How to Turn a Campaign Around

Simple. Create a diversion:

Suddenly, macaca, Jewish heritage and racial slurs are yesterday’s news. Look through Virginia’s newspapers, look even at the partisan blogs that relish hitting Sen. George Allen as hard as they can: The feeding frenzy has subsided. The waters seem almost calm again.

The Allen campaign must be, as the senator’s ancestors might have put it, kvelling (Yiddish for bursting with pride.) Without going through the ritual Oprah-style confessional purification, Allen and his strategists have managed to steer attention away from his awful few weeks and back onto far more comfortable turf for the one-term senator who still harbors hopes of becoming president.

We argued this on the right side of the blogosphere how Allen’s two-minute advertisement just before 8:00pm turned the election around as Webb was beset by his remarks on women in the military.

It worked, as announced.

Back to issues, the DSCC is trying desperately to change the subject back to racism, Bush, anything. But Allen has both the money and the persona (and the support of a Republican Virginia) to push home.

All the rounds are fired. Webb has to do it the old fashioned way, and I don’t think he has the grassroots or the momentum to make it happen in four weeks.

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5 Responses to How to Turn a Campaign Around

  1. BDM says:

    It would certainly seem that way. With poll numbers showing a strong Allen lead, I think the worst may be over. As long as he doesn’t say anything else before the end of the campaign season, then he should be alright.

  2. Jonathan Mark says:

    “””the senator’s ancestors might have put it, kvelling (Yiddish for bursting with pride.)”””

    Actually, Jews in North Africa never spoke Yiddish. Given the last name, Lambroso, it is likely that the Senator’s ancestors spoke a Jewish dialect of Spanish called Ladino.

    The language still survives, but just barely, to this day in Turkey and other places where Sephardic Jews live.

  3. Peter LaMarca says:

    bdm – “As long as he doesn’t say anything else before the end of the campaign season, then he should be alright.”

    Yes. George should avoid all talking that’s not rigidly scripted.

    Listen, I’ve got exactly TWO people who speak for me in the US Senate. I expect, no demand, that they both are able to speak on their own for five minutes without embarrasing themselves, Virginia, or the United States in general.

  4. James Atticus Bowden says:

    The Senator needs to be able to say ‘Aye’ and ‘Nay’. If he says Aye and Nay at the right times, all is good. Anything else is gravy.

  5. Duke Daddy says:

    “The Senator needs to be able to say ‘Aye’ and ‘Nay’.”

    That reminds me of Strom Thurmond in his final years. That’s about all he could do. They’d wheel him in to vote, tell him to say ‘aye’ or ‘nay’, and he did it.

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