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!