Lean Left » Conservatives At CPAC Say Liberty Is Under Attack – They Just Don’t Admit They Are The Attackers
From the Tennessee Journal comes news of some interesting campaign tactics:
State Rep. Jim Cobb (R-Spring City), who is being challenged in the Aug. 7 GOP primary by former representative Jim Vincent, stirred a bit of controversy Thursday with a sign saying he’s “Endorsed by Right to Life.” Tennessee Right to Life expressed concern, since its political action committee has yet to make any endorsements. Cobb explained that the sign wasn’t referring to the organization, but to some neighbors who are “right to life.” The flip side of the sign says “Endorsed by NRA.” The National Rifle Association hasn’t made endorsements either. But we’re betting Cobb has neighbors who hunt. Vincent, you’ll recall, served two terms before not seeking reelection in 2004, the year he was head-butted by fellow representative H.E. Bittle (R-Knoxville) during a fracas at a Nashville karaoke bar. Bittle also didn’t run.
Jun 6, 2008 1:54 PM
The Pesky Fly shares his take on a common talk radio-style Republican tactic:
From my perspective the use of "Democrat Party" doesn't make the party sound as bad as it makes the speaker sound unlearned. Instead of whining Dems should either reach out in an effort to educate or--if feeling less liberal-- openly mock members of the Republici Party who use the term.
Jun 6, 2008 1:14 PM
Mike Byrd wants an explanation as to why Councilman Eric Crafton has not been more thoroughly cross-examined by the media on his assertion that proscribing English as the official language of Metro government helps immigrants learn English:
I would like for someone to explain to me how being married to Asian woman immunizes Eric Crafton from being either prejudiced toward Hispanics or from whipping up the uglier fringes of the racist right to go to the polls in November.
Jun 6, 2008 1:06 PM
Question: when does an attempt to downplay or take the shine off an opponent's qualification become code languague? If your opponent was an optometrist you'd want to say he worked at Lenscrafters, if he was an orthpedic surgeon, you'd want to call him a chiropractor. Belittlement of an opponent's former occupation may not be classy but is it automatically "racist?"
Jun 6, 2008 12:53 PM
The Tennessee Republican Party has busted out with a brand spanking new website which will serve as their virtual HQ and information dispersal center as the party embarks on its quest to take the legislature in 2008 and wield the redistricting pen in 2011. It is called "Take The Hill Now" and was, I am told, registered long before Bob Tuke made the slogan famous in modern Tennessee politics. While Tuke harkens back to Alvin York, Bill Hobbs et al ride to the sound of TR's guns:
Just as, on July 1, 1898, Teddy Roosevelt led his “Rough Riders” volunteer cavalry on a victorious charge up San Juan Hill, the Tennessee Republican Party and TakeTheHillNow.com will give Tennesseans the tools to “join the charge” so that, on November 4, 2008, they can change the way things are done in Nashville.Spokesman Bill Hobbs tells me the site will not be fully operational until after the August primaries and is based on the design of several sites the party has been setting up for candidates who ask such as www.AJMcCall.com, www.AlexMoseley.com, www.RonStarnes.com, www.VicKing.us and www.KenYager.com. The TNGOP's policy is to offer site creation for any Republican candidate for the legislature who wants one, even in a contested primary. Interesting.
Jun 6, 2008 12:25 PM
After looking at the most recent employment numbers, Calvin Rye has a question:
Are there any Republicans out there still willing to believe this economic mess is all a media creation and it would all just magically go away if we were to bury our heads in the sand and ignore it?
Jun 6, 2008 11:55 AM
Matt Pulle tears at the scab presently on the wound that is 60's-style white liberal feminism:
[U]nintentionally or not, the TGW blog is a thrilling read and peek into a dusty school of feminism that seems to view women as perpetual victims. Fortunately, most younger women don't hold that view, as witnessed by how eagerly they supported Obama.Incredibly, though, there are commenters on TGW who say they're going to vote for McCain, claiming, with no evidence, that Obama ran a sexist campaign. Really? Wasn't it Hillary who gloated about how Obama wasn't winning over white voters. When did Obama ever invoke gender in that way? And remember when someone at a McCain appearance called Hillary a bitch? McCain merely chuckled. And for all the heated charges of media bias against Hillary, I would argue that they were the ones who kept her in the race. Imagine for a second if Obama lost 11 straight contests, ran out of money and kept firing all his friends? Who in the media would have taken him seriously as they all did with Clinton.
Jun 6, 2008 11:51 AM
From Mr. William:
The securities industry has already contributed nearly $8 million to Obama’s campaign versus just over $4 million to McCain, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That reflects a new trend this election season. Should the pace hold up through November, it would be the first time this has happened in a presidential election since the early 1990s.
Jun 6, 2008 11:45 AM
Kyle Moore discusses:
Libertarians have, for a time, kind of piggy backed on the Republican party which at least sold itself as the party of small government which is itself a key libertarian ideal. However, as Mark points out, there are means and there are ends. The three legged stool of the Republican party has for the most part driven the party away from both the means and the ends of smaller government and more liberty, however; the Democratic party, depending on which factions you are looking at, and where on the ideological spectrum you are looking at, may not necessarily share the same means as liberatians as a whole, but we do share the same ends more often than not.
Jun 6, 2008 9:36 AM