Getting a lot of comments on another thread about a mailer that the MacGinnitie campaign has sent out. In a piece designed to discuss the issue of Military oversees voting, MacGinnitie has apparently decided to create a nonexistent soldier to illustrate the problem.
In my opinion, that’s not cool.
There are two problems with this strategy.
The first is the obvious backlash from those who find creating a fake purple heart recipient to win votes to be offensive.
The second goes to the heart of the recent history of the Secretary of State’s office. The highest profile recent issue in the SOS office has been defending voter ID bills. The defense was successful because the opposition could not produce one real example of a disenfranchised voter. Just hypothetical ones.
Now MacGinnitie is creating hypothetical voters. In doing so, he has ceded the moral high ground which he had occupied in this race.