Monthly Archives: October 2010

Stand By Your [Men]

Patty Murray is a faithful foot soldier of the Democrats. (I know that technically, she’s part of the Senate leadership, but you never really see or hear of her leading on anything so, yeah.) She votes with her party 96% of the time and while other Democrat incumbents are distancing themselves from the President and Obamacare, Murray was only too happy to welcome the President to Seattle (Twice! And Michelle! And the Veep!) to campaign on her behalf and even claim authorship of the health care abomination.

In fact, the Democrats are so confident that Patty will be standing by her men that they didn’t even feel a need to mention her in one of their last rally-the-voter e-mails. She reminds me of that girl who’ll do anything to win the guy but he can’t quite remember her name. So sad…I think she needs help.

Be a part of the intervention; vote for Dino Rossi.

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Words Weekly Wrap-Up; 10/24/10 through 10/30/10

When Racism Isn’t Racist At All

Jobs Americans Won’t Do: Campaigning For Patty Murray

Well. This Was Unexpected.

Random Rants, Seattle Times Edition

Charlie Sheen: Proving Yet Again That Having It All Doesn’t Necessarily Mean All That Much

Too Good Not To Share

A Midterm Blowout

Man’s Best Friend, But Still

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Moxie Media’s Deceitful, Allegedly Illegal Attack Ads Against Local GOP Candidates

Guest blogger, Janis Richter

My 19 year old son is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Imagine the outrage I felt when I opened my mailbox to discover a political attack ad against my husband (Dennis Richter, candidate for Washington State Representative in Legislative District 1, Position 1) which was addressed to my son, stating that “If you’re concerned about the risk of Autism…Then you should be concerned about the risk of politician Dennis Richter.” It is despicable that any false claim be made against my husband, but this one is particularly offensive! Dennis cares deeply about children affected by Autism, one of them being his own step son!

There is no way for Dennis to have been misconstrued. His position is very clearly stated on his website. In response to the deceptive claims made against him, he states on his campaign website:

Our political opposition is trying to deceive voters by misstating our positions on important issues. For example, one recent mailer said I am against screening for autism and breast cancer. This is a blatant lie, twisting what I believe about health care mandates. Put simply, I do not believe it is the function of state government to tell private industry what they have to sell to consumers. Any insurance company should be allowed to sell policies that provide a wide range of coverage. That will keep our health care costs as low as possible. We believe that voters will see through this type of strategy by our opposition and will side with the common sense solutions our campaign offers.”

By the way, my 19-year-old stepson, Jared, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome (“high-functioning autism”) at an early age. It is a particularly low blow for my political opponents to deceitfully attack me over such a personal issue.

From the article A Mind-Bogglingly Complex Scheme Funnels $2.7 Million for Labor and its Allies in Washington-State Races – Berkey Case is Just the Beginning, published in Washington State Wire, we learn that Moxie Media, the company that funded the hit pieces against Dennis, “shuffles Campaign Cash Through 40 Political Action Committees”. Basically, it is a front group that deliberately and fraudulently conceals from the voters who is paying for the ads. The article states that “this year labor organizations and their allies have funneled as much as $2.7 million to independent campaigns for and against legislative candidates in this state. The Public Disclosure Commission has referred a case against the company to Attorney General Rob McKenna. He has filed suit against them.

Numerous candidates across our state are being vilified by attack ads put out by Moxie Media. Washington State Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser has called for the “Democratic candidates who have benefited from these sleazy shadow groups to “publicly renounce their activities and condemn the outrageous behavior of Moxie Media… If these Democrats remain silent they will be complicit with the politics of sleaze and cynicism. Those Democrats who won’t condemn the Moxie Media shadow groups are merely hoping that all the tangled webs of deception won’t be unwound by the media and the PDC until after Election Day. The voters deserve better than that.” I agree with that, and would add that these candidates who have been maliciously attacked deserve better too.

Editor’s Note: Heidi Munson has also been a victim numerous malicious ads. She is running for LD-1, Position 2.

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When Racism Isn’t Racist At All

Perhaps the next time Gawker chooses to lecture on racism, a quick check on the meaning of “race” and “nationality” would be in order. Last time I checked, Germans, Russians, Greeks, Vikings and the French were all Caucasian. Some of these were categorized as not being racist, but for all the wrong reasons.

To their credit, they did correctly note “French isn’t a race, but it is a nationality,” leaving one to wonder why the French maid was included at all.

H/T Dan Collins

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Man’s Best Friend, But Still

Do you have a dog? I do, and Bill Maher thinks she and I share an I.Q.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my puppy to pieces and she’s smart – for a dog – but I still like to think that I’m at least incrementally smarter.

Not so Bill Maher. Obama’s approval ratings are down and the only explanation? As he told George Lopez:

“I’ll tell you this about Americans – about the American electorate, the voter,” Maher said. “They love a winner. You know, as soon as he passed health care, [his approval rating] went up 15 points. They don’t understand the issues. They’re too stupid. They’re like a dog. They can understand inflection. They can understand fear. They can understand dominance. They don’t understand issues. But when he won on that issue, he went up.” (via NewsBusters)

Now there’s also some irony to this story Do you see the bit there where Maher claims the President’s approval rating went up 15 points when the health care legislation passed? Yeah. Didn’t happen. You’d have to be stupid to say that.

Gallup characterized his job approval as “not fundamentally changed” and Marist showed a 2 point bump. Other polls showed a dip.

So the question for Maher isn’t, “are you smarter than a fifth grader” but “are you smarter than a dog.” For him, I think the jury may still be out.

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A Midterm Blowout

Shane D’Aprile tells us that 50 or more Democrat seats are set to change hands. Please, God, let some of them be in Washington.

James Watkins, WA-01 (Jay Inslee*)

John Koster, WA-02 (Rick Larsen*)

Jaime Herrera, WA-03 (Open, Brian Baird retirement)

Doc Hastings*, WA-04

Cathy McMorris Rodgers*, WA-05

Doug Cloud, WA-06 (Norm Dicks*)

Steve Beren, WA-07 (Jim McDermott*)

Dave Reichert*, WA-08

Dick Muri, WA-09 (Adam Smith*)

Dino Rossi, Senate (Patty Murray*)

*Incumbent

Washington has one of the more left-leaning Congressional delegations. It’s not too late to make a contribution of time or money.

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Too Good Not To Share

As The Other McCain says:

If Marco Rubio doesn’t close the deal for you here, I don’t know what more anyone could possibly say:

I admit to being a faucet so, yeah, I teared up.

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