Politico.com needs to produce copy, so it tasks it mostly young, mostly lefty team to come up with an endless hot-stove-like set of predictions.
Most of these stories are nonsense, but Politico assigned today’s review of the 2014 Senate races to its best young and always fair reporter James Hohmann, so you should definitely try and read it, and also make a note of where Hohmann points.
The GOP should be very excited about how the cycle is unfolding because 20 months out and the president has begun his second-term slide, and gridlock has already set in while events abroad –Cyprus especially– will increasingly underscore the fiscal peril his policies expose the country too. The Senate Democrats have also, at long last, produced a “budget,” which is a laugher and which will haunt all of their many up-for-re-election incumbents.
Congressman Tom Cotton was a guest on the show yesterday, and while I don’;t bug him with “are you running against Senator Pryor” inquiries every time he appears, I am happy to see Hohmann listing him among the likely candidates for the Arkansas Senate seat. His political website is here. He’s a great person to invest in early, as is Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and former Governor Mike Rounds, favorites to win Democratic seats in West Virginia and South Dakota respectively.
Note to MSM: If you are looking for a guest to comment on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq invasions, Congressman Cotton, along with Congressman Duncan Hunter of California, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio are among the veterans of that war serving on the Hill, as is Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. There are a handful of others. Covering the anniversary without talking to at least some of the lawmakers who fought there seems to me to be willfully indifferent to the best sources available for a look-back at what happened, good and bad.