=In the Scozzafava campaign, waiting for the results of the Sienna poll is a bit like waiting for a diagnosis...You hope for the best and brace for the worst.
Other polls released this week have been grim and her campaign and media supporters have been able to tamp them down as bad or biased sampling.
Sienna is dfferent...Its the indepedent poll that everyone has been quoting...For better or worse, it will be taken as gospel today.
-Here's an idea that I bet Ms. Scozzafava is glad didn't get implemented. GOP insiders say the campaign wanted to have a man in a chicken suit at that dinner in Lowville...They couldn't find anyone to wear it....The idea was her opponents were too chicken to debate.
-Just about everyone says the moment in the campaign when the GOP effort veered off the road was the infamous 911 call on the Weekly Standard reporter.
To a person, operatives and experienced reporters say that was a disaster among many in a campaign that will be remembered for some time to come.
-Last night's TV debate was good optics for Hoffman as he was pictured with the major party candidates...That may be why he steered clear of many debates.....The picture was worth a thousand words. Good thing, because on words, Mr. Hoffman demonstrates he is not a politician. The lack of glibness and specificity hurts in some quarters but frankly his outsider status may help with others.
-The debate, the candidates and the voters were not served by the moderator at WSYR....Dan Cummings seemed intent on being remembered himself for asking tick-tock type questions about why no debates or aren't you just a tool of the people paying for your campaign....It's funny when broadcasters get all sanctimonious about outside money while they salivate over the prospect of getting some of it. A good moderator should not be a participant....He tried and it didn't serve anyone but himself.