Political Hits — 10-02-2010October 2nd, 2010 by Lee Eldridge
Lots of stuff going on in the news. Thought it was worth some quick thoughts.
Alan Grayson is a Douchebag
Politics is a contact sport. Politicians and political groups twist the truth. They exaggerate. They misrepresent. And sometimes they flat out lie. Florida’s Alan Grayson has been running maybe the most despicable ads I’ve seen in many years against his opponent Dan Webster. From FactCheck.org:
In a new ad, Grayson accuses his Republican opponent Daniel Webster of being a religious fanatic and dubs him “Taliban Dan.” But to make his case, Grayson manipulates a video clip to make it appear Webster was commanding wives to submit to their husbands, quoting a passage in the Bible. Four times, the ad shows Webster saying wives should submit to their husbands. In fact, Webster was cautioning husbands to avoid taking that passage as their own. The unedited quote is: “Don’t pick the ones [Bible verses] that say, ‘She should submit to me.’ “
But this isn’t Grayson’s first misrepresentation of Grayson in an ad. Just a week earlier, FactCheck.org wrote that Grayson had falsely accused Webster of being a draft dodger:
Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida is falsely accusing his opponent of evading the Vietnam War draft, claiming “he doesn’t love this country.” Republican candidate Daniel Webster didn’t “refuse the call to service,” as claimed in a vicious TV ad featuring pictures of military graves and the sound of “Taps” being played on a bugle. In fact, the former Florida Senate majority leader was given routine student deferments until he completed his undergraduate degree. He then reported for a military physical and was disqualified for medical reasons.
It’s rare that I feel sorry for a politician, but I feel sorry for Webster. This is about as bad as it gets, and Grayson is a douchebag.
Is this the worst ad you’ve seen lately? If not, what is? Please share.
Pledge to America
Did you read it? Yawn. You can read it here.
As a fiscal conservative, there are points in here I like. But in the big picture, this only scratches the surface of what must be done to fix our country and fix our economy. This really smacks of republicans trying to tell the Tea Party “See, we’re on your side.”
From a political perspective, it probably wasn’t necessary. And not sure it matters.
President Urges College Journalists
Did anybody notice this? Does anybody care? Saw this story on CNN.com the other day. President Obama urged college journalists to take his message to college students:
Speaking on a conference call to student journalists, the president said he wanted to send a message to “young people across the country [about] how important this election is.”
This is a call to arms for young journalists. Obama went on to explain to these college journalist why they should take up his message:
Obama warned the students that the GOP push to extend all of the Bush tax cuts — including for families making over $250,000 — could result in student loan cuts, among other things.
Nice scare tactics Mr. President. If this had been ten years ago, a big part of this blog would have focused on media bias. And sooner or later I’ll devote some time to my disgust for the media. But I find it disturbing that the President can attempt to rally young journalists around his cause and nobody even gives it a second thought.
Unions, Socialists and Communists, Oh My!
Today begins the One Nation Working Together rally in Washington. According to their website, the purpose of the rally is: “One Nation Working Together is a social movement of individuals and organizations committed to putting America back to work and pulling America back together. Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and orientations, we are determined to build a more united country with good jobs, equal justice, and quality public education for all.”
The list of endorsing organizations is rather eyeopening. (Click here for full list.) I find it interesting that these groups have banded together with one vision for the future of our country. The list includes several of our most powerful unions (such as AFL-CIO and the UAW), socialist organizations (such as the New York City Democratic Socialists of America and International Socialist Organization), communist organizations (including the Communist Party USA), and far-left advocacy groups (such as Climate Crisis Coalition, Sierra Club and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition). This list is long and impressive.
Should organizations be judged by the company they keep?