The Motor City Madman went after the president...rhetorically. However, the rhetoric matches some of the union rhetoric of "taking out" Republicans in the fall. The difference is that one could more easily see Nugent and friends backing it up... but not to the point where you have to sic the Secret Service on him. If that's the case, one should have the Secret Service keeping tabs on Jimmy Hoffa 2.0 as well.
Interesting piece on the few remaining Blue Dogs-redistricting has not been kind, seeing them either (a) put into more conservative districts (b) put in with another congressman or (c) getting primaried from the left.
Angus King might be one add to the Blue Dog roster as a center-left Mainer senator if he replaces Snowe White.
The French vote on Sunday in their presidential election, and a hard-left candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is making a late move to break into the top two. President Sarkozy is in trouble, as most incumbents are in a shaky political environment; moderate-sounding Socialist Francois Hollande seems to be the early favorite, but Hollande might be too pragmatic for the left as they look at the prospect of big budget cuts in order to balance the books.
Much of the early press focused on Marine Le Pen, the second-generation National Front leader, capturing the nativist-populist vote, but left-populism might sell as well. One of the two might sneak into the top two; having them both make the top two would be a game-changer.
Bad but expected news for Kentucky fans-the entire starting five is going pro. With sixth man Darius Miller graduating, about 95% of UK's minutes are gone, with only Kyle Wiltjer's 11 minutes a game returning of the seven guys in the regular rotation. The freshman crop better be good, for the cupboard is rather bare in Lexington.