Category: Election 2010

The GOP’s new “Pledge To America”

My reaction: *yawn*

Really? This is the best the GOP leadership can do? I can understand why Erick Erickson’s upset, since this document is as tuned into the American people’s concerns as a TV with bunny ears trying to catch HBO. Suggestion for Boehner, Cantor, and pals: stop fooling around and take Doug Ross’ advice.
2:45 PM Update: Some call it a pledge to nowhere, some call it stupid, some call it milquetoast, some call it timid, some have a pithier alternative … and then there’s the plan involving bacon and giant robots.

Betty Sutton is terrified

The Representative from Ohio’s 13th District finds herself caught between an unpopular President she supports, pitiful fund-raising results, an opponent with a huge war chest, her own barely-concealed radicalism, and the public’s outrage at her spending spree since her first election in 2006. She squealed for help from the cavalry and got a response.
Betty Sutton’s benefactors, the corrupt union bosses and the DCCC (oops, sorry for repeating myself), just sent her 21 union-paid staffers and $219,000 for advertising. With the way she burns cash to push outright lies, she needs all the help she can get.
Hey, Betty! How about running on your record instead? I’m sure your constituents would love to hear more about your votes on Cap & Trade, Obamacare, TARP, the bank bailouts, card check …

Questions for Betty Sutton and Tom Ganley

Vote on the existing questions, or ask your own. From the explanation on the site:

If, according to the old saying, “all politics is local,” then the time has come to demonstrate that new, interactive media can invigorate local civic engagement around elections — moving from interest to involvement, from spectacle to civil society.
Personal Democracy Forum, with support from The Knight Foundation and in partnership with Google and YouTube, has created a platform to facilitate that involvement. It’s called 10Questions. Here’s how it works:

  • Citizens can post text questions or video questions through YouTube for candidates in the 2010 midterm elections; each race has its own page where we aggregate questions posed for candidates in that specific race.
  • Using Google technology, visitors to that site can vote questions up and down. After a set period of public engagement, the 10 top- voted questions in each race are posed to the candidates.
  • Candidates then have the opportunity to post video responses, and voters rate those responses for completeness, directness, depth and substance — criteria that are sometimes hard to get out of politicians in the rapid-fire context of a live debate.

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You can’t duck your record forever, Betty

I just asked Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) the following question:

Concerning your vote to raise the Federal Debt Limit … do you believe your constituents support your position? Would you do it again? How much spending is enough?

Any bets on whether she answers at all, much less directly? Perhaps if more of her constituents asked her the same questions, she’d come out of hiding.

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Good advice for Betty Sutton

Given her stellar record since 2006, her fondness for meeting her constituents face to face, and her penchant for all things centrally planned, Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH) will no doubt draw many valuable lessons (and no small amount of inspiration) from the following instructional video provided by Her Majesty’s Government.

I hope Betty’s scheduler takes these tips into account when updating her calendar. He must be a very busy staffer; I’ve been calling him several times a week without response.

Betty Sutton speaks about the Ground Zero mosque

In a stunning reversal of her long-cherished belief that the federal government knows best about everything, and certainly not due to any panic over the impending loss of her seat in the House of Representatives (you sexist racist hate-filled warmonger), Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH) finally ended her silence on the Cordoba House Park 51 Ground Zero Debris Field Mosque, according to The Plain Dealer:

Ground Zero mosque“This is a sensitive issue, especially for those most directly affected by the attack at Ground Zero, and I trust that those in the area are in the best position to find a solution,” Copley Township Democratic Rep. Betty Sutton said on Tuesday.

[Challenger Tom] Ganley said “Obama and liberal leaders” have “acted in a way that is insensitive to families and friends of those victims we lost almost nine years ago.” He said he supports New York Gov. David Patterson’s effort to move the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center to another location.

Ganley followed up on his Facebook page:

I am opposed to the mosque being built near the WTC memorial, though when asked by the Plain Dealer, my opponent will not say yes or no.

I guess Tom Ganley just doesn’t understand how busy Betty is. She’s got too much on her plate to respond to an issue that highlights her party’s incoherence and incompetence in matters of national security and common decency. Ganley has yet to learn that in the world of our Washington ruling class, all matters are best decided by bureaucrats and czars in DC unless it would embarrass a Democrat incumbent to take a position. In such rare cases, these matters become Local Issues™.
I wonder if Betty agrees with Speaker Nancy Pelosi that opponents of the Hamasque should be investigated? Perhaps people like these should be the first ones to be called to testify at the next Democrat Party show trial:

“Never Forget” is just a slogan when there’s an election to be won, y’know.

Betty Sutton’s current schedule

Betty Sutton as WaldoAugust 18th: Anywhere but in Columbus with Barack Obama
August 20th: $1000/plate fundraiser
August 22nd: RSVP-ONLY Volunteer Appreciation Day
August 27th: $30/plate spaghetti dinner fundraiser with union fatcats
August 32nd: Town hall meetings with constituents
September 0th: More town hall meetings
September 11th: Back to DC to stimulate the economy with more spending and pork


8/17 9:24 AM Update: Betty Sutton’s staff checks in again … but still won’t explain what she’s doing tomorrow instead of being seen with President Obama.

Does Betty Sutton have an opinion on the Ground Zero mosque?

Barack Obama is all for it. Hamas wants it. Does the Democratic Congresswoman for Ohio’s 13th District have anything to say one way or the other? Speak up, Betty (and without Clintonian wriggling).

6:00 PM Update: Hello, Sutton staffers! Is your boss too busy to schedule any town hall meetings, or is she just afraid of her constituents’ inconvenient questions?

Remember the first huge bailout?

Two years ago, Betty Sutton jumped aboard that express train to socialism without much thought at all.

Betty may claim that she made her decision after careful consideration of the economic circumstances, but don’t you believe her. She’s an economic ignoramus who follows Nancy Pelosi’s lead in lockstep, and that’s all there is to it. There’s no critical thinking involved.

Tom Ganley still has a Cash For Clunkers problem

Shailagh Murray’s snarky piece in Saturday’s Washington Post jabs Betty Sutton’s challenger for taking advantage of Sutton’s signature legislation.

Republican House candidate Tom Ganley sold more than 800 cars last summer through the “Cash for Clunkers” government rebate program. But does Uncle Sam get a thank you?
“Let’s talk about Cash for Clunkers,” the voluble millionaire, who owns the largest auto dealership group in Ohio, told a group of voters here recently. “It created a 30-day surge in auto sales. After it ended, there was no business. It was like the faucet was shut off.”

Most economists say the nationwide stimulus effort has generally paid off, although they differ on how much.

But Sutton is a top target of Republicans, in part because of her support for the program. Her opponent’s 31 dealerships sold an estimated $17 million worth of cars through Clunkers rebates, but he now denounces the program as a fiscal folly.

Ganley needs to get in front of this “he’s-a-hypocritical-used-car-salesman-fatcat-rich-guy” portrayal quickly, before Sutton hangs it around his neck for good. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this line of attack, and there are more tasks that require Ganley’s attention.
Enough fund-raising and strategizing, Tom. Hit the campaign trail (Lord knows, Betty refuses to). Define yourself, define your socialist opponent, and publicize your plan to get government out of our health care, our lives, and our wallets.

Does Betty Sutton agree with her colleague, Pete Stark?

Betty Sutton is one of the key supporters of Obamacare. She votes with Pete Stark 94% of the time. Stark offers the following response when challenged on his support for Obamacare:

Past evidence strongly suggests that Sutton agrees with Stark here, too. Prove me wrong, Betty. Let’s hear your response to these objections in some format other than a conference call, and sooner rather than later.