Monday’s campaign round-up

MONDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) can probably forget about party support, should he decide to seek a full term in 2010.

* Norm Coleman’s already-remote chances took another hit late on Friday, when a three-judge panel rejected the Republican’s claim about a systemic error in counting absentee ballots.

* Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of Congress’ most notorious buffoons, is considering running for governor in 2010.

* Jeff Frederick, Virginia’s Republican Party chairman, is giving up his seat in the House of Delegates. He wants his wife to succeed him in the chamber.

* Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) is already a popular two-term incumbent, but he may go for a third term in 2010 by challenging the constitutionality of term limits. A similar court case recently struck down term limits for state lawmakers, and if Freudenthal tested the law as it relates to governors, legal experts expect he’d win.

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R), widely expected to run for president in 2012, took a few rhetorical shots at Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R), a possible presidential rival, yesterday. Crist, Sanford said, isn’t a real “fiscal conservative.”

* David Plouffe, the Obama campaign manager, conceded last week that Sarah Palin helped the Democratic effort considerably during the 2008 race. “Vice presidential picks rarely but sometimes make an electoral difference,” Plouffe said. “Our view was it probably wasn’t going to matter that much. It’s the most over-covered story in politics. This was the one exception to that. It did have an effect. She was our best fundraiser and organizer in the fall.”

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