As you may remember, I called BS on the vaunted “72 Hour Plan” many times during the 2006 General Election. Although the Marshall and Barrow races were closer than I predicted they would be, both Democratic incumbents still won in Republican leaning districts that were easily carried by Sonny Perdue. The districts were also hand drawn using sophisticated software for specific former Republican Congressmen to retake.
Why do I bring this up? Quite simply I think the 72 Hour Plan is BS, and to those that believe in it, I wonder: why aren’t we reading about it or hearing about it in the 10th Congressional district special election? Certainly if you had a well lubed machine that knew which voters favored Republicans and which ones would turn out if only you’d reach out to them that same machine would be of maximal value to your party in a low turnout election when even 1,000 voters could make the difference between 48% and 50%+1, if the Secretary of State’s turnout projection is to be believed.
I’m offering no prediction as to whether Whitehead will get the 50% he needs tomorrow or be headed into a runoff with Marlow, but I have to wonder why his TV buy is so puny — is he saving his cash for a second election? Republicans, please enlighten me. If you’ve got this 72 hour plan ready to roll, why aren’t you using it in this race and/or why aren’t we hearing about it if you are?