Blackfacing Jim Marshall (D-GA08). It's not the right doing it.
By Erick Posted in 2008 | Georgia — Comments (3) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
Having helped Joe Lieberman to victory by putting him in blackface, the left is now trying to do the same to Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA8). Marshall, who only won re-election in 2006 with a 1% margin of victory, voted against the SCHIP reauthorization.
Now the left is out running full page ads in the Macon Telegraph, the largest newspaper in Marshall's district, with the headline "Why is Jim Marshall Committing Malpractice Against Kids?"
At the bottom, in the disclaimer box, the ad notes it is being paid for by Blue America PAC. The ad also lists firedoglake.com and blogpac.com. A slightly different version appears on BlogPAC's site here.
This morning I co-hosted the local talk radio station in Macon, GA. It's the largest talk radio station in Marshall's district, reaching far out into the district. A number of callers had seen the ad and they started calling in after I discussed firedoglake.com, the black facing of Joe Lieberman, and the other invective regularly found on the site. To a person, even the folks who dislike Marshall, the callers were supportive of Marshall.
In fact, one person, a Republican, said that in the face of this ad, were Marshall to stand up to the far left and uphold the veto, the Republican would vote for Marshall.
This is notable in Georgia's 8th because the district leans Republican. But for Jim Marshall, who has played the fence very well, the district would be Republican. Even in a year as disastrous as 2006 for Republicans, Marshall won with exactly a 1% margin of victory. And this year he is running against a popular former general of the large Air Force base in the district -- a major employer and pool of voters.
I don't think the issue will, at the end of the day, hurt Marshall one way or the other. But the far left has just given Marshall the ammunition he needs to prove to this Republican district that he is his own man.