Monday, May 24, 2004

Why would Southwest Virginia vote for Kevin Triplett

On Sunday, the Roanoke paper has this article ("Triplett vows to bring more energy to economic efforts if he wins election," 5/23/04) on Kevin Triplett's acceptance of the nomination to run against Congressman Rick Boucher.

Some place else I read this morning that Democrats are hoping, optimistically, that President Bush will be so unpopular in November that the Democrats will retake the majority in the House of Representatives.

As I've written here before, when I was in college, I wrote a paper on the Boucher campaign of 1984, when he was re-elected the first time, with popular Republicans Ronald Reagan and John Warner on the same ballot. Congressman Boucher was more vulnerable then than now, accommodated his opponent in many ways that he will not do now (in terms of the number of debates and joint appearances), and still won handily.

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