A couple of interesting political stories today. The Nevada senate race reveals just how hypocritical a Tea Party candidate can be, and Utah’s Gubernatorial race is getting a bit strange.
In Utah, we see Gov. Herbert defending himself against charges by Peter Corroon of cozying up to contractors who donated to his campaign. He even said Herbert is almost as corrupt as Gov. Blagojevich in Illinois, which I have to think is a bit of a stretch. Blago sets some pretty high standards.
On the other hand, Herbert is stretching things to expect us to believe he’s not influenced by all the money donated to him. All those contractors like him because, as a former real estate person, Herbert is hard-wired to love everything about development, and the state’s development industries want to make darn sure he stays in office.
Not that Corroon would necessarily be against development, but he’s a democrat and might not be into all the little nuances of ensuring growth over all else. He’s not a member of the club and might start going all environmental on them. That makes him dangerous.
Meanwhile, in Nevada,I thought Harry Reid missed a golden chance to whap Sharron Angle upside the head with the major hypocritical gaffe she committed in their debate last night.
Angle went after Reid for having a lot of money even though he came from poor roots. She implied that a rich senator must be up to something, a carefully crafted attack that I’m sure will be in her campaign ads today. She demanded to know where he got his money, the implication being, of course, that he’s been bought off.
Obviously, she hasn’t been talking to Herbert who could assure her that campaign donations never, ever, affect a politicians judgement.
Reid got huffy and insisted he was a successful lawyer. What a wimp.
What he should have done was point out that (a) a heck of a lot of GOP senators are richer than he is. The Senate is a millionaires club.
And (b) he should have told Angle that if she’s so interested in revealing where money comes from he’ll throw his finances wide open if she’ll release a list of everyone spending money on the very expensive TV ads that are running for her in Nevada. That includes the ads funded by so-called “non-partisan” groups that refuse to say who gives them money because the Supreme Court now allows unlimited corporate donations in complete secrecy.
“Tell who provides money to those groups,” he should have demanded, “and don’t go hiding behind the Supreme Court’s skirts.”
Wow, there’s a line that could have won him the election.
This is one of the biggest problems Democrats seem to have. They’re not sharp enough for the kill stroke. Tea Party folk love that sort of thing, even if it is totally hypocritical and makes no sense. “Death Panels” was only the tip of the iceberg.