September 29, 2004


'Osama Mama' Murray Fumes at GOP Rival's Use of Label (NewsMax, 9/29/04)

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has ``a different view of Osama bin Laden,'' her campaign rival charged Wednesday in an attack ad that uses a picture of the al-Qaida leader and the senator's words to challenge her credentials in the war on terror.

"She did not praise Osama bin Laden and we should stop playing politics with the war on terror and get on with winning it,'' countered Alex Glass, a spokeswoman for Murray. [...]

The ad shows Murray telling an audience in 2002 that bin Laden had been at work in unnamed countries ``for decades building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, building day care facilities, building health care facilities. And the people are extremely grateful,'' she says.

"He's made their lives better. We have not done that,'' she adds.

It's a low point in any public officials career when they're reduced to demanding that their opponent stop quoting them accurately.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2004 3:37 PM

So it's true? The truth will set Murray free. How nice for her.

Posted by: luciferous at September 29, 2004 4:13 PM

Nethercutt seems to be stuck 8-10pts behind Murray as it has been hard to dent the mom in sneaker shoes image Murray has. This ad, if handled properly by Nethercutt and improperly by Murray, could enable him to get close enough to her in the polls to have a shot at winning (not sure if Bush will have any coattails in WA to help pull Nethercutt over).

Posted by: AWW at September 29, 2004 4:28 PM

Cantwell will be even more vulnerable in 2006 (plus, she's broke, as I understand it).

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 29, 2004 4:41 PM

oj - The ad can be viewed here:

Great ad!

Posted by: pj at September 29, 2004 5:09 PM

The polls until today mean nothing. The media here has completely ignored Murray's unforgivably stupid and ignorant statement--and, more generally, the fact that she's a pretty dim bulb. Most voters don't know she made it. They will soon, and that will change the dynamics of the race--hopefully for the better.

Posted by: Timothy at September 29, 2004 5:18 PM

Pat Murray is not a stellar Senator, but few are. The sad thing is that she said her statement in explaining why Osama bin Laden is popular among Muslims. Why should her stating the truth get her in trouble? She was not actually praising him herself.

This type of quoting out of context is predictable, but it is still a sad commentary on our political system. The Murray campaign should have anticipated this line of attack and prepared for it.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at September 29, 2004 7:51 PM


She's widely considered one of the dimmest bulbs in the joint, along with Barbara Boxer and Chuck Hagel.

Posted by: oj at September 29, 2004 7:58 PM

It's kind of hard to argue the 'out of context' angle when the ad consists of videotape of her talking. She must be mind blowingly stupid to say such things in a venue where someone other than her own flunkies could get ahold of the tape.

Posted by: brian at September 29, 2004 8:15 PM

She's not being quoted out of context. She was in a position where a condemnation of the man and his activites was in order, and instead she tries to rationalize and explain the man's actions away. It was her attempt to have it both ways, because in her little world, we must understand and excuse everyone except Republicans. That's the way she thinks, and should not be excused just because she's a "mom in tennis shoes" for having risen beyond her level of incompetence.

As for not being prepared for its use, when within hours everyone who didn't like her around here in the Upper Left Washington was saying that this gem was definitely going to appear in an ad right about now, well, who do we blame for that? Those Rascally Republicans Who Never, Ever Play Fair, of course.

But it really is depressing to know that this 34 watt bulb is most likely going to get re-elected...

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 29, 2004 8:32 PM

Washington has not elected a senator from East of the Cascades in about 60 years, and El Tirano Castro's pal Nethercutt ain't going to change that.

Posted by: Bart at September 30, 2004 8:07 AM