Shecky Greene campaigns put a premium on communicating early because they want to be on TV or in the mailbox first. They mistakenly believe that there’s persuasive value in beating their opponent to making “first contact” with the voter. They also tend to lose a lot.
An arcane fight over music copyrights will be waged in the House Judiciary committee, pitting consumers against the record companies. Presiding over it all? Rep. Bob Goodlatte. How he handles this issue will tell us whether he and his colleagues have taken the lessons of Eric Cantor’s defeat to heart.