The Talent profile features this nugget:
Among his Senate colleagues, Talent is known as astute, affable, and intense. He is driven and ambitious, but not splashy or sharp-elbowed. He's a policy wonk who avoids the Sunday talk shows and is rarely found at the center of any Washington media throng.
"He's very steady, reliable, thoughtful and practical," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who often runs into Talent in the evenings at the Capitol Hill gym, where they make plans to go out for buffalo chicken wings at a nearby pizza place. "He's a guy who understands the parameters of what you can accomplish."
Tall and lanky, Talent, who will turn 50 this month, even wins praise from some Democratic colleagues.
In politics, "you see a lot of ceremony and posturing and phony baloney," but there’s none of that pomp with Talent, said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who teamed up with Talent on a transportation initiative. "He’s just very easy to work with."
The following passage is included in the McCaskill profile:
To win, McCaskill must woo rural voters, who sided with Republican Gov. Matt Blunt in 2004 and overpowered her margin in urban areas.
So she’s spending time in places like Springfield and Joplin, Poplar Bluff and Caruthersville. That’s where the radio airwaves are loaded with Republican spots painting her as anti-gun, pro-tax, close to environmentalists and soft on illegal aliens.
"They work very hard at making me Satan's sister,"; she quips.