See, Pompeo is the nation’s top diplomat, yes. But he’s also Republicans’ top recruit for the open seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Roberts (R) next November. And Pompeo likes it that way — so he’s keeping the Senate race on the burner, even while insisting that anyone who asks whether he is planning to run is ridiculous and misguided.
“No change. I think I’ve answered this question. I think this is number 103 or 104 times. My mission set every day when I wake up is incredibly clear. Our task at the State Department is to use all our skill to keep the American people saying, to execute American diplomacy, to make sure that American markets are open for Kansas products all around the world. That’s what I’m focused on. And it’s what I continue, intend to continue to be focused on.”
You’ll notice that isn’t a “no” or an “I’m not running.” It’s just outrage that the question is asked — followed by a non-answer that makes it entirely clear why the question needs to be asked.
Woof. But also not wrong.
The Point: Mike Pompeo is a politician. Politicians run for things. And until Pompeo decides whether he’s running for the Senate, reporters need to keep asking him about it. The Wichita Eagle nailed it.
And that was the week that was in 17 headlines.