Pelosi vs. The Caricature
These midterms are madness
By Mark Kilmer Posted in 2006 — Comments (40) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Down in Indiana, Republican Representative John Hostettler is running a 30-second radio ad tying his Democrat foe, Brad Ellsworth, to Nancy Pelosi:
"Pelosi will then put in motion her radical plan to advance the homosexual agenda, led by Barney Frank, reprimanded by the House after paying for sex with a man who ran a gay brothel out of Congressman Frank's home," the narrator says.
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The ad, which debuted Saturday across southwestern Indiana, also accuses Ellsworth of wanting to "give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens with Detroit liberal John Conyers, and raise taxes with New York liberal Charlie Rangel."
"I know what you're thinking," the narrator says. "Is this true? Well, do you feel lucky? Go ahead, vote for Brad Ellsworth. Make Nancy Pelosi's day."
The AP piece cited, of course, tacitly suggests that Hostettler is bashing gays. It's the Ellswroth/Pelosi/MSM-generated caricature.
"Eighth district voters are concerned about the homosexual agenda," Hostettler told The Associated Press Tuesday. "Brad Ellsworth himself has said that he is in favor of granting benefits to same-sex couples that are now reserved for heterosexual married couples."
And, they point out, Hostettler drafted the Marriage Protection Act of 2004. Boy, that ought to set off red flags, bells, whistles, and party favors. You know those ones, you blow into them and they unroll, making a whistling sound. Yeah, it ought to set off those.
Hostettler has frequently taken unpopular stances on immigration, gun control and abortion.
Hostettler, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims, is an advocate of the fence and strong border security, which is not an "unpopular stanc[e]." Hostettler opposes wild-eyed gun control, also not an "unpopular stanc[e]." Hostettler opposes partial birth abortion. This is not an "unpopular stanc[e]."
Stop. ("Hammer time.") Maybe these are unpopular stances with Nancy Pelosi and Brad Ellsworth, which was the point of Hostettler's radio ad.
The most recent Evansville Courier Press poll, a few weeks old, gave Ellsworth/Pelosi a 23-point lead, so we'll have to see how that one goes. The Hill tells us that though Hostettler trails Ellsworth in funds raised, the NRCC has not put him in their 33 targeted races. (Tom Reynolds isn't on THE LIST, either. Gerlach,
ShWeldon, and Sherwood – the Philly 3 – all make THE LIST. [Note, Sherwood is not one of the Philly 3. He represents PA-10])
33. There this bit about Rolling Rock.
The House Democratic Caucus is Nancy Pelosi. Brad Ellsworth is Nancy Pelosi. The Associated Press is Nancy Pelosi. (I don't think they offered Ontology to non-majors at my alma mater. State school you know.) They're all working to a plan, running against a caricature which they've generated. I hope our fellow voters can know this intuitively.