Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Fightin' Words

According to J. Martin, Rudy is putting out a new radio ad wherein he claims to be Liberals' worst nightmare. Sorry, Rudy, that moniker's already been taken (ffwd to 4:15 or so into the clip to see what I mean, or just watch the whole thing):

But if we are really talking about hard hitting, we'll go to this frame. Witness what Joe Trippi wrote in an e-mail to Edwards' supporters today:

"If you want to know why we need change in Washington – and I mean real change, not just trading corporate Republican insiders with corporate Democratic insiders – then just look at Senator Clinton's schedule for today.

Today at noon, Hillary Clinton will be hosting a fundraiser in Washington, DC for a select group of lobbyists with an interest in homeland security.

Tickets for the Clinton fundraiser are $1,000 a ticket and $25,000 per bundler. And for that money you get more than a meal – you get to attend one-hour breakout sessions in four different areas of homeland security that will include House Committee Chairs and members of Congress who sit on the very committees that will be voting on homeland security legislation.

Today's Clinton fundraising event is a "poster child" for what is wrong with Washington and what should never happen again with a candidate running for the highest office in the land.

That no one in the Clinton campaign – including the candidate – found anything
wrong with holding this fundraiser is an indication of just how bad things have gotten in Washington – because there isn't an American outside of Washington who would not be sickened by it."

Sickened! Corporate Insiders! It is a lurid page straight out of the Ralph Nader handbook, and I like it.

This move, however fraught with risk, will undoubtedly catch flack from other campaigns and the parts of the soft-bellied media, but I'm glad to see someone taking the gloves off over an issue like money-for-access.

Can't wait for the debates!


Peace Czar said...

As I've commented, back in June at the "Taming the Giant Corporation" Conference, Nader spoke with some affectionate regard for Edwards and his efforts. Hearing from Nader's right hand man that they had a two-hour lunch, perhaps Edwards is actually listening to Nader's sagely wisdom.

Of note is how Edwards is running a DC-outsider campaign, and that Nader has essentially been a DC pariah been ever since Reagan took office.

Listen to Bono for truth on this one:

Outside it's America
Outside it's America...

BTB said...

Clutch BTBS reference!