Friday, October 27, 2006

Paul Hodes and the Coming Ad Battle

NHPR has a story on the NRCC ad buy against Paul Hodes, noting also that today, the DCCC answered with a buy of around $300,000. NHPR previews the NRCC ad, which is pretty standard-issue fare: "Liberal Paul Hodes wants to raise taxes." Well, yes, for the very very wealthiest people - those making several hundred thousand dollars a year or more. Very few families would see their taxes go up, and he supports tax credits for things like college - things that ordinary working people, rather than the wealthiest, worry about.

But it's not just about taxes, it's about the sneering tone on the word "liberal." As it happens, Paul has a ready answer for that. Though his stump speech changes from event to event, he often quotes his hero, John F. Kennedy, from his September, 1960 speech accepting the nomination of the Liberal Party:
What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
Paul, too, is proud of that name and those ideals. The NRCC would have us think that's shameful, but read that passage, consider what that kind of leadership would mean, and consider too what a change it would be from our current leadership. After that, the choice for Paul Hodes shouldn't be difficult.


Blogger yankeedoodler said...

Every economic aspect of my middle class life has gotten worse over the past six years. It's harder to save, salary has not kept apace with cost-of-living, gas and heating oil are out of control, and to top it off, local taxes are on the rise because we have to front more money on the state level, since Bush has been concerned chiefly with helping out his wealthy pals with three rounds of cuts aimed squarely at hyperplutocrats.

It's immoral, unAmerican, and yes, it's class warfare.

For the NRCC to attack a never-elected candidate on the presumption that he would be a tax raiser for is just stupid on its face. Unless, of course, the GOP was telling the truth, and those ads will only be broadcast to the six or seven people in the state who make that kind of money (Bass included).

10:28 PM  
Blogger -epm said...

I think the tax issue has little bite. At this point I think general public understands the difference between the Dem's (and Paul's) real position of rolling back tax giveaways to the top 2% and the Repub's lies about the Dems wanting to raise taxes across the board. Thanks to Charlie, this was made very clear in the debate... he kept saying "1%, 2%, 1%, 2%".

Secondly, real people with real jobs and real bills know in their gut they got no real break. People know their budgets and they know their not swimming in dough from some benevolent Repub tax relief.

The other thing Americans seem to have come to know in there gut is that the Bush admin and the Repub congress has screwed the pooch in Iraq. They are now able to comprehend there's a difference between the Bush mismanagement of the war in Iraq and the goal of succeeding in Iraq: they know these are mutually exclusive things. Hopefully, they've heard enough about vets and active duty military officers who are opposed to the Bush notion of winning Iraqi hearts and minds, even if we have to beat it into them. Hopefully they know that cutting and running from Bush's "crusade" is the first step on the road to stability in Iraq and the region.

And hopefully all decent Americans have had enough of the vile and amoral machinations of the Republican political machinery that has soiled the very concept of American Values and moral authority.

11:15 PM  

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