The Fix cites Graham in describing GOP senators’ woes

This is from The Fix blog at The Washington Post:

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) surprised the political world Monday when he filed at the last minute to challenge Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), complicating the senator’s reelection bid just when it looked to be virtually problem-free….

Stockman is far from an A-list challenger. He has a knack for controversial statements and a dearth of campaign funds. But among a Texas GOP electorate in which Cornyn is no hero, he shouldn’t be counted out.

Nor should underdog tea party-aligned challengers to Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.),Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), or Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) have drawn higher-caliber opponents….

That’s probably about the way to put it with Alexander. It’s not exactly that he’s in trouble, so much as you can’t count his many challengers out — especially if one of the stronger ones gets him into a runoff.

When I hear that Lamar Alexander — whom I covered in his successful gubernatorial election way back in 1978 — is in trouble, it tells me Republicans in Tennessee have gone nuts while I wasn’t watching them.

He’s one of the dwindling number of sensible people in Washington.

16 thoughts on “The Fix cites Graham in describing GOP senators’ woes

  1. Doug Ross

    “He’s one of the dwindling number of sensible people in Washington”

    Or he’s just got old and set in his ways. He’s going to be 74 when the next election arrives. I don’t find a whole lot of new thinking in people who are ten years past normal retirement age.

  2. Silence

    Has anyone seen this new (new to me) “” website? As a local news junkie, I’m suprised I hadn’t found it sooner… Anyone know anything about it?

    1. Doug Ross

      Looks interesting, Silence… I like the tagline on their Facebook page: “You can do without the paper. You can’t do without the news.”

      Looks like it’s a team of about a half dozen people. Led by:

      Thomas G. Davis – President, CEO – Local Voice Media (
      Kimberly Lenz, Publisher, VP Digital News – Local Voice Media (

      My prediction is that The State will not exist as a hard copy newspaper ten years from now.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        For there not to be a print version of the paper, there would need to be another systemic, qualitative change in the marketplace.

        For now, while print ad revenues are shrinking, they are still much too large a portion of a newspaper’s income to do without. Online advertising won’t support a news operation even of The State’s much-diminished scale.

        If The State stopped publishing on paper, someone else — some super low-cost operator, with overhead much lower even than The State’s current level — would come in to scoop that money up.

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        OK, I just ran through it all and found that one link was obsolete, and removed it.

        Did you have specific requests as to what you’d like to see added?

        1. Silence

          nopers – was thinking maybe Free Times or Cola Daily, I guess, but your links tend to be more nationally focused.

          1. Brad Warthen Post author

            Sure, I could add those.

            Mainly, my links are to things I regularly read. I’ve not so far gotten in the habit of looking at coladaily — frankly, when I’ve looked, it has seemed like an aggregation of press releases rather than news reporting.

            But I do regularly read the Free Times, so that’s a good one to add.

            Actually, though, links are kinda obsolete these days. With Chrome, you just start typing what you want into the URL field, and there you are. There’s little reason to bookmark or otherwise save links any more…

          2. Brad Warthen Post author

            Dang. I’m having a problem. WordPress keeps adding them to Blogroll, instead of the separate category Links.

            And I can’t see how to fix it…

            Don’t remember having this problem before…

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