Sunday, July 1, 2012
Glenn Beck et al: The GOP landfill will soon overflow
When too many Americans are fighting fires or watching their homes flooded away, Glenn Beck, a tee-shirt capitalist, is busy trying to make one more buck. He has eagerly jumped into the onslaught against Chief Justice John Roberts with this tee-shirt that he is offering for a cool $30! You have to feel sorry for Beck. When people don't know that they are a bizarre blip on the radar screen, how can you accuse them of being crazy? Oh, hell. I'll still call him crazy. I haven't been near one of those shirts, but it wouldn't surprise me if they were all made in China. What about it, Glenn?
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Have you seen the campaign commercial that Republican Josh Mandel is running on the Internet? It's titled "Boots" and is carefully on message that begins with an unidentifed soldier lacing up combat boots and is followed by battleground footage of Marines in the midst of combat. Don't know whether Josh is in any of the films but the message is clear since he paid for it to convince voters that he is rough, tough and ready to take on all challenges if his senate campaign against Sen. Sherrod Brown succeeds. I always thought that George Bush's carefully staged landing on an aircraft carrier to declare "mission accomplished" would stand forever as overarching political stagecraft. However, Mandel, the 34-yuear-old whiz kid, obviously is never going to let anybody forget that he was a Marine. Somebody should tell him that politicizing military service solely for personal gain (campaign fund-raising) only cheapens the true image of Marine Corps valor. As I once mentioned , John Glenn was a marine, and I would remind you again that Josh is no John Glenn.
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Finally, I will again ask why the Summit County Republican Party continues to post on its home page an attack on a Democrat for hiring a relative when the "outraged" GOP's local party boss, Alex Arshinkoff, has three members of his family working in politically-appointed jobs, as I noted in an earlier post.
Some would call it a "scandal of Biblical proportions". But it ain't smart. Or maybe the local GOP leader relies on an explanation that Malcolm Forbes Jr. atttributed to his daddy: "There's nothing wrong with nepotism so long as you keep it in the family."