Monday’s campaign round-up

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

* In Minnesota, speculation is intensifying about Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-Minn.) interest in a 2012 U.S. Senate race, in which she would take on incumbent Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D). A Bachmann spokesperson said “nothing’s off the table for the future.”

* It’s still unclear if Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) would seek another term in 2012, but late last week, the senator said he’d probably run as an independent, if he runs at all.

* Former California State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R) struggled in his U.S. Senate campaign this year, losing to Carly Fiorina in a Republican primary. He’s now hinting about another statewide campaign, saying he intends to “run for office in 2012,” which presumably would mean a race against Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D).

* Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) continues to be coy about his political future, and won’t say whether he’ll seek re-election in 2012. We’re looking to make a decision during the first quarter [of 2011], if I don’t run, out of respect for other people,” he told the Washington Post.

* Outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) conceded the other day that he wishes he’d run for a third term. Of course, given his weak poll numbers, Pawlenty may have very well lost, ruining his presidential ambitions.

* And as odd as this may seen, former right-wing U.N. ambassador John Bolton actually seems serious about running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

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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.