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Everything's negative except the ions

One of our faithful readers is an astrology expert. Maybe he or she can tell us if there's something in the stars this week that is making the establishment candidates in our various elections become so wickedly negative toward their challengers.

Or maybe it's just the trickle-down effect of Hillary throwing Reverend Wright and related garbage at Obama. Whatever it is, the candidates of the powers that be are slinging some serious mud.

We've already noted that Peapicker Gordon, who doesn't even have any real primary opponent to attack, has gone seriously negative against both of the Democratic challengers who are vying for the privilege of having their booties whupped by him in the fall. Get this: They're the status quo, and Gordon's the agent of change. Is it a sin to tell a lie where Senator Smith comes from?

In the Democratic ranks, we reported last night that Jeff Merkley, the choice of the Network Formerly Known as Goldschmidt, has gone way to the minus side of the spectrum as he calls Steve Novick out for comments Novick wrote on BlueOregon over the years. Hey Jeff, man, it's a blog.

Moving to the state office scene, Greg Macpherson, the old-money candidate for Oregon attorney general, just released an ugly little TV piece attacking his opponent, John Kroger:

Now granted, Kroger's last ad noted that he was the only candidate who's ever tried a case, which by negative implication pointed out that Macpherson never had. Macpherson's entitled to respond to that in kind. But I must say that this latest spot is the most negative ad I've seen around here in a long time. It rivals Mannix and Sizemore in its tone and misleading content.

And it's so unlike Macpherson, who at heart is a quiet and kind guy who can get things done without being nasty to those who disagree with him. This ad isn't the Greg I used to know, and he must be truly worried about his chances for him to be drifting into this territory. He claims to be the face of old Oregon, but this sort of thing is straight outta Jersey City.

At the local level, Portland City Council wannabe Jim Middaugh takes a couple of swipes at his main opponent, Nick Fish, and disrespects his lesser known opponents at the same time in this radio ad (mp3). "My opponent," he says, as if there were only one, "has taken thousands of dollars from some of Portland's biggest developers, but since I'm publicly financed, I didn't take a dime from big business."

True enough, on its face. But of course, the reason that Middaugh was the only candidate to qualify for taxpayer money to pay big bucks for his truncated campaign is that he is the handpicked successor to Erik Sten. And as has been noted on this blog before, Middaugh had a six-week head start on getting organized to run, because Sten told him about his pending mysterious resignation long before the public heard about it. When Sten made his announcement, there were only 10 days left before the deadline to qualify for public financing. Sten then quickly endorsed his crony Middaugh, and called and e-mailed the members of his own well established City Hall machine to help Middaugh qualify for public financing in three days.

Ugly politics, at best. If that was how I got my "clean money," I wouldn't be bragging about it.

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In all three cases -- Hillary, Merkley, and Macpherson -- the establishment candidate is on the receiving end of a serious challenge from a political novice. We know that Hillary's done, but Merkley and Macpherson are looking at their latest polls and realizing that they might actually lose, too. It's shaping up to be that kind of year.

In desperation, they're throwing everything they have at their opponent. It will be interesting to see if it works, or if the ads backfire.

At least Macpherson's ads are mildly humorous. An interesting feature of them is how blatantly they go against the conventional wisdom of leaving one's opponent unnamed (a corollary of the theory that any publicity, however negative, is helpful). I guess it's hard to be very negative without being fairly specific.

Is it just me who finds the television ad by Merkley's wife one of the LAMEST I've seen in a very long time?

Since Kari is so into full disclosure, I wonder what his role was in the data mining of Blue Oregonian to attack Steve Novick? For starters was it his idea?
Not that there's anything wrong with it.
Political operatives certainly don't sit back during the weeks before an election and say, "I think I'll do nothing." This is when the attempts to be slick usually appear, often with humorous counterproductive results.
For example, the more Steve Novick gets honked off about something the more I like him.

I don't think I would brag about being the face of old Oregon.

Macpherson's ads are so offensive (to me anyway) that I feel like I need to wash my eyes out with lye after seeing them. Maybe some cyanide mouthwash to go along with it. I hope Kroger provides Macpherson with a dose of death with dignity and runs the s.o.b. out of politics for awhile.

One has to hand it to mrfearless47 -- he certainly has a working grasp of "offensive".

This ad isn't the Greg I used to know, and he must be truly worried about his chances for him to be drifting into this territory.

Ummm. This is exactly MacPherson's M.O.

These ads are no more misleading than the M49 ballot title con-job he foisted on us last year.

He's a likeable enough fellow and a fairly adept politician (even if I abhor his politics), but he is way too comfortable at rationalizing circumstances where the end (promoting his political career) justifies the means (misleading voters).

The thought of him being our AG scares me.

but since I'm publicly financed, I didn't take a dime from big business.

Remind me of the time that the public had a say in that decision?

As the kids say, lol.

This one hain't got much astro spam in it ... then, too, maybe it does.

Stuff deserves case-by-case consideration, (e.g, Hillary is Scorpio, scorpions sting themselves to death first, (self-destruct) when seeing it as inevitable), and astrowork seems questionably vague when dealing in 'general rules' for 'establishment-type' candidates -- or, as in 'pop' astrology, of newspaper columns, totally vague for the 'general' group born in a particular month.

Perhaps there is (mass psychology) insight, though, in establishment-type candidates' supporters; listening to the vox populi, or, these days, for crying out loud, 'splinter group hysterics.'

The very candidacies of Hillary, Kroger, Middaugh, and Smith, are politics without a cause. Doth insist too much. Notice all the rightwing voices here are all so pro-Kroger, (and Rash Lamebrain all so pro-Hillary), being hysterical to damage democracy and the Democratic, not because the candidacy stands for anything positive, because it doesn't -- the rightwing psychosis does NOT stand for anything, only No Change, cannot handle Changes; it is defined in negation: No Evolution, etc., (see: the two core principles of conservatism as resistance to change, and acceptance of social inequality.)

The Bushbabies have overreached, and sense their own demise of it. Hence, the pisano braggadaccio 'confidence' and dogmatic (denial) 'interpretation' in affairs which are plainly going against the rightwingers who can sense the pushback from the vast majority -- vox populi to fascists: 'Drop dead.'

Fascists to anyone who is still listening: 'It ain't over 'til it's over.'

No. It IS over. All over. Except for the shouting 'it ain't over.' Hillary, Kroger, Middaugh, Smith disasters (def'n: unaligned stars) are candidates under the celestial sign Toast, overdone too close to the Sun -- judas hubris (translation: Get out).

When I saw the start of the add and you said it was a Kroger add I thought the punchline was going to be McPherson had never tried a case in court. He better watch out that doesn't backfire on him.

"My opponent," he says, as if there were only one, "has taken thousands of dollars from some of Portland's biggest developers, but since I'm publicly financed, I didn't take a dime from big business."

And where does all that public money come from? I doubt they are growing it in the basement at City Hall.
Something doesnt get paid in order to finance VOE.

Maybe I come from a rougher neighborhood, but Greg's ad just doesn't seem all that negative to me. Have we become so sensitive that a political candidate can't even mention his opponent's shortcomings? It is true that Kroger just took the Oregon bar last summer. It is also true that his short tenure in the state raises real questions about Kroger's commitment to Oregonians. Can we all please stop acting so shocked and outraged at what are pretty mild political ads?


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