October 24, 2004

SOMETIMES THE PEN CUTS LIKE JUSTICE:


Daschle Faces Firmly Rooted GOP Rival
: John Thune has become the party's focus in an effort to unseat the Senate minority leader. Their hopes may rest with 'soft Republicans.' (David Kelly, October 24, 2004, LA Times)

Thune, a 43-year-old former U.S. congressman, is battling Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, who is seeking a fourth term. Aside from the presidential contest, some political analysts say, this is the most significant race in the country — one likely to be settled by a thousand votes or less. And it's expected to cost $25 million by the time it's over.

Republicans here and on the national scene are eager to defeat Daschle, a longtime thorn in their side, saying it would be an enormous psychological victory over the Democrats. They have poured money into the state and bombarded the airwaves with commercials claiming the incumbent is two-faced for courting conservatives at home while voting with liberals in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) even traveled to South Dakota last spring to campaign for Thune.

Daschle "seems to have a split personality," said Randy Frederick, who heads the state GOP. "He attacks [President] Bush in Washington, then runs commercials here showing him hugging Bush."

Thune, who ran against U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, a Democrat, in 2002 and lost by 524 votes, said Daschle's effort to woo conservatives was disconcerting.

"He's adopted so many conservative positions that I feel like I'm having a debate with myself," Thune said. "Now he won't even answer whether he's pro-choice or not."

Daschle, 56, was unavailable for comment.


Exquisite.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 24, 2004 11:04 AM
Comments

Seen this yet?

Posted by: Eugene S. at October 24, 2004 11:30 AM

More here.

Posted by: at October 24, 2004 12:10 PM

The Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls, SD's main newspaper, endorsed Bush this weekend. This is especially interesting because that paper has been a staunch backer of Daschle.

Posted by: Joe at October 24, 2004 1:11 PM

LePore's ballot was Democrats confusing Democrats - This looks like an obvious attempt by Democrats (election officials) to confuse Republicans. Cute.

Posted by: JackSheet at October 24, 2004 2:15 PM
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