How do you win a major political campaign? Make crap up!

Wondering how to get elected to a major political office? Well lucky for you, today’s article in the Seattle Times answers just that question! 5 reasons Murray bucked trend, got re-elected

…Democrats weren’t content with just promoting Murray’s record.

They attacked Rossi early and often, portraying him as not just wrong on issues, but personally “sleazy,” as Pelz put it during one conference call with reporters. In particular, they ridiculed Rossi’s history of business associations with lobbyists and ethically challenged financiers.

When they did talk about issues, Democrats weren’t content with slamming Rossi for views he actually held. In some cases, they just made stuff up, accusing him, for example, of being hostile to Boeing and veterans.

“I think she succeeded in making him an equal issue, which is I think what she had to do,” said Democratic political consultant Blair Butterworth.

It may have worked, but the sometimes ludicrous lengths Murray’s campaign went to to slime Rossi should put an end to any illusions that she is still merely an idealistic mom in tennis shoes.

So apparently, all you have to do is make junk up and spend millions of dollars plastering the airwaves with your phony portrait of your opponent as Satan incarnate? Awesome.

Also, what trend did Murray “buck” exactly? The trend of Democrats waltzing to statewide victory by taking over 60% of the Seattle-area vote while losing in most of the rest of the state? Oh wait, that’s what happens in nearly every statewide election in Washington.

Winner: Most Outrageous Campaign Mailer

And the winner for the coveted “Most Outrageous Campaign Mailer” prize goes to…

“VoteVets Action Fund” for this delightful piece equating Dino Rossi with insane Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!

Dino Rossi = Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Dino Rossi = Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Congratulations! You win a virtual spit on the shoes.

Insanity Pricing: Crayola Crayons at Target

Spotted this pricing oddity on Crayola Crayons at Target tonight. All of these were on the same rack.

Crayola Crayons at TargetCrayola Crayons at Target

Notice anything… odd going on here? Perhaps it would be a little easier to see if I put it in chart form…

Crayola Crayons at Target

If you buy 24 crayons, you pay just a penny per crayon. But if you only want eight crayons, you get to pay nearly ten times as much per crayon.

You could buy three boxes of 24 crayons and still spend less than what they will charge you for a single box of eight. What the heck.