What Fresh Hell Is This?

November 9, 2006

An Altmire/Hart Postmortem

From the ever insightful JD Prose:
G. Terry Madonna, the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, cited four factors in Hart's defeat: Hart took the race for granted ("She got caught napping, thinking that there was no way should could lose."); a backlash from voters for her support of Santorum and Bush; conservative Democrats abandoned her after three elections and returned to their party's candidate; and, "She ran into a guy who ran a first-rate campaign."

That guy was Altmire and he was spending Wednesday taking congratulatory calls from Democratic leaders such as soon-to-be Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Congratulations all around.

- Congressman-Elect from PA-4


Anonymous said...

I don't think Missy's prissy reaction to the doughnut incident helped her either.

Sam Drucker said...

When she realized she was in trouble and had to ramp up the campaign, her team didn't handle it well. They overestimated how much calling Altmire a "lobbyist" would mean to the public. When someone they perceive as a "politician" is using the word, it has no impact. That may have meant something if it had come from an outsider. Bringing in Laura Bush may have seemed like a strong move, but it just cemented her as a friend of the Administration, which was deadly in this election.

I loved it when she was pitching a hissy fit about missing Beaver County votes at 11:30, then conceding a half hour later. That kind of demonstrates how messed up her whole operation was.