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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Harry Reid's Army of Mudslingers

Amy Gardner, writing in The Washington Post's Post Politics column, has a very fair -- and revealing -- article on Harry Reid's attack machine, and its distorted portrayals of Sharron Angle:

All summer long, Reid's small army of young, eager staffers has bombarded Nevada voters with unflattering, sometimes distorted allegations about Angle. They have scoured old newspapers, government transcripts and video archives for anything she has said or done that might be turned against her. In television and radio ads, Reid's aides have tried to create and then exploit perceptions that Angle is a dangerous reactionary....

It might also be said that the material shows who Harry Reid really is: how much money and manpower the powerful incumbent has to throw around (his campaign has $9 million in cash on hand); how far he is willing to go to turn voters against Angle; and how, as a result of his efforts, the unpopular senator has revived his chances of reelection in a year when most voters say they don't want him in the Senate anymore.

Opposition research is standard operating procedure in modern politics. But for Reid, painting Angle as crazy has become an essential function of the campaign. The state's soaring unemployment rate and his own lack of voter appeal have left him one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country.

Harry Reid has nothing to offer voters other than crushing national deficits and debt, health care controlled by massive bureaucracies and centralized rationing, tax dollars wasted to curry favor with labor unions, and permanent European-style double-digit unemployment resulting from stifling regulation and taxes.

Not surprisingly, Reid's strategy always has been focused on "vaporizing" his opponents.

Gardner notes that the Reid campaign refused to say how many of "the Reid team's 31 employees are focused on slinging mud," but that as the polls have tightened, "Reid's response has been to push even harder."

Gardner notes that Reid's campaign has largely given up on trying to improve Reid's image:
But at this point, Reid, already disliked, isn't trying to win people over. He's trying to win, period.
A strategy which amounts to "I'll just to win" no matter what. I wonder where we have heard that before?

The difference between the Angle and Reid campaigns remains that Sharron Angle wins by convincing voters that Harry Reid is who he is, while Harry Reid wins by convincing voters that Sharron Angle is something she is not.

Update: Stayed tuned to this video until 1:45 and hear how Harry Reid has written a letter expressing shock that current Medicare regulations, which are even less harsh than those needed to sustain $500 billion in Medicare cuts under Reid's own health care bill, “result in a net reduction in payment to Nevada’s hospitals when they are unable to absorb such a cut.” So how does Reid expect Obamacare to be implemented without even more devastating cuts to Nevada hospitals? (h/t The New Ledger) [Note: The wording of this paragaraph has been updated from the original.]

Related Posts:
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The Difference Between the Angle and Reid Campaigns
Reid Supporters Play The Rape Card

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  1. Well . . . he does look like Marvin the Martian.

  2. "Harry Reid has written a letter expressing shock that regulations implementing his own health care bill “result in a net reduction in payment to Nevada’s hospitals when they are unable to absorb such a cut.”

    What do they expect when they had "to pass the bill to find out what was in the bill" as Queen Nancy put it?????

  3. This sounds sooooo much like the ALP here in Australia... the attack dogs had to go back 30 years to dig up "dirt" on Tony Abbott the Opposition leader, and soon to be Prime Minister (I hope)... I kid you not. I was a dumb joke and not even worth remembering... but the LSM over here ran with it... then it died down within a day... so they tried to find more things for attack. Normally they attack him as misogynist... a man with a wife, three daughters and three sisters. The sisterhood bellyache about not voting for Tony Abbott... blah, blah.

    What is the alternative? A woman who is a home-wrecking adulteress and member of Emily's List, as well as being a member of the Socialist Forum and Fabian Society. In other words she is a Marxist. I call her a watermelon (just like the Green Party) because she is green on the outside and red on the inside... (been very successful in getting that tag off the ground in describing the Green Party who are indeed Marxists).

    With only a few days to go, I am hoping that the backstabbing Julia-the-Red Gillard will be given her marching orders come election day... please pray for Australia... we do not need a Marxist as Prime Minister.