Friday, September 22, 2006

Sometimes Life Just Sucks

It's time to announce my new award. It will be given weekly to the politician who has the worst run of luck in the previous seven days. Straight up, I'll tell you I stole the name for my award from the title of Judith Viorst's wonderful children's book about a boy called Alexander.
So, allow me to unveil my new:

Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week Award
I haven't decided what the winner will get. I was thinking of an emergency shipment of cookies and milk to soothe the wounds to their psyche, but I'm open to suggestions. I had a lot of good candidates for this new award, but one stood out from the crowd. So, the envelope please. Now, the drum roll. My winner is:
U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon
I am not a big fan of Weldon's -- a feeling that is reciprocated by the Delaware County Republican -- but you have to feel sorry for the guy. Here he is in the midst of a tough re-election campaign and he spends the week getting hit left and right. Let me count the ways:
Terrible: In comes Time columnist Joe Klein to do a profile on Weldon's race against Democratic Joe Sestak. It ends up being a Valentine to Sestak, who's portrayed as a Jimmy Stewart-type, filled with earnestness and savvy (a rare combination.) As to Curt, the Klein piece includes these gems. There's this quote. "Curt can be absolutely brilliant," says a House colleague. "But there's also a slightly unhinged quality to him." And this one: "He's like an out-of-shape boxer," says one of Weldon's friends. "His timing is off. I know he deeply regrets that comment about Sestak's daughter." Yikes! And that's a friend talking?
Horrible: A liberal Washington-based goo-goo group comes out with a list of the Hill's "Most Corrupt" electied officials and guess who's on it? Curt Weldon. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) blasted Weldom and others for "egregious, unethical and possibly illegal activities." This is not the first run-in Weldon has had with CREW. In 2004, CREW wrote the Justice Departmeet seeking an investigation into Weldon after the Los Angeles Times ran a piece about his daughter's work as a lobbyist. While the allegations are not new, the CREW "Most Currupt" tag comes at a bad time. Like in the midde of Weldon's re-election campaign. Here is Bill Bender's piece on the flap that ran in the Delco Daily Times.
No Good: A couple of year's ago, Weldon got a ton of ink on his "Able Danger" allegations -- his assertion that American intelligence officials bobbled the ball before 9/11 because they had knowledge of some of the organizers of that terrorist attack and did nothing to stop them.
On Thursday, the Pentagon's Inspector General's office released a report debunking the "Able Danger" allegations. His fellow Able Dangerites lambasted the report, as did Weldon, who told the Delco Daily Times that the Pentagon was out to get him by releasing the report right before the election. But, the headline on the story must have made Weldon wince. "Report: Curt wrong about Able Danger"
Very Bad: Finally, this morning, the Inquirer runs a piece about a certain pol coming to help Sestak. Guess who? Bill Clinton. Outside of Ed Rendell, Clinton is arguably the most popular Democrat in the Philly burbs. He won Delco both times he ran for President. While in the Navy, Sestak worked in the Clinton White House as a military staffer. Clinton's appearance on Oct. 5th will be a free media bonanza for the Democratic challenger. He is the last person you want around if you are a Republican in a district that has been trending Democratic in recent years.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tommy, Tommy, Tommy. There you go again. At least you were somewhat honest about your true colors on this one and you admit your bias.

With all the news about Weldon this week, you forgot to mention the one objective piece of news that was not a Democrat-inspired plant. You forgot to mention that the polls in this race show Weldon up by 20 points.

10:19 AM  
Blogger rasphila said...

Sorry, Anonymous. A lead in the polls doesn't mean Weldon didn't have a bad week, and pointing out that a lot of bad things happened to him during the week doesn't show bias. Case not proved beyond a reasonable doubt, I'd say.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides, it's not even an honest poll. It's run by a GOP pollster, was completely skewed and refused to reveal any of its methodology.

Can you say 'Propaganda'?

The biggest shock to Curt and the GOP machine in Delco and the rest of the 7th District will be that the Democrats will have a ground game on Election Day.

And that is what will win it for Admiral Sestak.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to correct anonymous, Weldon's lead was only 19 points, not 20. Just want to be accurate here.

As far as whether or not that makes it a good week for Weldon, I think it does. His opponent, Sestak, has been telling people left and right that this race is a dead-heat in the effrot to drive up his fundraising numbers.

This poll clearly shows that's not the case, with Weldon leading his opponent by roughly the same margin as he defeated his under-funded and virtually non-existing opponent Scoles last election. If anything, it seems to me to be a bad week for Sestak for those numbers to come out.

After seven months of campaigning and doing press events, Sestak hasn't even made a dent in Weldon's numbers over the last election. That sucks for Sestak.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that the DCCC did some recent polling in PA-7 in the last couple weeks.

So maybe the DCCC and Sestak campaign, to prove that the Weldon poll is nothing more than "propaganda," could release their numbers?

Oh wait, my source told me the DCCC-Democrat poll had Weldon leading by something 20 points. I guess that wouldn't do for Sestak to release those numbers, huh?

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

down with curt! down with curt!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will a Democrat ever win your new award? (before the elections, anyway) Or are you only going to write about things that support the "rumblings" you feel about a Democrat takeover of Congress?

If recent history is any guide, Rick Santorum should win the award next week. And the week after that. And the week after that....

5:13 PM  
Blogger quadmom7 said...

All I can say, is that Curt Weldon brought most of the 'no good stuff' upon himself. Nobody made him attack Joe Sestak's medical choices for his daughter. Nobody made Curt's family magically get jobs with government contractors. Nobody forced him to fantasize about nonexistent WMD.

And Clinton.... maybe this one is Delco citizen's fault. We did support Clinton in his elections. It's only fair the Bill Clinton should come back to remind the 7th District of the possibility of change for the better.

As for the milk and cookies - go ahead. I will be baking chocolate chip brownies for the next Sestak phone even up the score.

4:01 PM  

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