Elijah Cummings: Up. You'd think if the Baltimore congressman was going to run for Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat, he'd have announced it by now, but a couple of events in the last week could push him into the race. First was a Washington Post poll confirming what he's been saying all along, which is that he would be the front-runner the second he declared (The Post has him at 33 percent compared to 20 percent each for Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen). The second was the Benghazi hearing, in which he was the chief pugilist for the Democrats, allowing Hillary Clinton to sit, Cheshire Cat-like, and enjoy the scene. That kind of thing sure doesn't hurt your standing among Democratic primary voters.