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:
* Some Republican presidential hopefuls appear eager to run against GOP-appointed Supreme Court justices, following last week’s rulings. Mike Huckabee, for example, said Chief Justice John Roberts “apparently needs medication for schizophrenia,” while Rick Santorum said Justice Anthony Kennedy is “potentially disrupting the foundation of the world.”
* Bobby Jindal not only believes the high court is “out of control,” the Louisiana Republican argued late last week that the nation can “save some money” by “getting rid of” the Supreme Court altogether.
* The governor’s campaign has apparently also settled on a disturbing slogan for official Jindal 2016 materials. “Tanned. Rested. Ready.”
* Bernie Sanders’ online fundraising operation appears to be off to a good start: the Independent senator has raised “at least $8.3 million online” since launching his presidential campaign.
* Politico reports that Donald Trump is making Republican officials nervous: “[I]nsiders worry that the loud-mouthed mogul is more than just a minor comedic nuisance on cable news; they fret that he’s a loose cannon whose rants about Mexicans and scorched-earth attacks on his rivals will damage the eventual nominee and hurt a party struggling to connect with women and minorities and desperate to win.”
* John Kasich’s interest in the presidential campaign is apparently sincere: he’s scheduled a July 21st launch at Ohio State University. In all likelihood, he’ll be among the last notable Republicans to enter the crowded GOP field.
* Martin O’Malley has tapped Obama campaign veteran Dave Hamrick as his campaign manager. Why the former Maryland governor, who kicked off his campaign last month, didn’t already have a campaign manager is unclear.
* Sen. David Vitter (R), the leading candidate in this year’s gubernatorial race in Louisiana, responded to last week’s breakthrough developments by tweeting a picture of himself holding a Chick-fil-A bag. He added it was a “Chick-fil-A kind of day.”
* Mark your calendars: as of this past weekend, Election Day 2016 is just 500 days away.