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Friday, October 14, 2011

Roscoe Reynolds Digs Deeper

We talked the other day about the worst political campaign ad in TV history.  Thank you, Senator Roscoe Reynolds.  See "Roscoe's Getting Down & Dirty."

I beat up on Southside's embarrassing state senator for putting his name to a commercial that will go down in history for its incompetence, but I didn't do any fact-checking while I was at it.

For that we turn to Media General Communications and WSLS TV, Roanoke:
Fact Check on Reynolds' "You ain't from around here" ad on Stanley
By Jarett Henshaw

In overalls, a man stares at a superimposed Bill Stanley and says, “You ain't from around here, are you boy."

Like me, you probably couldn't help but chuckle the first time you saw this Roscoe Reynolds sponsored commercial that goes after his State Senate opponent Bill Stanley.

I did some checking to find out how much of the attack ad is true.

"After 20 years as a Northern Virginia trial lawyer, Billy Stanley moved south, got elected to the Senate,” says the commercial.

"This claim is false. Stanley didn't graduate from law school until 1994, so he's only been a lawyer for 17 years, not 20 like the ad says. He spent the next 5 years practicing law in Northern Virginia, then opened his Franklin County law office in 1999.

"Stanley's not even in the phone book, bad, bad, bad,” says the ad.

I did some checking and it's true that his home phone number isn't in the Franklin county phone book, but the number to his law office is.

"You ain’t from around here, are you boy,” asks the advertisement.

Bill Stanley actually grew up all over the country in a military family, so he didn’t grow up in Southwest Virginia, or any other one place, but he's lived here for 12 years. [link]

What does that say about a politician who distorts something so basic and that's so easily checked against the facts?

Can you say P-A-N-I-C?

A suggestion to ol' Roscoe:  Don't be playing your constituents for fools, old man.  They aren't as stupid as the people in your inner circle (like the ones who did that commercial).  Treat them like adults and, hey, maybe they'll reelect your sorry behind.

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Here's the WSLS piece on Roscoe's lies stretching of the truth:

Did Anyone Think This Was Really Going To Work?

Why did Congress agree to abdicate its budgeting responsibility and hand it over to that hokey "supercommittee" again?

Oh, yeah.

To reach bipartisan consensus.

So much for that horse crap:

House Democrats warn supercommittee against cuts

Add to the Democrats' refusal to cut anything meaningful the Republicans' vow to allow no tax increases to come out of the supercommittee and ... we're right back where we started.

Only good thing? Obama, for a few months anyway, doesn't have to pretend that he's actually concerned about federal debt.

That, however, just like Congressional gridlock, ain't goin' away.

Prepare for A SUPERSUPERCOMMITTEE to soon be formed.

Good grief.

Heed The Suggestion

I have been of the belief, even back when George H.W. Bush was in the midst of his reelection bid in 1992 that - for politics' sake alone - he should have dumped Dan Quayle and brought on another partner with whom to run. It would have been enough to jump-start his stuck-in-a-rut presidency.  I've never been shaken from that belief.

(Okay, he could have had Mr. Quayle ask to retire or be counted out or something ... as those things are supposed to be portrayed.)

Instead Dad Bush changed nothing, brought no new ideas to the campaign, left his supporters yawning, his potential supporters looking for something different, and he lost to Bill Clinton by more than a smidgeon.

Well, déjà vu all over again. I read this in today's paper:

White House irked by rumors Obama plans to drop Biden

The question is: Was the White House really "irked" or did the White House simply profess irkness?*


1) Obama ain't gonna make it in the 2012 election if he doesn't shake things up (see GHW Bush above).

2) Couple that with the fact that he only chose that goofy old man because of Biden"s foreign policy experience (as opposed to any common sense or regular sense of this earthly realm). And Obama now has his own experience - whether feckless and lacking or not - and lots of it.

So Joe Biden serves him absolutely no purpose.

3) Additionally, there are still a lot of Democrats out there who will not vote for Obama unless he has Hillary on the ticket.

Now that's the ticket.

4) Add to all that the fact that Biden embarrasses himself on a regular basis and ...

... you have perfect reason to dump him and go with Madam Secretary.

The White House is "irked."

Earth to irked White House: If I were you I'd be less irked and more frightened of impending doom.

There are a lot of other things to get all irked about.

* Yeah, I invented a word. Felt good.