Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Foot In the Mouth - Affliction of Politicians
- "When strategists for the two political parties began handicapping the battle for the Senate earlier this year, nobody put Virginia on the charts of likely switchers. Republican Sen. George Allen was looking at the reelection contest as a tune-up for a likely 2008 presidential campaign.
- Democrats were looking elsewhere to find the six seats they needed to take control.
- A series of missteps that began with Allen’s now-famous "macaca" comment and that include question about of his Jewish ancestry and attitudes about race turned the state into a battleground. But as little as 10 days ago, some Republicans were beginning to believe Allen had regained his footing and was beginning to move into a clear lead.
- Now, with six days left until Election Day, Virginia has again moved decisively onto the list of potential takeovers for the Democrats, appearing at least as ripe for the picking as Missouri and perhaps slightly more so than Tennessee.