Does the Political Director


Does the Political Director of the <$NoAd$>Republicans’ senate campaign committee really see the Carson/Coburn race as a battle between “good” and “evil”?

This is the first graf of a press release put out this morning by the Carson (D)campaign …

Following up from a debate on Monday where Tom Coburn called this race, “as the battle of good versus evil”, Patrick Davis, Political Director for the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSC), echoed those comments today speaking to a breakfast of Oklahoma delegates at the National Republican Convention saying, “we also view this race as good versus evil”.

Perhaps the original quote from the candidate contains some ambiguity. But Davis’ comment seems to remove all doubt. Where did they get this guy?

Apparently, Davis’ comments are going to be in the Oklahoma papers tomorrow. For context on Coburn’s remark, see these first few grafs from a story that ran yesterday in the Tulsa World

With the stakes high, the U.S. Senate candidates focus on their differences.

With control of the U.S. Senate at stake in this political year, the race for one of Oklahoma’s Senate seats heated up Monday when Republican Tom Coburn came face-to-face with Rep. Brad Carson, D-Okla., and called it “the battle of good versus evil.”

A noon downtown Tulsa Kiwanis Club forum, which was aired live on talk radio station KRMG (740 AM), featured the leading candidates in the quest for the Senate seat that Republican Don Nickles will vacate at the end of this year.

Republicans control the Senate with 51 members to the Democrats’ 48, plus one Democrat-aligned independent, but 34 Senate seats are up for grabs this year.

“If you don’t recognize it,” Coburn said, “you must. This is a battle for the culture of America and its future, and I would describe it as the battle of good versus evil.”

If elected, Carson would vote to put liberals such as Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., in committee leadership positions if Democrats win control of the Senate, Coburn said.

Campaigns always have the game of catching each other out on awkward quotes. But it used to be that if one got caught calling the other ‘evil’, that meant some staffer was about to get tossed out on his ear. No more apparently…