Pelosi vs. The Caricature

These midterms are madness

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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.

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"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.

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Especially in politics. Take, for instance, the adjective "extreme". As the AP, CBS, and Pelosi would have it, "extreme" means retaining the status quo.

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Evil men hide from the truth, but good men stand upon it.

Electing Brad Ellsworth would indeed aid and abet Nancy Pelosi's far left agenda. Voters in Indiana should know this before they cast their ballots. Most don't realize just how left wing Speaker Pelosi would be. Ellsworth may try and claim he wouldn't vote for her for Speaker, but his election also enables chairman Dingell, Rangell, Conyers, Frank, and Waxman.

Imagine Hostettler vs Pelosi or Dingell or Conyers or Rangell or Frank or Waxman in that district. The vote would be at least 70-30 Hostettler.

This ad is entirely legitimate and more like them should run in closely contested heartland seats.

I hope you mean by 'more like them should run' that future ads should resemble these, and not be simply negative without specifics.

The last thing we need are more ads :-).

Really, it all depends on the individual race, which is a function of the candidates and the district. "The heartland" is not so homogenized as that.
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Evil men hide from the truth, but good men stand upon it.

Just FYI, Sherwood's in PA-10, which isn't Philly. Fitzpatrick in PA-08, who isn't on the NRCC 33 list, is the other Philly incumbent.

Also, I think Hostettler might not be on the NRCC 33 because they've given up on him and see the money better spent elsewhere. Same reason AZ-08 and TX-22 aren't on the list.

I apparently read too fast. It's 'Weldon' in PA-07, not 'Sheldon'. Maybe you secretly admire Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island for running hard against Chafee?

The corrections have been made, and thanks for pointing out the problems.

I know the Democrats don't deserve anything better, but its really hitting below the belt to tie him directly to the four most left wing members of congress unless you can point to anything the candidate said or did to make him that liberal.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

If it's trashy to tie a guy to his party leader, and the person he presumably voted to make Speaker of the House, then trashy doesn't mean what I thought it means.
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If you're seeing shades of gray, it's because you're not looking close enough to see the black and white dots.

Its crude. I just don't like it. If the guy was for all of the things that those party leaders are for then ok, say that.

Or if you just want to make the point that it would be bad for
democrats to win the house then make that case. Don't make it sound like this particular democrat is in favor of the gay agenda or raising taxes, or granting amnesty, unless those things are true for that candidate.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

.. and we are supposed to bit our tongues because it hurts your sense of politeness?!?! Jeeez.

"Don't make it sound like this particular democrat is in favor of the gay agenda or raising taxes, or granting amnesty,"

Let me make this blunt: If Ellsworth wins, the Democrat majority *will* make sure we have higher taxes, amnesty, and *will* advance the gay agenda and other parts of the liberals agenda. Furture Speaker Pelosi voted *against* DOMA, she is pro-abortion, she voted against every GOP tax cut and for many tax hikes. The list goes on. Ellsworth *will* make him speaker and hiding behind a claim that it is not his personal view is *pathetic*.

Nancy Pelosi (D – California) will likely be the new Speaker of the House, if polls and prognostications are
to be believed. If so, our Congress is about to take a sharp left turn.

The San Fransicso Liberal has a very left-wing record:
• Pelosi voted against every Republican tax cut.
• Pelosi voted for the largest tax increase in history.
• Pelosi voted 19 times against eliminating the death tax.
• Pelosi voted five times for raising gasoline taxes
• Pelosi is so pro-high taxes she was one of only 27 members to vote against tax relief for poor neighborhoods in the inner city (presumably including her constituents in San Francisco ).
• Pelosi voted against the historic Welfare Reform Bill and later voted against its reauthorization.
• Pelosi voted against protecting the right to say "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance.
• Pelosi voted against requiring that voters be identified so we could ensure only legal citizens are voting.
• Pelosi voted against requiring English on ballots.
• Pelosi refused to side with homeowners against the Kelo decision that allows cities to seize private property for profitable ventures, even though 365 members voted to stop cities from taking private property.
• Pelosi has voted at least 12 times against the death penalty.
• Pelosi was one of only 67 House members to vote against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
• Pelosi has voted at least eight times against banning partial-birth abortion, at least three times against the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Laci's law), and scored a perfect 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America.
• Pelosi voted against a bill that would "[b]ar the transportation of a minor girl across state lines to obtain an abortion without the consent of a parent, guardian or judge."
• Pelosi voted at least 31 times for using local or federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.
• Pelosi voted against building a fence on the border to protect America from terrorists.
• Before 9/11, Pelosi repeatedly voted to cut intelligence (in 1993 by $500 million) and after 9/11 she has still voted to cut intelligence (in 2004 she voted to withhold 25 percent of intelligence funds).
• When you ask why we were not more prepared for 9/11, remember that six months before Sept. 11, 2001, Pelosi voted to decrease proposed defense spending by $65 billion.
• The next time you think about North Korean nuclear tests and North Korean efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile to reach the United States , remember that in 2002, Pelosi voted for an amendment to the FY 2003 Defense authorization that would block FY 2003 funding for space-based missile defense programs.
• Pelosi led a faction of 124 House Democrats who voted against final passage of the Patriot Act's reauthorization.
• Pelosi voted against the $87-billion Iraq/Afghanistan supplemental that included extra money for body armor for our soldiers.
• Pelosi voted against creation of Homeland Security Department.
• Pelosi was one of only 33 members to vote against prohibiting U.S. citizens and companies from conducting any financial transaction with countries that have been identified by the State Department as active sponsors of terrorism.
• In 2004, Pelosi voted against House passage of the intelligence overhaul bill, which reorganized 15 intelligence agencies under one Director of National Intelligence.

It is still a trashy add. I hate it that so many think that in order to win we have to descend to the same depths as the Democrats.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

No matter how trashy it may sound, is Far from descending to their level. It Sounds like it is because they say the same things about us. The difference is that they're lieing...

"Always be honest with yourself even if you are honest with no one else...
...It helps you keep track of your lies..."
--Myself

We could come up with an animation of Pelosi pushing wheelchair bound senior citizens down a flight of stairs. That might bring us halfway down to their level.
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"I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

Ixnay... Tom Delay.

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If you're seeing shades of gray, it's because you're not looking close enough to see the black and white dots.

see my point?

We are unable to see through your computer monitor (except the guys like Moe who have the KarlRoveWizbangPrivacyIntruderThing on their computer) so we could actually see the point on your head.

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I'd wager the Democrats are taking this approach in all 50 states. What percentage of Democrat attack ads in House and Senate races contain the word "Bush"? I'd guess at least 75%. As best I can tell, it's the sole strategy in the CA gov race, an office as far removed from the presidency as they come.

to the "representatives are as good as their house leaders!" party.

You've been here less than ten minutes, and you're already posting?

Try to catch your breath a little, or you may not last very long.

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Evil men hide from the truth, but good men stand upon it.

As a blogger at Murtha Must Go, I've paid extremely close attention to the Irey-Murtha campaign. I've teamed up with another blogger at MMG, Bones, to predict that Irey will garner 55-57% of the vote in PA-12 with an outside shot at 59%. Irey's got an army of volunteers for her district; at last report, she had upwards of 800 volunteers working the GOTV operation. That's why I asked Chairman Mehlman about the strength of her GOTV & the statewide GOTV.

I've posted my comments on today's conference call here. I'm most encouraged by how strong the early voting is going & with the level of grassroots involvement.

The other thing that I found uplifting was Chairman Mehlman's statement that we control our own election destiny, the Agenda Media's contrary storyline notwithstanding.

this, along with Van Taylor in TX-17 are the two races I hope most to see incumbents ousted in. Thinking of heading up to Waco to help out myself.

If it means that Murtha will lose. Almost.

"Always be honest with yourself even if you are honest with no one else...
...It helps you keep track of your lies..."
--Myself

How is this NOT gay bashing?

Gay Bashing implies people are being bashed for being homosexual, no?

Here the IDEAS put forth by radical homosexual activists are implicitly bashed. What, does being a member of what the left wants as a 'protected class' give immunity to one's ideas, too?
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If you're seeing shades of gray, it's because you're not looking close enough to see the black and white dots.

"During my lifetime, all our problems have come from mainland Europe, and all the solutions from the English-speaking nations across the world." - Thatcher

What puzzles me about the attempt to link Ellsworth to Nancy Pelosi is the whole idea of the "radical homosexual agenda"; aren't gays just demanding the same rights all other humans get in a free society? So far as I can see, bigotry is the only reason behind opposition to gay rights. It's pretty sad if Hostettler thinks an appeal to bigotry is the best way for him to get votes in Indiana. I hope Indiana proves his approach unsuccessful.

Yes by zuiko

So far as I can see, bigotry is the only reason behind opposition to [SSM].

Yep, and as far as I can see, bigotry is the only reason behind anyone disagreeing with my position on any issue.

I hope Indiana proves his approach unsuccessful.

I'm sure all your friends at dKos are right there with you.
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"I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

We don't call anyone who disagrees with us bigots, only those who deny their fellow humans the chance to express their full humanity.

Your dKo remark was devastating, by the way.

The people who will decide if this is bigotry or not are the voters in that district. I have a feeling they will not, and both Hostettler and Ellsworth know this. So does the media, or they wouldn't feel threatened by it.

Democrats will make gains this year do to anti-incumbancy, but I don't think anybody claims Americans are becoming more liberal.

No one "decides" to be a bigot. We are all taught that bigotry is bad. Bigots are just bigots. People who were against interracial marriage before the Supreme Court protected it were bigots. Similarly, anyone who opposes gay marriage today is a bigot. If I'm wrong explain why.

throwing that 'bigot' charge around. It is impolite.

People who were against interracial marriage before the Supreme Court protected it were bigots. Similarly, anyone who opposes gay marriage today is a bigot. If I'm wrong explain why.

First, you are assuming that it is up to the person charged to defend himself, which runs contrary to proper form. You must prove the charge, whereas you have simply stated it.

Second, sexual preference has not been shown to be genetic. While there appear to be some genetic factors, it has not been shown conclusively and the traits are not determinative. In other words, gays may be born with a leaning, but they aren't born with a color. Equating a lifestyle preference with race is a slur on ethnicity.

Third, it is quite possible to be against same sex marriage and not be a bigot. Marriage exists, at bottom, to defend the rights of women by identifying a woman with a husband. Marriage is for ensuring the continued production of people, not to make the partners feel good about themselves.

There is nothing preventing a SS couple from signing power-of-attorney letters, making beneficiary assignments, and entering into contractual arrangements of any kind they desire. They just can't stand several millenia of tradition on its head, that's all.

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Evil men hide from the truth, but good men stand upon it.

Third, it is quite possible to be against same sex marriage and not be a bigot.

Plenty of liberals oppose same-sex marriage too, but somehow don't get labeled "bigots." Interesting, ain't it?

I would call a liberal who opposed interracial marriage a bigot and I would call a liberal who opposed gay marriage a bigot. But the liberals haven't erected bigotry into a political platform.

anyone a bigot who called anyone who opposed gay marriage a bigot.

See how much fun this can be, bigot?

And I will see my dreams come alive at night
I will touch the sky
And they're not gonna hold me down no more
No they're not gonna change my mind

'Cause I've got faith of the heart
I'm going where my heart will take me
I've got faith to believe
I can do anything...

...but not here, any longer. "Bigotry into a political platform." Dang. You even had simple sentence structure down.

O Lord, O Lord, please send us capable trolls. Amen.

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"Always be honest with yourself even if you are honest with no one else...
...It helps you keep track of your lies..."
--Myself

innocent, unborn children into a political platform a murderer.

This IS fun.

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