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Wheels Continue to Fall Off Hulshof Campaign

October 14th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

We’ve waited with bated breath these last few months hoping for some signs of life from the Hulshof Campaign. In the meantime, we’ve been unmercifully subjected to a campaign with inconsistent themes and bad commercials with tired buzzwords and repacked slogans.

(For example: “Liberal” and “Wrong Way Jay” – which sounds eerily similar to the “No Way Jay” slogan that was used successfully by Kit Bond operatives against Jay Nixon in 1998.)

We’ve taken our fair share of criticism these last few months when we correctly suggested that state treasurer Sarah Steelman probably would have been a better opponent for Jay  Nixon in this climate of “change.” With Congress’ approval rating at all time lows and with Mr. Hulshof serving during the spend happy days of the Republican led Congress, making a case for him to voters was an uphill battle at best.

Mr. Hulshof’s decision to make this ill fated run is analogous to a phenomenon police officers deal with called “suicide by cop.” In these cases, a perpetrator no longer has a desire to live but he doesn’t have the courage to commit suicide. So instead, he places himself in a position where the officer has no other choice but to take deadly force.

Mr. Hulshof is bored with being a Congressman (look how fast he jumped at the MU Presidency last year) so instead of retiring, he becomes the “estalishment’s” candidate and has positioned himself for a real thumping next month at the polls.

This post is not meant as an indictment of Mr. Hulshof, he is an honorable man who served the people of the 9th district well, but this was going to be a tough race for whomever the Republican nominee would have been. We wish him all the best in his retirement and future endeavors.

Related:

Tony Messenger: For Hulshof, wine venture hasn’t turned out as sweet as anticipated 

seMissourian.com: Barbour: Stock crash, bailout “knocked Republicans back”

Survey USA: Missouri Governor — Few Toe-Holds Remain for Republican Hulshof As He Tries to Keep Statehouse for GOP

Prime Buzz: Former lawmaker crosses party lines to endose Nixon for governor

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Tags: Decision '08 · Rep. Kenny Hulshof

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  • 1 Timothy // Oct 14, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    This really sad because Kenny really is a great Congressman and public servant. I think he’s put too much faith in people like Jason VanEaton, Tony Feather and Lloyd Smith who really aren’t effective and haven’t won any big races in a long, long time. They’re outdated as is John Hancock.

    VanEaton will likely be indicted soon from what I hear and I can’t imagine another campaign for Hancock after botching this one.

    I do hope things work out well for Kenny. Maybe he can go back to Washington if Kit Bond gets sent to jail.

  • 2 Sailor // Oct 15, 2008 at 6:25 am

    This is NOT a surprise. Bond and his cronies are out of touch with the electorate. Hopefully, Bond will retire. But then when you compare Bond to Claire he looks pretty good.

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