Here's a great article in the Times (h/t to Oldswede) that profiles Jim Himes and his recent victory. It's a good introduction to Jim for those who don't know a lot about him, and there were even a few things I hadn't known.
Mr. Carlson warned that Mr. Himes could turn out to surprise people, not only in his district but in Washington. There was that time, he said, a winter or two ago, when Mr. Himes fell through thin ice while skating. But he had two screwdrivers in his pocket to pull himself up — just in case.OK, I'll admit that's a little bit weird. I'm not questioning Jim's judgment, but if I thought the ice would be thin enough that I brought two screwdrivers with me in case I had to claw my way out of the cold water, I'd probably wait a few days for the weather to turn colder. He must have REALLY wanted to skate that day!
“In the classic Jim way, he was completely prepared,” Mr. Carlson said. “He’s confident, resourceful, but pushing the edge. He loves to push the edge.”
When Jim goes to D.C. as a freshman Congressman during a financial crisis, he'll certainly be skating on thin ice for a while. But fortunately for us, Jim is armed with the right tools to help Congress claw its way out of the economic mess we're in.