Looks like outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has adopted that new kind of politics made famous in the successful campaign of his party’s 2008 presidential nominee:
Last week, Internet ads started appearing on conservative Web sites attacking Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle. A group calling itself the “Patriot Majority” — replete with a logo of a Minuteman holding a musket — declared Angle “Nevada’s WORST legislator!” and a “professional politician” who is in the pocket of Wall Street. An attack from Tea Party detractors on the right? Quite the opposite. The Patriot Majority was formed by a former spokesman for Sen. Harry Reid and is funded by organized labor. Why would Reid supporters use a faux Tea Party group to attack his opponent? It gets to the heart of Reid’s reelection strategy. To win, he must divide the Republican nominee from her electoral base.
Well, running a nasty campaign is easier than running on your record. Read the whole thing.Writing about Reid’s opponent, Marc Thiessen concludes:
The next six weeks will be critical. While Reid tries to focus on the campaign on her, Angle needs to keep the focus on Reid and the reasons Nevadans have turned against him. Reid’s electoral ceiling appears to be 43 percent. If Angle can deflect his attacks, avoid gaffes and remind voters why they dislike Reid, she can win.