Slingshots of the 2006 Election Campaign

I. Tennessee Senate — Harold Ford, Jr. (D) versus Bob Corker (R)

This ad is being attacked as racist, or making a subtle racist appeal. Maybe. That’s beside the point to the point I want to bring up. My question is simply this: They don’t look at pornography in Tennessee?

II. Pennsylvania Senate — Rick Santorum (R) versus Bob Casey, Jr.

“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

“It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”

Unless he was fishing for making a stump speech at a sci-fi convention, I fail to understand why Rick Santorum would make this analogy.

III. Montana Senate — Conrad Burns (R) Bob Tester (D)

(the other video clips of this are 3 minutes long, so I’ll use this one.)

He doesn’t seem to realize that the crowd is laughing at him and not with him. Secret Plans… secret plans… secret plans.

IV. Idaho, House of Representatives District 2. Sali (R) Grant (D)

Nothing to say about it, except it is a good advertisement, and that Grant would have to be sued for political incompetence if he had failed to run an ad roughly like it.

V. Wyoming, House of Representatives At Large. Barbara Cubin (R). Gary Trauner (D). And, in this story’s case, the Libertarian figures, so… Thomas Rankin (Libertarian).

Thomas Rankin, a Libertarian candidate who has multiple sclerosis and uses an electric wheelchair, said that after the debate Sunday night, Cubin “walked over to me and said, ‘If you weren’t sitting in that chair, I’d slap you across the face.'”

Cubin’s version is that she challenged Rankin’s debate assertions and said, “If you had said that to anyone else, they probably would have smacked you.”


Cullen characterized the allegations as a political stunt.

“[Cubin] believes voters are sick of this type of political maneuvering and has nothing more to say,” he said.

Rankin said he wanted Cubin to resign over the incident.

“The best response Barbara Cubin could give would be a resignation,” he said. “Nothing less than that would satisfy me.

“She is not the type of person Wyoming residents want representing them,” he said.

Okay. How about we pick on a man with Parkisan’s next time… Which brings us to Missouri, actually. But you can look that one up if you want — just type “Michael J Fox” and see what news that brings you.

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