Rule #481: When you are polling ahead, there is no reason to debate. Debates only give your opponent earned media. You don't need more earned media. You're already ahead.
Rule #482: When you are trailing in the polls, challenge your opponent to a whole bunch of debates, and then criticize him for avoiding them.
Spice Boys: Polls show tight race, but where's the spin?
Gard mouthpiece Christine Mangi told us that even asking about (poll results) was verboten.Rule #312: When you're down in all the polls, even your own internal polling numbers, never discuss polls with the media. There is no good answer to the question "Why is John Gard trailing in a seat that has only been out of Republican hands for 20 years since its creation in 1873?" None.
"I thought you were aware of our policy that we don't comment on polls," Mangi said.
A pretty odd response, considering the campaign playbook calls for countering a bad poll with your own positive numbers - assuming, of course, that you have better ones to show.
Sheldon Wasserman to Alberta Darling: Bring It
Rule #1: In politics, timing is everything. Demographics suggest that Alberta Darling can't really move to the right and retain her seat in 2008. And thanks to the virulence towards and negativity heaped onto moderate Republicans, conservatives are probably going to embrace Darling with all the enthusiasm of a dirty diaper. The good doctor is playing his hand perfectly, and this seat could be set to go Dem in two years.
GOP picks Twin Cities for its 2008 convention
Rule #14: No matter how much they think it matters, where a political party hosts its convention has absolutely no bearing on whether they will win or lose that state in the subsequent presidential election. Want to have a shot at winning Minnesota, Republicans? Put Tim Pawlenty on the ticket.
Rule #7: When you are the red line and your only message for three months has been "Mark Green is a fun guy and Jim Doyle is a crook," maybe it's time to go back to the kitchen and try a different recipe. (picture courtesy of pollster.com)