For those non-SD readers, it's difficult to emphasize enough how the Daschle campaign made a HUGE deal out of their valiant efforts to block the outside Democratic attack groups from coming into South Dakota. It was a core element of their run-as-a-victim strategy. Anyway, the depth of Daschle's cynicism was again revealed when The Pledge was quickly abandoned when the pressed the panic button. The headline in today's Aberdeen American News captures the change nicely:
Daschle reneges on outside help pledge
Senator accepts advertisements campaigning on his behalf
Here's an excerpt from the story:
A third-party group started running advertisements on behalf of Tom Daschle Wednesday.
The move by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee comes despite the fact that Daschle, the Senate minority leader, has for months said he wouldn't accept help from outsiders.
Daschle has said that candidates have the ability to control many third-party ads. But, he said Tuesday, he is not going to stop the DSCC from running its spots.
"Once again, Tom Daschle says one thing in South Dakota and does another thing back in Washington, D.C.," said Dick Wadhams, campaign manager for Republican challenger John Thune.
"Daschle solemnly promised no third-party ads would air on his behalf in South Dakota, but now his national Democratic Party friends are rolling in after all," Wadhams said.