Cross Posted at Respectfully Republican.
That's the latest chatter in the blogosphere (at least from a return search of Technorati for “McGavick”).
Elliot Bundy, a former staffer of Senator Stevens, is reportedly coming to work on the McGavick campaign. That's according to the Washington State Democrats website. Horsesass.org “coincidently” picked up the same exact talking points. In what could be the first tit-for-tat-spat of the campaign, we will have to wait and see if the McGavick campaign takes the bait and fires back.
My feeling is that they won't. With a full slate of upcoming public speaking engagements, McGavick appears to be taking the high road, focusing instead on a positive Republican agenda for Washington State. Here's an interesting column by Joni Balter about the Stevens v. Cantwell dynamic.
Personally, I think it's hilarious that Goldy and the Washington Dems want to paint McGavick as too extreme for Washington State, because all I hear from conservative Republicans is that he's too much of a mainstream moderate. In effect, McGavick's real challenge so far has been reaching out to the grassroots, and placating the conservative elements in the Party. But to win this election, he'll need to bridge the gap between sub-urban moderates and rural conservatives.
I can't wait till Maria starts airing TV Commercials showing oil rigs in the Puget Sound, *enter the seedy voice "Mike McGavick wants to drill for oil - IN THE PUGET SOUND, vote NO on Mike McGavick, he's too extreme for Washington." Believe you me, Cantwell's going to be on the edge come late August, early September, and especially during the sprint to November.
This is one promising race ahead of us folks, I hope you're all tuning in.