002. She joins Durham attorney Kenneth Lewis in having official declared a run for the Democratic nomination.

Public Options

Interesting theme shift on the immediate horizon: no health care bill or a bad health care bill – the result of compromise after compromise with folks who, in the end, won’t even vote for their own compromise – is going to lead to massive Democratic loses in the 2010 cycle. On the other hand, a good bill will only cause heavy loses in 2010.
Unlike a weakened compromise, a good bill with a strong public option gives Dems a fighting chance and certainly gives a lot of people who voted for the first time or for the first time in a long time in 2008 a bigger reason to vote.
So, rather than see defeat on the other side’s terms, get a good bill, shore up your base and engage on your own turf.

Chris Bowers

The RNC sends out a press release attacking the co-op proposal. No one could have predicted that Republicans would also not agree to the co-op “compromise” proposal, either. Just like no one could predict that Republicans will still attack the health care bill once co-ops are dropped, too.

Digby on Charlie Cook’s take and the consequences

If Cook is right and the Dems maintain their majority while losing a bunch of these reactionary wingnuts, I couldn’t be happier. And the Democrat should be happy too because it means they can pass successful legislation for a change.

Nate Silver on some numbers and stuff

Is it possible that the electorate which is voting in November 2010 will be so down on the Democrats that they trust Republicans more on issues like these? Sure, it is possible — if the enthusiasm gap is wide enough, if Obama’s approval is low enough, if the health care debate has been bungled enough, and if the economy is still hemorrhaging jobs.

TPM on the progressives