Turbulent political times can sharpen our awareness of ideas, issues and interests. America's current political mayhem has had the opposite effect. Language has become a victim of our debased public discourse.
Since we last examined the state of these races, there has been movement in both directions. The most dramatic of these has been in Delaware, and the media is slowly picking up on the storyline "Have Republicans peaked too early?".
Why should you care about a small town mayor running for US Senate in Alaska? As we've seen, a single senator from any state, whether next-door or far-flung, can become an almost insurmountable impediment to progress.