Cigarette and Coffee Breakfast, 2/4/13

– Surprising polling out of Kentucky, where Rasmussen, usually considered a strongly Republican-leaning polling firm, has Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tied with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergren-Grimes 42-42. Interestingly, another Republican in the state polls BETTER than the venerable McConell, as Matt Bevin would lead Grimes 40-36. If the Republicans do take the Senate in November, it’s hard to imagine McConell not winning his race. If they fail to take the Senate, though, maybe the political climate will be just favorable enough for a Democrat to sneak into a Senate seat from dark red, and virulently anti-Obama Kentucky.

By the way, if you’re reading this and thinking to yourself “boy, it sure would be nice to send that ‘ol boy from Kentucky with the ridiculous jowls home for good,” well you can contribute to Alison Lundergren-Grimes’ campaign here.

– In New Hampshire, Senator Jeanne Shaheen seems to be strong. She leads Massachusetts carpetbagger and former Playgirl model Scott Brown 47-37, and leads a bevy of other some-dude and dudettes by even wider margins. I find it exceedingly hard to believe that Scott Brown will find a foothold in New Hampshire, and if he fails to win a seat with this openly opportunistic move north, one would have to think it will only hurt his future prospects. Brown, who was one of the more liberal Republicans in recent memory as a Massachusetts Senator (though that’s not saying very much at all), is a very poor match for the Republicans in New Hampshire. No matter how many times he ridiculously tries to endear himself by calling the state he used to represent in the United States Senator “Southern New Hampshire”, the people will see through his rank opportunism and be offended.

– Months of searching, first focusing on Ford’s Alan Mulally only to be rebuffed, has culminated in one of America’s iconic giants, Microsoft, naming its new CEO. After being turned down by Ford’s CEO, the board at Microsoft turned their gaze inwards, and promoted company man Satya Nadella to the top spot. Additionally, the company announced that Bill Gates would be leaving its board of directors. Nadella, who has been working in the companies corporate software division since 1992, is taking the reigns at a time of rapid change for Microsoft. Founder and former chairman Bill Gates expressed his confidence in a statement:

“During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Gates in a prepared statement. “His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.”

– I’ve been covering it since their were first whispers that she may run, mostly because I think it will be interesting, but also because I think she will be a wonderful congresswoman. Sandra Fluke officially filed her papers to fill the great Henry Waxman’s seat. At this point, with a national liberal donor base, it’s hard to imagine Fluke not getting the nomination and the seat in Congress. Methinks Sandra should send a thank you chard to Rush Limbaugh for the boneheaded assist.

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