- The Hotline's Blogometer has the early list of left and right fringe bloggers who are already attempting to sabotage presidential campaigns. The right hates Mormon Romney, "maverick" McCain and liberal Giuliani. The left is fighting all of the above. - 'Apart from selecting their own nominee, MyDD's Chris Bowers announces the netroots second biggest '08 primary priority is "to take McCain and Giuliani down, and significantly tarnish their images among Democrats and Independents." Bowers writes: "If we can succeed in taking out McCain and Giuliani, it would virtually make the Democratic primary the general election. It is in this way that we can virtually win the 2008 election in 2007." ' - But they're also trashing Hillary, still finding her much too centrist for their tastes. Will she be brought down by a Dean '04-style net campaign backing someone like Al Gore? Hard to say, but a Gore is a much stronger candidate than the greenhorn Dean was, so the lefty webheads are sure to push him to run early.
- Under the radar: George Allen, in a fitting tribute to his failed reelection campaign, is making one last splash in the Senate by introducing a bill that would lift a ban on carrying concealed weapons into national parks. As if his political career wasn't on life support already...
- The gambling site Gambling 911 gives Barack Obama 10 to 1 odds of being the next president. Good odds for a newcomer to the race. Will that influence Obama 's final decision to run? Maybe not. Still, he's got to like those odds. But maybe the real surprise is that Al Gore has jumped up to odds of 9 to 2 of becoming president. Do the odds makers know something that we political sites do not?
- Speaking of Al Gore, he noted that he believed that GOPer John McCain is a "capable guy". Not quite praise, but it is unusual for a Dem. Is that an underhanded endorsement from Al, meaning that he's satisfied with McCain if the Dem loses and will stay out of the race?More likely that he's trying to burnish his bipartisan skills for his imminent run in '08.