Alabama’s Richard Shelby, still energetic at age 81, is not on many conservatives’ lists of “worst Republican senators,” much less a list of obviously vulnerable ones. But challenger Jonathan McConnell offers at least the potential to be a real, and rare, conservative superstar.

McConnell’s company, Meridian Global Consulting, is among a class of “private maritime security companies” that receive the lion’s share of credit, in numerous publications (including The Economist), for virtually ending East African piracy altogether.

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But does that experience, and his experience as a Marine captain outside Fallujah, make him the right guy to be a U.S. Senator?

Trying very hard to be even-handed, I profiled this race — the primary is March 1 — for this week’s print edition of The Weekly Standard, here.



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