No green, flaky candidates for the GOP this time around. “Scott Brown’s decision to explore a Senate run in New Hampshire has implications beyond just the borders of the Granite State. The former Massachusetts senator’s decision not only gives Republicans their best shot at taking down Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), but thanks to GOP recruiting in recent weeks, the Senate landscape looks even more dire for Democrats this fall.”

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown (Washington Post) Former Mass. Sen. Scott Brown (Washington Post)

The GOP should throw a ticker tape parade in his honor. The president’s the key to their hopes of retaking the Senate. “One Democratic lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, said Mr. Obama was becoming ‘poisonous’ to the party’s candidates. At the same time, Democrats are pressing senior aides to Mr. Obama for help from the political network.”

Republicans are certainly in the clover these days. “[Scott] Brown jumping in was just one blast of bad news for Democrats. They also lost a special election last Tuesday in Florida by a hair, a defeat David Plouffe called ‘a screaming siren.’ Alex Sink, a promising candidate, sunk after she could not overcome the blast of ads linking her to President Obama and his health care law.” And that’s Maureen Dowd’s, take.

They can cry in their beer all they like: They voted for it. “Privately, several Democratic lawmakers tell me health care law is political poison.”

With some luck Congress will fill the void. “Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Secretary of State John Kerry is sending the wrong message by saying Putin’s military troops taking control of facilities in the Crimea peninsula was ‘not a threat’ and ‘nothing personal.’ ‘Our administration has created an air of permissiveness’  Corker told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ ‘We have to show more resolve. It’s not helpful. It shows wishy-washiness.'”

We should celebrate that Dems have finally woken up on foreign policy. “Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said on Sunday that the mood in Ukraine was ‘tense’ just before a ‘sham’ referendum in Crimea to join Russia or become an independent state. Murphy said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions go beyond Crimea. ‘Ultimately, I think his ambition is to try to keep control of the entire Ukraine,’ he said. . . . Murphy said lawmakers must be ready to ‘stand together’ to pass economic aid for Ukraine and sanctions against Russia following what is expected to be a lopsided vote.” Maybe he should be secretary of state.

Dan Pfeiffer asks gullible folks to drink  the Kool-Aid. “We [Democrats] will keep the Senate… We have great candidates and are on the right side of the issues.” Sure you do.