August 30, 2004

THUS PASSES THE FILIBUSTER (via John Resnick):

DEM DASCHLE SEEKS BUSH BOOST; AD FEATURES 'HUG' (Drudge Report, 8/30/04)

How bad has it gotten for Democrats at summer's end: A paid TV advertisement from Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, President Bush's top congressional foe, features the South Dakotan hugging and embracing President Bush!

While Democrat party officials of all stripes decend on New York City to blast the president, Daschle has quietly purchased air time in his home state for the minute-long campaign commerical -- a commerical insiders have dubbed: "Bush Hug."

Daschle faces a tough campaign against South Dakota Republican challanger John Thune.

"This is delightful!" laughed one republican official in New York on Monday morning. "Senator Daschle now concedes supporting the president can score him votes in the fall!"


So when the President flies in and says he needs John Thune in the Senate, what's left for Mr. Daschle to say in response?

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2004 1:26 PM
Comments

If history is any guide the voters of SD will fall for this and reelect Daschle. Unless Thune and Bush go all out to show Daschle is not the conservative Dem he portrays himself in SD.

Posted by: AWW at August 30, 2004 1:33 PM

"what's left for Mr. Daschle to say in response"

He will say that he is "very, very, very concerned about President Bush's actions. Yes and very, very saddened. Saddened and concerned. Concerned that he would act in such a partisan manner, when our national security is at stake."

Posted by: h-man at August 30, 2004 2:40 PM

We'll see if Bush actually flies in and says that.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at August 30, 2004 2:51 PM

h-man:

Don't leave out "troubled."

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at August 30, 2004 4:26 PM

Maybe Daschle mistook GWB for Michael Moore?

Posted by: AC at August 30, 2004 5:57 PM

"So what does Daschle say when Bush comes in and says he needs John Thune in the Senate"

Tom goes home to his lovely wife Linda and says "Honey, do you think your boss would be interested in hiring a former Senate Majority Leader to help lobby for him?"

Seriously though, I don't think it'll come to that, I suspect that they might be leaving Daschle in because if he leaves either Schumer or Corzine take over the leadership roll and I think Frist prefers beating Daschle around the way a cat plays with a nearly-dead mouse.

Posted by: MarkD at August 30, 2004 8:38 PM

MarkD:
No -- you take down Daschle, increase your majority in the Senate, and put Schumer and Corzine on notice that it can happen to them too.

Posted by: jd watson at August 30, 2004 9:46 PM

Even if Daschle survives, if the Dems lose more than one or two seats, Schumer or Corzine may push to dump him as minority leader, with the rationale that he hasn't been confrontational enough.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 31, 2004 12:19 AM

Corzine won't stay to be one of the 40.

Posted by: oj at August 31, 2004 12:27 AM

And Schumer would be a great target for attacks. An ultra-liberal, obnoxious obstructionist from NY ? That's worth a lot of votes elsewhere in the country.

Posted by: Peter at August 31, 2004 3:39 AM

Schumer has $$$/ethics problems (charging for personal travel, etc.) that would be in the press more if he were in a close race. The Post has been slamming him, but will still get at least 58-60% and maybe more. However, these issues will hurt him on the national stage. He is more than an ultra-liberal; he is a prima donna, permanently shunted to 2nd place by his junior senator.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 1, 2004 4:22 PM
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