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This today from Steve Benen:

And this may be nothing or it may be something, but Karl Rove’s campaign operation is spending nearly $800,000 on a media “blitz” in Missouri, of all places, where Sen. Roy Blunt (R) is up for re-election. Blunt, a long-time fixture in Missouri politics, might seem like a safe incumbent in a red-ish state, but the incumbent isn’t particularly popular, and he’s likely to face Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D), a war veteran considered a rising star in Democratic politics. The race isn’t getting much attention yet, but Rove’s operation wouldn’t be spending $800,000 this early unless the Republican establishment were feeling antsy about Blunt’s chances.

Of course, it’s early days yet, but I’m encouraged that the GOP is taking Kander this seriously. It’s a good sign. In spite of the fact that he’s not a Tea Party favorite, Blunt is good at snowing the locals when push comes to shove – remember when he went all good ol’ boy in a rented pick-up and plaid shirt in 2010? – but his lickspittle corporatism and proclivity for corruption might finally catch up with him. As Jason Kander himself has charged, “Blunt “has been in Washington so long, […] Washington has become his home. Lobbyists and his political party have become his constituents.”

Of course, there’s still the matter of the mighty Rove PAC’s checkbook. And it isn’t like folks don’t know what Bllunt is – his money-grabbing ways are certainly no mystery, but he’s become an institution among the “moderate” GOPers as well as to some centrist Democrats in the state and they don’t really have an alternative. Nevertheless, maybe there’s hope for a strong, sincere challenger like Jason Kander – after all, the bigger they are, the harder they fall:

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
He chortled in his joy.

A beamish boy Kander would be indeed – and would I ever be chortling in my joy. You can contribute to Jason Kander here.