When Evan Bayh announced he was retiring from the Senate, pundits predicted a Shakespearean tragedy for Indiana Democrats. Instead they've gotten a Faustian farce. Planning political sabotage, conservatives are trying to gin up signatures for an obscure Democratic candidate whose potential candidacy has been called a "nightmare scenario" for Democrats.
A little context. Bayh's retirement announcement came just a day before the deadline to get on the ballot for the Democratic primary in Indiana. No one was expected to get the requisite 4,500 signatures, which would allow the Indiana Democratic Party to choose its candidate.
Enter Tamyra d'Ippolito, who runs a restaurant in Bloomington and had been running an afterthought of a campaign to challenge Bayh. A late push has brought her to the brink of 4,500 signatures, which would leave her unopposed in a Democratic primary--short of a desperate write-in campaign.
Liberal pundits are panicking at the thought. "Please, for the love of God, don't help Tamyra d'Ippolito get on the ballot," writes Open Left's Chris Bowers. Why would d'Ippolito be "a really, really bad choice for Democrats"? She claims there's a left-wing conspiracy against her, she called on Tea Partiers for support, and she said she was fine with Republicans supporting her candidacy in order to hurt Democrats.
Smelling blood in the water, right-wing blogs have whipped out their best get-out-the-vote efforts to help d'Ippolito attract signatures, gleefully calling on conservatives to help the Democrats hang themselves in Indiana.
- 'This Could Be Fun' chortles Red State's Erick Erickson, who links to d'Ippolito's petition and urges conservatives support. "Those of you in Indiana should go out of your way to help Tamyra get the signatures she needs by tomorrow at noon," he urges.
- Please 'Help' The Washington Examiner's David Freddoso does everything but forge his readers' signatures on the petition. "Hoosiers who would like to help d'Ippolito can print out this petition document, have the entire family sign it, and then drop it off at your county registrar's office by noon tomorrow," he instructs. "Better still, take it to the bar tonight and have everyone there sign it, too. Indiana does not have party registration, so any registered voter's signature is valid."
- Hop To It! "If you’re a conservative Hoosier and you get a knock on the door, you know what to do," writes Hot Air's Allahpundit, who tells readers to find d'Ippolito and support her even though he doesn't know the full name of her cafe. "She says she’ll be collecting signatures tonight at someplace called Ragazzi’s," he says, referring to the Ragazzi Arte Cafe. "Hop to it, Hot Air Indianans!"
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