We're starting to think north-central Indiana's 2nd District also deserves a nickname, albeit a less gruesome one.
Consider this: North-central Indiana's congressional representation has changed five times since 1980, and the seat has shifted from one party to the other during each of those transitions.
Republican Jackie Walorski beat Democrat Brendan Mullen by 1.4 percentage points in this year's 2nd District race. Walorski lost by 1.3 percentage points to incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly two years ago.
So, something like "The Indecisive 2nd" might be fitting.
Another consideration is the past three people to claim the seat -- Walorski this year, Donnelly in 2006 and Republican Chris Chocola in 2002 -- were elected two years after running losing campaigns.
So, maybe "The Second-Chance 2nd" would be more appropriate.
We'll see if those trends continue in 2014.
Room for rent?
One of Walorski's campaign strategies during this year's 2nd District race was to paint Mullen as a "D.C. insider."
Mullen grew up in South Bend but left 15 years ago to attend the U.S. Military Academy. He later served five years in the Army and lived in Washington for five years before moving back to his hometown last year.
"Mullen likes Washington, D.C., so much he owns three homes there," a narrator stated in one of Walorski's televised advertisements. Mullen explained those "homes" are rental properties he and his wife own.
We don't know if Mullen has any vacancies available, but wouldn't it be a nice show of bipartisanship if Walorski lived at one of those properties while the next Congress is in session?
Walorski laughed good-naturedly when asked if she would consider it.
"I'm not going to live there (in Washington)," she said. "I'm not going to buy a place there."
State of confusion
Liberal comedian Bill Maher got mixed up last week while celebrating Tuesday's election results.
Maher specifically called out U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri and Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, both of whom troubled their U.S. Senate campaigns with explanations of why they believe abortion shouldn't be allowed in cases of rape.
"They both lost," the comic said. "They lost to Claire McCaskill and Elizabeth Warren up in Massachusetts. And you know what? After all this stupid rape talk, it is refreshing to see women forcing their way into men's seats."
Maher has never concerned himself with being politically correct, but that punchline warrants a correction.
Mourdock lost Indiana's Senate race to Donnelly, another pro-life candidate. Warren won in Massachusetts against Republican Scott Brown -- who, by the way, is pro-choice.
Compiled by Tribune staff writer Kevin Allen.