So I thought this little tidbit about Bruce Guthrie’s campaign was interesting. Guthrie’s campaign hasn’t had $1.2 million to its name for a full week before the animals start marking their territory.
From the Seattle PI:
Guthrie, 43, a former part-time college instructor, said he mortgaged his Bellingham house and depleted his savings to raise the money. But he said he also has nearly $3 million in additional, less-readily accessible investments that he could throw into the race and might do so.
First off, this is fucking awesome. If this race looks like it could go anywhere, he’s got reserve funds ready to roll. But that’s not the point of this post; it was just shiny and made me happy inside.
Spokesmen for Cantwell and McGavick said it was unclear from which candidate Guthrie might more likely siphon votes. Many Republicans think Libertarians hurt GOP candidates more than Democrats and blame Republican Sen. Slade Gorton’s 2,229-vote loss to Cantwell in 2000 on the 64,734 votes for Libertarian Jeff Jared.
Other observers, though, think most Libertarian supporters are protest voters who otherwise would skip voting at all in a given race.
Of course they’re not going to say who he’ll siphon votes from. That would be… impolitic. Anytime one of ours comes into a race with a credible message and a credible campaign, the duopolists are frozen in their tracks. They don’t want to push the loose cannon into firing at them, so they say nothing. They do count on their supporters to say plenty, however-it’s the same “Swift Boat Veterans said it, not the President” bullshit but it works quite well:
Vance, now a public-affairs consultant with The Gallatin Group in Seattle, said most Republicans who vote for Libertarians, thinking they are “more conservative than the Republican Party,” don’t realize the Libertarian Party “believes in legalizing drugs, is anti-law enforcement and opposes President Bush’s foreign policy.”
If Guthrie actually spends the money he lent himself, “with a message that is to the left of Senator Cantwell, the issue of (gay) marriage and the issue of the war, then obviously it is not going to be beneficial to Senator Cantwell,” Vance said.
Chris Vance is a Republican lobbyist, from what I can gather from the article, and so he can say what McGavick wants to say without having it reflect badly on McGavick.
And McGavick wants what Cantwell wants, here: keeping the Libertarian down failed this time, so he wants Guthrie to become the other guy’s problem. McGavick’s goons will preach about how we support gay marriage and the war, while Cantwell’s goons will undoubtedly scold Guthrie for his hardcore free-market principles.
And people are worried that he won’t be able to buy enough TV ads? Kids, with his opponents doing advertising like that, Guthrie could blow all his cash buying adspace in smoke signals and tin cans attached with string and still come out possibly winning this race. Nonvoters + hardcore conservatives + hardcore liberals = victory.