Sunday, October 29, 2006

More on Weldon & Sestak

Got another Weldon flyer yesterday - it summarizes all the other flyers. Interestingly, after blasting Sestak for not knowing anything about the district, the flyer (courtesy of the National Republican Congressional Committee) quotes a letter from Edward Partridge, President of the Board of School Directors of Marple Newton (sic) School district.

I googled that school district with Edward Partidge and couldn't find anything, knowing full well I wouldn't. Why? Because it's the Marple Newtown School District. If they messed that up, what else do they have in their flyers that's wrong?

And here's a letter to the Delaware County Daily Times that notes campaigning in DelCo classrooms isn't limited to "out of touch" Defeatocrats.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

Rush smear II

Rush ignited more controversy when he said that Michael J Fox was either acting or off his meds when he did a 'shaky' campaign ad for a Democrat who supports stem cell research (or as Rush put it, "she wants cloning!").

Of course, Rush was portrayed by most media outlets as cruel and heartless. Accurate. Yet Fox becomes fair game (Parkinson's Disease victim or not) once he jumps into a political ad. And politics can get ugly.

Rush smear I

Might have heard this incorrectly, or been groggy one morning a few weeks back, but I heard a promo for Riush saying Dems "have mastered the art of the smear - they have lots of lawyers who are hired just to do it, but the Republicans have to wake up, since they believe elections are about ideas - they couldn't smear if you gave them the cream cheese and the bagel."

I nearly drove off the road at that point, remembering Ed Muskie, Willie Horton, Harvey Gantt in North Carolina (the white hands ad by Jesse Helms), Swift Boat vets, pretty much any campaign in the past 20 years...

...and of course, any interview about the 2006 campaigns...
"If you are airing positive ads you are allowing your opponent to get traction when you should be ripping them down," said Carl Forti of the House Republican Campaign Committee. "It's about making your opponent unacceptable." "You usually save some of your best stuff for last," Forti said. "Keep the pedal to the metal until the end."

And did anyone catch Scarborough Country, where two weeks ago they showed a picture of President Bush meeting with noted policy advisors Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michael Medved and others? Sorry, no Rush, but you get the point. I'm sure it wasn't discussing how to be fair and balanced through Election Day.

Curt Weldon + Joe Sestak = a mess

A little profile of the 7th district race (from the NYT)....

Before things got ugly for Weldon, that is....


The FBI is investigating whether U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon used his influence to secure lobbying and consulting contracts for his daughter, two people familiar with the inquiry said Saturday.

The inquiry focuses on lobbying contracts worth $1 million that Weldon's daughter, Karen Weldon, obtained from foreign clients [blogger's note - Russia] and whether they were assisted by the Republican congressman, they said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidentiality of the criminal investigation.

Last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee mailed fliers to voters in Weldon's district accusing Karen Weldon of getting help from her father on lobbying projects. [blogger's note - why yes, we received those mailings.]

Michael Puppio, Weldon's campaign manager, questioned the timing of the mailing and published reports about the investigation. He accused Democrats of "attempting to smear the congressman and his entire family" in the final weeks of the campaign.

More here
and here.....

And an older post here regarding Weldon's (lack of) military record, an interesting point for such a war hawk.

Bottom line?

Sestak's campaign has harped on Weldon's daughter's lobbying scandal (which might or might not be a big issue, but should be discussed)....but has fallen flat on other attacks:

Weldon took money from defense contractors!
Duh. Most Boeing employees in the district would thank Weldon for using his clout to save the Boeing factory in Ridley Park that makes the V-22 Osprey, even if it's a faulty aircraft that crashes too often and kills our troops. A recorded phone message from a Democratic PAC repeats the same charge about taking money, then casually notes that Halliburton is a defense contractor and they're in trouble. The message never gets around to actually claiming that Weldon took money from Halliburton, but the inference is clearly there.

Weldon took money from Big Oil!
Another duh. Weldon is from Marcus Hook, home to numerous oil refineries and lots of Delaware County jobs. Most of those employees are happy that Weldon has clout.

The dilemma for many DelCo voters is: do you take Weldon, with all his lumps, since he has influence and brings home demonstrated bacon? Or do you cut him loose?

Attacks from Weldon on Sestak are pretty weak but sometimes accurate:

Sestak was fired from his job and was arrogant!
True, but when your flier has multiple quotes and most come from the same article, it's slim. Sestak struck back with an effective TV commercial with Vets for Sestak.

Sestak wants to raise your taxes and bring back (gasp!) the death tax!
True, assuming by "raise your taxes" means eliminating all those tax cut checks that help in the short run but boost the deficit, too.

Sestak doesn't even live in the district (a carpetbagger)!

True. He has a nice big home in Virginia and has a smaller home in Pennsylvania. Like Santorum does.

Sestak is supported by liberal groups like!
True. And apparently gets most of his generic advertising from them, too.

Sestak didn't vote for President three times!

Sestak campaigned in a classroom!
And I guess when Weldon, Santorum and any other elected official shows up in a classroom two weeks before election day, it's just to show the kids how a bill becomes a law - right?

If you're a Democrat, do you just vote Sestak simply to help take back the House? It can't be for any other reason, since Sestak has no track record.

Hmmm. Whitey on the moon.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Paging Problems: Lots of Messages, No Calls for Action

From MSNBC (and just about every other news outlet):

ABC News reported Friday that [Rep. Mark] Foley also engaged in a series of sexually explicit instant messages with current and former teenage male pages. In one message, ABC said, Foley wrote to one page: "Do I make you a little horny?"

In another message, Foley wrote, "You in your boxers, too? ... Well, strip down and get naked."

Congressional Republicans knew about this for a year. Wouldn't want to disturb an election cycle. And to the Democrats who found out but said nothing - they obviously wanted to disturb an election cycle.

More from MSNBC:
"abused as a teen"
didn't the Grandstanding Old Party blast that terrorist's lawyers for using that defense at the penalty phase of his trial?

"and he's gay, too" plus "he's entering alcohol rehab"
just for good measure.

"I'm not going to do that," Hastert said when asked by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh whether he would resign.

Hastert sought to blame Democrats for leaking sexually explicit computer instant messages between Foley and former pages from 2003.

"We have a story to tell, and the Democrats have -- in my view have -- put this thing forward to try to block us from telling the story. They're trying to put us on defense," Hastert said.

No shit. It's on your watch.

Hispanic Heritage "Month"

Does anyone else find it funny that Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) includes two months?

Hispanic Americans get parts of two months. Black Americans get one month (the shortest month). Jewish Americans get a week.


Musharraf and the stone age threat

"Bomb them back to the stone age?" From MSNBC:

White House spokesperson Tony Snow said Friday that he did not know what Musharraf had been told by his intelligence chief after the talk with Armitage, but
“U.S. policy was not to issue bombing threats. U.S. Policy was to say to President Musharraf: '’We need you to make a choice.' "“I don'’t know,"” Snow said. "“This could have been a classic failure to communicate. I just don'’t know."”

You mean they didn't understand "you're either with us or against us?"

What's funnier - that the bombing threat might have been true? Or that Armitage denied saying it, because he "couldn't back it up?" All I know is, U.S. troops had Bin Laden located and more troops weren't provided to seal the border with Pakistan. And now, Pakistan has declared its side of the border off limits to U.S. troops. Hmmm.

Freedom, by its nature, cannot be imposed.

One thing sticks out from Bush's UN speech:

Freedom, by its nature, cannot be imposed. It must be chosen.

Apparently the irony escapes him. Or his speechwriter.

Myers: Officially no longer a wife-beater

We talked about Phillies pitcher Brett Myers back in June, when he smacked his wife on a Boston street. Now his wife has decided to drop the charges:
In a sharply worded statement, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley criticized the judge's decision, which falls during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, saying his office was "deeply disappointed that a Boston Municipal Court judge used his discretionary authority to simultaneously affirm that a man beat his wife on a public street and deny our efforts to hold him responsible."

Kim Myers was quoted as saying therapy helped a lot. No quotes from Brett. He's still a jerk.