Super Lawyers
William C. Altreuter

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It occurs to me that Kathy Hochul was elected to Congress in the most Republican district in New York by running against the Ryan budget proposal. Obviously the dynamic is going to be different in a national race, and of course there are plenty of places that are more right wing than NY26 but I haven't seen anyone else mention it up to now. Frank Rich says that he sees the move as intended to nail down the base rather than a Palin-style grab for a game changer, and I am inclined to agree. Sucks when your base isn't nailed down by August. The timing was also odd. Saturday morning? Not that anybody reads newspapers, but this meant that the Sunday papers were going to miss the story, and that the story was competing with the Olympic closing ceremonies. Couldn't this have waited until after Labor Day? Wouldn't that have made the announcement more "energizing"? I still think that Obama needs to run a perfect campaign if he is going to serve a second term, but I am nevertheless boggled by Romney's approach. Other than rich white guys (and racists) who does he think he is appealing to? Where's his base? Are Southerners really going to turn out for him? The West is a reach-- LDS notwithstanding, does he really think he will carry Nevada? Even Arizona looks like it is in play. I'll grant that he'll carry Texas, but Colorado looks unlikely. Where's he going to gain ground on McCain four years ago?

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