Saturday, November 20, 2004
A pile of bull-GOP
"Not tonight, I have a headache...besides, sex is filthy and evil"
Here in Louisiana, politics never ends. On Nov. 2, we had a practice election (known as a primary, as in "you all need primary school") for the December runoff. In the race for U.S. District 7 House seat are Willie Landry Mount (D-Lake Charles) and Charles Boustany (R-Lafayette). Want to take a stab at who is most popular here in good ol' Lafayette? (Hint: it's Boustany.)
Now, I have to admit that in the primary, I did not vote for either one of these yahoos. While both are likable and equally popular, this might truly be a case of the lesser of two evils. Man, am I really saying that? Damn...
I'm no fan of Boustany, simply because everyone in my neighborhood seems to like him. That's scary! From what I know about his platform, he is hardly George W. Bush; however, any respect I have for him diminishes further every time I hear him speak. After Dick Cheney came to speak for him just a few blocks (and several tax brackets away) from my house, Boustany went out of his way to explain how he his not in the GOP's pocket. But his TV and radio ads paint him as someone with elephant genes in his DNA. Hell, his site features a big picture of him and Dubya "talking about the runoff!" And how about this tasty bit from his bio?
A life long Republican, Charles voted for Ronald Reagan in the 1976 Republican Primary at the age of 20. The first Republican in a family of 10 children, he would cross party lines when it came to matters of the heart and he did not just tip toe. In 1979, Charles married the former Bridget Edwards, a life long Democrat. Foreshadowing his persuasive abilities, Bridget became a registered Republican in 1980.
So either Republicans are telling him to lie about his partisanship or he is a flip-flopper. I hate a flip-flopper.
I'm also weary of his lack of experience; Boustany has never held public office of any kind, having spent the last couple of decades as a highly-sought surgeon. But his dad's the coroner, which is good enough for most locals.
On the other hand, Mount isn't much better. Her platform is heavy on pro-business policies and devotes a whole section to why she is pro-life. She also supports the end of "the marriage penalty" and "the inheritance tax," which proves two things: 1) she's eager to kiss up to Republican interests and 2) she does it by using their own misleading talking points and terms. So even though Mount is more likely of this bad bunch to get my vote, she will not get my endorsement.
In light of all of this, I find the above mailer all the more amusing. It shows total ignorance on Mount's positions by Republicans, but that's not what bothers me the most. What bothers me is that they seem to take pride in not caring to know them. As tired as their endlessly repetitive phrases are getting to be, they seem even more archaic and formulaic when used against an opponent who doesn't fit their description. Let's break out the GOP attack template and deconstruct, shall we?
1) "Higher Taxes" in large words--Check!
2) "On Louisiana families." Check!
3) "Liberal Willie Mount..." Check!
4) "...voted for higher taxes..." Check!
5) "She also supported job-killing taxes..."Check!
6) "...on small businesses..."Check!
7) "...in our communities." Check!
8) Highlighted comment--Check!
9) "...just another tax-and-spend liberal." Check!
10) Underlined talking points--Check!
11) "...consistently supported keeping taxes high..." Check!
12) "Voting to keep sales and use taxes on food and utilities." Check!
13) "Renewing $160 million in sales taxes on business utilities." Check!
14) "Opposing tax relief..." Check!
15) "...to job-creating small businesses in our communities." Check!
16) "Thanks to Willie Mount, working families need to spend more of their paychecks on taxes." Check!
17) "She's just another tax-and-spend liberal." Check!
18) "Paid for by the Republican Party of Louisiana." CHECK!!
As talented as the Republicans have become at condensing so many tired lies on one small flyer, they could do even better: "Willie Mount is a tax-and-spend liberal who voted not to slash existing taxes and who wants families to suffer headaches by renewing taxes on business." Of course, crap like that only goes down with repetition, so maybe they are smart.