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    I love how rethugs are afraid to run against a sick guy because they can't pick on him without looking like asses. The comment by the "republican operative" in the post shows one thing that's revelatory: it never crossed their minds that they could run strictly on issues. No, if a rethug is going to run, it has to be by the rove playbook, where you slander your opponent until the voters give up. There would be nothing wrong with a rethug candidate standing up and saying "with all due respect, I disagree and here are my positions." Nobody would call that "picking on a sick guy," would they? But never mind, because common decency in a political campain is unthinkable to them.

    "I didn't have good intelligence!"

    by el fuego on Fri Mar 30, 2007 at 11:55:43 AM PDT

    •  Picking on a sick guy (0+ / 0-)

      I think Republican fear is so overblown in this case that it may be a smokescreen.  El fuego is right:  a purely issues-based campaign could be very effective.

      After the death of Paul Wellstone, Norm Coleman  suspended his campaign for a few days, "out of respect".  I.e., in a crafty move of political jujitsu, he spent several days on every TV station in the state, campaigning by talking about not campaigning.

      That's the kind of sneaky but effective spin at which Republicans excel.  Make no mistake:  If Senator Johnson is not fully recovered a year from now, that seat will be in danger.

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