Well, Thom Tillis is finally going up on television. It’s a feel good spot that let’s us know how hard he works and that he’s all business. In essence, he’s running as Mitt Romney (Hat tip Gary Pearce).
Tillis believes, and maybe rightly so, that he can run a primary without directly engaging anybody in the Republican Party other than donors. I think it’s a dubious proposition. We’ll soon find out.
He’s running against a broken Washington and while that might work with low information voters, it’s not very believable to the rest of us. This is the guy who has the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Karl Rove. If Washington is broken, those folks bear at least some of the responsibility.
We’ll see a lot more ads in the coming weeks. My guess is that Tillis and his team think he can get through the primary without engaging his opponents and all the ads will be about Hagan, Obama, Washington or some combination of the three. So far, there’s only one debate scheduled and it’s on Time Warner cable. So those of you using some other company to get your television are out of luck. Having been through some of those arguments about scheduling debates, it’s no accident that there is only this one.