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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…

Sen. Mitch McConnell

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.