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When discussing the mess behind the Governor’s latest ad rollout, the National Review stated it “provides a fascinating look into the disarray afflicting the Strickland campaign.”

Disarray. That’s never how you want your campaign described.

But there could be a much bigger reason to worry.

This week the DGA rolled out their strategy for the midterms in these last nearly two months. Not surprisingly, it focused on attacks and painting the GOP as “extremist” rather than focusing on the positive. But it’s what wasn’t said that was most interesting. Their executive director and a panel of their advisors were asked which races to watch out for in November…

But asked which races to watch on Election Day, Daschle picked the gubernatorial battles in California, Florida, New York and Texas. The rest of the panel named roughly the same races as ones to watch, particularly because of the impact the governorships have on next year’s redistricting process and the presidential election the following year. They failed to mention Ohio, where Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland is in an uphill battle against former Rep. John Kasich.

The executive director didn’t bring up Ohio. Nor did the entire panel of advisors. No one.

In other words, “look away, there’s nothing to see here.”

Folks, that wasn’t an accident.

When these guys know they will be interviewed, they prepare to highlight the races where they have a chance of winning. The silence about Ohio speaks volumes.

But after the way the race has been trending, can you blame them?

If the DGA is already beginning to write off Ted Strickland, how long until the unions do the same?

This may be the first nail in the Governor’s coffin.

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