Boomlet Fizzles

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's narrow victory in his runoff election damaged the national media bloomlet for state Rep. Joe Carr, running against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander. The defeat by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is now being dismissed by the likes of Politico as an outlier and that Alexander and other incumbents are safe.

The New York Times had a reporter in state doing an extensive take-out on Carr's race against Alexander in anticipation of Cochran's possible ouster in Mississippi last week. Reporting included interviews with a wide variety of people, including legislators who have endorsed Carr over Alexander.

But Cochran pulled off the win, with Democratic votes, which undercut Carr's narrative. The story ran instead that Carr and tea party groups in state remain hopeful despite Cochran's victory, along with a wrap-up of Alexander's efforts to lock down the support of every Republican establishment figure in the state—party chairs, congressmen, etc. Alexander has also announced endorsements by Newt Gingrich, Arthur Laffer, and Mike Huckabee.