Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sign of the times

The 10th congressional district of Illinois is pretty high-income, and is correspondingly reliably Republican. This time around, incumbent Mark Kirk is being targeted by his opponent, Dan Seals, as being close to George W. Bush. Kirk won by 6 points last time, but the most recent polls have Seals leading this time by 8 and 6 points.

These campaigns have each raised a lot of money, so, wherever you live in the Chicago area, you've been inundated with ads for these two. And in an ad I just saw, Kirk is running with the tag line: "In this district, we vote for the person, not the party." Is there any better example of just how devalued the Republican brand has become?

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