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Pounding The Table

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 25, 2008


The old lawyer’s saw goes something like this, if I recall it correctly: “If the facts are on your side, pound on the facts. If the facts are not on your side, pound the table.”

A new shadowy wingnut-welfare group is out there and buying a lot of table-pounding and oppo-flinging:

Stepping up the pressure on House Democrats, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies has launched a national ad campaign criticizing Democrats for not passing the Senate’s surveillance bill.

According to the group’s press release, the ad “will be seen on cable and satellite stations throughout the country and is also seen locally in 17 media markets across the United States.” The ads target 15 House Democrats, such as Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN). Brian Wise, the spokesman for the group, told me that the group had chosen the 15 because they were Dems “who we believe understand the issue and who would be the most effective to pushing the House leadership to vote on this.” He added: “politics really has nothing to do with it.”

Uh-huh. Then why is it that your little group is lying out its ass about the bill, won’t disclose its donors, and is run by Clifford D. May, who in addition to being a fixture at the National Review and other wingnut-welfare outlets, was the RNC’s Communications Director during the late 1990s?

Recovering Republican Ron Amundson has a great idea for a counter-ad. Kudos to Ollie at BSP for pointing me to this. By the way, considering that Tim Walz has resisted the Fear Factor crapola surrounding FISA, maybe it might be time for Open Left to consider taking him off their Enemies List? It might be something to show that, in the wake of the primary-endorsement fiasco involving Al Franken, the national netroots isn’t as clueless and ham-handed as they can sometimes seem when intervening in local politics.

UPDATE: Ollie at BSP says that Rep Eliot Engle (D-NY), one of the token Democrats on the FDD masthead, has apparently decided to leave the group as a direct response to their targeting Democrats with their FISA-fear ads. Oh, and somebody might want to ask Tom Scheck why he cites the Owatonna People’s Press instead of Bluestem Prairie on the FDD-Walz flap, even though the OPP has no RSS feed and it’s not a paper he seems to visit regularly, whereas he’s been familar with BSP since at least December of 2006.

5 Responses to “Pounding The Table”

  1. Charles II said

    Could you explain why this the endorsement of Franken is a “fiasco”?

    He threw his hat in the ring early, he has a national name and can attract almost unlimited cash from out-of-state and, therefore, early on he looked like the best shot to unseat Coleman. I gave him a few bucks to get started, but I’ll support whoever emerges as the candidate.

    Mike Ciresi seems like a good candidate; on temperament, I don’t doubt he’s better than Franken. But even thought it’s Minnesotan’s votes who will nominate the candidate for the office, it will likely in considerable measure be out-of-stater’s dollars who will help the eventual candidate match Coleman. So, being p—y about a typo of the state’s name (and otherwise getting resentful over the endorsement of one candidate over another) seems silly to me.

    “Kerfuffle,” maybe. “Fiasco”… well, I’ll need some explaining.

  2. If either Ciresi or Franken were DINOs, that’d be one thing. But they’re not. So why waste money taking sides on a non-DINO primary when there are actual DINOs to be removed? Why not use the primary money to go after actual DINOs, and let the people of Minnesota make their own choices in a primary that has a plethora of good candidates (including Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, who unfortunately doesn’t have a chance but whose presence will help to ensure that Franken and Ciresi don’t succumb to any temptations to tack rightward).

  3. Charles II said

    Still doesn’t seem to me to rise to the level of a fiasco. Just one more minor dispute in our happy little family.

  4. The saw goes, “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If neither is in your side, pound the table.”

  5. Charles II said

    And if that still doesn’t work, pound the “liberal media”

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