CARSON CITY, Nev.—Not far from Lake Tahoe, just around the corner from the Comstock Casino, within two miles of no fewer than nine trailer parks, is a resort owned by a U.S. senator.
It bills itself as a resort, anyway.
Democrat Sen. Mark Begich’s home state of Alaska is proudly not of the mainland. “Outsider” is a political epithet in Alaska, one Begich has used against Republican challenger (and former state attorney general) Dan Sullivan.
Something peculiar has happened. As I write, none of the Republican candidates for Senate has become a public embarrassment. On the contrary: For the first time in a decade, it is the Democratic candidates, not the Republican ones, who are fodder for late-night comics. That the Democrats are committing gaffes and causing scandals at a higher rate than Republicans not only may be decisive in the battle for the Senate. It could signal a change in our politics at large.