Finding Mr. (or Ms.) Perfect

By AL DIAMON  |  March 27, 2013

As right-wing nuts go, Poliquin is on the mild side. He tends to shy away from the wackier conspiracy theories, while never allowing himself to be overly burdened by facts. Most of what he says sounds almost reasonable. In a Republican primary, he could be formidable — if it weren't for one little problem:

Voters don't much like him.

In his unsuccessful runs for governor (2010) and senator (2012), he spent approximately a zillion dollars, but couldn't beat competition composed mainly of — to be as polite as possible — schlubs. If Poliquin should somehow defeat Collins in a bonker-dominated primary, he'd face a much harder slog in the general election, where fewer voters are certifiably nuts.

Unless, that is, the Democrats didn't take the race seriously and nominated a schlub of their own.

Even if Poliquin doesn't win the GOP nomination, he could damage Republicans' chances. If his conservative attacks force Collins to shift to starboard to protect her flanks, she'd do so at the risk of damaging her moderate image. If she appears too willing to bend on crucial issues, a lot of Democrats and independents who gave her favorable ratings in that poll could start looking for alternatives.

Schlubs don't make attractive alternatives.

No matter what happens between now and election day in 2014, the chances Collins will prove vulnerable remain slim. But even slim chances are worth preparing for, just in case lightning — or Poliquin — strikes. To be ready, Democrats need a first-rate candidate, who can take advantage of whatever scenario presents itself.

As for the party's surplus of schlubs, there are always openings in the Legislature. ^

Don't be a schlub. Email me at aldiamon@herniahill.net.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
Related: From carpenter to king, Gonna change directions, A fool for everyone, More more >
  Topics: The Editorial Page , Susan Collins, Bruce Poliquin
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY AL DIAMON
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HARD SELL  |  July 31, 2014
    Politics—like almost everything else except getting herpes—is about marketing.
  •   A LITTLE NIP  |  July 23, 2014
    You might not realize it, but while it’s legal to carry a gun in Maine (either openly or, with a permit, concealed), putting a flask containing an alcoholic beverage in your hip pocket is against the law.
  •   THIS IS AN OUTRAGE  |  July 16, 2014
    Politics and other mistakes
  •   BETWEEN THE DYING AND THE DEAD  |  July 11, 2014
    Being politically deceased, you’d think Steve Woods would give us a break by putting on a dark suit, lying down in a coffin, and closing his eyes.
  •   ALL THE WRONG CHOICES  |  July 07, 2014
    Reform is in the air. Olympia Snowe and the Portland Press Herald are calling for changes in the way we elect our leaders in order to restore public confidence, end gridlock, and reverse global warming. There’s a much better chance they’ll accomplish that last one than either of the other two.  

 See all articles by: AL DIAMON