June 14, 2005
How to beat Robert Byrd, Part One
I made the prediction yesterday that West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd can and will lose in 06. It's not foreordained by any stretch of the imagination, but it's definitely possible. I'm going to do this as a multi-parter.
First of all, here's your slogan:
Shelley Moore Capito: Building West Virginia's Legacy for the Future
Here's the thing: if you want to beat Robert Byrd, you can't attack him. The guy's a legend, for good reason: I mean, the man got a Coast Guard Station for a landlocked mountain state!
West Virginia's Coast Guard Station: Your Homeland Security Dollars at Work
You need to put him up on a pedestal, but then politely put it amidst some bronze age statuary. What the Republicans would need to do is emphasize the future. Acknowledge Byrd's legacy for the state, but use that against him: it's the ultimate form of "what have you done for me lately" turned as "what will you be able to do for us in ten years and into the forseeable future?" Talk about the future, and talk about it in the sense of making it happen, rather than what you want it to be for your grandchildren. Byrd's not going to live forever, much as he'll try.Posted by Steve at June 14, 2005 03:21 PM