Better to Be Silent

Sunday, October 26, 2008

There is one message that comes through loud and clear in this campaign, be careful what you say.

Case #1
The Candidate - Jack Murtha
The Quotes - “There’s no question Western Pennsylvania is a racist area” “...this whole area, years ago, was really redneck.”
My take - There is really no doubt that there is truth in Murtha's statements. This was exposed pretty clearly in Democratic primaries. However, I was a little perplexed at why everyone seems so up in arms about it. In and of itself, while the comments were definitely blunt they didn't seem to be enough to justify Murtha's fall in polling numbers. And they weren't. There had long been an effort to paint Murtha as out of touch with his district. His comments have added fuel to that fire. With him still leading by 5 points, I think he will pull it out as long as he can keep his muzzle on.

Case #2
The Candidate - Michelle Bachman
The Quotes - "I would say, what I would say is that the news media should do a penetrating expose and take a look -- I wish they would. I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out, are they pro-America or anti-America? I think the people would love to see an expose like that."
On Senator Obama - "Absolutely. I'm very concerned that he may have anti-American views. That's what the American people are concerned about. That's why they want to know what his answers are. That's why Joe the plumber has figured so highly in the last few days"
My take - Wow. That's all I can say every time I watch her Hardball appearance. It was downright scary. Fortunately, it also might get her out of office. An estimated 1.4 million in contributions have flooded into the campaign of her rival, Elwyn Tinklenberg and their race is now virtual deadlock. Had she just turned down Chris Matthews' invitation to Hardball, she likely would have cruised to victory.

Case #3
The Candidate - Sarah Palin
The Quotes - Good Lord, what hasn't this twit said? The latest, an attack on fruit flies. "For many parents of children with disabilities, the most valuable thing of all is information. Early identification of a cognitive or other disorder, especially autism, can make a life-changing difference. Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not. "
My take - Does anyone do even the most basic research on what she is saying? Fruit fly research has lead to a ton of breakthroughs that benefit man. Including, as it turns out, autism...

"[S]cientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have shown that a protein called neurexin is required for..nerve cell connections to form and function correctly.
The discovery, made in Drosophila fruit flies may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders, as recently, human neurexins have been identified as a genetic risk factor for autism. " See Think Progress for more...

Palin's mistakes really just boggle my mind. Even the most basic google search could have prevented her from making that kind of gaffe. Actually, gaffe is the wrong word. That is just pure ignorance. No way should this woman be in any office, anywhere.

Final Verdict - There's certainly some poetic justice in all these people being directly responsible for their own downfalls. However, it does make you a bit more fearful. If these are the things that actually come out of these and other politicians mouths, what other terrible things are swirling around in their heads? On second thought, I really don't want to know.