“You can’t beat a station wagon filled with nuns”

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"You can't beat a station wagon filled with nuns"

I could not help but think of this scene when read­ing Stacy McCain post on the death of Jan­ice Hahn’s 86 year old mother yes­ter­day.

The objec­tive polit­i­cal real­ity is that the death of Ramona Hahn kills what­ever hope there was that Repub­li­can Craig Huey could win this elec­tion. The local news broad­casts in L.A. tonight will fea­ture stir­ring trib­utes to the life of Ramona Hahn, and it will be front-​page news in tomorrow’s L.A. Times.

That’s just the way it is, and it would be dis­hon­est to pre­tend otherwise.

We of course offer our con­do­lences to Ms. Hahn and her fam­ily but this of course has no rel­e­vance to Ms Hahn’s fit­ness for office.

In terms of polit­i­cal effect in a turnout elec­tion Stacy has a pretty good point on what this might do, the slightly mor­bid ques­tion is really two-​fold:

1. Will dis­af­fected lib­er­als who were angry at Jan­ice Hahn sud­denly decide to vote for her because her mother is dead? Unlikely!

2. Will peo­ple who were not even aware of the elec­tion sud­denly be informed because of the news reports of the elder Hahn’s death and choose to vote? THAT is the 64,000 question.

if this story broke two days ago I think Stacy would be absolutely cor­rect, with this story break­ing tonight and then run­ning in the papers tomor­row it may in fact be too late to make a dif­fer­ence, either way we shall and should fight on.

I could not help but think of this scene when reading Stacy McCain post on the death of Janice Hahn’s 86 year old mother yesterday.

The objective political reality is that the death of Ramona Hahn kills whatever hope there was that Republican Craig Huey could win this election. The local news broadcasts in L.A. tonight will feature stirring tributes to the life of Ramona Hahn, and it will be front-page news in tomorrow’s L.A. Times.

That’s just the way it is, and it would be dishonest to pretend otherwise.

We of course offer our condolences to Ms. Hahn and her family but this of course has no relevance to Ms Hahn’s fitness for office.

In terms of political effect in a turnout election Stacy has a pretty good point on what this might do, the slightly morbid question is really two-fold:

1. Will disaffected liberals who were angry at Janice Hahn suddenly decide to vote for her because her mother is dead? Unlikely!

2. Will people who were not even aware of the election suddenly be informed because of the news reports of the elder Hahn’s death and choose to vote? THAT is the 64,000 question.

if this story broke two days ago I think Stacy would be absolutely correct, with this story breaking tonight and then running in the papers tomorrow it may in fact be too late to make a difference, either way we shall and should fight on.