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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

In Order for Republicans to get Elected, They have to Pretend They're not Republicans

A while back, CNN reported that, in terms of the electorate, Wisconsin is the most typical state. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that the republican candidate for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district, David Magnum, would be a typical republican.

And typical republicans are shying away from identifying themselves as republicans. Reading his campaign literature, you'd be forgiven for assuming that Magnum's an independent. Here's his brochure from his site:

Notice the missing word? Republican. But the word 'independent' is on the front fold. Which party do you think most people would assume he belongs to?

But Magnum is a republican. After announcing he was running against incumbent democrat Tammy Baldwin in 2005, Magnum told reporters that he would've voted for war in Iraq (which Baldwin voted against) and that, "I am a Republican because I believe in taking personal responsibility." Excepting, of course, when being responsible means owning up to the fact that he's the republican party's candidate. There's taking 'personal responsibility' and then there's taking ballot box poison.

Unfortunately for him, Magnum will still have the big (R) next to his name on the ballot.


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