July 24, 2014
AND TOP TIER ONES CAN BE RE-ELECTED:
For GOP, a Good Crop of Senate Candidates (FRED BARNES, 7/24/14, Weekly Standard)
What makes candidates "top-tier," in the jargon of politics? They tend to be disciplined, quick-witted, have a credible message, don't say absurd or unnecessarily provocative things, can raise money, and deal effectively with the media. It doesn't hurt to be likeable, either.In 2014, Republicans must gain six seats to take Senate control. And they've made this easier for themselves by dodging bullets in three Republican-held seats-Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi. In those states GOP candidates that Democrats believed would be the easiest to beat were themselves defeated in the primaries.In Georgia on Tuesday, businessman David Perdue won a Republican runoff against Rep. Jack Kingston and now faces Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. Democrats had hoped her GOP opponent would be either Rep. Paul Broun or Rep. Phil Gingrey, but both were eliminated in the primary. Perdue, the successful CEO of Dollar General stores, will be tough to beat in red-state Georgia.
One problem with landslides is that they carry in even your worst nominees and then you can't defend the seats.
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 24, 2014 4:38 PM