I’ve been observing the Ben Quayle (R - District 3) vs David Schweikert (R - District 5) duke it out for the newly drawn district 6 Republican primary since the beginning of the cycle. Thus far it’s been incredibly boring because neither campaign wanted to be aggressive in the media or really anywhere else for that matter.
It’s typical of Republicans to be afraid to attack because they seem to think being polite will somehow get them what they want in a winner-take-all world like politics.
That being said, the gloves have come off slightly in the last week or so. Neither side has tried on their brass knuckles, but the political hyperbole (yes, I just typed that) has been ratcheted up tremendously.
What I received in my inbox yesterday from the Quayle campaign was full of so much wordplay that Poe would probably have gone mad trying to take it all in.
I added some commentary, boldened my personal favorites and shortened it up a bit, but this monstrosity speaks for itself.
Friends,…Utilizing every form of communication, the Schweikert campaign forges ahead with propaganda, telling Republican voters that District 6 belongs to Dave and Ben Quayle is an intruder.
(Edited for length. Seriously, this thing was a monster)
The larger problem with our opposing campaign is not that of district lines and housing locations. The problem is that a candidate seeking a high federal office has a habit of trafficking in deception.
Time and time again, the record shows that when publicly challenged or at a loss for an answer, Rep. Schweikert shows a mind well trained for mendacity.
Dave is really just another case study in the career politician. He has been running for office nearly non-stop for almost a quarter century. He first started running when Ben Quayle was 13 years old.
(No comment about what then 13 yr old BQ was up to)
He longs for public office – needs it – a lot more than it needs him. And like most people his long years in politics have not made him a more honest person.
They have made him increasingly comfortable with manipulation, rhetorical sleight of hand and outright lies, to the point that he now wears these things like an old shoe.
They take him from place to place, carry him along on a light step of convenient falsehood in service of his political ambition.
The real import of all this is not only what it tells us about Dave Schweikert’s integrity. It tells us something about his philosophy.
Dave is not really a conservative.
Conservatives know that truth, in the end, is the thing that really matters.
A “conservative” who traffics in deception and manipulation isn’t really a conservative at all. He’s a poser. He’s not serving the cause.
(Pause, deep breath and lean forward, ever so slightly)
He’s serving himself.
There’s really no reason to even take a side in this race anymore, other than hoping for more dramatics from the Quayle campaign. I don’t think I can ever write a political piece again after reading that.
Anyway, Congressman Schweikert, you do whatever it takes to push the same buttons in your opponents camp because that little newsletter update from their side was the stuff of legends.
I’ve had a political scientist look that letter over and analyze important benchmarks like syllable-per-word ratios, commas-per-sentence and other statistical measures.
Long story short, he said the whole thing could be scientifically proven to be the most ridiculous campaign e-mail ever. I don’t like to get into stats, but that’s pretty impressive.
I’ll be patiently staring at my inbox waiting for more, so don’t hold back!
This country witnessed history on Wednesday, no doubt about it. As predicted, H.R. 459 passed through the U.S. House of Representatives with tremendous fury.
It really didn’t come as a huge surprise because this piece of legislation was the cornerstone of Dr. Ron Paul’s political career. Political junkies (like Johnny) who were watching on C-Span witnessed the passage by a 2/3s majority with more than a minute left to turn in votes and dozens of congresspersons who had yet to turn theirs in.
To put it bluntly, it was a friggin landslide.
This moment was definitely historic and a tangible victory for the Liberty Movement. Ron Paul’s R3volution, including the monstrous PAC he founded in 2008, Campaign for Liberty, had just forced most of congress to stick a sharp dagger in the side of the private bank which funded the institutions who contribute the vast majority of funds to their campaigns.
It was the dog biting the hand of the incredibly arrogant master. In my state of Arizona, every single member of congress voted for Ron Paul’s audit of the central bank.
The reality check came quickly however. Senate majority leader Harry Reid is now standing in the way of the Senate’s version even hitting the floor for a vote. He’s playing his role of typical partisan hack, who as recently as 2010 was calling for the same type of audit and claimed he had done so as far back as 1987.
I’m not sure how this man has continued to reign over the good people of NV, but he’s now standing in the way of history and frankly needs to be absolutely crushed by a massive phone/fax/email bomb.
The video below is just about all the motivation anyone on either side of the political spectrum should need to call him out.
5 years ago most Americans didn’t even know what the Fed actually was (probably thought it just meant “federal government) and also had no idea it was privately owned.
Next week the Congress can do the right thing and order an audit. They’ll need a 2/3’s majority since the bill is not amendable before the first vote.
If nothing else, we’ll find out whose really on the take from the scummy central bankers headed by Ben Bernanke.
You can bet Campaign for Liberty will be knocking down doors, blasting phone lines, emails and fax machines for the next week or so.
This is huge.