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Running against the ultimate empty suits

As the election draws nearer, I think I have discovered the Democrats' secret plan for winning: they're going to run against people who aren't running, and therefore hope to win by default.

For some time now, the Democrats' big strategy has been to try to tie every Republican to President Bush, and bash Bush as best they can. They seem to think that if they keep the Republicans who are actually running for office as close to Bush as they can and then throw mud on Bush, some will surely have to splash them as well.

(The stock answer, of which I wholeheartedly approve, is to say "OK, you've convinced me. I won't vote for Bush this November. In fact, I'll never vote for him again.")

Well, they must think it's a winning strategy, because they're trying it out in other races.

As I've said before, for some reason I've been subscribed to the mailing lists of numerous prominent Democrats. (For some reason, my Wizbang e-mail address gets all the Democratic spam, while my Yahoo! address collects the Republican spam.) It's annoying, but every now and then I get one that just illustrates the sheer absurdity of the Democratic leadership.

That happened again last night.

New York's junior senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is very concerned about a certain congressional race in Florida, and is urging her supporters to help out her preferred candidate in that district. Here is her letter, in its entirety (minus silly graphics, of course):

Dear Friend,


I'm writing to ask your help for Tim Mahoney, the Democratic candidate running to replace Mark Foley in Congress. This is a great opportunity to take back a seat from the Republicans, and demonstrate that Americans are fed up with the Republican leadership.

Tim Mahoney is a great candidate who believes in responsibility and accountability. Please help us take back Congress by supporting his campaign today.

Tim is a successful rancher and businessman who has created jobs in his community. He has pledged to fight for fiscal responsibility and integrity, qualities badly needed in Washington today.

http://www.actblue.com/page/hillpac_mahoney

He supports enacting the 9/11 Commission reforms to keep our country safe. He has pledged to protect Social Security. And I know he'll be a strong ally as we fight to protect our children and build a better future for them.

In short, Tim Mahoney is the kind of leader we need in Congress. Stand with me and support him today:

http://www.actblue.com/page/hillpac_mahoney

Florida's 16th district deserves better representation than Mark Foley -- and we all deserve a better Congress!

Support Tim Mahoney's campaign with your contribution today and get us one step closer to a Democratic majority in the House:

http://www.actblue.com/page/hillpac_mahoney

Thank you for joining me in this fight!

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

If all you had to go on was Hillary's letter, you'd think that Mahoney is not only running to replace Mark Foley, but to defeat him as well. You'd never guess that Mark Foley -- whom everyone knows was a degenerate sleazeball -- had not only withdrawn from the race, but resigned in disgrace as well. All you'd remember was that Mahoney was the alternative to Foley, whose name remains on the ballot and voters are not being allowed to be told at the polls that a vote for Foley will NOT go towards Foley, but the Republican who's running in his stead.

This one actually might work on the uninformed voter. Unlike President Bush, Mark Foley IS on the ballot next month -- but all votes for him will actually be counted towards the Republican candidate who is replacing him in the election.

By the way, in the interest of equal time, Mahoney's opponent -- the man who will get credit for all the votes cast for Foley -- is named Joe Negron. I don't know a damned thing about Negron, his positions, or his experiences, but that's OK -- apparently neither does Senator Clinton. But I know his name, at least, so that puts me one up on her.

It seems a tacit admission of weakness, for the Democrats to keep running against people who aren't in the race. It's like they're afraid to confront the Republican candidates head-on, so they need to keep finding weaknesses wherever they can and try to exploit them as best they can.

It might be a winning strategy, but it still smacks of cowardice and desperation.


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Comments (21)

Jay Tea,Please do ... (Below threshold)
Burt:

Jay Tea,

Please do not make promises that you may wish to back out on. You wrote:

(The stock answer, of which I wholeheartedly approve, is to say "OK, you've convinced me. I won't vote for Bush this November. In fact, I'll never vote for him again.")

Amendment XXII is quite clear. It applies only to "elected" presidents or to presidents that are serving out a term to which someone else has been "elected". The 2001-2005 presidential term was filled by a court appointed official and therefore exempt from this Amendment.

Sure, there will be objections and legal challenges from the party of whiners. They will probably fight it all the way thru the court systems. However, I think we all know who the Supremes sing back-up for.

So I believe we should wait and see who the opposition runs against Mr. Bush in 2008 before we make any promises about who we will vote for.

Now, do you understand why Karl is so jolly?


There are strange things go... (Below threshold)
Allan Yackey:

There are strange things going on under the radar here in Indiana. Indiana is a traditionally Red State. However a number of our Republican Representatives are under intense pressure. There are predictions that at least some may lose to Democrat challengers.

In the Seventh Congressional District, things have been happening that no one has noticed until now. This is Julia Carson's district (previously Andy Jacobs Jr.) and has been a SAFE Democrat district for decades. Historically its geographic boundaries have included the older part of Indianapolis. Additionally middle class flight to the suburbs over the decades have made Indianapolis trend more and more Democrat. Most races over the last twenty or thirty years have had only token Republican opposition.

Other problems include the fact that the local Republican Party slates candidates. Because of the general view that a Republican in this race is just a place holder to assure a full ballot, slating does not tend to produce a strong candidate. Stronger candidates tend to look for other races where they feel that they can win.

This year an articulate African American Republican Business man bucked the entire system. He ran against the slate in the May primary and won. His name is Eric Dickerson (not the retired football player). He has largely financed his own campaign and has been ignored generally by both the local Republican Party and the RNC. But like a duck moving on the water, there has been furious action out of sight.

Today it seems to have broken into the open. In a poll released by WTHR Chanel 13 and published in the Indianapolis Star he leads Carson by 3 points. http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061020/COLUMNISTS19/610200417/1006/LOCAL The internals of the polling are even more impressive. Carson has a 49% disapproval rating.
Carson has conducted her campaign in the typical Democrat fashion. At one point she personally attacked Dickerson's character with a 15 year old arrest. Dickerson has declined to dredge up old skeletons from Carson's closet. This is turning into an interesting race.

One final note is in order. Carson historically has delivered five or more percentage points over the polling numbers. She always attributes it to an effective get out the vote effort. Vans delivering groups of voters to the polls are common. Opponents, including some members of the press have suggested that something else is involved.

Indiana has passed a voter picture I.D. requirement. It has been upheld at this point by the courts. It is presently before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. In oral arguments, members of the panel did not seem inclined to set aside this law. One of the weak points in the plaintiff's case is the inability to produce even one voter to stand in as a plaintiff who does not possess a picture I.D.
It will be quite interesting if the voter I.D requirement remains and the traditional super performance disappears.

By the way Dickerson could us whatever help anyone wants to deliver.

Burt, I'm willing to see th... (Below threshold)

Burt, I'm willing to see that just to watch the heads explode.

Burt: Surely you can't be ... (Below threshold)
pennywit:

Burt: Surely you can't be serious. Your faulty reasoning is giving me a very, very large headache.

Jay Tea: No, definitely vote Mahoney. We need at least six movies about him outwitting Karl "Harris" Rove.

--|PW|--

In their court case to bloc... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

In their court case to block Florida voters from learning about this strange twist in the election laws, the democrats claimed that telling voters that a vote for Foley would count as a vote for Negron would be "irreparable harm" to the democrat.

So there you have it. The democratic party admits that letting the voters know the truth would cause them ireparable harm". Truer words are seldom said.

The really, really funny bi... (Below threshold)
cirby:

The really, really funny bit is that, due to the age of many of Foley's voters, all the Dems will be getting will be a lot of doddering old pensioners going "I've been hearing that Foley name a lot - I'll vote for him!"

It might be a winn... (Below threshold)
pennywit:
It might be a winning strategy, but it still smacks of cowardice and desperation.

I disagree, Jay Tea. It smacks of attacking your opponent's weakest point. If this were a midterm election in which the sitting president were, say, fooling around with an intern, it would be basic tactics to attack that president's party at the polls and smear that party with the same brush at the president.

Additionally, I note that the six-year election is often a referendum on/indicator of performance of an incumbent president, with his party as proxy. That's only natural.

Finally, how would you classify the GOP implication that "the terrorists will attack if the Democrats win" in their latest ad? Brave? On-topic? Desperate? Cowardly?

--|PW|--

"Try to tie every Republica... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

"Try to tie every Republican to President Bush"

Your argument would have more credibility if your example (above) actually supported your claim.

Hillary should show up in p... (Below threshold)
914:

Hillary should show up in person. That would really help whatever His name is pick up votes.

Jay, If a congressional vo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Jay, If a congressional vote as recommended by Kim Priestly yesterday, is indeed a vote for continuing the pro-Bush agenda Folks, if you sit out November 7th, you won't be punishing the Republican lawmakers who pissed you off. You'll be thrusting a high tax, soft on terror, impeach Bush & Cheney, cut and run agenda on all Americans. I can't help wondering why then equally, a vote for the Democrats not be construed and motivated as a vote for punishing Bush administration (or at least trying to slow it down) for continuing its pro war neocon conservative policies which have indeed, effected all Americans. ..What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

Steve:Oh, cut off ... (Below threshold)

Steve:

Oh, cut off the nose to spite the face? Yeah, that makes sense to me.

Still not going to vote Dem for a long time, though... You guys just HAVE to come up with something other than "We're not Republicans".

If all you had to go on ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

If all you had to go on was Hillary's letter, you'd think that Mahoney is not only running to replace Mark Foley, but to defeat him as well. You'd never guess that Mark Foley had not only withdrawn from the race, but resigned in disgrace as well.

Wow, reading into it much? All the letter says is that Mahoney is "replacing" Foley. That is 100% accurate. It doesn't imply anything else, nor does it ever mention Foley again.

If all you had to go on was Hillary's letter, you'd think that we were winning in Iraq, the sky is green, and Elvis is alive. Because her letter doesn't address any of those things, one way or another, nor does it address the points that you mention, one way or another.

Brian - The conervatives ar... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Brian - The conervatives are upset because Hillary's letter didn't help them - it didn't point out that Negron is replacing Foley, and that a vote for Foley is a vote for Negron.

She never mentioned Negron by name? Gee - I wonder why Hillary didn't include that info in her letter -- duuuuuhhhh....

duuuuhh it took old "pucker... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

duuuuhh it took old "pucker puss (lee lee) longer then usual to get in his $.00000000000000002 worth.

You mean like how President... (Below threshold)

You mean like how President Bush is always running against "some people" he can never put a name to like the coward he is?

I agree with you Jay - they... (Below threshold)
cat:

I agree with you Jay - they're full of $#!%. But surely we already know that. Let's get back to a subject that's a little more meaningful in these strange days we are living in - something close to your heart:

Army Strong.

Watch this documentary (link below) and remember you support your troops. Hillary and her friends certainly don't - they support whatever they think might get them elected, blowing in the wind of focus groups and then betraying their false promises as soon as they get the power they wanted.

But do you? Do you really support your troops? You should, but if you decide to watch this film, ask yourself what you are really supporting - the soldiers who are fighting your war, or some strange idea far removed from reality.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15319.htm

Army Strong, Jay, Army Strong. What does it mean? Do you really know and comprehend what you stand for? You like to portray yourself as an independent-minded thinker. But are you, really?

Actually, I think this will... (Below threshold)
seamus:

Actually, I think this will hurt the democrats, seeeing as how most republicans are not only dumb enough to vote for bush, but are also confirmed pedophiles. Mark Foley will actually help draw the true base of the Republican party.

The NRCC is doing the same ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

The NRCC is doing the same thing here in my neck of the woods, or at least the district next door. They're running this ad against Melissa Bean. Or is it Nancy Pelosi? I can't tell, but I'm pretty sure Pelosi doesn't live anywhere near the Illinois 8th.

Still not going to vote Dem for a long time, though... You guys just HAVE to come up with something other than "We're not Republicans".

Interesting, since Republicans seem to be running on "Ignore our mistakes. We're not Democrats!" That and "terrorists will kill your children if you don't vote for us."

Actually, my feelings are r... (Below threshold)

Actually, my feelings are running more along these lines.

Instapundit.com -
As I mentioned before, the Republicans don't really deserve my vote -- though as Bob Corker hasn't been in Washington that's not really his fault -- but nonetheless the Democrats have blown it again. Not long ago I was thinking that a Democratic majority in Congress wouldn't be so bad; but the sexual McCarthyism from the pro-outing crowd, coupled with the Dems' steadfast refusal to offer anything useful on national security, has convnced me that they just don't deserve a victory with those tactics. That's not Ford's fault, either, really. But I just don't think the Democrats are ready for a majority right now. We'll see how many other voters agree.
Honestly, I just don't see any advantage to voting for the Democrats. You might think different, that's fine by me. We'll find out on election day how the majority think, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Democrats lost a couple of seats. I don't do partisan politics - I look for real world results. In the last 30 years, the Dems have been real long on rhetoric and short on results. And we just can't afford that at this point.

J.

Hey wingnuts look what the ... (Below threshold)

Hey wingnuts look what the Dems got ahold of.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/19/AR2006101901818.html

Remember, Howard Dean was able to hack a Diebold electronic voting machine live on MSMBC a few months ago using nothing but a "mini bar" key and a memory stick. Is it time for the Repubs to demand a paper trial yet? Sure sucks to have shoe on the other foot doesn't it?

If all you had to ... (Below threshold)
jpe:
If all you had to go on was Hillary's letter, you'd think that Mahoney is not only running to replace Mark Foley, but to defeat him as well.

You forgot the other condition to thinking that: a fatal lack of reading comprehension. When candidates drop out or retire, they're "replaced." When they're in the race they're "defeated." Delay will be replaced, Reynolds will be defeated.

The democratic party admits that letting the voters know the truth would cause them ireparable harm".

"Irreparable harm" is a technical legal term; it had to be invoked to prevent the FL GOP from violating FL election law.




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