Who says ex-Marines don't have a sensitive side?
On the down side, we should note one other telling passage in Mr. Wasson's lament:
This truck had only 90,000 miles on it and was a great pickup to throw hay in, drink a beer in, and over the 4th of July, watch fireworks in [Thad Wasson, "Me and My Chevy," campaign blog, 2009.11.13].
Beer in the truck? Hmmm... I'm trying to picture what would happen if our incumbent Congresswoman mentioned cracking open a cold one in the cab of Grandpa's Old Blue. Someone call the campaign manager!
But wait: maybe this isn't a case of message mismanagement. Maybe Wasson knows exactly what he's doing. He shows his sensitive side (and I'm 100% with him on the value of expressing one's grief and showing one's humanity), but at the same time, he makes a clever play for the hearts of the GOP anti-nanny-staters. Those red-meat Republicans read Wasson's lament and think, "Darn right! Why can't a man choose what to drink and eat and smoke in his own pickup truck? Government has no right to tell him what to do in his God-given property!"
Again, I extend sincere sympathies to candidate Wasson on his significant and expensive loss. But I recommend asking about beer-can holders in the replacement.