Kirk lying about something he had absolutey no need to lie about.
Alexi’s lies as the campaign went on.
A lot of bank experience, no knowlege of loans to mobsters, he was gone when the bank started doing poorly, he told the IRS he was there for a few months to collect $2.7 mil.
Two things from the SLC “resignation” press conference: First, he resigned a ballot spot with a drink in hand, outstanding! Second, his son sitting next to him crying his eys out, creepy-sad-funny all at the same time
But in the broader sense, this will always be the “unforced error” election to me.
From Kirk’s unnecessarily inflated military record, to Alexi’s fluctuating role at the bank, to Quinn’s contempt for message discipline, to Brady’s puppy kill-mill bill, to Dems (and the press) letting Scott Lee Cohen slip by in the primary, to the Republicans letting Jason Plummer on television unchaperoned, to both parties suppressing their own votes with botched absentee ballot schemes, to Brady’s ads going off the air due to insufficient funds, I cannot remember any elections where so many campaigns suffered so many unnecessary self-inflicted wounds.
Phil Hare being video taped saying angrily back to a questioner, “I don’t worry about the Constitution.” At that time Hare was essentially an unknown congressman in a relatively obscure district. But his clueless and thoughtless put- down, widely disseminated, perfectly encapsulated for many Americans the attitude they were so hating about Washington during the Healthcare fight. Quite simply, Hare put a face and a campaign phrase to the voter frustration that has a whole lot to do with the upcoming national electoral “tsunami”.
Watching many of the House Dems being beat up human service providers, advocates and parents for not raising taxes and seeing the same House Dems being bashed for their “tax and spend ways” by the GOP.
- WI IL Transplant - Friday, Oct 29, 10 @ 1:02 pm:
The power of “job” fairs
- Louis G. Atsaves - Friday, Oct 29, 10 @ 1:03 pm:
Being taken by a friend to a Tea Party event. It gave me an understanding of that “movement” that even now Democrats and many Republicans don’t get, and that they would be impacting a number of races.
All the political TV ads that basically all look and sound very similar while claiming the other person is a liar, mismanages money, sends jobs overseas, only cares about themselves, and is ‘not one of us’. Reps or Dems, makes little difference.
- Small Town Liberal - Friday, Oct 29, 10 @ 1:11 pm:
Definitely when Rich broke the puppy gassing story, I almost fell out of my chair.
Sitting in my garage on a bitterly cold february evening smoking a Montecristo number two, listening to three different radio stations while cotinuing to update election returns on my laptop, all the while trying to grasp the fact that the late Brady surge was real and that it was probably going to win him the nomination.
It is going to be the night of November 2nd when the biggest political wave of my lifetime is going to sweep across the country. It was completely preventable and show the biggest disconnect between voters and incumbents on a mass scale, ever. The worse political decisions, the worse political deafness, the worse political presentation of the most obvious political issues.
Down here in the Deep South, the television market covers four states. That’s four states worth of political commericials on TV….constantly. We get KY, MO, IL and TN. So we get Rand Paul, Jack Conway, Robin Carnanhan, Roy Blount, Joann Emerson, Tommy Sowers, Mark Kirk, Alexi, Quinn, Brady, Madigan, some congressman down in Tennessee,along with variouos amendments and proposition, etc. And in the final days before the vote…we’re getting a bunch of the local candidates on the air. Geez…they’re all the same…one candidate attacks the other, tries to show the other as a liar, a socialist, a crime softie or the fact that he or she has some other evil personality flaw. In fact, you’d think some of these people are running against a three headed monster named Obama-Polosi-Reid. Can’t really learn anything about the candidates or what they stand for….but Gawd they’re spending the money like its going out of style.
Oh, and it seems like half these guys are either cleaning a shotgun, carrying a shotgun or actually firing a shotgun (Tommy Sowers, Democratic candidate for Missouri’s 8th CD fires a shotgun in his ads…in fact, in think he fires it twice in one of the spots.) Guess you need a shotgun to prove you’re aimin’ to go to Washington.
“That’s four states worth of political commercials on TV… constantly”
Yikes, I can’t even stand ONE state’s worth of political ads, let alone four. I bet Deep South will be ready to hurl the TV out the window before the polls close Tuesday :-)
My favorite memory is of watching TV for about 2 hours on the day before the primary. I do not have a TV at home (just internet) so I had not been exposed to many of the political ads up to that point. Well, probably at least a dozen times in those 2 hours I saw Andy McKenna’s attack ad hammering Dillard for endorsing Obama and not ruling out a tax hike. It just about drove me nuts. I was so glad when McKenna lost the next day!
This all started when Obama and Washington Democratic Leadership bet the ranch that the economy would be rebounding in 2010 by passing an underfunded and misdirected Stimulus Package in 2009. We wouldn’t be having this GOP Wave if unemployment was 7.6% and trending lower. At the state level, once again, democratic leadership failed to lead, and stuck with an incompetent and weak candidate for Governor. Hynes would be sailing to victory with slightly lower numbers than New York’s Cuomo. Instead, the Chicago Boys bailed out Quinn and we ended up in this mess. Downstate is going to be a diaster for democrats.
- Phineas J. Whoopee - Friday, Oct 29, 10 @ 3:04 pm:
I will never forget the 1st time I heard that Harold Washington ad. I almost fell over.
I was going to say I’ll never forget what, in my opinion, is an unbelievable amount of money spent on negative ads and then I read Deep South’s comment and I guess were lucky.
Most of all, I will never forget how voter rage, ignorance and financial discontent will allow them to be mislead and hoodwinked by any Joe in a nice suit who promises the world. You can easily see how societies elect people who work against their best interest simply because they are angry.
==You can easily see how societies elect people who work against their best interest==
Phineas, since this is a QOTD and everyone is entitled to state their opinion I won’t go into a rant about that line. But I’d like you to at least be aware that the mantra of “stupid people voting against their interest” really annoys a whole lot of folks who feel that they (not somebody else) should be the ones to decide what in fact is in their interest, and which candidates will best serve and achieve those interests.
Primary night when both parties nominated mopes for lt. gov., which triggered passage of a new law to require candidates for gov and lt gov to run as a team in the future.
- The REAL Anonymous fka Anonymous - Friday, Oct 29, 10 @ 4:19 pm:
Sorry, 4:12 was me. Forgot my “new” handle.
- The REAL Anonymous fka Anonymous - Friday, Oct 29, 10 @ 4:30 pm:
And Rich, “media folk”, and all the other CapFax bloggers–muddling through all the “clutter” each and every day to help make some sense of it all and doing their darndest to keep honest and open debate part of our everyday lives.
Thank you Anonymous - it has been extremely difficult lately.
I have had an entire catalog of great stuff expecting Blagojevich’s jury to come through. When that whole thing screwed up to high heaven, it really sucked the wind out of the last bit of energy I had trying to put this election year to music.
I am now trying to figure out new words to “Afternoon Delight” to try and get my mojo back.