“Maybe it’s because we’re in the middle of June and people aren’t thinking much about the election. It just seems that there’s not much going on right now. And a boring race helps Orrin Hatch. If things were more exciting, that would mean either trouble for Hatch or momentum for Liljenquist.” – Bryan Schott
This is pretty much what I’ve been saying. The cardboard cutout debate was a minor media event that pretty much fizzled without even a semi-loud “clap.” Even before the event, it was apparent that it wouldn’t have the resonating effect Liljenquist wanted, especially since it was scheduled so close to the Radio debate with Hatch, the run-up to it started only a week after the last debate with Hatch and the initiative ran way too long.
Now it has become clear that the Liljenquist campaign had no backup plan. The whole campaign has gone quiet except for the meek little counter on their homepage ticking off the minutes to the radio debate and it has become obvious that they have run out of steam and ideas. Once the Radio debate is behind us (barring any major gaffes during the debate) the campaign will effectively be over.
I’ll be voting for Hatch this afternoon.