The news that former congressman and President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget director Rob Portman might run for Senate in Ohio is lighting up conservatives like nothing since Sarah Palin shot sparkles from her eyes. Hugh Hewitt:
This is an easy call for GOP supporters across the country. Rob Portman is smart, experienced, a skilled communicator and an exceptional candidate … Judging by the reaction to the Georgia run-off, most center-right voters want to start working now to return balance to D.C.
Even assuming, as is popular on talk radio, that the re-election of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) was the first nail in the Democrats’ coffins, Georgia is not Ohio. The Ohio GOP has been getting pummeled since 2005. Forget that President-elect Barack Obama improved on Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 numbers to win the state in November: the Republicans lost a total of four House seats in 2006 and 2008 to white populist Democrats. Former Hillary-lander Phil Singer is probably right about the pre-emptive demolition job that Democrats will try to do on a man who worked in Bush’s economic shop.