Best of the Web Today: So God Made a Lawyer - WSJ.com: "Iowa's Sen. Tom Harkin, a popular left-wing Democrat, announced early last year that he'll retire at the end of his fifth term. Elected in 1984, Harkin is now the sixth most senior senator, and the most senior junior senator--a 21st-century Fritz Hollings. Iowa's senior senator, Republican Chuck Grassley, was elected in 1980 and won a sixth term in 2010. At age 80, he's the second oldest member of Congress's upper chamber, after California's Dianne Feinstein.
Most observers believe Democrats are likelier than not to hold the Harkin seat. Vulpine prognosticator Nate Silver put the odds at 75%, meaning "lean Democratic but with a plausible GOP pick-up." While Republicans face a crowded primary in June, the Democratic field is clear for Rep. Bruce Braley. But the other day Braley went to Texas and made a little unintentional news."
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