Wednesday’s campaign round-up

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty’s wife, Mary Pawlenty, conceded yesterday her husband “needs to move from where he’s been and show significant progress.” I don’t imagine that’s what the former governor wanted to hear, but it’s true.

* Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney unveiled an advisory team yesterday of 63 conservative attorneys, led in part by Robert Bork. There’s also a bevy of loyal Bushies on the list, including Steven Bradbury, best known for signing off on the torture memos.

* In Mississippi’s gubernatorial primaries yesterday, Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant cruised to an easy win for the Republican nomination. Among Democrats, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree leads businessman Bill Luckett, and will face off again in an Aug. 23 runoff.

* Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann launched her third television ad in Iowa today. Like the first two, it touts the right-wing congresswoman’s opposition to raising the debt ceiling.

* On a related note, when Bachmann ran a charter school, it banned the Disney movie “Aladin” because it depicted “magic.”

* In Nevada, home to one of the nation’s most closely-watched Senate races, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows appointed Sen. Dean Heller (R) leading Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) by three, 46% to 43%.

* In Maine, Sen. Olympia Snowe’s Republican primary challengers slammed her vote in support of raising the debt ceiling yesterday.

* The Gingrich, Santorum, Paul and Cain campaigns are catching some flac for selling campaign merchandise that isn’t made in America.

* And in Hawaii, former Rep. Charles Djou (R) lost last November, but intends to run again next year, whether Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D) runs for the Senate or not.

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation

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.