For a public official who keeps saying she's tired of politics encroaching on education, "Republican" Supt. Jennifer McCormick has exhibited a curious propensity to do the opposite, as was the case with her endorsement of Jonathan Weinzapfel in the attorney general's race. A Democratic operative noted my "snarky" observation on this. My suspicion, given the ongoing under-performance of Woody Myers' gubernatorial campaign, is that the McCormick nod is going to be a highlight of what is a historic missed opportunity this fall for the Indiana Democratic Party. The party does not appear to be poised to make many meaningful gains in its super minority General Assembly caucuses. Its best chance for a significant pickup appears to be Christina Hale's 5th CD campaign, if she can overcome the anemic Myers campaign and induce some serious ticket splitting. - Brian A. Howey, publisher