August 5, 2005


Byrd seems to think he has a problem: His early ads betray a sense of vulnerability (Don Spurber. 8/04/05, Charleston Daily Mail)

It is barely August and already the ad war for the U.S. Senate campaign has begun. The election isn't until November.

Wait. I just checked my calendar. That's November 2006.

Holy cow. A full 15 months before the election, the eight-term senator feels compelled to run ads to offset last week's ads by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The eyes of television sales managers across the state just lit up. Anyone want to help me open a Maserati dealership?

Not since Jay Rockefeller spent $12 million to get to the Senate 21 years ago has West Virginia had a hotly contested Senate race. Before that, voters had to go back to 1958 to find a true Senate race. [...]

Byrd has not had a good four years. After his re-election in 2000, Byrd feinted left rather than right.

Rather than work with the first Republican first-termer to win the state in 72 years, Byrd became the Bush administration's leading critic.

Five days into the Bush administration, Byrd was railing against a tax cut that frankly saved the economy following the Sept. 11th attack.

Meanwhile, the state was zagging to the Right.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 5, 2005 9:01 AM
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