Keith Olbermann of MSNBC picks up the National Republican Senatorial Committee press release flub I blogged last week.
Ah the joy of a bad press release.
UPDATE: Talking Points Memo picked it up too: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/fail-nrsc-says-wyden-has-lost...
They have good commenters on their site; I'm jealous.
And the press release of the week award goes to: the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).
It seems the NRSC (that would be the only political committee solely dedicated to electing Republicans to the U.S. Senate) doesn't like Sen. Ron Wyden's new ad.
The pitch in the ad is that Wyden isn't just any old DC senator. He's different. He's still in touch with Oregon. The ad shows several men on a park bench, each reading a newspaper. The first three men are reading The Washington Post, but Wyden's reading The Oregonian, The Bulletin, The Mail-Tribune or the The Register-Guard, depending on what part of the state you're watching from (now if he was reading EW, we'd be really impressed, but that's asking a lot).
The NRSC apparently disagrees with the premise that Wyden's still got his heart in Oregon. It says in today's press release:
Despite his claims that he is ‘like Oregon,’ it’s clear from Ron Wyden’s record that he has simply lost touch with his constituents during his 14 years in Washington. Senator Wyden is a career politician who has championed a reckless economic agenda that has driven our national debt to a staggering $13 trillion and failed to create jobs as the Evergreen State’s unemployment has skyrocketed to 10.6 percent. Like the rest of his out-of-touch rhetoric, Senator Wyden’s new ad simply doesn’t match reality.
Seeing as that Washington State, our neighbor to the north, is the Evergreen State, and Oregon is the more dubiously named Beaver State, and seeing as that Wyden's a Democrat from Oregon … we're actually ok with him not being in touch with the Evergreen State.
Dear NRSC next time maybe fact check your "statement and fact check," okay?
You tell those mothereffing asshole news media ... um ... those other mfing dumbshit "news media," Barack Obama!
You know who ends up losing at the end of the day? ... It's you. ... I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and Swift Boat politics. Enough is enough!
Any suggestions for a "I'm voting Jim Torrey" version of this?
Let me get you started:
I'm voting Jim Torry because I don't think we should preserve endangered species that exist around Eugene. Butterflies suck; we need more high-traffic areas!
"I feel like Seabiscuit," Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said today after the Iowa Caucus, National Public Radio reports, likening himself to the underdog racehorse that became a champion. But maybe he meant "I feel like eating Seabiscuit"?
While stumping in Iowa in December, Huckabee admitted to eating horses, and Huckabee and other candidates seem to have a real problem with puppy love (or the lack of it).
Diet-conscious Huckabee's horsemeat eating was revealed when responding to a reporter from a Dutch television station. He informed her of how much he liked the Netherlands: â€œItâ€™s one of my favorite places.â€ He then went on to comment on the food, horse flesh in particular.According the Wall Street Journalâ€™s blog Washington Wire â€œHe named a couple of his favorite Dutch foods, including one made from horsemeat. Asked if it tasted like chicken, he confirmed: â€˜Tastes like chicken.â€™â€
Reuters New Service reports that United Animal Nations has asked Huckabee to reconsider eating Trigger and Mr. Ed citing a statistic that says 70 percent of Americans disapprove of eating horses.
Interesting to note here is the fact that most people who have eaten horse meat liken the meat to beef, begging the question of exactly what chicken-like substance was Huckabee eating when he thought he was munching on Seabiscuit?
Huckabee strikes out with dog lovers too, as do his fellow Republican candidates. In a story entitled â€œWhy do Republicans Hate Puppies?â€ Salon.com reports that Huckabeeâ€™s son David killed a dog in 1998 by hanging it from a tree (a la Michael Vick) and â€œJohn Bailey, then-director of the Arkansas State Police, told Newsweek that a local prosecutor asked him to investigate, but that the governor's chief of staff and personal lawyer both pressured Bailey to keep away.â€ Utopia Rescue Ranch alleges that David Huckabee not only hung the dog but slit its neck and stoned it to death.
Rudy Giulianiâ€™s contribution to the puppy problem comes via his wife Judith, who used to sell medical staplers to doctors by demonstrating them on live sleeping dogs, who were then later killed. When asked why it was necessary to staple live dogs, the president of the company Judith Giuliani worked for, U.S. Surgical, said â€œA dead dog doesn't bleed . . . You need to have real blood-flow conditions, or you get a false sense of security,â€ in a 1988 Time Magazine article.
The final Republican in the not-so-warm-and-fuzzy list is Mitt Romney. The Boson Globe reports as an example of Romneyâ€™s â€œemotion-free crisis managementâ€ an incident in which he put the family dog, an Irish Setter named Seamus, into a dog carrier and strapped him on to the roof of his car for a 12 hour drive to Canada. He only stopped when one of his sons noticed a â€œbrown liquid dripping down the back window,â€ a sign animal lovers say that the dog was terrified and a sign that PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told Time Magazine â€œthe dog was, basically, being tortured.â€
If a Republican wins, the puppies and ponies of America better watch out, or they may find themselves strapped to a roof and Kentucky Fried. After all apparently these guys eat the underdog.