Public Enemy No. 1 – “Don’t Believe the Hype”

Don't Believe the Hype
Don’t Believe the Hype

Boy the Lord Camp and Army of the 12 Monkey’s must be all worked up in a tizzy this morning following the AZ Republic’s scathing analysis of Lord’s campaign tactics to date. 

From today’s AZ Republic Editorial:

 Really, we thought John McCain was Public Enemy No. 1 for the leaders of the radical left. What with him being the Republican presidential candidate and all. Or, at least, Sarah Palin.

Imagine our surprise at learning the national politician most despised by the far left is none other than Rep. John Shadegg, who represents Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.

“John Shadegg is the GOP’s topmost conservative in the House,” writes Markos Moulitsas, editor of the most influential far-left Web site in the country, the Daily Kos.

Moulitsas says he is “obsessed” with Shadegg’s re-election race.

“If you want to decapitate the Republican leadership, he’s our best target in the House,” wrote Kos earlier this week, urging followers to raise $100,000 by today for Shadegg’s Democratic opponent, Bob Lord. “I want to rub salt into their wounds.”

There is little doubt that Democrats generally will do well Tuesday. And, if District 3 voters are dissatisfied with Shadegg’s conservative politics, Lord may join a large freshman class of Democrats.

But local voter dissatisfaction is one thing. What Moulitsas seeks has the unseemly scent of wild-eyed vengeance. The fellow is looking for GOP bodies over which to stand.

The Arizona Republic has urged District 3 voters to re-elect Shadegg. As “Kos” himself notes, Shadegg is the “topmost conservative in the House.”

But now we add another reason to support the incumbent: Politics isn’t – or shouldn’t be – blood sport. Re-elect John Shadegg and give an out-of-state political barbarian something to weep about on Election Day.

Ouch.  Double ouch.

If there’s any doubt this hasn’t rubbed salt in the wounds of the already fledgling Lord campaign, check out the insidious and sophmoric comments on AZ Central from “Lord Supporters.”  The response comments illustrate the Editorial’s point perfectly. 

I’m sure it’s probably A-Mart and the Army of the 12 Monkey’s on the message board working overtime, but it’s still funny nonetheless.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2008/10/31/20081031fri2-31.html#comments

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