Thursday, March 09, 2006


Burns soldiers on

Disgraced Montana Senator Burns is staying in the race. His office released a new radio commercial today that doesn't mention Abramoff, but does tout his record of luring pork to the state.
[The commercial] focuses solely on Montana’s low unemployment rate, and says that the money Burns brought into the state helped strengthen the economy. The ad running on Great Falls stations mentions money for Malmstrom Air Force Base, and getting F-15s for the Air National Guard.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, suggested:
...that the state Republican Party would be better off if Burns stepped aside and let Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg run in his place. "It may be their best chance to hold the seat," he said.
According to the Hotline:
Cook Political Report's Jennifer Duffy said that while "just about anything Abramoff is saying these days is suspect," the Vanity Fair story is "pretty problematic" for Burns. Duffy said that while the article gives Dems even more fodder for their anti-Burns commercials, "it doesn't change the bigger picture. Burns is laboring against being implicated in one of the bigger scandals to hit Washington in a decade, and he's already running in a less-than-favorable environment for Republicans."
But then we've heard this stuff before. According to Matt Singer, the DC gossip had Burns stepping out of the race if his numbers weren't favorable. Well, his numbers aren't favorable. His name appears in the context of the Abramoff scandal in a popular national periodical. And worse still for Burns, Abramoff's sentencing is fast approaching, on March 29, when Abramoff's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, promises to drop some juicy details.
"We will name names. We will provide the public with evidence of what is going on out there," Lowell said. "It seems to me that is not in the interest of law enforcement."
I have no idea why Burns is still running for senator. Seems to me he should be hightailing it for South America.
... not yet. He can run, but lets not have him run away. Not yet.
Hey, if I thought Burns were actually reading this thing and taking my advice, I'd be urging him to stick it out...

I'm honestly confused by his stubbornness. Even if he's not guilty of what he's accused of -- and I don't think he is, I think he's done far worse things we don't know of -- he probably should have dropped out already.

Why is he running? What's in it for him? I don't get it.
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