Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Swift Boating of John Barrow

Even though John Barrah is no longer Athens' congressman, his name continues to come up here, and 12th district Democrats should take heed of this: The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (who are neither honorable veterans, nor truthful in any respect), are back, and this time they're taking aim at two congressional Georgia Democrats to "swiftboat".

"The man who helped put up the money to pay for the Swift Boat attacks on Democratic Sen. John Kerry's war record has an new target. Bob J. Perry, a Texas homebuilder with close ties to White House advisor Karl Rove and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, have given $5 million to the Economic Freedom Fund, a newly created California group targeting Democratic candidates.

The Economic Freedom Fund, which is headquartered in California, has paid for TV ads, fliers and telephone messages criticizing Jim Marshall and John Barrow, whose re-election bids are among the hottest races in the country this fall."

Don't you just love that ambiguous, kinda classy name? The "Economic Freedom Fund"? Like they're a bunch of economists sitting around planning economic theory, as opposed to a goon squad of malcontents out to destroy congressional careers.

The problem, as blackfin pointed out in Barrow's ads posted on Youtube, is that Barrow can't really fight back in any meaningful way. While he can "denounce" Perry's tactics, he is still running on the very same "I ain't no Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, Cut and Run Democrat" platform that Perry et al are swiftboating him to begin with.

That's why any 12th district Democrats reading this need to do the work for him. As Kerry said recently, capital D Democrats everywhere need to stand up and be prepared to "kick their ass from one end of America to the other."

Or at the very least, back to Texas and out of Georgia's politics.


Fishplate said...

So, why doesn't Mr. Kerry go ahead and fight back? Why doesn't he get his comments on the record now? What is he waiting for? The charges are out there...

As for Mr. Barrow, he has always been a liar in my view. During his first Congressional campaign, he sent out push poll questions containing "facts" that were demonstratably false and showed he had no grasp of the issues he was discussing. He deserves all the Swift-boating he gets.

UGAdemocrat said...

When Democrats run as Republicans they often lose. And even if they don't lose, they won't have my support. No matter what, the Democratic party, or at least Democratic activist and voters, need to start planning for a candidate for 2008 to run for this seat.

I am sick and tired of Democrats running to the right as their only hope. Again, I say run in the Republican primary and do us all a favor.

And, we need to stop giving groups like Swift Boat all the credit. It's yet another sign of bad candidates trying to play politics. Mr. Kerry lost because he made that the focus of his campaign. And he didn't even have a firm grip on his campaign before that. The fact is, Democrats need to stay focused, just like Republicans do, and run their own solid campaigns. Beat Republicans to the punch on certain issues and move on and don't look back. Run on our issues and we will win.

And, also, try a little more grassroots campaigning, it's what works and so far in my volunteering this cycle, I have canvassed and shaken hands with self-described lifelong Republicans who thanked me for coming to their door. It was a great feeling and others had it those days as well and I know the campaign enjoyed hearing that when I got back (Rep. Jane Kidd's by the way).

DoubleDawgDareYa said...

No, Kerry lost because he had no focus at all to his campaign, and because he didn't get out in front of attacks like the Swift Boaters (and also possibly because of electronic voting machines in Ohio, but I'm not gonna be that guy right now).

"Grassroots campaigning, it's what works"..

Well, sorta. If it's done right, which means targeted and on message. And if it's combined with other media which are themselves both targeted and on message. And, oh yeah, you should probably have a good message, too.

Todd Mitchell said...

Doubledawg is right...the Kerry campaign failed to get out in front of the Swift Boat morons, and by the time the charges were refuted (link below) the damage had been done. The only to beat these people is have a handle of your campaign and hit back, only harder. But as I said, Barrow is running so far to the right anyway, it's almost laughable for the Swifties to be wasting their time.

GP said...

I am going to elevate the level of discourse by saying Barrow is a tool.

Chuck said...

[quote]I am sick and tired of Democrats running to the right as their only hope.[/quote]

I tend to agree actually. Let them show the world the kind of off-the-wall liberal extremists they really are. That way the only places they'll ever get elected are California and New York and the other wackadoodle states.

Anonymous said...

Insert sound of Chuckie madly flippng through an Ann Coulter book to find some more stinging barbs...

UGAdemocrat said...

Yes, I forgot that providing access to healthcare to all children and fully funding our public schools everywhere and promoting equality and democracy for all people and so on are "off-the-wall liberal extremist" views. Geez, how could I have been so stupid, this is the reason Georgia is one of America's most backwards states and ranks that way in regards to both issues. You are so ignorant it's not even funny. The truth is progressive ideals have always led this nation and the world to better times. Being a Democrat is not being a crazy liberal, but if being a crazy liberal means our schools with have the funding they need, that teachers will be paid what they deserve to be paid, that every child can have health insurance, then HELL YEAH I'm a liberal and proud of it. And the reason Georgia will only further decline is because of people like you that continue to think and vote in the ignorant way you do.

Anonymous said...

the Dems have lost an awful lot of their base and the gov's mansion, the state house and senate and oh yea, the white house because they are so busy running in response to the republicans. they have allowed the repubs to control the dialogue, instead of sticking up for those of us who 1. were always against the war 2. believe that it's time to get extreme about health care (the u-word) 3. think all kids deserve an equal chance at an education, and 4., think that the planet is in trouble and needs our protection via controlled/measured development. oh, and 5., that government is really by and for the people, and that we should be removing barriers to participation instead of expecting anyone poor to jump thru extra hoops in order to practice their right to vote.
Democrats are going to have to stop voting for the lesser of evils, and begin to hold out our votes against those who would lie to us to get elected and then NEVER act in the way they promised when running. Barrow makes me nauseous. almost 15 years he was the most liberal, right on, hip and cool guy, and then we sent him to congress and he forgot all about his home town supporters except to ask us for the money to run again. He doesn't deserve our support.

i will probably never work on a congressional race again. i'm sticking to local politics.

i sure as hell am not going to pretend to give a damn about him any more. he's going to reap what he's sown, and good riddance to him -the sooner the better.

UGAdemocrat said...

Amen, my friend!

Anonymous said...

I agree we need Max Burns back, he was ten times more liberal than that John Barrow. I long for the days when we can have Max Burns back. Let's all work to get him back, he'll lead us to progress in no time.

Anonymous said...

Barrow is an ass clown. He has always been an assclown and assclowns elected him becuase he pretended to give a crap.

John Barrow wore cufflinks in middle school and not because it was cool back then. It was because he believed himself to be above everyone around him. And now we see it again.

Barrow is about power and self glory and he will do whatever it takes to keep the glory going.

Barrow is not our problem anymore. The problem is whoever our John Barrow is today who is in or aspires to office.

RightDemocrat said...

I hope Barrow wins re-election. There are no perfect politicians and we need a Democratic majority in Congress. While I don't agree with all of Barrow's positions on economic issues, his conservative stance on social issues reflect the district's values. A liberal Democrat cannot win in Georgia outside of Atlanta or in most places in the South.

Anonymous said...

I've never said that Barrow wasn't a douchebag now. My argument is that he's better than Burns.

Chuck said...

[quote]A liberal Democrat cannot win in Georgia outside of Atlanta or in most places in the South.[/quote]

Exactly. Which is why I agree with Anonymous Al, our fair city's first man, and the other extremes-of-the-extremes on here. They're already going to lose a Senate seat in Connecticut because of their unwillingness to compromise, why not continue the trend by running extreme-of-the-extreme candidates down here?

If you are really interested in retaking control of Congress, which is probably a lost cause to begin with, then you should focus on running ELECTABLE candidates.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else find it a bit ironic that Chuck is giving a lecture about electable candidates?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else find it a bit ironic that Chuck is giving a lecture about electable candidates?

Chuck said...

Any fool could tell that the lecture is about Democrats running so far to the left that they marginalize their impact nationwide.

Oh wait.. any fool could have seen that. I now understand that this is too high a standard to hold you to, Al. My apologies.

Jmac said...

Al signs his name, so be sure you're firing at the right person first off.

Second, why do you think Democrats won't hold on to the seat in Connecticut? If Lamont wins, as I think will ultimately happen, then the more liberal wing takes a slot. If Lieberman holds on to the seat, than a pretty conservative Democrat - though one which votes against the Bush Administration on domestic issues considerably more than he gets credit for - holds on.

If anything, it's status quo with psuedo-Democrat Lieberman.

I think Democrats will pick up seats in Congress, but completely overtaking it is a daunting challenge because of the sheer number of seats they must capture ... particularly in difficult places like Tennessee and Montana (though I think Jon Tester takes down Conrad Burns there).

Todd Mitchell said...

jmac writes: "I think Democrats will pick up seats in Congress, but completely overtaking it is a daunting challenge because of the sheer number of seats they must capture ... particularly in difficult places like Tennessee and Montana (though I think Jon Tester takes down Conrad Burns there)."

I think I read the other day that Harold Ford is either in the lead or has widened his lead in the Tenn. Senate race. But your point is still's a daunting challenge.

I agree also about Conn. The rejection of Lieberman is the rejection of the type of Democratic politics that Barrow and Taylor are running as well. Nationally, you can't out right the right, so to speak, and the more you try as a Democrat, the sillier you look.

However, Al's larger point is right about the south. A Lamont type of Democrat would get killed here (outside an urban area like Athens, Atlanta, etc.). Bill Shipp, the dean of political journalism in Georgia, supposedly wrote a column recently saying the Democratic party, as far as state-wide offices goes, is dead for a generation. Maybe longer.

Chuck said...

I didn't realize that voting with the Democrats 90% of the time makes one a "pseudo Democrat."
I guess that makes the Democratic Party a "thought police" type establishment where you're not really a member unless you slavishly follow in 100% lockstep the decrees of people like Ted Kennedy and Hitlery Clinton.

Another reason why the Democratic Party will never succeed on a large scale outside of their own little cluster of quiche-eating states. Because that's what "Democrat" has come to mean, a Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi type extremist.

(Regarding Connecticut, I'm sure Lieberman will be re-elected, and when he is, I can't imagine he will look as favorably on the establishment that tossed him overboard as he did before.

Todd Mitchell said...

Chuck writes: "Regarding Connecticut, I'm sure Lieberman will be re-elected, and when he is, I can't imagine he will look as favorably on the establishment that tossed him overboard as he did before."

I'm not sure the Democratic "establishment" will much care what Joe Lieberman thinks if they retake the Senate (or even if they don't). Especially "Hitlery" Clinton, whoever that is.

I also think your analysis of the Democrats not winning "outside of their own little cluster of quiche-eating states" is silly. Since they are poised to take the House and possibly the Senate as well, there must be a lot "quiche eating clusters" out there in the country.


Jmac said...

The most humorous thing I can picture is Chuck leaving the confines of this blog and calling a group of blue-collar union members in New York City 'quiche-eaters' ... but no matter.

Second, I think this villification of Hillary Clinton is really bizarre. Apparently she's some closet uber-liberal ... so secretive even liberals don't know about it as she is one of the most chastized members of the Democratic Party for her moderate positions on a wide range of issues. I can see you disliking Nancy Pelosi (I mean she is a liberal), but Hillary really isn't.

Third, it's a bit more than a tad hypocritical to lobby accusations of the Democrats being the 'thought-police' when Republicans are the ones who have tried to oust moderates like Lincoln Chafee and Arlen Specter, attempted to character assasinate John McCain in 2000 and forcibly booted James Webb, Christine Todd Whitman and Paul O'Neill from the party ... all because they didn't march lock-step in line with 100 percent of the today's Republican ideology.

UGAdemocrat said...

Amen! And on that note, which party does the president come from that says any dissent or questions automatically equals "unpatriotic?" The whole idea behind our nation is that the people question its leaders and hold them accountable, and yet it is the Republican leadership that seeks to divide.

How republican...

chancuff said...


CONTACT: Cliff Hancuff
September 29, 2006

"American troops could be home now, except for critical mistakes by our current Commander in Chief," charges Cliff Hancuff, Director of The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too.

"Media and right-wing bloggers are ignoring this fact. For weeks I have been challenging political activists and journalists to act with a minimum of ethical standards," continued Hancuff.

"I became involved when the Sun-Sentinel in Florida reported that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said the U.S. poses the top threat to world peace. I watched in dismay as the media and bloggers worldwide reported on this misquote."

"My involvement continued when I discovered Diana Irey, John Murtha's political opponent, had attacked Murtha using a fictional quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln."

"Larry Bailey of is continuing his three year blind support of our current Commander in Chief's incompetence in war. President Bush declared war in Iraq without the 4th Infantry, our most lethal, modern, and deployable heavy division in the world," added Hancuff.

This mistake lead to the atrocity of Al Qaqaa. Iraqi insurgents stole hundreds of tons of high explosives to be used as weaponry.

"These are the explosives being used by Iraqi insurgents and al Qaeda to perpetuate the war in Iraq."

"I am distressed that the same issues ignored by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 are being ignored again in 2006," said Hancuff adding, "Americans, American soldiers and their families deserve better."

"Without these critical mistakes made by our current Commander in Chief, our American troops would be home with their loved ones, with honor, right now."

On October 1, 2006 Hancuff be at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena located in Johnstown Pennsylvania for Larry Bailey's Swiftboating of John Murtha rally. It is there Hancuff will continue his wait for Mr. Bailey to recall the values of honor and integrity taught him by our US Navy.

There is a video online at:

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The World of Journalism Is Flat, Too