Among the ideas political types will ponder post-November 7 is this: To what extent is "going negative" advantegeous?
We have no definitive answer now, only a few clues, some notable case studies and - in one case - a serious and practical debate. The answer to that question stands to tell a lot about many of the most critical campaigns upcoming.
The debate can be found on the conservative Wahsington group blog Sound Politics , where participating Republicans are discussing what to do about the foundering Senate campaign of Republican Mike McGavick. In mid-summer he seemed to be catching up to incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell, but since then he has stalled and possibly lost ground. (He now seems to be somewhere around eight to 10 points behind.) That may be connected in part to the ground Republicans nationally have been losing in the last couple of weeks. The posters on Sound Politics evidently accept that as the current situation. The question: What to do about it? (more…)