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Friday, January 08, 2010

Krusty Konservative: Assassination by association

Excerpted from this post at Krusty Konservative

There's an old saying that says you can learn a lot about somebody by
looking at who they hang out with. Bob Vander Plaats has used that old
adage as the foundation of his attacks on his GOP primary opponent
Terry Branstad. Vander Plaats has attacked Branstad for the actions of
his former Lt. Governor and for the healthcare vote cast by Nebraska
Democratic Senator Ben Nelson, whom Branstad endorsed in 2000. So if
people's past associations are fair game, couldn't one of Vander
Plaats' opponents make a deal out of Eric Woolson having worked for
Joe Biden? I mean what's worse, having worked for the Vice President
who is part of the most liberal administration ever, or endorsing a
guy who a decade later makes a bad vote? I'll be really honest, I
don't like the assassination by association game. In Iowa we have
people who think Mitt Romney is the anti-Christ. While he is not my
favorite dude, there were a lot of good who supported his campaign
like Vander Plaats campaign co-chair Jodi Tymeson. Do I think less of
Jodi for supporting Romney? Of course not, but I'd bet dollars to
doughnuts that had she endorsed Branstad some people would be playing
the Romney card.

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