He’s smart and charismatic, and he has a compelling story. He understands politics.
He’s also picked a great opponent. In politics, people are more motivated by hate than love, and, well, there’s not a lot of people whose name don’t begin with Exxon or end in Mobil with Inhofe on their Valentine’s list. Inhofe’s ‘definite re-elect’ numbers are in the pits.
I spent some time around Jerry McNerney when he took on Pombo. Bless his heart, he had a lot of wonderful qualities, but Rice strikes me as a better public speaker and campaigner.
Here’s my prediction: Rice will make it competitive. Then this race is going to get nationalized.