06 May 2013

Note for the seminar: your texts don't do a very good job of pointing out why national party influence in a local campaign isn't always a good idea.  Chances are virtually 100% that *no one* in the DNC even dreamt that a tie-in to Nancy Pelosi would actually effect the race!

Ann Althouse on the Sanford/Colbert Busch campaign
Money quote: "

"At one recent campaign stop, Sanford debated a cardboard Pelosi cut-out..."

"... calling the California Democrat a stand-in for Colbert Busch. The theatrics drew widespread ridicule, but Sanford’s aides say the publicity it generated helped drive attention to the Republican’s message."
Ridicule is one form of publicity. Sanford's connection of Colbert Busch to Pelosi seems to have worked:
The new poll... found that the percentage of voters who view Colbert Busch unfavorably has grown 13 percent in the past two weeks — from 31 percent to 44 percent. Pelosi’s poll numbers in the district are miserable: Just 24 percent of voters approve of her performance and 61 percent disapprove.
From the comments:
What he (Sanford) did was more like an extended lunch hour for Teddy. Remember the waitress sandwiches with Chris Dodd?

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