Overheard in a hospitality suite last Tuesday night: “When I saw that map, I said you could get a brain-dead monkey to win as a Republican in that district. I never dreamed they would actually find one and TRY!”
Response, from a Republican elected statewide: “Yeah, I sure woulda liked to pick up another congressional seat. But not as much as I liked seeing that fat b—–d lose another one.“
The regional newspapers have not been any more forgiving. From the Augusta Chronicle:
“Clearly, the inarticulate Anderson’s strategy of laying low – not debating Barrow and, worse, not making himself available to say much more than “hello” to the media – crippled his campaign and torpedoed his image.
The Columbia County News-Times, meanwhile, blames the tractor and the candidate and the “campaign handlers” who didn’t let Lee Anderson debate John Barrow.
At that point, instead of the tractor being seen as a symbol of an honest hay farmer, it started to brand Anderson as a hayseed. Gwen Fulcher-Young, putative Republican, famously fanned that flame by comparing Anderson to redneck child star Honey Boo Boo (who got two write-in votes in Columbia County in the race, by the way).
It’s been said that ‘success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan.’ But they’re not saying that in this instance.