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Shulman’s platform seems to be within conventional Democratic bounds for 2008: anti-wiretapping, pro-choice, and in favor of a “rapid and responsible withdrawal” from Iraq. He sides with big labor on trade (“I firmly oppose all NAFTA style trade deals, including Peru”) and card-check legislation. On no issue does he stray noticeably from the party.
SHULMAN’S CAMPAIGN did not respond to repeated interview requests from TAS — and, really, with the New Yorker and Time in the bag, why risk it? But I did have the opportunity to exchange e-mails with Carrie James, regional spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
I asked the basics. Will the DCCC upgrade Shulman from “Emerging Races” to “Red to Blue,” which implies a funding commitment? Why don’t Democrats target a very conservative Republican right outside New York City more aggressively? How is it that Garrett survives?
James didn’t answer those questions directly. She instead touted Shulman’s “powerful personal story,” fundraising gains and grassroots campaigning as reasons that Garrett is running “scared.”
The evidence proffered was a Garrett fundraising letter citing recent GOP special-election defeats in normally very Republican districts. “For the first time in Congressman Garrett’s political career, he is being held accountable for his extremist record in Congress,” James wrote, in language that might rankle 2006 challenger Paul Aronsohn.
Relentless pumping of a longshot candidate with a great personal story is routine stuff in both parties. But it highlights the ironic relationship here. Had the DCCC managed this race more heavily, we’d likely see another guy in a suit taking on Garrett. But it wrote the Fifth off, opening the door to a blind rabbi psychoanalyst with expertise in the Book of Genesis.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online