July 29, 2005


GOP puts up first Senate campaign ad (WILL LESTER, 7/28/05, Associated Press)

The ad shows a picture of Byrd as a brown-haired young man with a bow tie and a fiddle under his chin that alternates with a picture of the white-haired senator, who is now 87. Byrd entered the Senate in 1958 and is in his eighth term.

"Byrd voted for soldiers in the 50s, but he voted against body armor in the war on terror. Back then, he stood with working families ... today he votes for higher taxes for the middle class." The first claim refers to a 2003 bill providing money for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the second refers to Byrd's votes against President Bush's proposed tax cuts. [...]

Byrd hasn't formally announced he will run for re-election, though aides say they expect him to run. The GOP field is uncertain, though Republican activists hope Rep. Shelly Moore Capito challenges Byrd.

Ah, the D'Amato strategy. If you you have the guts to stick to it you win.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 29, 2005 9:54 PM


Normally, you'd have a point, but West Virginia is our 2d oldest state, behind only Florida. More importantly, the elderly in West Virginia are poor and accustomed to having Old Sheets dole out the Federal dollars.

Moore-Capito could run the world's best campaign, be spot on the issues with West Virginia opinion, Robert Byrd could be dragged around the State on a respirator and receiving fellatio from a 5 year old Black boy and still win 70-30.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 11:36 AM


Don't be surprised if he withdraws rather than run a hard campaign he's going to lose.

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2005 12:42 PM

Byrd could resign after he wins another term and the Democratic governor could appoint a younger person who wouldn't have to face an election for another six years.

Posted by: erp at July 30, 2005 5:02 PM

A law school classmate, Brent Benjamin, a first time candidate, upset a very well known Suprememe Court democrat last November. I believe the first GOPer to beat an incumbent Dem ever for the S/C. We all know that the President has won twice. W Va. is turning. The only question is if it is turning fast enough to beat Byrd this year. In any event it won't be 70/30.

Posted by: Bob at July 30, 2005 6:39 PM

In the State Houses the Democrats have a 59-41 and a 24-10 advantage respectively. All things being equal, it is a serious uphill fight for any Republican.

Against Robert Byrd, without whom West Virginia would have no economy, it is well nigh impossible.

Posted by: bart at July 31, 2005 10:26 AM

State house elections aren't statewide.

Bush carried it easily and Byrd is polling under 50% even before they make him look like the crypt-keeper. He's this year's Jim Bunning.

Posted by: oj at July 31, 2005 10:37 AM

They need to get more pictures of Sheets hobbling along on both canes.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 2, 2005 12:43 AM