I just got off a plane coming from a place that is in the 80's and landing in the wintery mix in Raleigh. At least I could find a little chicken soup for my political soul in this post from Kos on the rubber stamp senators from North Carolina and the fact that current election realities mean that Dole must actually go against this president, who she has proudly stood behind for the last four years:
Burr doesn't face reelection until 2010, so he doesn't have to pretend to have an "independent" bone in his body. He can be his true, rubber-stamping self. Dole, on the other hand, will have to perform rhetorical gymnastics to buck the growing anti-Bush and anti-war sentiment in her state despite being one of Bush's most loyal lieutenants.