Saturday, August 19, 2006

Allen Flap May Give A Boost To Webb

Sure the macaca flap helps. What also helps? Having such low expectations set for your candidacy that it actually might not be that hard to exceed in this Post article today. How can he not exceed such expectations as these:
A week of national headlines -- none good for Allen -- has the potential to change the Virginia campaign from a Democratic long shot to one that could help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate next year, political analysts said. But only if Webb, who has struggled in his first run for office, can translate the temporary boost into lasting momentum.

Democratic activists across the state have complained for weeks that Webb hasn't been visible enough, was slow in hiring staff and had limited knowledge about many issues. In a debate last month, Allen forced Webb to admit he did not know about the future shipping terminal at Craney Island in Portsmouth.
Republicans say he can't win, regardless of Allen's recent remarks.

"Webb doesn't have his policy ducks in a row, and he doesn't have his campaign ducks in a row," said Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R-Fairfax). "Is Allen running a perfect campaign? No, or we wouldn't be having this conversation. But they certainly know how to run a campaign."

Dick Wadhams, Allen's campaign manager, said: "The fundamentals of this race have not changed, which are the Democrats have a candidate who is incapable of taking a position on any issue."
Can anyone think of a political candidate in recent years who actually benefited from having expectations set so low? Yeah, I think if we thought real hard, we might come up with one...