When your campaign signs demonstrate that your overall strategy is to explicitly confuse potential voters about your political party affiliation, your campaign is pretty much over. Renee Ellmers is going to beat Clay Aiken, and Aiken is unlikely to be gracious about it. He’ll be amusingly ungracious about it, though. Which should be fun!
A genuine, newsworthy scenario (Congressman attacks cameraman);
An easily-accessible narrative (Congressman attacks cameraman);
A clear video record (note: two cameras, with footage spliced together);
A hint of scandal (Was the Congressman drinking?);
And a hint of conspiracy (Was the Congressman set up?).
Plus, of course, there’s the barely-veiled outrage that if the Congressman was set up then he was done so in a manner that Left-activists have been trying to do to Right-politicians since George Allen’s so-called ‘macaca’ moment. Republicans have been dealing with this kind of game-playing for four years, now: which is another way of saying that we’ve had four years to learn how to do unto others as they have been enthusiastically doing unto us. Continue reading Day Two of the Etheridge Incident.