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Which Democratic Senator Is Worried About Hillary at the Top of the Ticket? Not Many Choices

An aide to a Democratic senator running for reelection next year tells CBN’s David Brody that having Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket in 2008 is a concern, and that ”For my Senator, it’s particularly problematic.”

Well, you look at the senators running for reelection next year, there are only a few Democrats who find themselves in the circumstances Brody describes.
If Sen. Tim Johnson runs for reelection in South Dakota in 2008, he’ll probably have a tough reelection campaign, but seeing as he’s still on a long, slow road to recovery from brain surgery, I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired to focus on his health. So put him down as a “maybe, but probably not.” Max Baucus in Montana? Nah, the guy’s been around forever, got 63 percent in 2002, a terrible year for Democrats. Harkin in Iowa? That state went red in 2004, but again, Harkin shouldn’t have a problem. Similar deal for Rockefeller in West Virginia.
The only two Democrats who really fit the bill are Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
Hmm. I’d suspect Arkansans to have particularly strong opinions and vivid memories of Hillary Clinton, wouldn’t you?
UPDATE: Greg Pollowitz points to this article that makes a strong case that Landrieu would be most nervous about Hillary being the nominee.

“She’s a danger to Landrieu,” said Baton Rouge pollster Bernie Pinsonat of Southern Media and Opinion Research. “If I were Mary Landrieu, I would disown her and stay away from her.”
Landrieu is already viewed as the most vulnerable senator in the chamber next year because of her two narrow previous wins and the scattering of her New Orleans base by Hurricane Katrina.
Though Landrieu would be hard-pressed to distance herself from a colleague and friend who works well with her in a chamber of mostly white males, Clinton should show more political savvy, having spent years on the campaign trail with her husband.
“I don’t think she will ever understand the lay of the land in states like Louisiana and why taking a shot at a guy like Vitter is not  good,” Shreveport pollster and political consultant Elliot Stonecipher said of Clinton.

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