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Kirk and Giannoulias Boldly Go Where They've Been Countless Times Before



    Mark Kirkis throwing his hardest campaign punches in May, and that's actually good news for Giannoulias.

    Why? The State Treasurer does have problems, after all. He trails Kirk 46-38 in the latest Rasmussen survey, and Kirk has nearly triple the campaign funds than his opponent.

    Kirk's also winning the money race. At the end of the first quarter of this year, Kirk had $3,015,943 on hand. Giannoulias, who faced a much more difficult primary, had $1,221,628 to spend.

    All that said, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is standing behind its candidate. So is David Axelrod and the White House.

    All Kirk has to campaign on now is Broadway Bank's failure -- and he's going to keep campaigning on it. The narratives of the two campaigns are set. They're unlikely to change between now and November.

    But don't take our word for it. Listen to the latestcommercials from the candidates:

    Mark Kirk voted for tax breaks to ship jobs to China and once said unemployment is “not a big issue.” But he's also a Naval intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan!

    Alexi Giannoulias helped save 600 jobs at the Hartmarx suit-making factory in Des Plaines. But he also loaned $20 million to felons and was taken over by the feds!

    You'll hear this over. And over. And over again. Until November. For solace durnig this period, Giannoulias need only look to a Democratic lion -- Bill Clinton.

    When Clinton was running for president, he got his bimbo eruptions out of the way in January with an interview on 60 Minutes, then was free to spend the fall attacking George Bush on the economy. (The bimbos would erupt again, but by then, Clinton was president.) 

    Likewise, Broadway Bank will be stale news by November. If the economy doesn’t improve, Giannoulias’s attacks on Kirk may seem more relevant.

    If you don’t want to watch repetitive Senate campaign attacks between now and then, we understand. So here’s a link to Monday night’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother” -- with no political ads!

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