You read this Roll Call article, and you get the feeling that the author was doing his level best not to laugh at Murphy:
For those without video: it’s an ad that compares what Rep. West and Mr. Murphy were doing on the night of February 16, 2003: West was getting ready to deploy to Iraq, while Murphy was ending a night of bar fights and public intoxication by getting arrested. Hold on, let me preserve a screen shot for posterity:
God, but this business is fun, sometimes.
Anyway: the Murphy campaign is mildly upset about it being pointed out that their guy is a drunken bar brawler, so they hit back by reminding Roll Call that Allen West had to retire from the Army after he got some information out of a jihadi by firing a bullet past the guy’s ear, with the tacit understanding that the next bullet fired would be shifted six inches to one, critically important, side. This is notable for two reasons:
- The Patrick Murphy campaign apparently thinks that Florida voters are going to have a reaction besides West shouldn’t have done that… where he could get caught;
- They had to complain to Roll Call; it was about the only way that they could get a response up handily. You see, the DCCC just cancelled ad buys in FL-18.
In other words: in case you’re wondering what a campaign on a downward trajectory actually looks like, try looking at Patrick Murphy’s.
PS: Allen West for FL-18.