The Scan - July 16, 2013

Rep. Edward Markey will be sworn in as Massachusetts' new senator Tuesday, and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on how the U.S. oil boom affects transportation-fuel costs.
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July 15, 2013, 4:26 p.m.

New­s­week’s Clift writes, “While it’s un­likely that the GOP will pick up all 10 seats needed to gain con­trol of the Sen­ate, what’s go­ing on is re­min­is­cent of” ‘80, “when the GOP won the Sen­ate by knock­ing off a bunch of” Dem stal­warts. 6 years later, “many of the vic­tors … would be turned out by the voters in what proved a short-lived ma­jor­ity.”

Win­ners rode Ron­ald Re­agan’s coat­tails, “but the bulk of the win­ning class had no stay­ing power. They were per­fect for the mo­ment, but, to put it gently, not all had the look of eagles.” Paula Hawkins (R-FL) and Jeremi­ah Denton (R-AL) “are re­membered more for their per­son­al ec­cent­ri­cit­ies than any le­gis­lat­ive achieve­ment.” This year, “Ex­hib­it A” is KY SEN nom­in­ee Rand Paul (R).

CT’s Linda McMa­hon (R) and NV’s Shar­ron Angle (R) and Sue Lowden all “seem just as un­likely to last on the na­tion­al scene should they suc­ceed” in Nov. Dems “should take heart. It could be six long years, but the tide that washes in some of these out­liers will be there to carry them out, just as it has in elec­tions past” (5/28).

“Any year there’s a huge anti-in­cum­bent, pop­u­list tide, it’s bound to wash in its share of oddballs.” ‘94 gave us IN’s John Hostet­tler, who “tried board­ing a DC-bound plane with a loaded 9-mm Glock in his carry-on”; TX’s Steve Stock­man, who said Waco “was a gov­ern­ment con­spir­acy”; and ID’s Helen Chenoweth, who “held en­dangered-sock­eye-sal­mon fun­drais­ing bakes.”

OR’s Jim Bunn left his wife for his 31-year old CoS. IN’s Mark Souder just resigned over an af­fair with an aide. FL’s Mark Fo­ley resigned in ‘06. And Rep. Steve La­Tour­ette (R-OH) and Sen. John En­sign (R-NV) have each dealt with af­fairs (Seni­or, New York magazine, 5/30).

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