Will 2012 be the year of the insider?

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The Hotline: “While one narrative this year has focused on the power of outsiders, the major players in competitive 2012 Senate races are mostly establishment insiders. Among the top GOP recruits: former governors in Hawaii, Virginia and Wisconsin; sitting House members in Arizona, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota; and former House members in Connecticut, Michigan, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, Democrats are hoping for big showings from a former governor in Virginia and sitting House members in Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Highly-touted current and former state attorneys general are running for both parties in North Dakota and Nebraska too. There are some notable exceptions where true outsiders have legitimate pathways to electoral victory (among others: Massachusetts for Democrats, Pennsylvania for Republicans) but by and large, those who already know the game are the ones leading on the scoreboard.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.