Leveraging Your Lies Won’t Get You Elected

Having focused so much attention on the e-mail scandal the past couple days, I missed a much more serious issue involving John Oxendine.

Apparently, John Oxendine was so put off by the fact that Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-13) would not endorse him for governor, he created a non-scandal in an attempt to discredit Westmoreland.

Westmoreland has perhaps the best combination of social and fiscal conservative cred in the GA Congressional delegation. Westmoreland’s supporters extend beyond his 3rd Congressional District, and are comprised of those that we generally accuse Ox of pandering to. His supporters are those that Ox covets. When Cagle dropped out of the Governor’s race last April, Westmoreland was thought to be the immediate front runner if he chose to enter the race. During this time, calls from Oxendine increased in frequency, essentially begging Lynn to endorse the Ox. Lynn would have none of it.

So it was rather strange, this week, for Congressman Westmoreland to get a call from Georgia Public Television asking for his comment on his involvement in the failure of Southeastern US Insurance. Strange because the reporter listed his source as one John Oxendine, Insurance Commissioner. The man who pledged in an earlier call to do everything in his power to keep Lynn’s role from the press was now calling GPTV (the press?) to put pressure on Westmoreland.

In yet another case of being blatantly obvious, it sounds like Oxendine attempted to influence Westmoreland’s position on the race for governor by issuing subtle threats. It’s pretty clear he used the investigation of Southeastern US Insurance as leverage and in this case it didn’t work.

How many times as Oxendine done this over the years? He’s been Insurance Commissioner since 1994, or whatever, so I’m sure there are probably a lot of people out there who “support” him because they thought they had no other choice.

What a shame. It’s so much easier to stand tall, to be honest, and to be upfront. When you get to telling tales, you end up chasing tails as well, and if the person you’re chasing stops to quickly you never know where you’re going to end up but you know it won’t be pretty.

If this accusation is true (which is sounds more and more like it is), the people of Georgia need to kick Oxendine to the curb.

The last thing our state needs right now is an unethical governor who’s not ethical enough to control his e-mail list, let alone principled enough to sit in that chair.

Truths, Tampering, Tark, & Teleprompters

I couldn’t believe the number of comments you all left about that 2012 presidential poll. [COUGH] Your insight and your guesses stunned me. [COUGH] Now you’ll never know who my choice was.

Thought #1

With that said, and on a different note, I was really hoping Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was going to challenge Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) for his seat in the U.S. Senate. Sadly, Pence announced today that he will not be challenging Bayh in the upcoming election.

 

Mike Pence is one of the true leaders on Capitol Hill. If we get more people like him running in 2010, only good can come of it.

Thought #2

If you missed hearing what Charles Krauthammer had to say about President Obama’s “one-term President” comment, you may want to listen to it.

 

Thought #3

I heard James O’Keefe got arrested today for attempting to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) phone.

If you didn’t know, O’Keefe was the filmmaker responsible for the undercover ACORN videos.

He’s a moron. It appears that he and his cohorts were presenting themselves as telephone repairmen, and they got busted. Good. If he was breaking the law, he deserves everything he gets.

Thought #4

This evening I am going to make my first political endorsement for the 2010 elections. I usually wait a bit longer before I throw my support behind candidates in any race, but I am so sure about this endorsement there is no need to wait.

I usually don’t endorse candidates running in another state but I am endorsing Danny Tarkanian for U.S. Senate in the state of Nevada.

I attended UNLV in 1983 and 1984. At the time, Tarkanian was the star basketball player for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. He is running for the Republican nomination against Sue Lowden, who is a former news anchor and a state senator.

You’ve heard me rant about Harry Reid. I have been quite vocal about my opposition to Mr. Reid since I was 10 years old. My opinion of Sue Lowden is not much better than that of Harry Reid. While I don’t have any personal anecdotes about knocking over her campaign signs, I am adamantly opposed to her winning the Republican nomination. She wants to tap some public retirement funds to pay for God knows what, and she took a No Tax Pledge and then voted to impose a $100 per year, per job tax as well as additional taxes and fees on everything from limited liability corporations to water distribution. Sue Lowden would be as bad for Nevada, my home state, as Scary Harry Reid.

I support Danny Tarkanian’s position on the issues, and he is consistently beating Harry Reid in every poll taken. Two very good reasons to support him in the 2010 election.

Thought #5

I’ve got to end the evening with this.

 

When the President of the United States meets with a dozen people, does he really need to stand at a podium with the Presidential Seal, and does he really need to use the teleprompter?

I’m beginning to wonder if President Obama has a Linus van Pelt syndrome. It’s not quite a security blanket but that teleprompter could be filling the same void.