I am anticipating the reemergence of former Congresswoman Heather Wilson. Monday she will announce her candidacy for the US Senate unless I am totally wrong. I am trying to anticipate the new Heather. What will she be like after her post primary loss a few years back to the extreme right wing of the republican party? Will she become one of them? She herself is guilty of supporting the bush/cheney team for 8 years, but that didn't see her turn into a looney tunes character like Congressman Steve Pearce.
In her last year in congress Wilson was the queen of earmarks. She sponsored or cosponsored over $85 million in earmarks. She never met an earmark she didn't like according to one friend of mine. Now, if my guessing is right, she will come out as a extremist on the federal budget. Will any member of the press call her on this? Will the Journal send an inquisitive reporter to followup on this? Maybe Thomas Cole could go? Deep down he still is a real reporter. Maybe the veteran reporter/editor John Robertson could take some time off the desk and go do what he did so well for so many years. Real insightful political reporting.
Earmarks are actually okay with me most of the time. In dollar terms they are large but in percentage of budget they are small. But earmarks have been a rallying cry for ultra conservatives and we will see if Wilson joins the battle.