I just took a great stroll from a hotel in Fisherman's Wharf over to Greens restaurant in Fort Mason and back to warm up for the great vegetarian food there later. I come back to see multiple messages that indicate more than ever that U.S. Rep. John Boozman WILL get in the Senate race and that very few of the 10-pack of Republicans will drop out -- at least nobody you ever heard of.
Good sport. Boozman may be in for a surprise. If he wins, his defense of the financial bailout will be a little hard to square with other Republicans' attack on same. And, as I've indicated before, Ronald Reagan he ain't in the charisma department. And then you have to ponder, is a D.C. lobbyist with deep ties to all the ills of the Bush years (Asa) the guy to succeed him in this unsettled year?
UPDATE I: Elsewhere in the political world is Jason Tolbert's report that Johnny Key and Princella Smith are heading toward 1st District Republican congressional candidacies. Smith, a black Wynne native, is a Republican congressional staffer. Interesting add to the mix.
UPDATE II: Think the Tea Party isn't serious.? On the jump some of a lengthy e-mail about John Boozman's high-dollar foreign travels. Wastrel.
EMAIL FROM TEA PARTY FOLLOWER
We need to make sure fellow Tea Party members are aware of Cong. Boozman's TARP vote and his lavish travel lifestyle at the taxpayer's expense.
SEVEN YEARS, FORTY-EIGHT COUNTRIES, AND EIGHTY-FIVE THOUSAND TAXPAYER DOLLARS:
Rep. John Boozman’s Extraordinary Globe-Trotting
Boozman Has Visited Forty-Eight Countries Since 2003, Costing Taxpayers Nearly $85,000. According to travel disclosures, Boozman has taken thirty-four trips paid for by taxpayers since 2003, at a total cost of nearly $85,000. Boozman has traveled the world, hitting five of seven continents- save only Australia and Antarctica- and a dazzling forty-eight countries.
EUROPE: Germany, Belgium, France, Austria, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Romania, Poland, Greece, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Latvia, Denmark
AFRICA: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania
ASIA: Indonesia, Thailand, China, Korea
MIDDLE EAST: Qatar, Turkey, Georgia, Jordan, Kuwait, Israel, Iraq
SOUTH AMERICA: Colombia
NORTH AMERICA: United States, Canada