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CA-36 and the Worst Ad Ever

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Like many people, I generally dislike campaign ads. But I’ve never seen anything as over-the-top despicable as this campaign ad Turn Right USA recently released, accusing Democratic candidate Janice Hahn (of California’s 36th District) of spending taxpayer money on gang members and I don’t know what all.

CHRIS PUMMER: I don’t think there’s any sort of communication fail here. It couldn’t really be more obvious what ad is trying to say, which is what makes it disgusting. Continue reading

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Comeback Candidate: Sanford or Spitzer?

AKIE BERMISS: Last week Molly posed the question: Spitzer or Sanford. Which of the two will be able to turn around and comeback to politics first? I’m no campaign strategist, but I think it comes down to simple question of efficacy, marketability, and boundaries. To me, those are two different kinds of disgrace. One takes you out of the game for a couple of seasons. The other takes you off the team for good.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Intuitively, I’d think Akie is correct. However… this poll, which has Mark Sanford’s approval rating at 55 percent in South Carolina, and Sanford’s refusal to rule out a return to politics, provides the latest example of social conservatives accepting “Do as I say, not as I do” from their leaders. Continue reading

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Toomey Or Not Toomey

CHRIS PUMMER: While Pennsylvanians have strong strains of conservatism, they are overall moderate and pragmatic. Patt Toomey appears to be neither of those thing, preferring instead to brand himself as an extreme conservative ideologue.

Chris’s analysis of Pennsylvania is spot-on. But that is merely the playing field, and other dynamics point to Pat Toomey having a far better shot than he typically would- in 2010, Toomey may indeed have a friend in Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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