As I noted in the previous post, George W. Bush is out on the campaign trail boasting that he's supported by a Democrat -- Zell Miller. Now, what would Karl Rove do under these circumstances if he were running the Kerry campaign?
I think he'd send a surrogate out to get interviewed on TV or in a major newspaper -- a retired senator perhaps, someone like Bob Dole. Here's what the surrogate would say:
"Zell -- he's turning himself into kind of a sideshow freak, isn't he? 'See the Democrat who's really a Republican!' He's the Bearded Lady of American politics."
If a prominent Republican said something like this about a Kerry supporter, the remark would instantly become an albatross around the Kerry backer's neck, endlessly repeated, possibly for the rest of his life.
Would it work if Democrats got rough this way? I don't know -- they never try it, do they?