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“Swiftboating”

Posted by Ryan on November 7, 2007

The former adulterer-in-chief understands what has been happening to She Who Must Not Be Named’s campaign over the last week:  it’s hit a bump and one of the tires may have a slow leak.  Weighing in, he decided to compare the “politics of pile-on” to the Swift Boat campaign waged against John “F’in” Kerry back in 2004.  Barry O’Bama had some choice words about comparing SWMNBN’s exposure as a poor-me politician to being called out by vets, essentially saying that it didn’t make sense, while Chris Dodd chimed in saying that it was “way over the top” in his view. 

On top of the whole thing, what’s wrong with the Swift-Boat folks anyway?  They had the same 527 campaign finance status as Moveon did in 2004 and exercised their right to have their voice heard.  Kerry put himself out there by making Vietnam an issue in the campaign and got called-out on the actions he took when he returned home by those who knew him over there.  The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth wanted their story told since they were upset by Kerry’s lies about what US troops like them were doing in ‘Nam. 

SWMNBN is the frontrunner.  She’s getting attacked because other people want to have the job she’s running for.  However, she definitely isn’t handling it well.  The press loves to see people crash and burn.  I have to admit that I would too in this case. 

So, I guess a fresh buzz going around the blogosphere at the moment is that “swiftboating” is now a verb which means: to tell the truth about Democrats.  I think it’s great to see Dem dump on Dem for a change and every time a new phrase can be used in the popular political lexicon against one’s opponent is a wonderful moment in that campaign!  I have heard this phrase used before as such, but when the big guns start using it against each other like this, we’ve reached a level of moksha in that campaign.  Keep it coming!

Hat tip to Michelle Malkin.  Pic from MyNBC.

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A Lighter Blue New Jersey

Posted by Ryan on November 7, 2007

In yesterday’s state elections and ballot referenda, New Jersey voters made a small but noticeable statement to stop spending like it’s not our own money.  The centerpiece of this message came from the issue of stem cell research.  Democrat Governor Jon Corzine had been pushing for a whopping $450 million ballot initiative to fund stem-cell research.  The initiative when down!  This is a pretty big statement given the Governor’s fervent support for this issue.  But he did get the legislature to raise the sales tax from 6% to 7%.  Not cool.  Also, some key local seats went to moderate candidates who promised to slow down the spending and get the books in order. 

While the Democrats still rule the Garden State, they got a message that the populace needs them to be more fiscally responsible or else!  I’m not holding my breath, though.  This is one of those states where a Giuliani candidacy would definitely have coattails.  Fiscally, NJ’s leaning to the Right and lost nearly 1000 people on 9/11, but socially this state is abortion’s Mecca, we’re just a court case away from gay marriage, and have a thriving (yet strangely unmotivated) Marijuana Party.

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