The lessons of the Vermont Senate race are quite clear. The Repubican challenger ran an unfocused race with absurd advertisements. He danced around Bernie Sanders socialism and serious ethical issues.
Tarrant ran a series of absurd campaign advertisements that almost seemed narcisistic. He should have gone after Sanders where he is vulnerable jobs, immmigration and idiotic votes. Sanders is given the kid glove treatment in the local
media. In Vermont he talks about local issues and leaves the incendiary stuff for the Washington DC cocktail parties.
There are other jobs in Vermont other than those in the Dairy industry. The Union told us that Sanders did not lift a finger to protect Vermont jobs. The only help that our union mentioned was from gasp Ted Kennedy. While Vermont jobs were facing the axe Sanders was partying with Willie Nelson who was arrested on pot charges two days later. The reality is that friends have left Vermont because of this situation including life long Vermonters who moved across country. Other people moved because of the taxation. One friend told me his move from Vermont would result in a larger house and a $10,000 dollar tax cut.
The Tarrant campaign danced around Sanders record. They briefly mentioned some bizzare votes on sex offenders. They should have come straight out and asked what have you done in a state where taxes are sky high and jobs are leaving in droves.
The Tarant campaign should have explained that the election of a cartoon charachter
leaves Vermont with one senator. Now Bernie can take this comedy act national and become a larger joke. However, the reality is given Sanders age he will serve one term and do nothing except be the butt of every joke.
The lessons of Vermot are simple.
1 Go out and attack the record. What has Sanders done in the US House of Representatives. Even his suppoorters do not know and they trot out bunk that Bernie cares yada yada yada. Parting with Willie Nelson as jobs leave the state in droves speaks vollumes. Okay he cares but what has he done. The Bernie supporters can't answer that one.
2 Bring the absurd votes front and center. Why was Sanders against the Amber alert system.
3 What does Bernie Sanders want to do about illegal immigration. Does he echo the views of the current Mayor of Burlington who pronounced the city a haven for illegal aliens.
We also say the differences between a real sharp businessman Michael Bloomburg and Rich Tarant. Bloomburg spent his money wisely and ran a campaign in a much larger arena. Bloomburg focused on what he would do as mayor. It also helped that he ran against one of the dumbest political hacks Mark Green who has been a career politician.