- He's a loyal Democrat who almost always votes with his party, while still reaching out to Republicans.
- He meets with constituents throughout his district.
- He is in tune with his district.
- He has assembled a strong congressional staff.
- He has a certain star quality.
I will give Tully that Carson is a top-notch politician, which doesn't necessarily translate into being a top-notch legislator. It is much too soon to draw that conclusion. Regardless of his performance, Carson will have an easy ride politically, at least through the next election. Unless Republicans split Marion County down the middle in the next redistricting, the likelihood of Carson facing serious opposition any time in the foreseeable future is slim to none regardless of how good or bad he performs. His grandmother's dismal performance during her long tenure in Congress is proof of that. Gerrymandering has its benefit for incumbents.