November 6, 2004


MoveOn's backfire (Robert Novak, November 6, 2004, Townhall)

Only four of the 26 Democratic challengers for Congress and governorships endorsed and bankrolled by the left-wing MoveOn PAC were elected Tuesday, but some suffered from that organization's support.

In Arizona, former Flagstaff Mayor Paul Babbitt was embarrassed before his rural constituents in his campaign for Congress when Republican Rep. Rick Renzi mentioned MoveOn's endorsement of Babbitt. Renzi had been considered one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents but won easily with 59 percent of the vote.

In Minnesota, missing children's advocate Patty Wetterling's campaign for Congress suffered when Republican ads attacked her for accepting MoveOn's endorsement and cash. Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy was re-elected with 54 percent.

considering all the money they all spent it's worth considering that the only difference any 527 made was when Senator Kerry himself inexplicably turned the Swift Boat ads into an issue.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 6, 2004 8:39 AM

At least George Soros did his part to give an economic boost to the U.S. economy with his massive spending during the first 10 months of the year. It just abouts offsets the economic determent of keeping oil prices artificially high for the past six weeks...

Posted by: John at November 6, 2004 10:44 AM

The fact that the Dems and their media hangers-on don't understand why Americans thought that MoveOn was toxic speaks volumes.

Posted by: Bart at November 6, 2004 11:10 AM

Unfortunately most of that money went to the MSM and therefore kept in house.

I still think we should continue to call for the release of all of JFK's military records. I don't think we should let the Democrats off for their cavalier nomination. If, in so doing, he is vindicated it would have been worthwhle. They need to become a serious party for the nation to justify considering them.

Posted by: genecis at November 6, 2004 11:11 AM

The Babbitt/Renzi race is a great example of AZ politics. We're willing to try anything but don't like out of staters coming in an telling us what to do.

Posted by: JAB at November 6, 2004 11:31 AM

Kerry had to make an issue of it: the SwiftVets had challenged his view of reality for the past 35 years, and he just couldn't shrug that off. Had Kerry been forced into a Roger Mudd interview over all the Vietnam questions, he might have had a psychotic break right on network TV.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 6, 2004 10:05 PM


No one had seen the ads until Kerry made thekm an issue--the media carefully ignored them and the guys had no money to run them.

Posted by: oj at November 7, 2004 8:36 AM

I know WND was giving the ads plenty of attention. Though I don't watch any news channel but Fox, I'm not surprised that the others tried to keep their mouths shut.

Unfortunately, I think Tucson has too many peaceniks/revolutionaries to offset the possibility of harm from MoveOn. We're like a San Fransyphsco wannabe town.

Posted by: Garrett O'Hara at November 7, 2004 10:51 AM


I know the first ad was almost unnoticed, but the point is that Kerry just couldn't let the challenge pass. He was like LBJ, chomping at the bit to defend himself (and facts be damned). It is interesting how Douglas Brinkley so adroitly condemns Kerry with just a couple of quotes in the Newsweek account.

Reading the post-election stories makes me even more dumbstruck that Kerry was nominated. He must have gone to a "Total Recall" center immediately after entering law school, as though he had the right to create his own history. He is as brazen as Al Sharpton. No wonder Kerry had such a puny record in the Senate - all he did was burnish himself.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 9, 2004 3:43 PM


He may not have been able to let it pass for personal reasons, but in political terms it would have passed unnoticed had he not brought attention to it.

Posted by: oj at November 9, 2004 3:50 PM