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October 2, 2014

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On Gibbons, the woman, and McCain

Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic writes of what’s happening with our Governor:

“Putting the swing in swing state, one wonders whether Gov. Jim Gibbons’s nasty divorce will further demoralize Republicans in the state and boost Barack Obama’s chances of winning. At the very least, it’ll be hard for John McCain will appear in public with an alleged adulterer.”

Chuck Muth is making noise about whether Gibbons hurts McCain. Having a strong and popular governor would help McCain. Gibbons is neither.

So he doesn’t help McCain. But the notion that it will matter very much seems far-fetched.

People vote for a presidential candidate because they like him or her, are comfortable with the candidate as commander-in-chief and steward of the economy, and can envision themselves essentially living with the candidate in their living room (via TV) for four, maybe eight years.

The notion that someone would not vote for McCain because the current governor and former backbencher legislator may have cheated on his wife just doesn’t meet any threshold of either polling data or intuition or common sense.

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