She undermined the Republican leadership strategy of rejecting troop withdrawal but not criticizing Murtha, a decorated Marine war veteran who is popular on both sides of the aisle. Schmidt must have not gotten the message, but she later apologized for what she said.
A footnote: Schmidt nearly lost the special election because of lukewarm support from conservatives, who disliked her voting record in the Ohio legislature on gun control issues.
RUDY AND BLACKS
While former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is shown by polls to be the most popular possible Republican presidential candidate with the party's voters nationally, he is viewed as a disaster in the 2008 election by prominent African-American Republicans.
The black Republicans, engaged in a difficult uphill struggle to broaden the party's base, say the overwhelmingly favorable voter response to Giuliani's handling of the 9/11 disaster did not apply to African-Americans. They report that the black attitude toward Giuliani remains shaped by the record of police shootings in New York under his watch.
Specifically cited is Giuliani's support of the police in the shootings of Amadou Diallo and Patrick Dorismond, both unarmed black men.