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Buckeye for Promotion
A 34-year-old GOP star eyes an Ohio Senate seat

Josh Mandel (Jay Laprete/AP)


Mandel’s next big success was his election last year as state treasurer. He collected over 2 million votes — more than any other statewide office seeker, with the exception of Rob Portman, a Republican who won an open Senate seat. Mandel hasn’t had much time to develop a record in this post, though his office has maintained Ohio’s credit ratings, published the salaries of all state employees, and cut its own operating costs. He likes to talk about how he canceled plant-watering contracts, saving taxpayers $2,000.

Although Mandel has never lost a political race, he will discover that the 59-year-old Brown presents a tough challenge. Brown won election to the Senate in 2006, forcing out Republican moderate Mike DeWine. It was his third statewide victory, following a pair of wins in the 1980s, when he was Ohio’s secretary of state. (He ran for a third term in 1990 and lost.) From 1993 until he became a senator, Brown served in Congress, representing the Cleveland area. Earlier this year, National Journal rated Brown as one of ten “most liberal” senators. He voted for Obamacare, but not before expressing disappointment that it didn’t go far enough. He also supported stimulus spending and the Environmental Protection Agency’s bid to regulate greenhouse gases. “Brown is seasoned and he works really hard,” says Greg Lashutka, a former Republican mayor of Columbus and a Mandel supporter. “This will be a close race.”

December 19, 2011    |     Volume LXIII, No. 23

  • It’s Europe vs. the Europeans.
  • It requires blocking the world court’s overreach.
  • Now is no time for more force reductions in Afghanistan.
  • A well-intentioned New Jersey law does more harm than good.
  • China’s experience with high-speed rail provides a cautionary tale.
  • How the EPA is killing America’s energy industry.
  • The Nobel peace committee divides its 2011 prize wisely.
  • Beware Wall Street efforts to reoccupy the Republican party.
  • Why the former Massachusetts governor deserves the GOP nomination
  • A 34-year-old GOP star eyes an Ohio Senate seat
  • The U.S. must settle for nothing less than checkmate.
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Victor Davis Hanson reviews Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War, by Eliot A. Cohen.
  • John Derbyshire reviews The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, by Steven Pinker.
  • Kyle Smith reviews Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson, edited by Jann S. Wenner.
  • Randy Boyagoda reviews The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides.
  • Ross Douthat reviews The Descendants.
  • Richard Brookhiser tours his stores.
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