Worst nominee since Christine O’Donnell? “We still believe [Mark] Sanford is more likely than not to lose this race and hand Colbert Busch a seat Democrats have no business holding. All three private Democratic polls taken since Sanford’s most recent slide show the race within the margin of error, but none show Sanford ahead. However, according to one pollster, even if Sanford’s favorable ratings have done their best impression of a limbo bar, it’s become difficult for Sanford to alienate any more voters than he already has. As such, we have little choice but to move the race back to the Toss Up column.”

Mark Sanford-Washington Post
Mark Sanford (Washington Post)

Best chance to take back the Senate since the last time they blew it. “Republicans would need to net six seats in 2014 to take control of the upper chamber. Democrats presently hold the Senate 55 to 45, but will be defending 21 seats versus Republicans who will only be defending 14. [Karl] Rove said he’s optimistic the GOP will hold all 14 of its seats, ‘unless a candidate ill-suited for the general election sneaks through the primary.’”

Worst case scenario. “Iran’s plans to take over Syria.”

Best evidence that support for Israel is a litmus test on the right. On Sen. Rand Paul’s trip to Israel: “Paul says the experience had an impact on him. ‘The spirituality of it, the historical relationship with Christianity and Judaism, just the linkage to all the stories of the Bible and just being there, being on the Sea of Galilee, those things are sort of beyond words.’ Being in Israel also developed in him ‘a sense of kinship’ with the people. ‘The one thing I’ve said over and over again is that we should quit sending money to countries that are burning our flag, and that, you know, that’s the one thing I think you’ll never see in Israel is anyone burning our flag.’”

The worst recovery ever. “Productivity in the nonfarm business sector advanced at only a 0.7% annual rate in Q1, and over the past year has increased a mere 0.9%. The longer-run trend in productivity appears exceptionally weak: over the past three years productivity growth has averaged only 0.7%. Readings that low are rarely seen outside of recessions, and there is little reason to expect productivity growth to pick up anytime soon.”

Best news for her lately: John Kerry may be a worse secretary of state. But the fawning continues: “In the sort of appearance destined to fan speculation about her presidential aspirations in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak in Beverly Hills next week at a gala hosted by the Pacific Council on International Policy. The nonpartisan group, which focuses on international affairs, plans to honor Clinton on Wednesday night with its inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award.” (Christopher was a pretty bad secretary of State, too, so maybe it’s appropriate.)

Worst statistic I’ve heard lately. “More people now die of suicide than in car accidents. . . . From 1999 to 2010, the suicide rate among Americans ages 35 to 64 rose by nearly 30 percent, to 17.6 deaths per 100,000 population, up from 13.7.”

Best line in the race so far. Gabriel Gomez on his opponent in the Massachusetts Senate race: “[Rep. Ed Markey's] been a career politician since I was playing Little League baseball in 1976.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.