Scalise’s broad mission, he told CQ Roll Call, is “to help move leadership to a more conservative place.”

And while that could easily be the stated goal of every RSC chairman, Scalise now has an even bigger task before him: offering the American voting public a glimpse of what kind of policy Congress could send to the president’s desk if only there were a Republican Senate to help.

David Duval’s brief tenure at the claims facility has become one of the latest targets in British oil giant BP’s push to create the perception that the settlement program is rife with conflicts and wrongdoing on the part of its own staff, claimants and trial lawyers who sniffed out an easy payday after the 2010 oil spill.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...