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.