Posts tagged ‘Clint Didier’

August 23, 2010

More GOP “Conservative” Hypocrisy

by lewwaters

As I have said recently, my eyes have been opened to the sleaze and dirty tricks in the Clark County GOP. Nowhere can this be seen any better than in the obvious hypocrisy of these newly minted “conservatives” who have sought to redefine the word to fit them over those who have been conservative for a lifetime.

If readers will recall, Republican candidate David Castillo issued a “Robo-call” back in February that set off a great many Republicans locally. Ann Donnelly, past chair of the Clark GOP, even went so far as to contact the Castillo campaign to inform them that even if they did win the primary election, offers of support from the Clark GOP were “now off the table.”

That Ann is not in a position to speak for the Clark GOP is not mentioned.

Needless to say, Castillo’s Robo-call was used as leverage against him sparking as much outrage as humanly possible. It was just totally unacceptable to so many “Republicans” that he dared use a typical campaign tactic.

Hence, I find myself once again chuckling at the all too obvious hypocrisy displayed by so many Clark County “Republicans” as we can see than in the run-up to our August 17 primary, Tea Party favorite and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has also engaged in her own Robo-call in support of Tea Party favored candidate Clint Didier and taking a swipe against “Republican” Dino Rossi.

What do we hear from all of those oh so good “Christian Conservative” Republicans so incensed at David Castillo’s Robo-call?

NOT A DAMNED THING!!

Damned Hypocrites

August 21, 2010

Rossi Challenges Murray, Ignores Didier Demands

by lewwaters

Dino Rossi, former gubernatorial candidate has won the nomination to compete against liberal Patty Murray for the U.S. Senate seat she now occupies. Unlike some others, Rossi ran a clean campaign on the issues and did not rely on a little dough boy political hit man to do dirty work for him.

Rossi is not my ideal conservative candidate. In fact, none of the GOP candidates completely fit that role for me, but he did win the nomination and as I said earlier, whoever wins the nomination in the Senate race will have my support.

Clint Didier, favorite of the Ron Paulie crowd continues to make noise by withholding any endorsement of Rossi until Rossi pledges to support stands Didier took. Rossi also took the stands, but Didier continues to act as if he were still a player in the campaign, much like the boisterous Ron Paulie crowd does.

Rossi, looking like a true contender, issued a challenge to Murray to set up a series of debates, while Didier’s people run around dropping the F-bomb against Rossi.

What style and class.

In withholding his endorsement of Rossi, Didier claims, “the people lost faith and trust in this Republican party.”

He doesn’t know the half of it!

As we have found out, Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” only applies to some claiming to be of the GOP. Didier’s people give us a prime example of just that with their foul-mouthed goading of Rossi.

In another race where the Ron Paulie supported losing candidate did not hold out for any concessions before endorsing the winner, voters disenfranchised with GOP tactics are scoffed at, ridiculed and expected to “just get with the program” by GOP establishment leaders.

In the meantime, Rossi’s campaign released a statement saying,

Dino will keep working to earn the support of anyone who will work to reduce spending, get the economy back on track, and put Washingtonians back to work. He knows Washingtonians are principled and independent and expect their public servants to run on what they believe. In that spirit, Dino will continue to campaign on the things he believes, and will not submit to a list of demands made by anyone even people with whom he agrees, in Washington State or Washington, DC.”

Rossi, or whoever else might have won the nomination to run against Murray, is going to have a hard enough time unseating her as it is. A splintered and disenfranchised block of voters is not going to help.

Of course, if the GOP had any decent leadership in the state of Washington, this might not be the case; especially with so many nationwide very upset at the current Democratic Party leaders.

There is no way of knowing just yet whether or not Patty Murray will agree to debate Rossi or just how it will play out.

With Murray’s polling numbers, though, maybe she should put Didier on salary to keep throwing his tantrum.

August 12, 2010

Which Candidates Signed the “Contract From America.”

by lewwaters
August 8, 2010

“Grassroots” Hypocrisy and Double Standard

by lewwaters

As we are coming down to the wire for our August 17 primary, I am struck at the desperation ad released by the Clint Didier campaign that misleads in a vicious attack on Dino Rossi.

The Seattle Times does a fair job of dismantling these claims, but that isn’t what really strikes me. The blatant hypocrisy I see in those who claim to be the “true grassroots” that support Didier is what smacks me.

Let me say here I am no staunch admirer of Rossi and remain undecided in who I will vote for to run against Murray. Whoever wins the primary will receive my support in that race.

As to the double standard and rank hypocrisy, think back to a few months ago and still at he comments when 3rd Congressional District candidate, David Castillo’s campaign released a brief 30 second Robo-call pointing out some brutal truths against his opponent, Jaime Herrera and the cries of those supporters against it. Many of those condemning the Castillo call, even though completely truthful, continually bring it up today as pointing him out to be “unfit for office.”

Think of all the outrage at shortcomings in their record have been mentioned and labeled as “vicious uncalled for attacks.”

And now, on the Didier hit piece, what do we hear but stone silence?

Many of those “grassroots” that so heavily condemned Castillo have thrown their support behind Clint Didier. There is also a mix of supporters for Castillo’s two opponents, Jaime Herrera and David W. Hedrick, both with questionable character themselves that condemned Castillo and are now silent over this ad by Didier.

For all of their condemnation of the “system” and of being the “true grassroots” moving away from “same old, same old,” it is astonishing to see them using the very tactics they so readily condemned recently when it benefits their chosen candidate.

I await word of these “true grassroots” groups release of their condemnation of Clint Didier’s deceptive ad, but please pardon me if I don’t hold my breath.

August 4, 2010

Patty Murray Forgets Her Voting Record

by lewwaters

Patty Murray’s latest ad. Hard to tell if she is running against Dino Rossi or George W. Bush.

For all of her cries on Wall Street, did she forget that she voted twice for Wall Street bail outs?

Seems she is more of a friend to Wall Street than either Republican candidate.

July 18, 2010

Who Can Oust Patty Murray?

by lewwaters

Patty Murray, dubbed “the Mom in Tennis Shoes” and first elected as US Senator in 1992, is facing another “tough election” in her bid to retain her seat of power. In typical leftist fashion, Murray begins the victim card early by whining of a “tough election” even though she is Washington States senior Senator and holds some very powerful positions in the Senate.

Murray says she “understands voters’ frustration with a struggling economy, prolonged war, complex reforms in health care and the fact that a fix for immigration issues continues to elude Congress,” completely ignoring that she has been part and parcel of the escalating economic problems and growing tension over ILLEGAL immigration that she and her fellow Senators have long ignored.

Claiming “Every time I run, I’m an underdog,” Murray’s $11 Million raised for her campaign war chest isn’t too shabby.

Murray, queen darling of pork laden leftists, is facing 3 viable Republican challengers, Dino Rossi, Clint Didier and Paul Akers and defeating her will be a tough task. But, she is vulnerable, as shown in Rasmussen Polling, giving Didier and Rossi each 48% to her 45% preference by voters polled.

Akers remains close behind her and gaining ground.

After our August 11 primary, only one will be running against her and it is critical, if we wish to unseat Patty finally and hopefully begin returning sanity to our government, that we choose who best can defeat her.

Dino Rossi, twice defeated for governor of Washington State, the 2004 election being an obvious stolen election, enjoys the most name recognition, but doesn’t seem to hold the passion for the run like he once did. His late entry into the race is said to have prevented much fund raising of others as they tried to build campaigns, most of those candidates dropping once he entered and endorsing him.

Clint Didier, former football player and farmer, is gaining in name recognition and is probably the most passionate of the three. However, he has chosen to embrace the foreign policy and other views of well-known politikook, Ron Paul in regards to the ongoing War in Afghanistan and the health reform bill purchased 3,000 shotguns for the IRS.

Paul Akers, inventor, entrepreneur and small businessman, remains the least known of the 3 challengers with the best chance to defeat Murray, seems to have the most ideas, but lacks in the passion shown by Didier and does not have the name recognition of Rossi.

Didier and Akers both shows ties to the loosely knit group known as the TEA Party throughout the state, Didier receiving the well received endorsement of Alaska former governor and vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, while Rossi indicates he can ignore the group and still receive their support in the November general election, leading many conservatives to feel taken for granted.

Both Didier and Akers have held functions of their own in Clark County while Rossi has yet to.

All 3 made appearances at the Republican Resurgence Convention held in Vancouver this past June, Didier leaving suddenly to meet with Mrs. Palin Friday morning in the Tri-Cities area.

Rossi remains far ahead of both Didier and Akers in campaign donation, having raised some $1.4 Million, compared to Didier’s slightly more than $350,000 and Akers’ more than $275,000. Rossi has also spent the least, in part due to his late entry while others were campaigning.

One of these 3 will go on to run against Murray in the general election in November and I can’t honestly say which one I support yet. But, if we are to unseat Murray, as many in the state desire, we must choose who we feel is best suited and support whoever wins the August 17 primary with all we have.

We can expect the Democrats to fight with everything they have to retain Murray as in the US Senate seat.

Shouldn’t we throw everything we have towards ousting her?

July 16, 2010

Liberal Democrats Worried About Losing the Senate Now

by lewwaters

From the Liberal Magazine the New Republic, Attention, Democrats! The Senate Is Now in Play, we read,

“As if things weren’t bad enough for Democrats, something I didn’t believe possible six months ago has happened: The Senate is now in play. You don’t believe it, dear reader? Let’s look at the numbers.”

CA Fiorina (R) 47, Boxer (D) 45

CO Buck (R) 48, Bennet (D) 39

FL Rubio (R) 36, Crist (I) 34, Meek (D) 15

IL Giannoulias (D) 40, Kirk (R) 39

KY Paul (R) 43, Conway (D) 43

MO Blunt (R) 48, Carnahan (D) 43

NV Angle (R) 48, Reid (D) 41

OH Portman (R) 43, Fisher (D) 39

PA Toomey (R) 45, Sestak (D) 39

WA Murray (D) 47, Rossi (R) 47

WI Feingold (D) 45, Johnson (R) 43

The numbers are taken from Real Clear Politics and said to be from Rasmussen.

A look at today’s numbers from Rasmussen shows “Dino Rossi and Clint Didier both earning 48% to Patty Murray’s 45%.”

Rasmussen points out, “Incumbents that fall short of 50% at this stage of a campaign are considered potentially vulnerable, but worrisome for Murray is that this is her poorest showing of the year.”

Whether or not this holds, only time will tell. But, Murray seems to definitely in trouble at this time. Maybe she has too much mud on tennis shoes of hers.

July 13, 2010

Make Murray Worry

by lewwaters

The new ad that has Seattle Progressive’s in a twist

H/T to www.MakeMurrayWorry.com and American Action Network

July 10, 2010

Clint Didier Shoots Himself In The Foot

by lewwaters

Even though I remain undecided as to just who I would like to see win the nomination to face off against Patty Murray in the general election, It is with great sadness that I have to say Clint Didier’s name has fallen completely off of the list.

I was initially impressed with Clint, especially when he approached me outside of the Hilton the evening of the Lincoln Day dinner to thank me for serving in Viet Nam, having seen my Viet Nam Veterans cap I often wear.

Although undecided, I have been leaning towards him, in spite of him previously saying on his twitter page, “Just finished meeting with Ron Paul. What an inspirational leader! Makes me want to fight harder for Liberty!”

The looniness of Ron Paul is well known and seeing Didier describe him as an “inspirational leader” disturbed me immensely, but I continued to give Clint the benefit of doubt.

I can no longer hold that benefit of doubt as Clint has now come forward repeating Ron Paul’s claims of “Afghanistan is not a war, but a conflict” and “we should never have gone in there without a formal declaration of war.”

Audio of KUOW’s “The Conversation” with Ross Reynolds interview with Clint Didier HERE

Just as wrong as Ron Paul remains to be over this, since Congress overwhelmingly authorized going after the terrorists in Afghanistan, in the shadow of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that murdered nearly 3,000 innocent civilians and considering that groups like Al Qaeda and other radical Jihadists had been steadily attacking American interests for over two decades at the time, Didier is way off base as well, in my estimation.

We often hear Ron Paul worshippers proclaim him to be heir apparent to the legacy of Ronald Reagan. They cite Reagan’s withdrawing from Lebanon after over 200 Marines were lost in a terrorist attack there, but they ignore Reagan’s own words of,

“In the profound sadness that fell over the whole country in the aftermath of the Beirut bombing, I had to decide what to do next in Lebanon. Not surprisingly, there was new pressure in Congress to leave that country. Although I did my best to explain to the American people why our troops were there, I knew many still didn’t understand it. I believed in – and still believe in – the policy and decisions that originally sent the marines to Lebanon.”

Ronald Reagan: LEBANON, BEIRUT AND GRENADA

Didier brings up Paul’s notion of using “Letters of Marque and Reprisal” as viable alternative, ignoring that every other nation banned them in the mid-1800’s and that we are signatories to the Geneva Conventions, that forbids the use of mercenaries in warfare by nations.

Didier says in this regard, “So we put a bounty on their head through letters of marque and reprisal” adding it should be “One Billion Dollars.”

How disconnected from reality can he and Ron Paul be? Money isn’t what radical Jihadists are after. They are religious zealots misguided by their misinterpretation of the Qu’Ran and the false belief that God is on their side in this.

Last I recall hearing there has been a $50 Million bounty on Bin Laden with no takers that can get close enough to him.

As a Viet Nam Veteran, I remember well as congress pulled the plug on us, after tying our hands for so many years with ridiculous “rules of engagement” and losing over 58,000 of my fellow Veterans and we abandoned that struggling ally to fall under the darkness of communism for far too many years.

Didier and Paul, perhaps without even realizing it, are advocating just such a repeat scenario.

We have lost well over 1,000 of our Troops in Afghanistan and many more in Iraq, Troops who went off to war to protect our freedoms and fight to free people in a foreign land. Walking away and leaving the job unfinished once again would totally invalidate their sacrifices, as was ours by not finishing the job in Viet Nam.

Didier and Paul think it reprehensible that we did not formally declare war, ignoring the congressional vote authorizing the war, but abandoning friends in need to their fate of oppression seems not to bother them.

Another quote from Ronald Reagan, from a July 1975 Reason Magazine Interview,

“Once you are going to commit yourself to a combat role and you’re going to ask young men to fight and die for your country, then you have a moral obligation as a nation to throw the full resources of the nation behind them and to win that war as quickly as possible and get it over with…”

Sorry Clint, I still admire your football career, your devotion to your community and appreciate your shaking my hand to thank me for serving, but I cannot get behind any candidate that falls into league with Ron Paul or can treat the sacrifices of our Troops so cavalierly.

June 5, 2010

Salazar Drops Out, Backs Rossi

by lewwaters

Another Republican hoping to unseat Democrat, Patty Murray, the Mom in muddy tennis shoes incumbent, has dropped his bid and endorsed former state senator and two-time gubernatorial candidate, Dino Rossi.

The Seattle Times tells that as of yesterday, June 4, Sean Salazar has announced ending his bid and endorsing Dino Rossi.

In announcing his withdrawal, Salazar said,

“I am not the only candidate who is ready to shake things up back in Washington, D.C., and I consider Dino Rossi to be a friend and the most capable U.S. Senate candidate who will work very hard to help steer this country in the right direction.”

Salazar joins with other former candidates, Dr. Art Coday and 17th district state senator Don Benton and motivational speaker Chris Widener in dropping their bids to endorse Rossi.

Former NFL player, Clint Didier, who was considered the front runner prior to Rossi’s entry and has received the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and entrepreneur and small businessman Paul Akers remain in the race.

No word yet from Craig Williams, whose campaign has never gotten any traction.

May 26, 2010

Rossi Announces Run Against Murray

by lewwaters

Dino Rossi ended his long silence on whether or not he will enter the race against Patty Murray this morning by announcing his entry into the race with a video message placed on his website, DinoRossi.com

Rasmussen polls place Rossi nearly neck and neck with Senator Murray, but many comments from voters around the state aren’t as supportive as the polls indicate.

Some speculation has been expressed that others who have been campaigning would drop out and get in behind Rossi, if he announced.

State Senator Don Benton last evening stated he welcomes Rossi’s entry and looks forward to debating today’s issues with him.

Previously, Clint Didier has stated he is in the race to win and will remain in to the end.

Rossi is a Washington State Republican Party favorite, but to date, Didier seems to have raised the most funds and gained the most support. PAul Akers is second with Benton is third over all.

Democrats began slinging mud towards Rossi earlier in May, earning her the new nickname of the Mom in Muddy Tennis Shoes, a play off of her successful Mom in Tennis Shoes meme when she ran for the US Senate.

There is little doubt, though, that Murray is a formidable opponent with a campaign war chest totally some $5 Million and you can rest assured the Democrats plan on fighting hard to keep this little tax happy lady in office.

Whether or not Rossi is the one to unseat her remains to be seen.

You can sign up for updates to Rossi’s bid at DinoRossi.com

May 24, 2010

Dino Rossi to Announce Senate Bid Wednesday?

by lewwaters

Breaking news alert from Politico and mentioned in today’s Seattle Times, the long awaited decision by Dino Rossi as to whether or not he intends to run against Senator Patty Murray will be made Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

According to Politico’s news alert,

“Dino Rossi will announce Wednesday that he will seek the Republican Senate nomination in Washington state…, Rossi also recently hired a consultant, Pat Shortridge, to help him with his bid.”

I don’t know what good such a late entry will make or if he will add a third failed bid to his resume’, but at least now we know.

He has already lost the endorsement of Sarah Palin, who gave hers to Clint Didier earlier, who currently leads in funds raised.

Are we seeing another case of a party favored candidate like we see with Jaime Herrera in her rapid entry into the race for the Third Congressional District, less than 2 hours after Brian Baird announced retirement?

Only time will tell how voters decide, but I also know several people have not been happy with Rossi’s withholding announcing while others worked hard to get their campaigns going and drawing donations.

For me, I cannot honestly say I’m prepared to jump in behind Rossi just yet.

May 2, 2010

Now They Worry About PTSD Fraud? Where Is Patty Murray?

by lewwaters

I guess it was inevitable with the dire situation of the economy and realization that Obamacare would end costing considerable more than expected, that fraudulent PTSD claims would cross someone’s mind. And as always, Veterans Healthcare falls under the microscope.

MSNBC posted a story by the Associated Press, Tide of new PTSD cases raises fears of fraud that contains the sudden realization, “Some veterans have learned to game the system to get disability payments,”

After years of pandering to Veterans and Veterans Groups who were outraged during the Bush administration at efforts to review PTSD claims for fraud, Democrats, now that they have control and have ruined the economy for generations to come, suddenly realize such fraud is a real possibility? Or, do they think such fraud could only happen once they have all responsibility in their soiled hands?

Either way you look at it, such fraud is not new. Veterans, like any group of people, have a small number that seek ways to game the system. Many have been found to have never even served in the Military, much less a combat zone, as was outlined in several pages of the 1998 book, “Stolen Valor” by B.G. Burkett & Glenna Whitley.

During the Bush years, the Veterans Administration announced it would be conducting a review of some 72,000 PTSD claims after a random sampling of 2,100 claims found about 25% “lacked adequate proof of a service-related stressor.”

Two questions were raised by Veterans advocate Larry Scott at the time. “How can a claim be awarded if the veteran doesn’t meet the standards set for that claim?” And, “If the VA didn’t note the documents, how could the PTSD claim have been awarded?”

Larry, who was an enlisted man serving as a “Broadcast Journalist at AFKN HQ, Seoul, Korea and AFN Lajes Field, The Azores, Portugal and a stateside tour as a Broadcast Journalism Instructor at the Defense Information School” and who claims “VA compensation for a service-connected disability” receives VA Healthcare from the same facility as I do, located in very left-leaning Portland, Oregon. In my visits there I have been treated with everything from pity to disdain for having served in Viet Nam.

My first visit, for a vesting physical a few years ago, I was asked a few questions such as, did I ever see blood? Did I ever see wounded soldiers of either side? Was I ever subjected to rocket or mortar attack? Was I ever sexually harassed? Do I suddenly become angry? Do I jump at sudden unexpected noises?

From those questions and a few others, I was told that I too displayed symptoms of PTSD, although I have yet to pursue any compensation. But, that was what it took. No documentation, no dates, no specifics, just answer yes to those few questions and bingo, you got it.

No one even asked for me to sign an SF 180 to review my Military records to see if I was even in Viet Nam, it was just accepted by my say so.

That, Larry, is how a claim could be made without the Veteran actually meeting such standards.

As I have said many times before, PTSD is a very real condition and can be very debilitating, leading too many to suicide if not treated. It is not a laughing matter nor is it something to be taken lightly or marginalized.

But neither is fraud. Fraudulent claims divert much needed resources and funds away from those truly in need to someone seeking easy money. That is wrong. And, as far as I am concerned, such fraud is criminal.

In 2005, thanks to the efforts of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and then excessively junior Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), those filing fraudulent claims gained a reprieve as an amendment was inserted into the Fiscal Year 2006 VA budget which would stop this review.

Murray crowed about the effort stating, “Veterans should not be punished for mistakes the VA has made, and that’s what my amendment ensures.”

I fail to grasp how someone filing a fraudulent claim with the Veterans Administration is somehow the VA’s mistake.

Now, here we are, 5 years later, still engaged in a war that must be fought and was long over due when we entered it, Trillions of dollars deeper in National debt, an economy in shambles with raging unemployment and still we hear, “Some claims are built on a foundation of fake documents; in other cases, the right medals — plus a gift for storytelling — secure unearned benefits.”

Ms. Murray, Barack, I await your magic wand approach to just make this one go away as you did before. I wait your boasting of how you protected fraudulent filers of PTSD claims in 2010 as you did in 2005.

Just remember, now that you control all the purse strings, every case of fraud is not only wasted tax dollars going to someone undeserving of such care, it denies a truly deserving Veteran in real need of much needed care.