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Wetterling ad is national news

Check out Google News. This thing is everywhere. There are positive and negative reactions, but I think this ad is doing what it's intended to do: get exposure to Patty's background and work on child-safety issues, and get the call for investigations and possible resignations out there.

This ad is looking like a brilliant move for the Wetterling campaign. They've got free, nationwide media exposure from every conceivable outlet. This, in turn, should help bring in campaign contributions in the final stretch of the campaign. Keep an eye on Patty's FEC page as we get close to the next filing deadline; I'm guessing you'll see a fair number of "48-hour notices" coming in.

On top of it all, Wetterling is slated to give the Democratic response to President Bush's weekly radio address this Saturday, giving her even more exposure.

Meanwhile, the folks over at BvW are still alleging Wetterling-DCCC conspiracies and whatnot. Haven't they heard about the new scapegoat: the gays?

On CBS News on Tuesday, correspondent Gloria Borger reported that there's anger among House Republicans at what an unidentified House GOPer called a "network of gay staffers and gay members who protect each other and did the Speaker a disservice." The implication is that these gay Republicans somehow helped page-pursuing Mark Foley before his ugly (and possibly illegal) conduct was exposed.

[UPDATE]: Eric Black has a story along the same lines here.

Political scientist Steven Smith, who lives in the Sixth District, said the Foley case offers Wetterling "about as fat a pitch down the middle of the plate as you can get in politics."

Amid evidence that the race is tight, Smith said the attention might rejuvenate Wetterling's flagging campaign. A new poll by the Zogby polling organization showed Bachmann ahead 46-43 percent. The poll was taken over several days, both before and after the Foley story broke, and Zogby spokesman Fritz Wenzel said there was no discernible difference in the poll findings between the pre-Foley and post-Foley interviewing days.

If the Foley story is really going to help Wetterling politically, it would show up in the next round of polling, Wenzel said.

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Smith said Wetterling is about to receive "a truckload of favorable publicity for her background, her personal history and her expertise that will be worth more to her than all the advertising she can buy for the rest of the campaign."

I could've told you that, and I'm not a "political scientist."