Posts tagged ‘US Senate’

October 24, 2010

“Don’t Vote,” More Feigned Democrat Outrage

by lewwaters

Ever mindful of Rahm Emanuel’s admonition of “never let a good crisis go to waste,” I see Democrats have launched a campaign of outrage over a short-lived ad from Nevada urging Latino’s “Don’t Vote” due to their votes be taken advantage of.

Mitch Stewart of BarackObama.com, also known as Organizing for America sent out an email I received this morning titled “If you don’t fight back, they’ll get away with it,” implying the ad, created and ran by one man, Robert de Posada, founder of Latinos for Reform is an official Republican Party operation against Democrat Nevada Senator, Harry Reid.

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October 24, 2010

Patty Murray Finds Illegal Aliens to do the Campaigning Americans Won’t Do

by lewwaters

Illegal immigration is an ongoing problem within the United States with millions of undocumented aliens having snuck across our borders for various reasons. Most come to find a better life here instead of working to better their home country. Some come to carry drugs or other contraband into the country and some come with the intent to cause harm to American Citizens.

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October 21, 2010

Al Gore Might Have Invented the Internet, But Harry Reid Claims He Saved the Whole World

by lewwaters

How desperate can Reid get? Say anything to get reelected politician.

September 10, 2010

Patty Murray And The Recovery Summer: Mission Accomplished?

by lewwaters

It’s time we replaced those tennis shoes with some work boots

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.

June 14, 2010

Why Exaggerate Military Service To Get Elected?

by lewwaters

Over many years of my life, I have followed several political campaigns from candidates of both parties. Many candidates display quite an impressive Military Record as part of the reason they should be elected, or so it seems.

While we have had many honorable people elected who performed heroic feats in their Military Service, some have either lied or grossly exaggerated their service in hopes voters see them as brave and honorable soldiers, ready to fight for the voters.

In my opinion and many others, doing so is a grave disservice to voters. It is false advertising, selling us a bill of goods while unable to actually deliver.

No one who ever served honorably should be ashamed of what they were assigned to do while serving, all jobs being necessary to complete even the smallest mission. From Company Clerks to Cooks, Motor Pool Mechanics to Artillerymen, Supply Clerks to Infantry, each and every job is important and must be performed so the mission can be successfully accomplished.

So, why do some feel the need to exaggerate their service?

I guess they feel it makes them brave in the eyes of others. It’s one thing to spin such yarns to your children or friends and neighbors, even at the VFW bar where we can easily pick out such braggarts by their ridiculous claims. But, to sell yourself to the public by either exaggerating your service, or omitting the truth of your service allowing others to assume you served in war, when you did not, is taking on to yourself something for which you are not entitled.

Look at the recent news of Connecticut’s Attorney General, Richard Blumenthal, who gradually insinuated he served in Viet Nam when he never did. Or Mark Kirk, who overly boasted of a minimal unit citation as if he were personally awarded a citation of high merit.

Think back to 2004 and the claims made by Democrat John ‘F’in Kerry (who is said to have served in Viet Nam) and his being exposed by former shipmates, even though the media denigrated the shipmates, not Kerry.

Even Hillary Clinton boasted in 2008 how she tried to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, but was turned down due to wearing glasses. Then, recall her story of dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, only to be revealed a falsehood.

Some candidates hoping for office claim a disability from their time serving, revealing the nature of the injury, as former Senator Bob Dole did during his time in the Senate.

Others have not stated the injury, where it happened or how. Some have even tried the old Bovine Scatology of claiming they are not permitted to discuss where they were or how it happened, being some mythical “top secret” operation we are supposed to just buy in to.

Ask just about any Veteran who actually served in a combat zone and see how they view such claims. We know better.

Voters deserve truthful statements from candidates who claim Military Service, not bravado or even silence of where they served or how they served, especially if they make their service a major part of their campaign by claiming the rank they last held in campaign ads.

What voters don’t need is more candidates seeking office by either exaggerating or relying on lies of omission to pad an otherwise weak resume’ in hopes of fooling enough voters to see them as they aren’t.

In introducing an amendment to a war spending bill, to make inaccurate or misleading statements about one’s military service record a punishable offense, this past May, Senator Orin Hatch (R. Ut) said,

“It is sad that there are those who attempt to inflate their record and make these claims. To do that defiles the sacrifice and service of those who have served in combat. Worse yet, it dishonors the sacrifice of the brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in combat so that the freedoms we enjoy are defended.”

“It is a crime to dishonor the sacrifice of so many by falsely representing combat service for the purposes of self-promotion or benefit. My amendment would deter those who would falsely prop themselves up in order to appear worthy of the award and title of ‘combat veteran’.”

We deserve honorable and truthful elected officials, not someone who would exaggerate a claim or make vague statements, allowing others to believe an injury received in basic training was due to combat service, when they never served in such an area.

It matters not how bold or in your face their speeches or confrontations with others in the past may be, exaggerations and lies of omission are still dishonorable and not worthy of my vote or support and in need of being exposed to voters, regardless of party affiliation.

If we are to have honorable, truthful and reliable elected officials, it should begin in honest and open representation of any Military Service claimed.

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.

December 2, 2009

Patty Murray Wimps Out On Constituents

by lewwaters

Following in the cowardly footsteps first seen this past August by Representative Brian Baird, Washington Third Congressional District, Senator Patty Murray seems to have held an unannounced telephone virtual townhall today.

At 12:38 PM my phone rang and caller ID showed, 202-224-2621 Capitol US. Like most, not recognizing the number I did not answer it an allowed voice mail to capture the call. It turned out to be Senator Murray saying she was holding her “new idea” of a tele-conference at this time.

The invitation to “press one” to listen or join in just causes a repeat of the message, no connection.

I received no emails informing me of any such event, even though I have signed up for regular updates with all 3 of the Democrats that allegedly represent my area.

I find it quite cowardly of current Democrats to hold such “town halls” without notice and apparently by invitation only so they may hear only what they wish to hear.

Such shuck and jive just don’t get it, Patty.