The idea that Republicans may actually campaign against incapacitated Democrat Senator Tim Johnson (of South Dakota)…
Calling national Republicans “sad” and “desperate,” former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) decried their pledge to begin pursuing an aggressive campaign against his ill former South Dakota Senate colleague, Sen. Tim Johnson (D).
In an e-mail to supporters issued by Johnson’s campaign committee, Daschle criticizes National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) for saying he would push forward with an effort to defeat Johnson in 2008.
Johnson suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage in December and has yet to return to the Senate or begin campaigning, but fellow Democratic senators have helped him raise more than $1.2 million this year for his reelection bid.
…or Tom Daschle’s suggestion that Johnson shouldn’t even have to face an opponent in 2008 because he’s incapacitated?
What happened to Johnson is pretty tragic stuff, but he has to stand re-election like everyone else. And there’s no denying that he’s not fully able to tend to the need and wants of his constituents in his diminished state.
Daschle’s attempt to use Johnson’s condition to protect him from a political challenger is loathsome.