Friday’s campaign round-up

FRIDAY’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.

* Americans United for Change and AFSCME have a good new television ad out today, hitting congressional Republicans as the “party of ‘no'” and beholden to Rush Limbaugh.

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he’s “pretty confident” Al Franken will soon be a senator, and may seat the Minnesota Democrat as soon as early April.

* Speaking of Reid, his re-election prospects in Nevada got a boost yesterday when Sid Rogich, a leading Republican fundraiser in the state, said he’s going to support Reid in 2010. Republicans have not yet recruited a top-tier candidate for the race.

* Sen. Robert Bennett (R) appears to be well on his way to winning re-election in Utah next year.

* As far as former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) is concerned, Bobby Jindal’s national address this week dooms his presidential aspirations.

* And rumor has it that CNN will release its first 2012 poll today, measuring who Republicans prefer as their next presidential nominee. It’s obviously ridiculously early, but in case you’re wondering, the poll shows Sarah Palin out in front, with Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney close behind.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.