“Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (And their friends.)

Don’t listen to what Chris Coons says, pay attention to what he does, and to the people who support the fruits of his labors.

And if you’re a voter in Delaware, remember that the media has a vested interest in doing anything possible to destroy a Republican candidate with a past while, at the same time, assiduously hiding the Democratic candidate’s past.  You were already on the receiving end of the media shaft in 2008.  Why in the world would you let the media do it to you again in 2010?

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  1. Spartacus says

    “… remember that the media has a vested interest in doing anything possible to destroy a Republican candidate with a past while, at the same time, assiduously hiding the Democratic candidate’s past.”
     
    Not to defend or encourage intellectual laziness, but to create a useful rule of thumb:  It is axiomatic that Republicans, as a group, are more ethical and have far fewer skeletons in the closet.  Not necessarily because of any inherent correlation between listing to starboard and being a better human being — an interesting but protracted debate for another time — but because in a competitive political market in which a biased media is a factor, they simply have to be in order to attract a majority of neutral swing voters.
     
    Additionally, while elected Republicans can be tempted into dishonesty or depravity, Republican voters are harder to tempt into forgiving them.  Not hard enough, but a vast improvement over Democrat voters, who have a strong immunity to moral indignation, and sometimes, in very urban areas, even an open attraction to moral outrage.  This strengthens the trend.
     
    There are exceptions to this general rule, of course.  Anyplace where the competitive two-party system has essentially broken down, there will be an open invitation to corruption.  Alaska (as a statewide jurisdiction) is an example of a place that is Republican enough for this to be the case, requiring the occasional Sarah Palin to clean house within her own party.
     
    Also, in deeply Democrat areas, look for the occasional Uncle Tom RINO, the “moderate” against whom the Democrats mysteriously decline to run any serious opposition, election after election, in spite of a strong likelihood of winning the office and no shortage of ambitious Democrats looking for a “stepping stone” office.  Toms are especially useful in executive branch offices which ostensibly perform some sort of audit, certification, or prosecution function, since they give the appearance of the “oppostion party” giving its imprimatur to the actions of the majority, thus defusing much suspicion of corruption.  They are, IMHO, more important to defeat than Democrats, as they are not the four columns converging on Madrid, but the fifth one already inside.
     
    So, to make a long story short — (What’s that, you say?  Too late?  OK, sorry about that…) — we can sum it up to our not-so-political friends by simply saying that Republicans are less likely to be corrupt.  And hope that simple assertion convinces them.  ;)

  2. suek says

    Plus the fact that if you have a corrupt Republican, the party itself is more likely to get rid of him/her, simply because they know their party members won’t tolerate the corruption.  Dems don’t do that because they’re more “liberal”;  they don’t “judge”.  After all, they’re not among those terrible judgmental Fundamentalists…  Of course, they’ll insist that for them to overlook such stuff, there has to be quid pro quo…but that’s just politics, right?
     
    In fact…I’ve about come to the conclusion that they _prefer_ politicians who have “checkered” pasts – it gives the leaders a handle on them.
     
    There has to be _some_ reason that they vote so consistently along the party lines like good little children…

  3. Mike Devx says

    I’ve gotten (somehow) onto a couple of Democrat mailing lists in the last year or so.

    I thought you all would enjoy seeing what Daily Kos is blasting out as a part of the Big Government effort to elect Democrats.  It’s similar to some of the less effective email pitches I’m getting on our side.  Is this really the best they can do?   You can see they’ve got their own terminology, for how they’re trying to brand this election.  And I LOVE how Kos HATES the Blue Dogs!  And is Sestak REALLY making a big comeback in Pennsylvania????

    Here’s the email text.

    —–

    You guys are frakking amazing. With new polls showing Joe Sestak making a big comeback in Pennsylvania, and Republicans scrambling to run new ads to try and save their precious wingnut champion Pat Toomey, over 2,000 of you dug deep to contribute to Joe Sestak’s campaign. That’s right–over 2,000.
     
    Welcome to the turn of the tide. You turned it. Now let’s really put Republicans on their heels, and actually gain some seats.
     
    According to our polls, in Hawaii’s 1st congressional district, Democrat Colleen Hanabusa is in a dead heat with incumbent Republican Charles Djou. In Washington’s 8th congressional district, Democrat Suzan DelBene is down only three to Republican incumbent Dave Reichert.
     
    In response, we’re endorsing Suzan DelBene and Colleen Hanabusa on the Orange to Blue page. Let’s pile on the 2,000 donations from Wednesday, and reach 3,000 donors, to actually pickup a couple of seats in 2010:
     
    Contribute $10 to Suzan DelBene and Colleen Hanabusa.
     
    Rather than cowering on defense, half the candidates we endorsed on Orange to Blue aim to pickup Republican-held seats. In Florida’s 25th district, Democrat Joe Garcia is leading a tea party favorite who has a history of violence. In the Kentucky Senate race, Democrat Jack Conway is hot on the heels of Civil Rights Act opponent Rand Paul. In Alaska, Democrat Scott McAdams has gained 5% in the last week against not one, but two, Republican candidates.
     
    All Orange to Blue candidates answer our questionnaire about the public option, climate change, LGBT rights, labor rights, a path to citizenship for immigrants, and never joining the Blue Dogs. They are good Democrats who will make you proud, and make your contribution go a long way.
     
    Stay on the attack–contribute to Orange to Blue candidates now.
     
    Keep fighting,
    Markos Moulitsas
    Founder, Daily Kos
     

  4. Mike Devx says

    I can’t wait til my comment held in moderation gets posted.  I’ve read it carefully – it’s a campaign pitch from Daily Kos that I got in my email today.  When you analyze it carefully, and dig just a little beneath the surface, you REALLY can see the trouble the Democrats are in!

  5. Mike Devx says

    My tea leaves reading of the Kos email…

    So, the Sestak poll may be a harbinger of a tight race.  Possibly.  Or we could take it big.

    On to Hawaii, a blue-blue-blue state.  It would be a shocker if RINO Djou actually could win.  I consider a dead heat there to be a sign of trouble for the Democrat party.

    Washington is a Blue state, and the Republican is ahead by 3.

    Kos says: In Florida’s 25th district, Democrat Joe Garcia is leading a tea party favorite who has a history of violence.

    I say: If ANY candidate has a “history of violence”, and the challenger can make it stick, that candidate is in trouble.  No surprise there.

    Then Kos says: In the Kentucky Senate race, Democrat Jack Conway is hot on the heels of Civil Rights Act opponent Rand Paul.

    I say: “hot on the heels” does not a victory make.  Ron Paul is not an ideal candidate, and he’s holding his own.  We’re OK

    Kos says: In Alaska, Democrat Scott McAdams has gained 5% in the last week against not one, but two, Republican candidates.

    I say: Lisa Miller one of “two Republicans”?  Ha ha ha.  Lisa Murkowski is a gutter candidate, a favorite of the elite who has sold her soul for POWER.  I wish Joe Miller were running away with it, but he’s not.  The Democrat is trailing BOTH the real Republican Miller and the fake Republican Murkowski.  That race will be interesting to watch develop over the last three weeks of the campaign.

    But these are the best that KOS can point to?  All of them are desperate struggles for the Democrat party.  I consider none of them positives.

    It’s going to be fascinating down to the wire.

  6. Spartacus says

    I don’t know why the Dems even bother denying the anti-Semitism charge anymore.  Republicans try to elect another Djou to Congress, and the Dems go all-out to stop them.  Go figure.

  7. says

    “Why in the world would you let the media do it to you again in 2010?”
     
    Some people get comfortable in prison and don’t mind being controlled and directed. It’s a form of Stockholm Syndrome, which is used in both politics and cults to keep people from performing an act of independent judgment.
     
     

  8. says

    we can sum it up to our not-so-political friends by simply saying that Republicans are less likely to be corrupt.  And hope that simple assertion convinces them. 
     
    Back in 2008 and 2009, Obama fanatics were trying to prop their messiah up by talking about how Democrats are naturally less corrupt than Republicans because Republicans are more “competent” at it, thus are doing more of it.
     
    Their reasoning behind that, check this out, is that Democrats are shown as corrupt more often in the media, thus this makes it “obvious” that Republicans are simply better at hiding corruption.
     
    The reason why evil is rampant in this world, need no better statement of origin than that. There are always going to be plenty of useful idiots just clamoring to be used to dominant the world and oppress the lessers.
     
     

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