the midterm snapshot

The Midterm Snapshot: October 15

It’s the home stretch of the midterm elections, and that means every candidate is looking for an edge. Whether that edge comes from discovering photos of your opponent wearing duckie pajamas, from spreading rumors about your opponent dropping out of the race, or from getting endorsements from popular dead people, nothing is off-limits.

In Texas, the race for the 27th congressional district, which is held by Democrat Solomon Ortiz, just got … weird. Democrats are promoting photos of Republican candidate Blake Farenthold at some kind of pajama/lingerie-themed charity party, which were posted on the website Farentold is seen in the photos wearing duckie pajamas.

In Nevada, the lone debate between Harry Reid and Sharron Angle lacked any major gaffes or fireworks, but in the minds of many political observers, it was a clear victory for Angle. The Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston writes: “Angle won because she looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West …. And she won because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked as if he could barely stay on a linear argument, abruptly switching gears and failing to effectively parry or thrust.”

In Florida, Democrats are accusing Independent Senate candidate Charlie Crist of pushing rumors that Democrat Kendrick Meek might drop out of the three-way race, which Republican Marco Rubio currently leads comfortably.

In Alaska, write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski is channeling the dead to help her defeat tea partier Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams in their close three-way Senate race. Murkowski will begin airing ads featuring former Alaskan senator Ted Stevens, who died in a plane crash in August. It’s not as tacky as it may initially sound — Stevens had filmed the ad shortly before the crash, and Stevens’s family has approved of its release.

In Connecticut, Linda McMahon is pointing out that, despite condemnation by the Democratic Party of the WWE, which she used to run as CEO, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared in video segments on WWE programming during the presidential election.

And in Pennsylvania, Democratic Senate nominee Joe Sestak defended his vote for TARP as a congressman by comparing it to cleaning up the poop left by his dog, who represents the Republicans in this analogy.

The Midterm Snapshot: October 15