Politico’s Obsession With 2018 GOP Recruiting

By NTK Staff | 07.07.2017 @11:56am
Politico’s Obsession With 2018 GOP Recruiting

The publication’s hand-wringing is filling a narrative void instead of covering actual news about GOP recruits…

Politico published yet another story focused on Republican recruiting efforts for the 2018 midterm elections on Thursday. The two-part story is the latest in a series of stories about the same topic.

“Senate GOP recruiting slow-going for 2018,” declared Politico’s headline on Thursday. That story was paired with another, titled, “Senate GOP candidate problems: The rundown,” a more graphically-focused story on the same topic.

About two weeks, earlier, Politico wrote a story with this lede:

Top GOP officials and senators say White House chaos and impulsiveness are crippling efforts to expand the Republican Senate majority in 2018, unraveling long-laid plans and needlessly jeopardizing incumbents.

And back in May, they published a story titled: “Trump meltdown sets off GOP alarms over 2018 midterm.”

As NTK Network has noted in the past, numerous successful 2014 Senate candidates, including Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and David Perdue (R-GA), did not emerge as serious candidates until late in the midterm cycle.

Politico’s obsession with this narrative appears to be more about filling a narrative void in Washington, D.C. than about an actual concern at this point.

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