Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The "ultimate cheap shot'' against Betty Sutton

THE NATIONAL Republican Congressional Committee (soon to be replaced by  the National
Tea Party Congressional Committee) believes Ohio Rep. Betty Sutton is a closet supporter of the gang that wanted to blow up  that bridge near Cleveland.  It officially challenged her credentials as a law-abiding citizen because she didn't immediately condemn  the plan.  The Columbus Dispatch called the committee's lunacy the "ultimate cheap shot".  It made us regress to Sutton's last congressional campaign during which the Medina County Republican chairman thought it would be best if she simply returned to the kitchen.  But you will doubtless be drenched with more of this palaver in her showdown with Republican Rep. Jim Renacci - both of whom were snugly deposited in the newly-created 16th District,  whose weird boundaries were created by the controlling Republicans to replicate a Salvador Dali painting.

While we're at it, we might mention another Democratic woman, Elizabeth Warren, who is challenging  Republican U.S. Sen.  Scott Brown in Massachusetts.  Her opponents are wondering about how she might have exploited the fact that she is 1/32 Cherokee to advance her career as a minority.  And so the birthers are up and at 'em in the Bay State, insisting that  she doesn't look like a native American.  Here's how they put it:  She couldn't have a drop of Indian blood because she is "blonde, rich, and most of all, a Harvard law professor."

No matter whichever came first, I presume.


David Hess said...

When it looms impossible to wage a campaign on the significant issues because you either haven't a clue about how to deal with them or haven't a proposal that voters will buy, then what do you do? You resort to low-brow character assassination or fantastic lies to tear down the opposition.

PJJinOregon said...

David - Yup. "Character assassination or fantastic lies" have been the core elements of Republican campaigns since the Reagan era. Why abandon a winning strategy? Note the glaring absence of economic and/or foreign policy issues in the Republican talking points for the 2012 campaign.