Is there a higher bar when voters ponder their Congressional choice versus electing people to the dysfunctional state legislature in Albany?
Is it intellect....sophistication....the ability to articulate everything from the federal reserve to the Israeli settlements, and by the way who really does rule Iran ?
Republicans have long argued their successful nemesis of late, Darrel Aubertine, is a nice guy but not real deep. The popular GOP mantra is "dumber than a box of rocks."
I have always responded by telling my GOP friends he has been smart enough to kick their ass several times, so don't be too quick to draw those comparisons.
They don't like hearing that and we usually move on to another subject.
However, will Aubertine have a deer in the headlight moment where the popular, attractive, charismatic Darrel is made to look not ready for prime time? Would local media even edit and present video in that manner ?
Privately, the GOP wants the series of live TV debates recently seen in the 20th CD race. However, North Country media has not organized such events in decades and I suspect Democratic handlers are hoping media doesn't choose this election to wake up.
Look for the over-used word "gravitas" to make an appearance in this year's special election.
Remember if past is prologue, gratuitous attacks on a guy thought of as 'one of us' amounts to attacks on us.
Attacking Darrel is like joking your 14 year old daughter was knocked up by A-Rod. Your amen corner will howl with laughter, but most are not amused or impressed.