Fresh Paint
Friday, June 25, 2004
NBC5.com - News - Jack Ryan Skirts Public As He Drops Out:
Ryan conducted an overnight poll to gauge his support in the wake of the allegations made by his ex-wife in divorce records unsealed earlier this week.

The internal polling had Ryan trailing his Democratic opponent by 20 percent to 25 percent, the official said. That figure didn't worry aides as much as results showing that conservatives were peeling away from Ryan. They concluded that the only way to get Ryan's base back would be to immediately go negative on his opponent and not let up.
Like they don't plan on doing it anyway.

Good afternoon, folks. Had far too brief recovery from movie-watching to get slammed by news of Jack Ryan withdrawing from Illinois senate race, leaving Barack Obama to face .... what? who? Tune in to my colleagues ArchPundit and Polis for more, because they eat this stuff up (and are excellent trenchermen) more than me.

My point has always been that I really don't care much about the Illinois Republican party or what they do or who's running, because anyone they put up is unelectable this year, so, like Barbara Bush, I would rather not infect my "beautiful mind" with ugly thoughts.

Just to be on the safe side, however, howabout slipping a little money to Obama? Go here right now.


If you need an introduction to the man, try this (via the always on-top-of-it ArchPundit):

In Illinois, a Star Prepares (washingtonpost.com)
Obama is someone who can make staunchly progressive positions sound moderate by being quietly reasonable. And he breaks with his own side's conventional wisdom not in search of a phony bipartisanship but to advance a stronger critique of the status quo.
E.J. Dionne doesn't swoon often, but that's what Barack Obama does to us all, even hardened WaPo pros.

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