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Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Eric

Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes' campaign has finally fallen off the cliff it had been heading toward for weeks.

We've detailed Maes' numerous troubles before. (And. Boy. Has. He. Had. Troubles.) Maes' isn't just dealing with scandals or gaffes like some other inexperienced politicians this year. He's been abandoned by political allies, trails badly in the polls and is chronically short of funds. The calls for him to drop out are coming from all sides. Desperately lacking a clear strategy, he recently sank to simply calling one of his opponents, renowned nativist Tom Tancredo, an "illegal immigrant." All this with more than a month still to go before election day.

And while Tancredo's third-party run may be what definitively ruined Republicans' chances in the race, Maes is still the one carrying the GOP banner, waving it futilely as his campaign nosedives.

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In an interview with PBS's Judy Woodruff airing today, former President Bill Clinton urged his fellow Democrats to effectively communicate what's at stake in the election this year, to avoid having voter anger steamroll them at the ballot box.

"I would advise [Obama] and all the Democrats to talk about what we are going to do now and ask them who is more likely to do it," Clinton told Woodruff, according to the transcript made available by PBS. "If this is a referendum on people's anger and apathy -- so our side stays home and their side's inside -- we don't do well."

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