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  •  And Apologize She Should (3+ / 0-)
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    James Earl, stilwell, Monique Radevu

    That was really, really dumb.

    I can't believe it made NYT and WaPo, though.  They sure are desperate for news that makes good Dems look bad, huh?

    DTH

    •  SCLM (5+ / 0-)

      I remember a Republican gaffe in 1992 in Washington state. Patty Murray was running for the first time for Senate, and her Republican opponent was a sitting Congressman. I couldn't find the whole article, thanks to NYT restrictions, but here's the abstract:

      http://select.nytimes.com/...

      Near the end of an otherwise ordinary debate here recently, Representative Rod Chandler, the Republican candidate for the open United States Senate seat in Washington, did something extraordinary: He started singing. "Dang me, dang me, they ought to take a rope and hang me," Mr. Chandler, a five-term Congressman...

      I think it was a Roger Miller song. It was the most bizarre thing you ever saw. After that (I was a low level field op) the word came down: "We've got it in the bag."

      I guess my point is that gaffes can wreck a campaign, and this Hamsher thing walked perilously close to being a major gaffe. Since it's not the candidate, Lamont should not be harmed egregiously, but with five days to go Hamsher should get on a plane and head back west.

    •  it's news (6+ / 0-)

      We have a target on our backs, like it or not.  The NRSC is digging at the comment-level looking to highlight "crazy left" posts, even if they're troll-rated.

      Fair?  Maybe not.  Politics?  You betcha.

      Jane was doin' what she does, but she hurt the race with this action, unquestionably.  If Lieberman mentions it in a press conference, it's news.  Everyone has to know that their comments could end up on a front page somewhere.  Seriously.  So bear that in mind.

      D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

      by dday on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 10:36:04 PM PDT

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      •  And I'm wondering (2+ / 0-)
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        Whether to even bring it up, but it's kind of hard to ignore when the SCLM is covering it. Especially in WaPo.

        All sorts of things happen in campaigns. A congressional campaign I was volunteering on once got a lot of bad press for "push polling" because a volunteer phone banker decided to lie about where she was calling from (campaign HQ.) This was in the early days of caller ID, and the recipient of the call went straight to the press. It wasn't a push polling effort, it was an ID effort and the campaign took days of hits for it.

        At any rate, this incident should not damage Lamont all that much, but in this new world of blogging (as you suggest) everyone has to use their heads. And the pressure and stress at the end of campaigns is enormous. I'll take back my suggestion that Hamsher get on a plane, but they should definitely send her to parts of the state away from the candidate and let her glad-hand local activists or something, away from the media. I would hope she would stick to kitten pictures from here on out.

        •  I found (2+ / 0-)
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          her mea culpa to be not a little defensive.

          Republicans clearly think they've found their "You don't need papers for voting" moment, and expect the outrage to grow and grow and grow.  But this is a Democratic primary.  All Ned Lamont has to do is say "Why are Republicans so interested in getting Joe Lieberman re-elected?"  Which is what Jane said, too, but she's not in the position to make that statement right now.

          If this is played right, it could end up shooting Joe in the foot.  If Ned Lamont can be criticized for his supporters, Joe can be as well.

          Regardless, it's news.  In our sad day and age of American politics, this ranks as news.

          D-Day, the newest blog on the internet (at the moment of its launch)

          by dday on Wed Aug 02, 2006 at 10:50:09 PM PDT

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    •  any excuse to smack down those (2+ / 0-)
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      who challenge the traditional media .. we're it ..

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