November 5, 2004
By Bill Kraus
A flawed opponent is still the political gods' greatest gift.
Poor losers almost always blame the voters.
It is still possible for outsiders and their money to hijack campaigns, particularly at the lower level where the candidates' resources are more easily overwhelmed.
The hired guns at the front line of the campaign industry are wedded to attack campaigns, and the more personal the better. They contend that these campaigns work. This, of course, will continue to be true until and unless someone rejects their advice and tries something more civil and idea-based.
The partisans of both stripes continue to be surprised that they are not admitted to campaign events featuring the candidates of the opposite persuasion. It is hard to believe that they have not noticed that these audiences are props for the larger, wider audience that the TV coverage of the event will reach. Since TV would naturally be drawn to dissonance and controversy during these scripted shows, any possible source of either of the above is barred at the door.
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