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Time-proven ploy of politics: Identify an enemy and then run against that enemy.
Many candidates run for Congress not by opposing the record of their opponent but by running against the President. Many Democrats who won House and Senate seats in 2006 won by running against then-President George W. Bush.
And bashing Pelosi seems to be paying off.
Just ask Jimmy Higdon, a Kentucky Republican who won a state Senate seat by ignoring local issues and turning his race into a referendum on Pelosi. His opponent outspend him 4-to-one and still lost.
Higdon used Pelosi’s pictures in most of his TV ads and campaign propaganda.
“It worked for me,” he told McClatchey Newspapers. “I’m really happy that I had a good team that recognized that, because that’s not something I would have dreamed up.”
Republican political pros plan to put the strategy to work in other races this year
“The strategists will try to make her the lightning rod who represents all that is wrong in Washington ,” says Jeffrey McCall, media studies professor at DePauw University in Indiana .
Pelosi, like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is in trouble back home as well. Her job approval rating in her district is an uber-low 39 percent and she is under fire not only from Republicans but also from Democrats.