The National Journal, not for the first time
, offers a fawning hagiography
of a GOP candidate for statewide office in Arkansas, this time Asa Hutchinson
. Hutchinson is up in the polls and acting like the front-runner. Mike Ross
is a solid candidate but perhaps Democrats need something more than a solid candidate to win statewide these days.
Meanwhile, Hutchinson, running as the generic Republican, has improved as a candidate after three failed bids for statewide office, as Jay Barth t
Jay Barth, chair of the politics department at Hendrix College, thinks there's been a noticeable shift in Hutchinson's approach since his last race in 2006, when he lost to Democratic state Attorney General Mike Beebe, who is term-limited as governor.
"He was a little bit harder-edged guy, a little more obviously ideological than he has been in this race," Barth said.
Asa the smilin' triangulater
, asserting his transparent flip flops with blithe confidence. Point out the b.s. and it slides right off. Who'd have thought? He's gotten slick.
Oft-quoted GOP strategist Clint Reed jokes to NJ that Hutchinson has a "few more gray hairs these days." However, I note, gently, that Hutchinson appears to have some nostalgia for the hair of his youth based on the picture used for his website: