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The Dukakis Method!

Daily Show ace reporter Ed Helms asks Paul Hackett why he was asked by the Democratic Party to exit the Ohio Senate race after his stunning success last August...[VIDEO]

Hackett replies that it was his outspokenness and willingness to take a strong stand -- the very things that nearly scored him the win in a heavily Republican district -- that got him ousted.

Confused by this apparently counterintuitive strategy, Helms questions Democratic Strategist Hank Sheinkopf, who tells him that there's a "matrix" for choosing a candidate and that Hackett didn't fit it.

And clearly, with all their, you know, wins, Democratic strategists and their matrices are to be followed...

Helms thinks so too, offering a brilliant montage of Democratic victories and their tools for achieving them, such as The Dukakis Method and Al Gore's 837 Steps to Campaign Victory.

Helms is told that it's gonna be easy with all the Republican missteps. He responds with a story about being beaten senseless with a bottle on the street, all the while hoping his attacker will slip and beat himself. "you know what, I'm gonna sit back and wait for him to accidentally hit himself with a bottle. He did -- I mean, I was unconscious -- but I think I won that battle...

Crickets in Democratic Strategy circles... See Ari Berman's article on the Democrats' continued strategy to avoid Iraq in the lead-up to '06 elections... (BradBlog)

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