Expanding the playing field. “In 2006 and again in 2008, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, under the stewardship of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, expanded the Democratic playing field into red and purple states through savvy candidate recruitment. . . . In recent months, Republicans have adopted Schumer’s playbook, expanding the playing field beyond a handful of swing states. The GOP has recruited solid candidates in Michigan and Virginia, and if Scott Brown jumps into the race, Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen could face a tough challenge in New Hampshire.”

**FILE** In this Sept. 15, 2008 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain speaks at a rally at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/ Don Burk, pool, file) Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) (Don Burk/Associated Press)

Adding to the bridge scandal’s fallout, one favorite of the main stream media is back attacking faux journalism. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.):”I would suggest that maybe, just maybe, some of us who have a little suspicion might think that there’s a real double standard. Chris Christie held people responsible who carried out what was obviously an abuse of power. Hillary Clinton has never taken responsibility, even though the intelligence committee, the Republican part of the report, named her specifically.”

Magnifying the Democrats’ problems is the president’s political deterioration. “With the movement of the president’s job approval numbers into the low 40s, the Democrats’ Senate odds would deteriorate considerably. Things should look dire for Democrats in the three open seats in red states, as well as for the four “red state” Democratic incumbents (Mark Pryor, Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu, and Mark Begich). Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado and Virginia should look pretty rough, and Oregon, Michigan and Minnesota could be truly competitive.”

Inflating the deal to claim a diplomatic victory, huh? “Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Wednesday said the White House is overstating the concessions it won in the six-month nuclear deal with Tehran, saying that in the agreement, ‘we did not agree to dismantle anything.’ ” Yet Majority Leader Harry Reid  (Nev.) refuses to bring sanctions legislation to the floor.

Increasing Iran’s wealth means even less chance for a meaningful restriction on its nuclear weapons program. “Iran’s economy is showing early signs of recovery. In its recently-released Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank projects that Iran’s real 2014 GDP is expected to grow by 1.0 percent after a recession in 2012 and 2013. The Iranian economy is further projected to grow by 1.8 percent in 2015 and another 2.0 percent in 2016.”

Widening the media’s gaze may mean that lots and lots of “bullies” will be spotted. “New York City’s changing of the guard is complete and citizens of the cultural capital of America awoke on Wednesday morning to a disturbing revelation: Theirs is now a city run by a mayor bent on political vengeance against his perceived enemies.” (Read the whole amusing takedown of media hypocrisy.)

Enlarging the collection of journalists formally on the White House payroll. “Obama Administration Picks Up Another Journalist.”