The ability of any American to run for office, and even get elected, can be attested to by looking at the South Carolina Democratic Senatorial Primary. Alvin Greene, a no name, no money, no experience, no web site, no yard signs, nobody won the primary and will be the Democratic candidate for Senator in November. Nothing to know, nothing to dislike is one theory of his victory. Of course, he will face Jim DeMint…so his chances are less than slim but he did win the primary.
Those kinds of stories are rare and even less likely when the candidate is a previously defeated, scandal plagued, infomercial huckster. Plenty to know, plenty to…well, I think you get my drift. But, this is America! Any citizen, meeting the age and other requirements who is not a felon can run for office. Getting elected…now, that is another story.
Children believe in stories of magic and amazing outcomes, they are called fairy tales. Throw some magic beans out the window and POOF! A goose that lays golden eggs is in your future! Desire to go to the ball and VOILA! A fairy godmother appears and little mice sew you a beautiful gown and a pumpkin becomes a carriage! Make the story full of villains and evil, cast a bad guy and a hero, throw in a sweet damsel to the mix. Oh, how sweet. How wonderful. How not true…or even close.
In the real world, facts cannot be dismissed with soaring rhetoric and highly charged words. Eventually, the truth will be seen and reality must set in. Data is what it is, cold and hard but true. Wishing on a star will not make your poll numbers increase. And, I’m sorry Virginia but…
Speaking of poll numbers….the results are in and according to the Hayworth campaign, the big poll that really matters…Rasmussen, says JD is toast. Really dry, burnt toast.
Arizona Senate – Republican Primary
|Poll||Date||Sample||McCain (R)||Hayworth (R)||Spread|
|RCP Average||6/22 – 7/21||–||56.7||27.3||McCain +29.4|
|Rasmussen Reports||7/21 – 7/21||595 LV||54||34||McCain +20|
|Behavior Research Center||6/30 – 7/11||LV||64||19||McCain +45|
|Magellan Strategies (R)||6/22 – 6/22||1139 LV||52||29||McCain +23|
This poll has been out for a few days now. And while I was very excited, not surprised but excited, to see it …I didn’t want to rub it in. Really. I thought, maybe JD will get it and decide to “spend more time with his family”. Maybe those around him who value his “style” will realize how damaging this campaign is to his future and maybe theirs, too. Being a two-time loser hurts badly and basically eliminates any chance of a future race. LOSER is a title no one wants to be stuck with. Voter confidence in the candidate’s ability to win is essential…this is not how to get there. The talk now is not “if” JD will lose but just how badly he will lose. Falling personal stock is not good for one’s future earning ability.
But, apparently the delusional mindset of Team Hayworth persists. After the debates, JD’s TV and radio ads, the man-horse marriage thing, the no war declaration on Germany fiasco, the birther episode, his “buyer beware“ video, and after everyone had a really good opportunity to be reminded of why JD achieved the nickname of ”Foghorn Leghorn” and got to see his “bully” act live via the debates….we have a measure of the public response.
SO…here it is. What Rachel Alexander, of Team Hayworth, called a “realistic” poll. For the third straight time, a poll shows Senator McCain ahead of JD by 20+ points. With early ballots in mailboxes and election day just a few weeks away, it is time to admit it. This one will not end “happily ever after” for Team Hayworth, it is time to say…THE END.