Sunday, May 07, 2006

Rodeos and art shows win elections

Count the number of times you see the phrase "I'm the ex who wants to be your next" in this Huntsville Times story about a day on the campaign trail with former Gov. Don Siegelman. For bonus points, count the number of references to an education lottery, stolen elections, and fried foods.

Say what you will about him, but Siegelman is drawing far more press with a barebones, grassroots campaign than his Democratic primary opponent, Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, is by just sitting on her campaign war chest of more than $1 million. Quite simply, that's why he's polling almost dead even with her right now even as he stands trial on federal corruption charges. At this point in the race, as a University of Alabama political scientist puts it, "Running as the anti-Siegelman is not sufficient."

Another UA professor offers up a sad but often true observation about many in the state's electorate: "People expect the worst in Alabama, and they are not upset by the worst."


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