A few couple bits of news in the wonderful world of party infighting. First, from the Republicans:
The week after the Republicans were handed a series of devastating election defeats, the White House announced that Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) would take over as RNC chair. If recent history held, there was no appeal in the process — the national committee has historically rubber-stamped sitting presidents’ choice for party chairs.
But not this time, not with this president, and not with Martinez, who was immediately a controversial choice. The Republican base labeled him the “Harriet Miers of RNC chairs” and went to work in opposition to his selection.
A lot of this apparently has to do with Martinez’s lenient stance on immigration, although the “Harriet Miers” crack implies some fairly blatant cronyism afoot here. It’s going to be interesting to see how this develops, and what happens if the GOP ends up with a chairman who’s further to the right than Martinez.
Now, in the interest of fairness, it’s time for the Democrats:
Landrieu in 2008 will be running under a new federal election process that scraps the state’s unusual November open primary in favor of a more conventional primary and general election structure. Landrieu could face a direct primary challenge, possibly from former Rep. Cleo Fields (D), now a state senator who sponsored the bill changing the primary process.
Good. Louisiana is still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and as far as I’m concerned Landrieu lost much of her credibility when it comes to competently representing her scarred state when she supported Lieberman (whose oversight of FEMA has been horrendous at best) in the CT Senate race. It’s going to take years to revitalize New Orleans and the surrounding area and during that time it’s going to be extremely important that Louisiana have strong representation in Congress.