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What We Learned: The Nelson Effect

December 3, 2011
-- And speaking of Cain, his entire rise and fall is a reminder that running for president is not a game. If you have skeletons in the closet, they will come out. From day one, Cain never put together a serious operation, spent more effort promoting his book than stumping and appeared to be more interested in raising his profile than being a presidential candidate. Future potential candidates take notice: if you think launching a presidential campaign can be one long infomercial for your brand, that brand better not have any hidden, negative secrets that could surface. -- Considering that candidates for president usually don't formally declare their intent to run for office 23 months before Election Day, it's remarkable just how fast the 2013 Virginia Governor's race is shaping up. Bill Bolling did not take the news well when Ken Cuccinelli formally announced his candidacy this week, blasting him for putting his own ambitions before the commonwealth and the party in his own gubernatorial announcement. This gets us thinking: if Creigh Deeds decided in 2007 that he was interested in another shot at attorney general instead of governor, and Terry McAuliffe held off on his own ambition, would Brian Moran have been more successful against Bob McDonnell? When personal ambition gets in the way of party unity, candidates can quickly find themselves clenching defeat from the jaws of victory. -- When times get tough, just move districts. That's the idea floating around for Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., who is facing an increasingly difficult Republican primary against fellow Illinois GOP Rep. Randy Hultgren. Walsh is thought to be considering moving from the 8th District to the state's 14th District. It's a sign of weakness, though -- he's considering moving to a D+5 district where two well-funded Democrats are running.
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