Friday, December 16, 2005

"Campaign in a Can"

Lynn Sweet in today's Sun Times sums up Duckworth's entry into the race for IL-06 (emphasis mine):
With a campaign totally packaged by some of the nation's leading Democratic strategists in Washington and Illinois, wounded Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth will announce a Democratic congressional primary bid Sunday.


The Duckworth campaign is entirely orchestrated by a team of political professionals with ties to Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the chief of the Democrats' House political organization.


However, Duckworth's campaign-in-a-can brain trust showed their interest in turning her into a national figure -- before establishing her local credentials -- by booking her last week as a guest this Sunday on ABC's "This Week" program.

You know, I've been pretty aggressive and sincerely apologize to Ms. Duckworth for ever going beyond the political to personal attacks. But terms like "packaged" "entirely orchestrated" and "campaign-in-a-can" resonate well with my perceptions of what is happening here.

The push back is aimed at how Duckworth is entering the race, not at her. She may be a willing pawn in this, but truth be told, if I was in her position I might think the idea of someone making me a Congressman would be a good idea. But I hope she's not believing her own press here, nor the sweet words whispered in her ear by her handlers. Her entry has really stirred up a hornet's nest, and has a great many people angry. Emanuel might have done Cegelis a favor by energizing the DuPage base and Cegelis supporters.

Either way, I just don't see this as anything but a waste of resources and yet another circular firing squad orchestrated by Emanuel. Too bad Rahm had to train his fire on a fellow Democrat like Cegelis. Too bad he couldn't have trained our fire on Roskam instead of giving him ammunition.

As they say in those Guinness commercials: "Brilliant!"