The Washington Post

All Etch, all the time; eyes on Illinois; and Specter’s everywhere (read-this roundup)

Etch-A-Sketch fever persists. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

And Chris Cillizza lays down the law of when politicians’ gaffes have staying power: it’s when they “speak to a larger narrative about a candidate or a doubt/worry that voters already have about that particular candidate.”

Something to keep in mind during a gaffe-y campaign season.

All about Illinois — If Democrats are going to take back the House, it will happen in the president’s old backyard,where Democrats controlled redistricting. Our colleague Paul Kane reports on the candidates on whom Democrats are pinning their hopes. As Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)--who is facing a tough Democratic challenger--put it, “Their road to Pelosi as speaker is through Illinois redistricting.”

Specter’s Spectre — The suddenly everywhere former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter writes a column in the Post today on judicial recusals. The guy’s a lawyer through and through--we love a column whose arguments start thusly: “Starting with the 17th-century principle from Lord Coke...”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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