Gun lobby has hard time finding Ayotte defenders for TV ad.
A follow-up to the previous item.
ThinkProgress: As Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) battles public outcry over her vote to kill a bipartisan amendment expanding background checks for gun purchases, a national conservative group based in Iowa is running television ads featuring seemingly ordinary New Hampshire moms and law enforcement officials defending the one-term senator from out-of-state “partisan” attacks.But the American Future Fund appeared unable to find voters who agree with Ayotte’s position, as a cursory search of individuals in the advertisement reveals that the supposedly typical New Hampshirites are actually long-time Republican party activists and officials. Polls show that 91 percent of New Hampshire adults support expanded screenings…
Jayne Millerick is billed in the ad as a “New Hampshire mom” and says “Those attack commercials are partisan and deliberately misleading.” But Millerick is actually a Republican strategist who served as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, a New Hampshire Republican Delegate in 2008, and was a member of New Hampshire Women for Mitt coalition in 2012. She is now a professional political consultant.
Judy Brown, another “New Hampshire mom” from the ad, served alongside Millerick in the Romney campaign and volunteered for Ayotte’s campaign in 2010. In 2013, she was named as the Nashua City Republican of the Year.
Barbara Dutile, a “Law Enforcement official,” is the wife of a Republican Sheriff in Grafton County who was Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) New Hampshire delegate in 2008, campaigned for Romney, and served as an alternate delegate. In 2012 she received an award from the Republican Party of New Hampshire.
Granted, all these people are New Hampshire moms, but the fact that they don’t disclose what they are beside that tells a lot about how popular Ayotte’s vote is in the state. “I’m a Republican and I back Kelly Ayotte” doesn’t get you far, In fact, it would seem that AFF made the decision that this revelation would actually be a negative.
What friends Sen. Ayotte still has in New Hampshire seem to be rendered useless by their association with her and her party. That’s not a good omen for the future or their fight in New Hampshire.
Ayotte background check vote sparks NH ad war.
Ironically, the gun lobby is being outgunned.
Washington Post: …Ads in the state are focused on Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), the only senator from the Northeast to vote against expanded background checks. Gun-control groups hope to turn her vote into a political liability; gun-rights advocates aim to prove that it isn’t one.
American Future Fund, a conservative nonprofit, is up Friday with a $250,000 ad buy supporting Ayotte. That dwarfs the $25,000 buy from the National Rifle Association. But it pales in comparison to the ad buy from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which is estimated to be larger than $600,000. (The group says only that the two-week buy is in the six figures but has not disputed that estimate.) The ads are running during Red Sox games, an expensive time. Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, also has a $350,000 radio buy up in New Hampshire and four other states. The group has raised $11 million in the past four months and is likely to spend more in New Hampshire.
Ayotte isn’t up for reelection until 2016, so the ads aren’t focused on electoral politics directly. Instead, they’re seeking to influence her vote when the issue comes up again. Ayotte’s favorables have been in a tailspin after the vote and gun safety advocates see her as a likely defector in the next round. The ads from them are downward pressure meant to keep her numbers low by keeping voters’ disappointment with her fresh in their minds.
Which may explain the lower figures for gun lobby ads. They want to shore up support, but Ayotte is taking such a beating that they don’t want to make her seem like a no-guns-laws-ever fanatic. It’s kind of a “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” situation — you can’t defend her without reminding everyone why they got so mad at her in the first place. The best they can do is offer cautious support and hope this whole thing blows over.
Unless Ayotte is politically suicidal, that may not be enough.
News Roundup for 10/21/11
-Headline of the Day-
"Herman Cain Defends 9-9-9 By Dropping One Of The 9s."
Pizza guy Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan — a 9% corporate income tax, 9% personal income tax, and 9% sales tax — is the best tax plan ever devised by man. Let’s look at the advantages here; it’s simple, it’s… Ummm… Well, it’s simple. No more goofing around with tax forms looking for deductions that would bring your taxes down. It’s freakin’ awesome!
Still, Cain admitted that people at the low end of the economic scale wouldn’t do so well under his awesome plan. So no more 9-9-9 for the dirt poor. For them, it’s 9-0-9. No income taxes (just like things are now) and a new sales tax. You still pay more, but not as much more. Now shut up and stop being poor!
Of course, this doesn’t address the other problems with the plan — most notably, if you aren’t wealthy, it sucks.
Still, any step away from 9-9-9 is a step in the right direction. (Talking Points Memo)
Ever wonder why people sympathize with Occupy Wall Street?
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Well there ya go then… (Truthdig)
"Michele Bachmann’s New Hampshire Staff All Fleeing Like Hell."
The exodus is so big that you could truthfully say that Shelly doesn’t actually have a New Hampshire campaign anymore. Bonus fun: a Bachmann appearance in San Francisco fails to attract even protesters.
She’s totally gonna be president! (Wonkette)
Stories to Watch: 10/12/11
Looks like our autumn heat wave is finally over. I grilled burger in the drizzle last night, but damn it, I grilled burgers. Now here’s the news…
Herman Cain opens up a strong lead over Mitt Romney in a Public Policy Polling poll, with Rick Perry falling behind — yes, it’s true — Newt Gringrich. Bonus fun; the poll also finds that about 40% of GOP voters are still birthers. The crazy never ends with these people.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll contradicts PPP, with Mittens in the lead, while somebody called Evolving Strategies has Cain, Perry, and Romney leading Obama. Don’t get too excited about any of this; recall that a recent Pew poll showed that more than half can’t even name a GOP candidate off the top of their heads.
Matt Taibbi has some good advice for Occupy Wall Street. My favorite, demanding a round of good old-fashioned trust busting. Too big to fail = too big to exist.
The idea that Republicans are deliberately trying to sabotage the economy is beginning to look like the Democratic Party line.
President Obama’s Jobs Bill is extremely popular, complete with raising taxes on the wealthy.
Chuck Schumer’s not-so-awful plan to take on the GOP in ‘12; run against the Tea Party, who are becoming less popular every day.
More trouble in the UK for Rupert.
Warren Buffet puts his money where his mouth is.
Finally, New Hampshire ponders a December primary. How about we keep these things to the same year as the elections, OK? This is just getting stupid.
Not the “Greatest Country in the World,” But Getting There
Is the United States the greatest country in the world? Not if you look at the facts. Our infant mortality rate is worse than forty other nations, we rank in the middle of all nations in terms of income inequality, and we compare poorly with the rest of the world when it comes to people living in poverty. “America is the greatest nation in the world” is something you’re supposed to say if asked, maybe even believe, but by most measures it simply isn’t true.
Which is why progressives exist. People on the right like to point to progressives’ skepticism about this whole “greatest country in the world” stuff to paint us as America-haters. This is poor logic. The person who loves something is the person who’s willing to do the work to fix it when it starts falling behind. Leaving everything be and hoping for the best is laziness, not love. Progress means there’s always room for improvement, while conservatism believes that everything is fine the way it is — in fact, it’s the belief that things are worse than they used to be. Which explains why they’re all busy trying to undo the 20th century.
And it explains why real progress toward real liberty sticks in their craw. As Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ends today, it’s important to mark a milestone of American progress toward being the greatest country in the world.
Just as the formal repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy took effect, Navy Lt. Gary Ross and his partner were married before a small group of family and friends.
The two men, who’d been together 11 years, decided to marry in Vermont in part because the state is in the Eastern time zone.
That way, they were able to recite their vows at the stroke of midnight - at the first possible moment after the ban ended.
"I think it was a beautiful ceremony. The emotions really hit me… but it’s finally official," Ross said early Tuesday.
The end of DADT and a gay marriage? The world stubbornly refused to end.
Michele Bachmann has said that, if elected president, she would reinstate DADT. In fact, at a GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire, only Ron Paul and — surprisingly — Herman Cain said they wouldn’t support reinstating the ban.
A lot of this is just pandering to their base, of course. Change can be a little frightening and no one is more fear-responsive than the hardcore rightwing nut. And no one is more reactionary than the conservative politician. When they see fear in the eyes of their audiences, they exploit it. Is that any way to become the greatest country in the world?
The point here is that change is good. It makes us a better people. And if it means abandoning old values, it says more about those archaic values than it does about the change that brought about that abandonment. It used to be considered immoral for a black man to marry a white woman, now it’s considered immoral to oppose that marriage on the basis of race. Has America become better or worse since that particular “value” was left behind?
If we accept that the changes that have come before us have been good, by what measure can you argue that change from here on out becomes bad? It’s completely arbitrary and illogical. We aren’t a perfect society and, until we are, we will always need to improve — both as a people and a nation. Progress or stagnation are our choices.
There’s a word for people who ignore problems in those they love and pretend everything is perfect — enablers. It’s the people who recognize imperfections and failings and try to help correct them who demonstrate a more nurturing love.
Maybe neither group loves more, but one loves better.
News Roundup for 8/18/11
Texas Governor Rick Perry
-Headline of the Day-
"Rick Perry Can’t Defend His Claim That Social Security Is Unconstitutional Because He’s ‘Got A Big Mouthful.’"
Mouthful of what? If you guess BS, you’re only half right. His mouth was also full of what he called “pop ups” — despite the fact that the restaurant he was campaigning at was called “Popovers on the Square.”
At the New Hampshire stop, Perry learned that the state isn’t much like Texas and, if you say something insane, they’re not going to let it slide. Despite having claimed in the past that Social Security is unconstitutional, Perry’s trying to have it both ways by pretending to be committed to protecting it — at least, for the generation currently collecting.
Anyway, protesters in New Hampshire weren’t buying it and asked him to explain his interesting constitutional theory. it was at this point that Perry displayed his astounding rhetorical skills; “I don’t think I…” he said. “I’m sorry, you must have…”
Cleared that right up, huh? Having reached the limit of his ability to string words together, Perry “stuffed a generous piece of popover in his mouth.” Why lookie there! I’d surely love to answer you folks’ question, but I went and jammed my skull plum full of puff pastries. Reckon I’ll have to get back to you on that. Y’all have a good day and cowboy boots sixshooter horseshoes yeehaw!
Perry then rushed out, impressing onlookers with his Three Stooges imitation as he “tripped over one of the women standing at his side pressing him on Social Security.”
This is what passes for presidential timber on the right these days. (ThinkProgress)
-Cartoon time with Mark Fiore-
Hey kids, it’s a big scary world with lots of bad things happening and the press will cover it all — after the elections!
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Wait, did Sarah Palin sneeze? Stop the presses! (MarkFiore.com)
"Bachmann: The American People Are Concerned About ‘The Rise Of The Soviet Union.’"
Oh for fuck’s sake… (Right Wing Watch)