Wednesday, August 09, 2006

About the "Midnight Vote" Kerfuffle

Not going to say a lot about this except,

1. This was not a Republican "hit piece." Had Republicans been responsible the timing would have been different. I'm not really sure that Republicans are quaking in fear of a Gifford's win in the primary as some have believed.

2. I have seen many comments on many boards by a few people claiming that the writer cannot be trusted because he may have been, or associates with Republicans. The irony of this is delicious. Imagine a member of the press belonging to, agreeing with, being active in, and actually voting for another political party. Welcome to the world of Republicans, except it is not just a once in a while thing.

3. The fact that this is labeled as a hit piece at all is just hyperventalating. Newspapers do this schtick every election period. They see an add and fact check it. They will also do it for Weiss, Huffman, Graf, and perhaps Hellon if he buys any television time. Enterprising papers will also do it for debates as well. Everyone knows that when you put up an ad, you are going to fudge a little to place yourself in a good light. Just don't cite outright falsehoods and you will be OK. The Steve Huffman flashlight in his latest ad should have caused more of an uproar than this.

4. This entire uproar simply helps lend credence to my previous hypothesis. The only reason that this is of any moment at all is because Gabby will not separate herself from the people she is running against. If she were to show up to the next mixed forum and aggressively hound Randy Graf for the length of the forum the sniping would subside substantially. I'm not saying this would be an easy thing to do, but she will be facing a Republican in a month. Now would be a good time to confront Republicans outside of a thirty second television ad about an obscure parliamentary device. The next issue may be if she can face Republicans without yelling "quorum" and leaving town for three days to recover her calm.

Or perhaps it will be about the tenderfoot way she approaches the horses in her ads, or the weak tourqe that was placed on the lugnuts she used in her tire shop. The thing is, Gabby can end all this, but she will have to show up and lead and not rely on coasting.


AZYouLikeIt said...

I agree with you, except for the bit about Gabby facing a Republican in a month.

That seems less likely by the day.

It's fascinating that Gabby's apologists complain about the Star piece, but have yet to dispute any of the facts in it. One look at the sources Scarpinato used, and you can tell it's a meticulously researched piece.

The best they can do is pretend the ad is mostly accurate, because there might have been some late night vote somewhere in the future.

Gabby's campaign is now fully endorsing Stephen Colbert's concept of "truthiness" -- it doesn't matter if something is true, only if it feels true.

Kralmajales said...

Ive said a great deal about the ad and the reporter on the blogs. Today, the Star essentially backed away from their hard-hitting story which was misleading and used other aspects of the overall budget debate to make her out to be a liar and a hypocrite. The original AP chronicling of the event DID display that quorum call and noted prominently that she was a major player in that budget. The Star admits that her maneuver did make a huge difference in that debate...but she glammed it up...and that should have been the story...not Scarpinato's piece, which sounded like it was fed to him by others. She should have been hit for hollywooding...not as a liar as it was portrayed in the story.

I do agree with you on one thing, Framer. I do think she should start being the frontrunner a bit more forcefully. I agree...she should focus all energy on being the nominee of the party and going after the party she will face in the fall. Excellent analysis and critique, Framer.

x4mr said...

Well said, Framer, and clearly you are one of the voices of reason on these blogs, while we may have our disagreements.

I have only seen one blogger, although posting several times and in a few places and with two names, tag Scarpinato as possibly working with republicans. I remain far more suspicious of the nearly simultaneous release of a very polished product from Weiss. OK, fine, maybe they were tipped or knew people who knew.......

Haven't heard or seen a thing about last night's Forum or what got said, but yes, I think Giffords needs to start setting a more "commanding" tone. From my perspective, her campaign is doing an extraordinary job save this and the lack of signage around town.

I don't know value or influence of signage, but I would think it supports name recognition and, my opinion, they should have signs up.

Finally, just a general remark that I think a small number (maybe a dozen) of vehement bloggers cause these blogs to occur far more shrill and "violent" than anything happening in "reality."

At least for now these folks are staying away from your turf.


FEDUP said...

The chosen ones as I have always said are Huffman and Giffords. They are interchangeable not because either is moderate (neither is) but both sell their own parties out to the corporations.

I predicted that they would be the nominees and continue to unless there is a major upset.

Graf looks like he might pull it off.
Latas or Weiss could too based on how big of a turnout there is in CD8 and how much of Giffords lies become public. The bigger the turnout, the better for Latas and Weiss. This could be the year of the independent.

Kralmajales said...


I think it is always the year for the independent. Both parties shift to the left and right and then come schmoozing and loving the independent come election time....there are more and more of us...and we decide elections (smile).

By the way Framer, I love that "kerfuffle" word...I most steal it and use it!